In Brussels – Protests Bad – Teddy Bears and Vigils Good

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets yesterday, descending on the Brussels stock exchange building – the site at which wreaths and flowers are laid and candles are lit in tribute to the victims of last Tuesdays terrorist bombings in Belgium. The protesters evidently disobeyed a directive by authorities to postpone all “solidarity” marches.

The approximately 450 protesters are being classified by every media outlet as far right-wing and witnesses reported they saw some of them giving Nazi salutes. I’ve watched some of the video available and I didn’t see any salutes, but there may have been. I saw a lot of hands up, but no salutes.

As an aside, may I add that characterizing someone as far-right and Nazi is a bit ridiculous. After all, Hitler was the head of the Nazi Party, the National SOCIALIST German Workers’ Party – not exactly right wing.

Anyway, authorities didn’t take too kindly to the protest and sprang into action. In full riot gear, they drove the protesters away from the site of the tribute and into the street. There, they opened up water cannons on them and lobbed tear gas into the crowd. read more