The following witness account by a Hajo J., a German Christian, was published on the Politically Incorrect blog [in German]. This is an English translation:
On 11 September 2007, at 11.30 o’ clock, I arrived at Place du Luxembourg. There were lots of policemen and armoured vehicles. I met an acquaintance with two other like-minded people at a pub. There was only meant to be a “meeting of tourists” and no coordinated action. I then went to another part of the square. Stephen Gash of SIOE was giving many interviews as he sat quietly in a pub, i.e. he was not demonstrating.
A short while later several people were taken away in a prison-van, without there having been any indication that they had “demonstrated” or done anything in particular (I was to hear the same observation again and again). It was almost 12 o’ clock. A murmuring went through the crowd, we had to do something , now was the remembrance moment for the 9/11 terror victims in the USA.
I decided there and then to take out the wooden cross I had brought and to hold it high – defying any kind of unknown. In remembrance of the victims, as a sign of protest against the threatening, creeping islamization of Europe, the lack of resistance and the increasing appeasement. And of course in spontaneous protest against the unjust banning of the demonstration by the mayor of Brussels, Mr. Thielemans. All this accompanied by a prayer and in remembrance of many Catholic saints, who resisted the same danger of Islamic rule centuries ago. Think only of Saint Marco d’Aviano, a Capuchin friar who encouraged the troops as the Muslim hordes of the Ottoman Sultan descended upon them at the battle of Vienna on 12 September 1683.
My gesture was a purely individual act, I had freedom of speech according to Article 5 of the constitution and Article 11 of the European Charter of Human Rights. My action consisted only of holding up a wooden cross, praying silently and answering the questions of about 50 journalists in English, French and German as I walked.
At 13.00 hours the Brussels police grabbed hold of me, pushed me violently into a van with the registration plate “NNN 148” and a shield with the word “Charly 2” which was attached inside so as to be visible on the outside of the van. The policemen, as most of those I encountered later, were from the Police Zone 5339 (one of six Brussels police zones).
I was taken to the Palais de Justice, Place Poelaert, tel. 02/508-6656. I was brought into a high-ceilinged space where many others were already waiting. More and more detinees were brought in, also the leaders of the Vlaams Belang, Filip Dewinter and Bart Debie. The latter – a former police officer – told me that we could not be held for longer than 12 hours without a formal complaint. Normally one was then released without any further consequences. I did not need to inform the German embassy, but could do so for the political effect.
After about an hour we were put into small cells that had only a thick green and one bench. First I was locked up in the cell with six other people, then alone, in the end with three members of the Vlaams Belang. We were only permitted to use the toilets now and again. In the evening we got a waffle. I was able to phone on my mobile and reached a German lawyer and the German embassy. The latter informed me that diplomatic intervention was out of the question because Belgium is a constitutional state and that if I was interrogated I was allowed to have a lawyer. So I resigned to my fate.
There was a lot of noise and turmoil in the large, five-storey high cell block which contained 20 cells, that were almost all full (the papers said that 154 people were arrested that day). The slogan “Islamisten: Terroristen” was the one I liked best and which I joined in loudly as it expressed concisely the essence of our concern. A chairman of a local chapter of the Vlaams Belang related to me how badly his party gets treated when campaigning, that the police do not come in emergencies, and that his party is the only one that points out the risks of islamization.
At 7.30 pm I was set free, after a superficial procedure to retrieve our belongings. Nothing was taken from me, except for a while the contents of my bag, which were placed in a plastic bag and then everything was given back to me. I asked for a written confirmation of my detention but did not get one.
When one considers that the Place Royale in Brussels has a statue of the first ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, Godfrey of Bouillon, who died in Palestine on 17 July 1100 during the first Crusade, I can only say: poor Belgium – how far you have drifted from your fundamental values and traditions…