Parents shocked at Van Themsche's acts

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5 October 2007, BRUSSELS – The fifth day of hearings in the trial of Hans Van Themsche started with the testimony of the young man's parents. They said that racism and right-wing extremism were not tolerated in their family. "I have always taught my children to respect everyone and to judge people on their behaviour, not their appearance. If they came home with racist jokes, they were reprimanded," Van Themsche's mother said.

5 October 2007

BRUSSELS – The fifth day of hearings in the trial of Hans Van Themsche started with the testimony of the young man's parents. They said that racism and right-wing extremism were not tolerated in their family. "I have always taught my children to respect everyone and to judge people on their behaviour, not their appearance. If they came home with racist jokes, they were reprimanded," Van Themsche's mother said.

The father of the accused admitted he had been raised in a family with Flemish nationalist tendencies and that he had been a member of the Vlaams Belang in the past. He had never espoused the ideas of the movement himself he says, but went along with them when young because it was how he grew up.

"They had a few good points, but I am not extreme right. With the baggage Hans had from home I don't understand how he can say that he deliberately wanted to target people of a foreign background. A normal person doesn't say that kind of thing. The boy is sick in some way," Van Themsche's father said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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