• Short Summary

    A pro-French language demonstration erupted into violence in the Brussels borough of Schaerbeek in Belgium on tuesday (25 May), when rival French and Flemish speaking factions began arguing.

  • Description

    A pro-French language demonstration erupted into violence in the Brussels borough of Schaerbeek in Belgium on tuesday (25 May), when rival French and Flemish speaking factions began arguing.

    The trouble started towards the end of the demonstration, which was attended by about 1,500 members of the French Democratic Front (FDF). Police had to move in to break up fights and several people were arrested.

    Tuesday's clashes added to along list of confrontations between the two groups, both of which want their mother tongue to become the predominant language of what is now officially a bi-lingual district.

    Up to now all offices in the administrative centre of the borough have been bi-lingual, but because the Mayor, Mr. Nols, said the Flemish speaking sections were not being used enough, he ordered all closed but one.

    The FDF members came out in support of the closure and the Flemish group turned up to protest.

    Although in itself the problem is relatively minor, Schaerbeek has become a symbol of what the Flemings claim is an increasing encroachment of their rights in Brussels and the beginning of an apartheid system in the capital.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB36ZE15SXAH6RKRBCDZ0CJLH2
    Media URN:
    VLVAB36ZE15SXAH6RKRBCDZ0CJLH2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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