Brussels prepares to host 50,000 pro-independence Catalans

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Photo: a pro-independence manifestation in Barcelona (Photo from Libre.be)

By Arnaud Fare

November 24, 2017, Belgium

By Arnaud Fare

November 24, 2017, Belgium

 

The police [in Brussels] have confirmed plans for a huge demonstration organized on December 7th in support of ousted Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont.

Whether by car, train, plane or coach, tens of thousands of demonstrators will arrive in the capital [Brussels] on Thursday, December 7th from all over Europe. The goal: to support the ousted Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, still exiled in Brussels. Information communicated in [newspaper] La Dernière Heure on November 14th, has now been confirmed by the police.

“An official request was made by the organizers on November 9th. In the meantime, two meetings have been held to organize the event and another meeting is planned soon, and as such we do not yet know the details of the full program of the day,” said Ilse Van de Keere, spokesperson for the Brussels Capital-Ixelles police zone.

The organizers have confirmed the arrival, for the moment, of 10,000 protesters. But there will actually be many more. Proof of this, is the 18,000 hotel rooms in the Brussels Region which are already full and the many charter flights which have since been chartered to make round trips from all over Europe.

Two Catalan independentist organizations – ONC and Omnium Cultural – are behind this event under the slogan “Everyone to Brussels”. The appointment is fixed for 10am in the Cinquantenaire Park. The demonstrations will start at 11am and will go to the Schuman roundabout to protest in front of the headquarters of European institutions. This event is organized in the context of the early elections that will take place on December 21st in Catalonia.

“The event in Brussels is organized with the aim of supporting the demands of independence in front of the European Union and the whole world”, is the statement being circulated about the event on many Catalan news sites.

As for the the Brussels Capital-Ixelles police force, the pressure will be on to get a better grip on the plans for the event programme. The precise modalities of the police deployment have yet to be defined, but one thing is certain, the atmosphere is already looking tense given the political context.

 

Original Text: http://www.lalibre.be/actu/belgique/bruxelles-s-apprete-a-accueillir-50-000-independantistes-catalans-5a17b6cfcd707514e8e4d76f#.WhfNknQ0HrZ.twitter

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