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Over 5,000 people attend anti-racism demonstration

19:24 25/03/2019

More than 5,000 people showed up to Sunday's anti-racism demonstration in Brussels. They began at North Station at 14.00 and made their way through the city, ending at Place du Balle around 18.30. 

The demonstration was organized by “Platform 21/03” and this was its second year being held. It was held a few days after the International Day against Racism and Discrimination on Thursday. The protestors demanded government action against racism.

They stated six demands: measures to address unequal access to work, housing and education, that refugees be welcomed, and that prohibitions of convictions that prevent equal access to the labor market, education and public places be denounced. They disagree with the new law on foreigners, demand sanctions against racially profiling in police and a closer look at the colonial past of Europe. 

The gathering also held a moment of silence for the victims of the attacks on two mosques in New Zealand a week ago. 

Photo: Nicolas Maeterlinck/Belga

Written by Sophia Moll