Blok threatened with funding cut

29th January 2004, Comments 0 comments

29 January 2004, BRUSSELS – Belgium’s far right Flemish Vlaams Blok party could see its state funding cut if the Belgian Parliament backs a recommendation made by its home affairs committee late Wednesday night.

29 January 2004

BRUSSELS – Belgium’s far right Flemish Vlaams Blok party could see its state funding cut if the Belgian Parliament backs a recommendation made by its home affairs committee late Wednesday night.

After a long and often fractious meeting the committee voted in favour of plans that would cut state funding to political parties that use racist propaganda or call into question basic principles of human rights.

Only the Vlaams Blok voted against the plan, fearing it could fall foul of any new law on the subject.

The Blok has frequently been criticised for using racist propaganda, most recently in an extensive report by the European Commission on Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), one of Europe’s most respected anti-racism organisations.

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Subject: Belgian news

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