Immigrants honour victims of Antwerp shooting

12th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

12 May 2006 (first update), BRUSSELS — Immigrant groups were to hold a commemorative service at 11am on Friday to honour the victims of Thursday's racist murder in Antwerp.

12 May 2006 (first update)

BRUSSELS — Immigrant groups were to hold a commemorative service at 11am on Friday to honour the victims of Thursday's racist murder in Antwerp.

The Union of Turkish Associations, the Afrikaans Platform, the Antwerp Urban Consultation Council, the Federation of Moroccan Associations, Voem and the Pakistan Community have urged the immigrant community to gather at the Antwerp cathedral.

They will then march to the Zwartezustersstraat and the Minderbroederstrui. Flowers will then be placed at the scene of the shootings by various immigrant communities. The representatives of each group will then speak with the media.

However, the immigrant communities have already condemned the murders in the press release that announced the commemorative march.

"This cowardly murder may not drive the population groups in Antwerp apart," the associations said.

"The governments (local, Flemish and federal) must now wage a policy of zero tolerance against all forms of racism and against extreme-rights."

After the Friday prayers, a silent vigil was to be held for the victims by Muslims at the mosque on the Sint-Bernardsteenweg in Hoboken.

Meanwhile, the organisation 'Antwerpen aan 't woord' (Antwerp Speaks) said it would stage a protest meeting at midday on Sunday at the Great Market in the city centre. But it later said that the meeting will not proceed.

Antwerp Speaks is a consultation group for residents, residents groups, social organisations, politicians and public administrations. It seeks solutions to city problems via talks.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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