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Thousands gather in Brussels for 'March Against Hate and Terror'

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By Catherine Hardy
Thousands gather in Brussels for 'March Against Hate and Terror'

“Together in Peace”

Hundreds of people have gathered in central Brussels in memory of those who died in last month’s terrorist attacks.

The march is a citizens’ initiative organised by more than 100 associations.

It should have taken place on March 27 but was cancelled due to security concerns.

The procession:

  • 1400 left the Gare du Nord in Brussels
  • Passed through Molenbeek
  • Led by victims’ families, religious leaders
  • Belgian Justice Minister Koen Geens also there
  • Ends at Place Fontainas
  • Relatives, emergency workers and airport employees will speak to the crowd

At the head of the procession, members of an association for interreligious dialogue carried a banner bearing the words “Together in Peace”.

The attacks

Suicide bomb attacks at Brussels airport and at the Maelbeek metro station on March 22 left 32 people dead.

More than 300 were injured.

What they are saying

“This is not a protest with a militant political message, it is above all a gathering, a message of compassion for the victims and a moment of shared citizenship.” – Hassan Bousetta, Socialist MP from Liege.

“In Congo, when you cheat Death, you eat a white chicken. They are calling me white chicken now” – says Michel Mbiya, a Congo national who was at the airport but not injured in the explosions.