Thousands take part in Brussels anti-terror march
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.
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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