Murders up by 35pc in five years

11th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

11 August 2006, BRUSSELS — The number of murders and attempted murders in Belgium has increased 35 percent in the past 5 years, new figures revealed on Friday.

11 August 2006

BRUSSELS — The number of murders and attempted murders in Belgium has increased 35 percent in the past 5 years, new figures revealed on Friday.

Some 671 murders and attempted murders were reported in 2000 compared with 910 last year.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt blamed the rise on vigilantes, news service VRT reported.

Verhofstadt's public safety spokesman, Brice De Ruyver, said people who have lost faith in the state's ability to maintain law and order are taking the law into their own hands.

De Ruyver also accused the extreme right Flemish Interest of creating a climate of fear and hostility in society.

Flemish Interest leader Filip Dewinter has in the past said the public should take the law into their own hands to protect themselves and their property.

Murders such as the mp3 robbery and killing at Brussels Central station in April have been blamed on materialism and the lack of social cohesion.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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