On Sunday, a group of self-proclaimed fascists stampeded a memorial for the victims of the Brussels attacks. The far-right group invaded Place de la Bourse, deliberately marching on the tributes left to commemorate the dead and injured, while chanting “On est chez nous,” a nationalist saying meaning “This is our home.” The protesters were seen giving the Nazi salute.
The disruptive demonstrators invaded the Place de la Bourse with the intention of disrupting a peaceful march against fear, which had been postponed by the Brussels police force. In the afternoon, the right-wing demonstrators emerged in all black, shouting and carrying a sign which read “Casuals Against Terrorism.” They proceeded to crush the mementos and memorials underfoot .
Belgian police responded to the violence, resorting to water cannons to disperse the fervent demonstrators. This response was met with cheers and applause by those paying their respects at the memorials.
The group has dubbed themselves “Casuals Against Terrorism,” perhaps in relation to the far-right British organization Casuals United. Any connection between the two is still unclear. 10 demonstrators were arrested.
As the world mourns with Brussels, and all the communities that have been victims of terrorism, we watch the reactions of others, both kind and unkind, and pray for a better tomorrow.