Sunday, 23 January 2011

A big demonstration, but for what?

About 35.000 people demonstrated on Sunday in Brussels to urge politicians to form a new government in Belgium. It was a remarkable success for an initiative that had been taken only a few weeks ago by five students, who via Facebook made clear that they were fed up with the stalemate in political negociations.
Although it was cold and it rained in Brussels, many young people had come to the city to show their sympathy for the action of the students. Their message wanted to be non-political, just a urge to politicians to do what they were elected for.
In the demonstration many Belgian flags were carried and many older citizens were seen who wanted especially to show their desire to uphold Belgium as a nation. For these people the Flemish nationalist leader Bart De Wever was clearly the bad guy. But most of the demonstrators seem to have been rather unpolitical and happy that they were with so many to be present.

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