Filip Dewinter, a well-known Flemish MP and city councilor, climbed the roof of Antwerp’s 500-year-old city hall building to call for an end to what he referred to as the “occupation of the city by Islam”.
The leader of the right-wing populist Vlaams Belang party in the Flanders part of Belgium, Filip Dewinter, posted a video on Twitter of himself delivering an Islam-critical message while he stands on top of Antwerp’s city hall roof beside a golden eagle.
“At the beginning of the political year a special initiative: a statement from the roof of the Antwerp town hall, flanked by a recently restored eagle!” Dewinter wrote in the tweet.
During his message, Dewinter gives a short history lesson about the city, the city hall building, and how both relate to the idea of freedom. Dewinter also cites all of the different outside forces who have, at one time, occupied the city.
“This town hall has been around since 1565,” Dewinter said. “In those five centuries that the town hall has existed, it was besieged, set on fire and has experienced countless revolutions, wars, and invasions of our city. This town hall symbolizes the freedom of Antwerp.”
“It is not without reason that the office of the mayor of Antwerp is made of the wood of the tree of freedom that used to stand just in front of the town hall on the Grote Markt. Freedom is the essence of what the people of Antwerp believe in.”
“This city was occupied by the Romans, the Spaniards, the French, the Germans and today by Islam,” concludes Dewinter. “Antwerp today has almost 25% Muslims, more than half of primary school children are Muslims, our city has more than 65 mosques. That must come to an end. There must be an end to the occupation of our city by Islam.”
Dewinter could face a fine for the stunt. However, for him, a fine will likely be seen as a small price to pay to bring this issue of great importance to the consciousness of the people.
In no secret that Antwerp is one of the most heavily Islamized cities in all of continental Europe.
Earlier this summer, a neighborhood in Antwerp was terrorized by a group of dozens of African migrants who became violent after police shut their party which had reportedly gotten out-out-hand.
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