A not so happy new year thanks to massive Muslim immigration. via Belgium terror alert halts New Year fireworks in Brussels – BBC News
New Year fireworks and festivities have been cancelled in the Belgian capital, Brussels, because of a terror alert.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said the decision had been taken “given information we have received”.
Earlier in the week, police arrested two people suspected of planning attacks during the festive season.
Belgium has been on high alert since the terror attacks of 13 November in Paris. Several of the perpetrators are thought to have been based in Belgium.
Brussels Mayor Yvan Mayeur told state broadcaster RTBF: “Together with the interior minister, we’ve decided to not have the celebrations on Thursday evening.”
Last year 100,000 people turned out in Brussels to welcome in the New Year, Mr Mayeur said.
“In these circumstances, we can’t check everyone,” he said.
Last month, Brussels was placed under a four-day lockdown closing universities, schools and the metro system, amid fears of a Paris-style attack.
The shootings and bombings in the French capital left 130 people dead and hundreds wounded.
Belgium and Brussels have been central to investigations into the Paris attacks, which are thought to have been masterminded by a Belgian national, Abdelhamid Abaaoud. Other Belgian nationals or Brussels residents were involved.
More Belgians have gone to fight for the militant Islamic State (IS) group than any other European country, per capita.
In Paris, a New Year fireworks display has been abandoned, but the traditional gathering on the Champs Elysees will take place, amid tight security.
“We have decided to mark the New Year in a reflective manner and without fanfare,” Mayor Anne Hidalgo said.
Dhimmis. Some media outlets are placing the blame on a non-specific “militant” attack. Others on a biker group. Yet most of the articles on the cancellation quickly segue into the jihadist problem in Belgium.
Claims from Belgian officials that the two men arrested for plotting terror attacks on New Year’s Eve in Brussels belonged to the Kamikaze Riders motorcycle club is not the first time the group has been linked to Islamic extremism.
Founded by Belgians of Moroccan descent, gang members show off their prowess on their Japanese motorcycles, wearing the leather jackets emblazoned with samurai imagery. However, investigations have exposed links between group members and Belgium’s shadowy jihadist underworld.
In 2013 one of the club’s founders, Abdelouafi Elouassaki, was arrested after providing material support to two of his brothers, who were fighting in Syria for jihadist groups.
All three were found to have ties to now-banned group Sharia4Belgium, which radicalised hundreds of young Belgian and Dutch men to fight for jihadist groups in Syria, including Islamic State (Isis) and the al-Qaeda affiliated Jabhat al Nusra.
Before his death in 2013 in a motorcycle accident, Eloussaki was questioned by police about his support for terrorism. One of his brothers was killed in Syria with the other seriously wounded.
According to Belgian media, one of the two men arrested on 28 December, Said K, was a Salafist preacher with links to the Eloussaki family.
Probing the social media accounts of Bilal Hafdi, one of the Belgians responsible for the 13 November Paris attacks, Vocative found praise for Brussels street gang Versailles, and links between networks of gang members and Kamikaze club members.
Another of the group’s founders, Said Saouti, is a Salafist preacher with firearms and burglary convictions who lists al-Qaeda preacher Anwar al Awlaki as a friend, crime expert Alexandra Jones writes.
On social media, members openly flouted their adherence to violent jihad.
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