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Posted on 06/28/2006 8:02:28 AM PDT by Tancred
Youths Kick Man to Death on Crowded Antwerp Bus
The Belgian state is no longer able to guarantee the security of its citizens. On Saturday afternoon Guido Demoor, a 54-year old Flemish train conductor on his way to work, was kicked to death by six youths on a crowded bus near Antwerps Central Station. The incident recalls the rush-hour murder ten weeks ago of Joe Van Holsbeeck, 17 years of age, in a crowded Brussels Central Station on 12 April.
Guido Demoor, a father of two, intervened when six youths got on bus 23 in Antwerp and began to intimidate passengers. There were some forty people on the bus. Demoor asked the youths to calm down, whereupon they turned on him, savagely beating and kicking the man. At the next stop thirty passengers fled the bus. The thugs kept beating Demoor. They then pulled the emergency brake and jumped from the bus leaving their victim to die.
Three Moroccans, two of whom are minors, were arrested today. The website of the Dutch paper De Stentor reports tonight that a fourth suspect, believed to be the ringleader, fled into a shop as the police were poised to arrest him. He managed to escape from the shop when dozens of youths came to his rescue. Witnesses had described the culprits as immigrant youths of between 18 and 21 years of age. During the weekend the police had called for witnesses as only four people had come forward. The police offered the witnesses absolute confidentiality and promised not to reveal their identities. Obviously people fear reprisals, Gazet van Antwerpen wrote today.
Belgians do not have a constitutional or legal right to bear arms, not even purely defensive arms such as peppersprays. With the police and the government failing to protect law-abiding citizens the latter are, however, totally unprotected. Saturdays murder has shocked bus drivers and train conductors, but they stress that they are not in the least surprised. Violence on public transport has become a fact of life.
You see what happens if you intervene, one of Guido Demoors colleagues at Belgian Rail is quoted in the newspaper De Morgen today. If Guido had not opened his mouth he would still be alive. [...] He was a good man. I would not have dared to do what Guido did. I was beaten up once and since then I have become very careful.
Another colleague told the newspaper Het Nieuwsblad: After the Van Holsbeeck murder some whined that no-one had intervened. Guido did intervene and paid with his life. After the assassination of Joe Van Holsbeeck Belgiums Cardinal Danneels had said that Joe was a victim of the indifference in Belgian society because no-one had come to his rescue when two youths stabbed him to death for not handing over his MP3 player.
Today the Cardinal issued a statement saying: Guido Demoor acted very bravely. The fact that he paid with his life does not mean that he acted wrongly. In contemporary Belgium it is heroic for an unarmed adult to tell immigrant youths to calm down.
An Antwerp bus driver told De Morgen: These youths can be very aggressive. If you say one wrong word they throw themselves on you. I do not dare to say anything. I keep my mouth shut. Public transport passengers declared: They call you names in a language you do not understand, shouting and abusing you. What can you do? Who can you call for help? I do not know.
A train conductor told Het Nieuwsblad: This incident happened on a bus, but it could also have happened on a train. To be honest, I have been working in Brussels Midi Station [where the international trains from Paris and London arrive] for 27 years and I am happy to be still alive. I have been eye to eye with aggressive pickpockets on many occasions. These men have no qualms about hurting people. I am not sure that I would intervene if I witness an incident. I do not want to risk my life.
The unrest among railroad employees after the Demoor murder is huge. Some want to go on strike to pressure the government to give them protection. The Independent Union of Train Personnel (OVS), however, has asked its members not to strike. Laying down our work would only harm the passengers and make them the victims of incidents for which they are not to blame, OVS spokesman Hugo De Rycke said. He stressed, however, that the authorities have to do something. De Rycke explained that bus 23 on which Demoor was murdered is known to be dangerous. Because [bus 23] is so dangerous Belgian Rail at one point provided taxis to take employees to work [in Antwerps Central Station]. However, the taxi service was abolished because it proved too expensive, he said.
Problems occur not only in major Belgian cities, such as Antwerp and Brussels, but also in provincial towns, such as Sint-Niklaas. Last week bus drivers in Sint-Niklaas refused to drive out in protest against the aggressive behaviour of immigrant youths on the buses. In todays De Morgen drivers, who have all asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals, relate experiences of buses being demolished while en route and of youths harassing girls, who beg the driver to protect them. One of the drivers said: If they refuse to buy a ticket I leave it. I do not want to be beaten up for one and a half euros.
Another driver said: Last week an old man was beaten up on my bus. The youths were angry because he did not put away his luggage fast enough. They hit him on the eye and threw the luggage on his lap. [...] A bus drive lasts forty minutes. Sometimes they pester and provoke you for a full forty minutes. I remain calm, but some of my colleagues are not able to do so and get into trouble. If I ever get into trouble, I will do as one colleague did recently. He left his vehicle at the bus station and got off, never to return to this job. Guido Demoor never even got off the bus.
whose the bigger coward...the youths or the 30 passengers who just watched?
Thirty people fled and left this man to be killed? What, were they all hunched over little old ladies? This is unconscionable...the man intervened on their behalf and they just watch while he's murdered? And then run away the first chance they get? What a gaggle of cowards.
What race were they, what gender what age, as someone who has traveled on buses in Europe, most passengers are what we term immigrants, there is a good chance that those who ran were also Muslim
That's a joke, like any "state" has ever guaranteed the security of its citizens.
Our yoots tend to do their beating in private. Why? In public, they would get the stuffing beaten out of them instead.
Actually I brained mine with a golf club. You can defend your self as along as you can prove you needed to
And I have had a go at youths starting trouble.
Yes, sometimes gangs of youths do beat up individuals. But at least it isn't a crime for people to carry weapons for self-defense. And at least the youths here aren't Muslim goons who attack non-Muslims.
If you Europeans don't wake up soon and stand up to the Islamo-fascists, there won't be any Europeans left to look down on us stupid Americans.
I would bet that those who ran were also of the Muslim faith, it being a inner city bus.
I agree with your post completely. I don't want to be smug about this either. Be well.
I do not believe tony boy either, EVER!!
My other thought would the 30 child rapiist terror lovers on the bus that fled any of them have a cellphone to call police if they weren't too flamingly gay to actually help?
Take names on this thread and ping them to your thread. I think people here will be inspired by examples of courage from across the water.
No it's not. Most violent crime...especially murder by a criminal wielding a handgun takes place within a very well defined demographic. If you remove black on black crime (usually a black teenager shooting another black teen) our violent crime rate shrinks considerably. Where I live it all but disappears.
"So, 30 passengers ran away knowing full well the man was being beaten. He was the only one who stood up for them but when the tables were turned, no one stood up for him. Sad, very sad. And disgusting. They are just as guilty as the "youths". May they all carry this on their conscience forever."
I only wish I'd been there. Then again, I would probably be in jail for making Morrocan hamburger without a license. That sort of cowardice just isn't right.
I don't recall anyone saying we don't have crime or assaults. I do recall FReepers pointing out that 30 people running away from six thugs who were beating a man to death for coming to their defense are cowards.
How moronic. I'd lay down my work before I would lay down my life. That's a poor memorial to Mr. Demoor.
I don't usually support unions and their strikes, but this is a special case.
Ok, so that is why some of us are working so hard to build a larger right to carry concealed weapons for individuals that take a courses. Americans are as free only as we can protect ourselves knowing well, that the government cannot. Law enforcement is only good for investigating a crime. The right to protect ourself is guaranteed in the Constitution.
'Yeah, Britian is so safe, the law wants people to hide under their beds or lock their bedroom doors when they have a burglar in their home. Here, we shoot their asses.'
Simply not true. I have two shotguns and a .303 rifle in my home. The law allows me to use reasonable force to apprehend a burglar. That means if he is armed I may shoot him in self-defence. If he attacks me I may shoot him in self-defence. If he is unarmed and running away, I may not shoot him.
You only have to compare 62 firearm related murders in Britain per year with 8259 in the US to know that civillians armed with handguns result in more deaths of innocent Americans, not less.
You shouldn't believe everything you read about the UK, just as i don't believe everything I read about your country!
You're lucky you weren't brought up on charges like Antonio Caeiro, or Tony Martin, just to name two.
Oops. I meant to say "I have."
in the US, for the most part, and certainly in "red" state cities, we don't have rampaging 'youths' terrorizing people on buses.
Ever been on a bus in a big city almost anywhere in the U.S. when school gets out? RIOTS READY TO HAPPEN with one wrong stare, one wrong move, eye contact not solicited.
Most of the passengers either immediately start reading or close their eyes as if napping.
It'll get worse. It's just a matter of time.
'No it's not. Most violent crime...especially murder by a criminal wielding a handgun takes place within a very well defined demographic. If you remove black on black crime (usually a black teenager shooting another black teen) our violent crime rate shrinks considerably. Where I live it all but disappears.'
That applies even more so here in Britain - we in the UK are 92.1% white anglo-saxon whereas the US your population is only 81.7% white including latins and in the low 70's if you exclude latins. The criminal demographic defined by you is much smaller in the UK than the US.
The names I mentioned in my post # 124 Are actual stories about just how bad it's getting in Britain.? IIRC, there was an article a couple of days ago posted here where a man was charged with selling a minor a knife.
Thank goodness their were no muslimes involve.......then it could have really gotten ugly (but not reported)
'I do recall FReepers pointing out that 30 people running away from six thugs who were beating a man to death for coming to their defense are cowards.'
I fully agree with you on that point - most Brits would have intervened. Belgium is not a proper country anyway!
I don't know what the buses in London are like. In Birmingham (UK) 3/4 of the bus-riders on the lower deck on the 88 route are women and old people: I wouldn't expect them to go all mob-handed on a gang of muggers. I would guess the Belgian bus was full of women and old people too
Nice work with the golf-club BTW. As one secretly-armed Briton to another, I hope you used a "throw-down" weapon, like a cheap putter, rather than an expensive Callaway Driver :0)
These pathetic cowards get the miserable existence they deserve.
current events on how local prosecution and judicial members carry out their jobs tell me otherwise.
Not to be a jerk, but its not too hard too see where we are heading; regardless of CC laws.
Two points I would like to make about this statement.
One, total numbers don't tell the whole story, as the rate per x number of population is a more telling figure. The US population is over 300 million, vs. quite a bit less for the UK. Plus, the "handgun murder rate" will differ from the overall murder rate (murders committed using any kind of weapon, including bare hands).
Second, not all handgun deaths are innocent victims. We have a gentleman in our midst named Jeff Cooper who has written extensively about guns, self defense, and other issues (I highly recommend reading some of his material, such as the book "To Ride, Shoot Straight, and Tell the Truth). He says there is something called the "good riddance factor", which is when punks and thugs kill each other, thus doing society a favor.
'You're lucky you weren't brought up on charges like Antonio Caeiro, or Tony Martin, just to name two.'
Haven't heard of Antonio - can you post a link?
As for Tony Martin, he shot a minor who was running away from him twice in the back with a shotgun. That is not reasonable force here.
"It happens, but it's not very common, and decent folks step in and do something about it rather than run away."
At the next stop thirty sheeple fled the bus...
I've been to Antwerpen. It never struck me as being a violent city.
Remember, you live in NY.
'One, total numbers don't tell the whole story, as the rate per x number of population is a more telling figure. The US population is over 300 million, vs. quite a bit less for the UK. Plus, the "handgun murder rate" will differ from the overall murder rate (murders committed using any kind of weapon, including bare hands).'
Fair point - here's the figures for murders per capita with firearms. It doesn't help your argument either! :D
'Second, not all handgun deaths are innocent victims.'
The figures I quoted are for murders with firearms as defined by the police. I understand some of those people may have deserved to die, but probably not enough to explain the difference between 62 murders in a country of 60m versus 8259 in a country of 300m, unless 8197 of your murders were bad guys! :D
Sure, give me a sec to find it.
Todd Beamer would disagree with you.
'I've been to Antwerpen. It never struck me as being a violent city.'
Same with me. Perhaps the rarity of the event makes it news. Every single firearm murder here in the UK makes it onto national TV as it's very rare. If the 23 firearm murders per day in the US all made it to national TV, it would be a very boring show! :D
And the people are clamoring for protection, not justice. How low on the cowardice scale can Europeans go?
A man who admitted stabbing a suspected burglar with a bread knife to protect his wife and child is being investigated for assault. Antonio Caeiro, 33, who said he wounded a 19-year-old intruder at his home in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, said yesterday that he would do the same again to defend his family.
The incident has similarities with the case of Tony Martin, the Norfolk farmer who was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for shooting dead a teenage burglar in 1999.
a real horrorshow, my little islama-droogies
I need to go watch Clockwork Orange again and think Muslim Youts. Stanley Kubrick was a bright guy.
'And the people are clamoring for protection, not justice. How low on the cowardice scale can Europeans go?'
It's no better in the US - even back in 1964 Kitty Genovese could be stabbed to death in Kew Gardens, Queens while 38 good Americans stood by and did nothing. They didn't even call the police. Cowardice is a matter for individuals, not countries.
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