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4,000 join Brussels rally against the far-right
Some 4,000 people joined a rally outside the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday against the rise of the far-right in Belgium and elsewhere in Europe, following last weekend's elections.
"The far-right has no place in parliaments and governments," the rally's organisers said on Facebook. "At both federal and regional level in Belgium, the far-right has made a dramatic electoral breakthrough, as in many European countries such as France, Poland, Hungary and the UK."
Representatives from migrants' associations and LGBT+ groups were among those present, carrying signs with messages such as: "No to fascism" and "Fascism not welcome here".
Alexis Deswaef, representative of the Citizen Refugee Support Platform and honorary president of the League of Human Rights, told reporters: "We see today that the cordon sanitaire [a political agreement to exclude the far-right] is about to break and the far-right is being normalised. That is unacceptable."
After about an hour on Place du Luxembourg, the demonstrators marched towards Schuman. A Brussels police spokeswoman said the demonstration passed without incident.
Photo: Hatim Kaghat/Belga