Anti-racism complaint against Leterme
21 August 2006, BRUSSELS — Two French-speaking Belgians lodged an anti-racism complaint on Monday with Brussels police against Flemish Premier Yves Leterme.
21 August 2006
BRUSSELS — Two French-speaking Belgians lodged an anti-racism complaint on Monday with Brussels police against Flemish Premier Yves Leterme.
The complaint is in response to a newspaper interview in which Leterme said French-speaking residents along the linguistic border were apparently "not intellectually capable of learning Dutch".
In a linguistically divided nation, the statement from the Dutch-speaking politician sparked heated commotion in the Francophone region of Belgium.
The two French speakers who lodged the complaint have been identified as Jean-François Thayer and Yvan Verougstraete.
The former is running for the local council on the Cap-Woluwe list at the October elections in the commune Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe, while the latter is already a member of the local council.
However, both of them deny the complaint is politically motivated and stressed they are not aiming for the initiative to be paid for by a political party.
Meanwhile, the leader of the Francophone Democratic Front FDF, Olivier Maingain, had earlier said on Monday he intends to lodge a similar complaint.
"Replace 'French-speakers' with 'Africans' and no one would accept it," he said, referring to Leterme's statement.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news