Council of Europe Backs Belgian Authorities: “Europe Is Threatened by Bigots – Not by Islam”
From the desk of Paul Belien on Thu, 2007-09-13 08:35
Last Tuesday the police authorities in Brussels, the “capital of Europe,” brutally attacked peaceful demonstrators protesting the Islamization of Europe. Even the European Commission was shocked at the appalling behaviour of the Brussels police, but the officers seem to have their fans as well.
This is a press release (590/2007) issued on Tuesday by Terry Davis, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
Europe is threatened by bigots - not by Islam
Statement by Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, on the march “Against the Islamisation of Europe” today in Brussels
Strasbourg, 11.09.2007 - European values are under threat, say the organisers of a protest march under the banner “Against the Islamisation of Europe” which was due to place today in Brussels in spite of the ban by the city Mayor. The fact is that Europe and its values are indeed under threat, but the danger is not coming from Islam. Our common European values are undermined by bigots and radicals, both islamists and islamophobes, who exploit fears and prejudice for their own political objectives.
The self-proclaimed defenders of European values say that the Mayor has violated their rights under the European Convention on Human Rights. The freedom of assembly and the freedom of expression are indeed essential preconditions for democracy, but they should not be regarded as a licence to offend. I will not enter into the discussion about whether the march should have been allowed or not, but I note that the protesters’ reading of the Convention is selective to say the least. It is very important to remember that the freedom of assembly and expression can be restricted to protect the rights and freedoms of others, including the freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This applies to everyone in Europe including the millions of Europeans of Islamic faith, who were the main target of today’s shameful display of bigotry and intolerance.
Need it be added that Terry Davis is a Socialist?
Meanwhile the RTBF, the Belgian (French language) public television, reports that the demonstrators had staged the police violence. Showing a picture of Frank Vanhecke, a member of the European Parliament, lying on the ground after the police maltreated him, the RTBF reported: “These images are deceptive because he went to lie down on the ground himself.” Perhaps, Mr Vanhecke also pinched himself in the balls?
Pictures from VTM, a private television network, clearly show that Mr Vanhecke was thrown down by police officers and that another Belgian politician, Filip Dewinter, was hauled away by police officers while he was giving an interview to the VTM journalist several yards away from the demonstration. The Belgian authorities intend to charge both Vanhecke and Dewinter for assaulting police officers.
Oh yes, before I forget: The Council of Europe is an organization of 47 European countries which has as its aim to safeguard human rights in Europe.
These are pictures taken in jail by a Dutch woman who was arrested at the demonstration in Brussels. She was kept in the cell for 7 hours. The detainees (aka the bigots) received one bottle of water and a… Brussels waffle.
Went to Brussels: veni, vidi, politie
Submitted by Sagunto on Fri, 2007-09-14 12:51.
Short compilation of my 9/11 bigotrip to "el Bruss" on YouTube. Most of the photos I shot myself and some were borrowed from (www.flickr.com/photos/skender)
The only bigot here is
Submitted by Geraldo on Thu, 2007-09-13 18:57.
The only bigot here is Dhimmi Thielmans.
In 2006 in Schaerbeek, Bruxelles, there was an ilegal manifestation of about 4000 muslims.
What did Brussels police then? Like sheep.
These cowards only dare to beat middle aged europeans.
Council of Europe
Submitted by marcfrans on Thu, 2007-09-13 18:16.
I used to think that the Council of Europe might be somewhat better than the UN Human Rights Council (formerly called "Commisson"). The latter is the body which regularly issues condemnations of the democratic state of Israel (where genuine freedom of political speech is respected), while ignoring what goes on inside its own members :Sudan, Saudi Arabia, China......you get the picture.
Now I am not so sure whether the Council of Europe is any better than the UN Human Rights council charade. If I understand the Secretary General of the Council of Europe correctly, Europeans are supposed to have freedom of political speech, unless it ......"offends" someone. And who is going to determine who may be offended, and who may not be? The current rulers? How is this different from totalitarianism?
It looks more and more like the 'inmates' (nondemocrats) have taken over the 'asylum' (former western democray).
Submitted by atheling on Fri, 2007-09-14 04:59.
Sounds like the Council of Europe is a microcosm of the UN Human Rights Council.
What has happened in Europe is that the political landscape is firmly entrenched with Liberalism that has reached its logical conclusion, as TS Eliot noted:
"Liberalism is a creed which dissipates and relaxes, and it prepares the way for that which is its own negation: the artificial, mechanized or brutalized control which is a desperate remedy for its chaos.”
Submitted by atheling on Thu, 2007-09-13 16:00.
I hope he does get his teeth into this.
The silence of the MSM is deafening.
Submitted by atheling on Thu, 2007-09-13 15:59.
Amsterdamsky is a neo Nazi anti Semite. Ignore his deranged comments where Israel is concerned.
Submitted by Geraldo on Thu, 2007-09-13 15:29.
If you dont like the message kill the messenger.
Submitted by Paganini on Thu, 2007-09-13 14:45.
memri designed by israelis: there's one resigned colonel of the israeli secret service involved in this project, thats all
and if it was designed by israelis: so what ? its a garantee for good quality and a high intellectual level, something that can't be said from arabs
memri only makes translations, good translations, they don't invent the filth that comes out of the islamic world
Submitted by Amsterdamsky on Thu, 2007-09-13 13:48.
MEMRI is a propaganda wing of the Israeli government designed to make muslims look bad (not that they need much help really). Don't believe anything you read there.
Is this Terry Davis some
Submitted by Geraldo on Thu, 2007-09-13 11:56.
Is this Terry Davis some islamophobe?
Dont he knows about the interview that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,Prime Minister of Turkey, gave to a TV on August 21, 2007 ?
He said: ‘These descriptions are very ugly, it is offensive and an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.”
In Terry Davis saying "Our common European values are undermined by bigots and radicals, both islamists and islamophobes" he says Islam is undermining our common european values as, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan dixit, there is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.
Manekin Pis dries up
Submitted by Atlanticist911 on Thu, 2007-09-13 11:43.
Check out: MANEKIN PIS DRIES UP
note: If Mark Steyn decides to get his teeth into this story,that can only be a good thing.
What a Bigot Is
Submitted by Bert Rustle on Thu, 2007-09-13 11:18.
Geraldo wrote "Can you tell me what a bigot is?"
He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave.
Sir William Drummond
Can you tell me what a bigot
Submitted by Geraldo on Thu, 2007-09-13 09:36.
Can you tell me what a bigot is?
Dictionary wasnot helpfull. If it is by the definition I got there UE instituition are already full of bigots.
Yes Europe is threatened by eurocrat bigots
Submitted by achille on Fri, 2007-09-14 00:35.
Eurocrats are bigot in multiculturalism...That is their "faith" ,their unsaid dogma...
If one asked them what they believe in we should be surprised by the answer