Municipality of Anderlecht will provide context for colonial references

Municipality of Anderlecht will provide context for colonial references

The Brussels municipality of Anderlecht will provide every colonial monument in public spaces and the city hall with a panel of context, it announced. The municipal administration chose not to remove the colonial references, seeing as they are a part of an undeniable history, but to put them in the right context by providing the necessary information. Two years ago, the colonial implications of the name of the Veterans Coloniaux (Colonial Veterans) square led to discussions within the municipality. In the end, the name was kept, but a workgroup was…

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Brussels North station to be sealed in the evenings

Brussels North station to be sealed in the evenings

The Brussels North station will be sealed off in the evenings as part of a raft of new measures taken to improve the safety of the station. Last week minister of Mobility, Ben Weyts (N-VA), and bus company De Lijn decided to create a temporary bus stop on Place du Nord, the square just outside of the station. Following this, the building itself will now be closed off in the evening by two glass walls. The measure intends to prevent people from hanging around inside the station during the night…

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American anti-drug boss visits port of Antwerp

American anti-drug boss visits port of Antwerp

The head of the American Drugs Enforcement Agency (DEA), Uttam Dhillon, was in Antwerp on Wednesday during a trip to Belgium to support the anti-drugs battle being led by the European Union and the United States. On Wednesday, he specifically went to the port of Antwerp, known to be a centre for the importation of drugs into Europe. Nearly every year, the port of Antwerp records a record number of drugs seizures. In 2018, more than 50 tonnes of cocaine were intercepted. And according to Uttam Dhillon, “a similar amount…

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Brussels tries out machines for empty drinks cans

Brussels tries out machines for empty drinks cans

Consumers will be paid for each empty drinks can they place in designated machines under a project launched on Monday by the Brussels Region. Under the project, three public places will be equipped during a first six-month phase with machines where, for each discarded can, people will receive a five-cent coupon redeemable at a Good Food supermarket or partner restaurant or bar. The project was developed at the initiative of Environment Minister Céline Fremault and the Secretary of State for Public Hygiene, Fadila Laanan, in partnership with Fost Plus, the…

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Brussels Parliament give foreigners right to vote in regional elections

Brussels Parliament give foreigners right to vote in regional elections

The Brussels Parliament voted in favour of a bill submitted by majority representative (PS, DéFi, cdH, sp.a) and the Green opposition on Friday. It called for non-Belgian nationals living in Brussels to have the right to vote in the regional elections. The MR, N-VA and Vlaams Belang voted against it. Stefaan Cornelis (Open Vld) abstained. Putting it into legislation in a federal matter. In Layman’s terms, the bill says the federal government should extend the vote in the regional elections, making conditions the same as the local elections. The bill…

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Statue of Liberty detained in a cage in front of U.S. Embassy

Statue of Liberty detained in a cage in front of U.S. Embassy

Amnesty International activists on Thursday symbolically placed the U.S. Statute of Liberty in a cage outside the U.S. Embassy in Brussels to protest against the detention of asylum seekers and the separation of families by U.S. authorities. Recordings of the cries of migrant children separated from their parents were aired during the protest. “After the Embassy refused to meet us and even to receive the signatures of our petitions, we had no choice but to resort to loud-speakers and a dramatic production,” explained Philippe Hensman, head of Amnesty’s chapter for…

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Koekelberg accident: Police recorded driving in cycle lane

Koekelberg accident: Police recorded driving in cycle lane

A recording made by VTM NEWS has shown a police vehicle driving on a cycle path in Koekelberg, where a young woman fatally hit by a car on Sunday. VTM journalists made the recording of several cars – including a police vehicle – driving along a cycle path in Koekelberg. The journalists then decided to show these images to the mayor, Ahmed Laaouej, who denounced the act, telling them to give the video to the police. A 30-year-old woman from Brussels died in the accident on Avenue de Jette in…

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Evacuations in Ghent after the discovery of a suspicious suitcase

Evacuations in Ghent after the discovery of a suspicious suitcase

Around 3,500 people were evacuated Monday afternoon in Ghent after the discovery of a suspicious suitcase in the Ledeganckstraat, according to local police. The emergency services arrived on site around 2:30 p. m. The suitcase was between two vehicles. The police took no risks and evacuated buildings from the university (UGent), a high school (HoGent) and a primary school. This manoeuvre went smoothly. The demining service (SEDEE) was on site, police said. “We were informed around 2 pm that a suspicious suitcase had been found between two vehicles, so we…

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Polluting cars could be fined in Brussels low emission zone from Monday

Polluting cars could be fined in Brussels low emission zone from Monday

The planned adaptation period for the new vehicles banned from driving in the Brussels Region will end on 1 April. This means that any motorist travelling with a prohibited vehicle in the low emission zone will be subject to fines as of Monday. Since 1 January, Euro 2 diesel vehicles and Euro 0 and Euro 1 gasoline vehicles have been added to the list of vehicles already banned in the Brussels Region’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ). The European emission standard, or EURO standard, classifies vehicles on a scale of 1…

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Presidential Elections In Ukraine: With Zelenskiy Taking The Lead, Poroshenko And Boyko Accelerating The Pace, Tymoshenko Featuring A Slight Setback

Presidential Elections In Ukraine: With Zelenskiy Taking The Lead, Poroshenko And Boyko Accelerating The Pace, Tymoshenko Featuring A Slight Setback

The survey conducted in late March 2019 showed the notable changes in the voters’ attitudes prior to the first round of presidential elections in Ukraine. Should the presidential elections be held ‘this Sunday’, the biggest part of voters would give their votes to Volodymyr Zelenskiy (24.2%), Petro Poroshenko (15.1%), Yuriy Boyko (15.0%) or Yulia Tymoshenko (14.7%). The other candidates share quite modest chances to reach the second round of the presidential elections: the “Big Four” are followed by Anatoliy Grytsenko (7.5%), Oleg Lyashko (5.2%), Oleksandr Vilkul (3.4%), Ruslan Koshulynskiy (2.8%),…

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