Neo-Nazi Group Tramples Memorials in Brussels

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On March 22, ISIS carried out a series of coordinated, deadly attacks in Brussels, Belgium. (Image courtesy of Scott Harvin)

On Sunday, a group of self-proclaimed fascists stampeded a memorial for the victims of the Brussels attacks. The far-right group invaded Place de la Bourse, deliberately marching on the tributes left to commemorate the dead and injured, while chanting “On est chez nous,” a nationalist saying meaning “This is our home.” The protesters were seen giving the Nazi salute.

The disruptive demonstrators invaded the Place de la Bourse with the intention of disrupting a peaceful march against fear, which had been postponed by the Brussels police force. In the afternoon, the right-wing demonstrators emerged in all black, shouting and carrying a sign which read “Casuals Against Terrorism.” They proceeded to crush the mementos and memorials underfoot .

Belgian police responded to the violence, resorting to water cannons to disperse the fervent demonstrators. This response was met with cheers and applause by those paying their respects at the memorials.

The group has dubbed themselves “Casuals Against Terrorism,” perhaps in relation to the far-right British organization Casuals United. Any connection between the two is still unclear. 10 demonstrators were arrested.

The "Casuals Against Terrorism" demonstrated at the Place de la Bourse in Brussels, Belgium on Sunday (photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons).

The “Casuals Against Terrorism” group demonstrated at the Place de la Bourse in Brussels, Belgium on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons)

As the world mourns with Brussels, and all the communities that have been victims of terrorism, we watch the reactions of others, both kind and unkind, and pray for a better tomorrow.

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Scott Harvin is a sophomore Communication major with a minor in International Studies in the Honors College at the College of Charleston. Originally from Sumter, South Carolina, he is thrilled to be able to call the wonderful city of Charleston his new home, where he cannot wait to watch the next three years of his life unfold. Other than his academic career at the College, Scott is also a Resident Assistant in McAlister Residence Hall, a tour guide for Charleston 40, a member of the Student Ambassador Program and a News Contributor for CisternYard News. All of this can only mean two things: first, he knows pretty much anything anyone could ever want to know about the College and second, he never sleeps. Despite this, he still finds time to explore his passions for music, photography and adventure, collecting vinyl records while traveling the southeast with close companions to root out the best experiences, restaurants and events the world has to offer. He does all of this while pursuing his ultimate dream: becoming a journalist for a major news branch, preferably in New York, where he hopes to live out the American Dream. “You may call him a dreamer, but he’s not the only one.”

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