Thousands take part in Brussels anti-terror march

Nicolas Maeterlinck, BELGA/ AFP | Thousand of people took part in the anti-terror march in Brussels on Sunday, on April 14, 2016

Thousands of people took to the streets of Brussels Sunday, defiantly taking part in a "march against terror and hate" to protest last month’s terror attacks. The rally comes a day after a Belgian minister claimed many Muslims celebrated the attacks.


The demonstration had initially been planned for the first Sunday after the March 22 attacks, but due to security concerns authorities asked organisers to postpone the rally.

Although organisers had hoped for a turnout of about 15,000 people, police estimated that around 7,000 took part.

The attack in which three suicide bombers -- two at the capital’s airport and one at a metro station in central Brussels -- killed 32 people was claimed by the Islamic State group.

Reporting from the rally, FRANCE 24’s Meabh McMahon said there was a real atmosphere of solidarity in the city.

“The march saw people walk through the city centre… a number of children [started] singing: ‘We’re all united, we’re all against hatred and racism’,” she said.

On Saturday, Belgium’s Interior Minister Jan Jambon came under fire after telling the Flemish-language De Standaard newspaper that “a significant section of the Muslim community danced when attacks took place".

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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