Antwerp cancels PEGIDA Flanders demonstration over security fears

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The city of Antwerp has banned a demonstration by the Belgian branch of the German anti-Muslim movement PEGIDA because of security fears, the mayor said.

The demonstration was scheduled for Monday and would have been the first of its kind in Belgium. PEGIDA has attracted tens of thousands to its regular rallies in Germany with its anti-immigrant slogans.

Antwerp’s mayor, who also banned a rival demonstration set for the same date, said the security threat was too great following police raids which foiled an Islamist attack in Belgium last week.

  • The Goat

    How do you cancel freedom?

    • eMan14

      I think they already have.

  • AmicusC

    if the security threat is so great from people speaking out against muzzies? how does that not show you the clear evidence that the muzzies don’t belong in your country.

    • Ed Ellison

      Cognitive dissonance is the answer to your question. That is the ability to hold several conflicting opinions at the same time and believe all of them.
      Time is running out for Europe to fight off the cancer that they have self inflicted.

  • So henceforth all Pegida demos will be banned on the pretext that there is a security risk? The Dresdner Pegida should not have accepted to abstain from marching last Monday. That’s precisely what tese marches are about – to draw tthe world’s attention to the danger and evil of Islamic invasion.

    • Ed Ellison

      In the near future, the new masters of Europe will laugh with glee when they recall how easy it was to conquer Europe. A Europe that had mostly kept them at bay for 1400 years.

      • Yeah – Europe is effectively committing suicide by fearing to say out loud that it is getting killed.

    • pdxnag

      What good would one Islamic car bomb and 120 dead do anyway? Accelerate surrender?

  • eMan14

    This is an unacceptable curtailment of free speech. Banning the counter demonstrations is a moot point. The counter demonstrators got exactly what they wanted. Criticism of Islam will not be tolerated.

  • Alain

    Actually the Left has been using “security threats” to prevent speakers and events they disagree with for some time. We have had this happen several times in Canada, and now the Euro Left (also the same in the UK) is using it to close down the freedom of their people. The question is if the majority of people will continue to accept it.