Looking at the headlines on NP I saw the post by Pep, ” Turks Riot in Brussels; Attack Armenians &…”. This remembered me of many things..
To make my point I quote from Pep’s post,
…”Buses and trams were attacked. Several cars were torched and shops destroyed. Police forces were unable to restore law and order in the boroughs of Sint-Joost-ten-Node and Schaarbeek where since last Sunday the animosity among Turks is running high. Turkish flags are omnipresent. In some streets the Turkish crescent and star adorns almost every house.”..
I was born in Belgium and lived for many years in Schaarbeek, one of the nineteen municipalities of Brussels, where a major part of the riots take place. Looking at the Belgian press (in French) I realized that the riots localized around the “Place Liedts”, not far from the Vondel street where I lived for many ears with my family. When I leaved Belgium in 1950, Schaarbeek was a middle class urban municipalities without any major events. But on my visits to Brussels, every few years,I found that the whole middle class population in Schaarbeek transferred itself to other parts of Brussels under the pression of a part of theTurkish emigration who settled down in Schaarbeek taking their place, Schaarbeek was unbelievable changed. To day the consequences of such an emigration policy into ghetto lands make it easy for such bursts of anger to explode, here the ’cause’ is the border tension between Turky an the PKK.
Now as for the actualities, here are pictures I extracted from video clips taked on-the-spot of the riots.
Graves émeutes turques à Bruxelles(25/10/2007) , in French.
…”The calls with the gathering were launched by sms, Internet and of the turkish-speaking chains of television which emit from Germany. New sms calling with a gathering Thursday evening and Saturday circulates in the Turkish community of Brussels. The communal authorities of Schaerbeek and Saint-Josse informed that the police device will be maintained during the next days.”…see here (in French)