Belgian mother's lone protest wages on
8 August 2005, BRUSSELS — Sabine Vander Elst, the Belgian mother of the kidnapped Maëliss, removed on Monday morning the caravan that she had symbolically parked in front of the German embassy in Brussels.
8 August 2005
BRUSSELS — Sabine Vander Elst, the Belgian mother of the kidnapped Maëliss, removed on Monday morning the caravan that she had symbolically parked in front of the German embassy in Brussels.
However, if no further progress is recorded over her complaints in coming days, Vander Elst has warned she will find another parking spot in front of the embassy.
In the meantime, she will continue her hunger strike and daily protest in front of the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Brussels between 8-10am, Belgian newspaper 'Het Gazet van Antwerpen' reported.
Since divorcing her German husband, Vander Elst has had parental authority of Maëliss. However, Vander Elst sent her 10-year-old daughter on holiday to the girl's father in Germany two years ago and has not seen her since.
The 39-year-old woman, of Sint-Agatha-Berchem, subsequently launched a hunger strike on 1 August and parked her caravan in front of the German embassy on Sunday night.
Her symbolic protests are aimed at alerting German authorities to her plight.
Vander Elst met with representatives of the Belgian Foreign Affairs Ministry last Friday and was scheduled to meet Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx and several legal experts on Monday afternoon.
She will also discuss her situation with Senate chairwoman Anne-Marie Lizin.
Meanwhile, an incident occurred at the embassy on Monday morning when an employee allegedly removed a poster of newspaper articles and photos of Maëliss that Vander Elst had placed on her caravan. He said she could only have it back if she asked for it in German.
However, the man relented and gave the poster back when the Vander Elst warned she would alert news broadcaster RTBf.
The German embassy was refusing to comment on the matter on Monday.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian + German news