Mainly women in anti-violence silent marches
4 July 2006, BRUSSELS — The silent marches held after the murder of Joe Van Holsbeeck in Brussels and the racist murders in Antwerp were clearly "family marches", research has shown.
4 July 2006
BRUSSELS — The silent marches held after the murder of Joe Van Holsbeeck in Brussels and the racist murders in Antwerp were clearly "family marches", research has shown.
Antwerp University said more women than men participated in the marches and that in the main housewives and older people who don't normally participate in protests joined the marches.
Researchers questioned 4,800 people during five recent protests to compile their results, news agency Belga reported.
The study revealed half of the people who marched in Brussels had also joined the White March that was held in 1996 in response to the Marc Dutroux case.
Most of the marchers are not normally protestors; slightly more than 25 percent protested for the first time in their life and another quarter had last been involved in a protest when the White March was held.
Just 6.5 percent of people involved in the anti-racism march in Antwerp were involved in the silent march in Brussels.
Division was recorded on the question of whether political leaders will take into account the demands of the protestors.
Some 34.7 percent of protestors said after the mp3 murder in Brussels that they believed the government would respond to the protest.
But 32.8 percent said the government would not take appropriate measures, while 32.4 percent had no opinion.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news