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Friday, April 19, 2024 

Muslim mayor in Brussels, Belgium tried to censor conference with conservative figures attending, court thankfully overrules attempt

A serious issue involving an attempt to suppress conservatives in Europe took place in Belgium:
A socialist mayor in Brussels ordered police to shut down the National Conservatism Conference being held in the city while Brexit leader Nigel Farage was speaking on Tuesday. [...]

The NatCon conference at the Claridge, near the European Quarter of Brussels, was “sabotaged” by police on the order of Emir Kir, the mayor of the Saint-Josse-ten-Noode municipality of the Belgian capital. The Turkish heritage socialist mayor said according to Sky News: “I issued an order from the mayor to ban the ‘National Conservatism Conference’ event to guarantee public safety.

“In Etterbeek, Brussels City and Saint-Josse, the far-right is not welcome,” he added in reference to previous venue cancellations for the NatCon conference in Belgium.

The police reportedly handed organisers of the event, which included the MCC think tank and the American Edmund Burke Foundation, notice of the shutdown as Brexit leader Nigel Farage was on stage, ordering them to end the event within 15 minutes. Mr Farage told the crowd according to GB News: “I’ve heard the police are very eager to close us down, so they can close it down with me on stage.”

“If anything has convinced me Brexit was the right thing to do, it was the events here today,” Farage added.

Other speakers scheduled for the National Conservatism Conference were set to include Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, former British Home Secretary Suella Braverman, and former French presidential candidate Éric Zemmour.

An organiser from the MCC think thank, Frank Füredi told the POLITICO website: “It’s really something out of a tinpot dictatorship… They’re trying to use a technical reason to make a political point. They told the owner that if it doesn’t get shut down they’re gonna cut the electricity.”
Thankfully, the local court overruled the attempt, and even some leftist politicians defended figures like Farage:
The overturning of the leftist order to shut down the NatCon conference in Brussels and the international cross-party condemnation of the blatant act of cancel culture will serve as a “watershed moment” in the battle for freedom of speech, Brexit leader Nigel Farage has predicted.

As Nigel Farage was on stage at the National Conservatism Conference on Tuesday in Brussels, far-left Turkish heritage municipal mayor Emir Kir ordered police to shut down the event in an attempt to show that the “far-right is not welcome” in the de-facto capital of the European Union. Although some participants, including Members of the European Parliament and former French presidential candidate Éric Zemmour, were blocked by armed police from entering the building, the conference continued.

Ultimately, an “emergency late-night ruling” from a Belgian court ruled that the order to shut down the conference was unconstitutional over breaches of freedom of speech and assembly protections. This came after neo-liberal Prime Minister Alexander De Croo reproached the municipal mayor’s order, saying that: “Banning political meetings is unconstitutional. Full stop”

After the conclusion of the NatCon conference on Wednesday, Nigel Farage said on his GB News programme: “The whole world could see that cancel culture was alive and kicking in Brussels yesterday and this story has gone global… I believe it is a watershed moment, that now it cannot be denied that this sort of thing happens.”
Absolutely correct. The Eurpean governments who truly don't want to build up a negative image would do well to start removing "mayors" like the one in Brussels who was the primary, but obviously not the only source, behind this scandal.
However, it was not just the populist right who condemned the actions of the socialist municipal mayor, with even those on the European left raising the alarm at the, with former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis telling the UnHerd website: “I’m no political friend of Nigel Farage but I would hate it if anyone like Nigel was prevented from speaking merely because he may say things that may annoy, among other people, myself.
I'd suggest people like Varoufakis start begin distancing themselves from Islam, in example, if they really want to mend fences. In addition, people like him can also attend the conference in a show of solidarity.

Update: Giulio Meotti's commented on the issue, and warns that Hamas is fundraising in Belgium, which could be described as western Europe's first Muslim state.

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