Aid organisations shun Vlaams Belang cash

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21 January 2005, BRUSSELS – The Belgian aid consortium 'Tsunami 12-12' has turned down money for the tsunami relief effort from the extreme right party Vlaams Belang.


21 January 2005

BRUSSELS – The Belgian aid consortium 'Tsunami 12-12' has turned down money for the tsunami relief effort from the extreme right party Vlaams Belang.

On Friday, Tsunami 12-12 said it had taken the decision after a "public attack" on one of its members by Belang president Frank Vanhecke.

Last week, Vanhecke said Oxfam-Solidarite was an "extreme left-wing organisation in which we don’t have a lot of confidence".

Spokesman Philip Henon said all six charities which are part of the consortium supported the boycott of Vlaams Belang. 

The other charities are Caritas International, the Belgian Red Cross, Handicap International, the Flemish Red Cross and UNICEF Belgium.

Henon described Vanhecke’s description of Oxfam-Solidarite as untrue and "totally unacceptable", adding that both its accounts and its membership were completely transparent.

You can make a donation to Tsunami 12-12 via their website:

http://www.1212.be

[Copyright Expatica 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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