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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.
If one person on that train would have had a concealed handgun permit, there would be six people dead instead of one.
But you do in your inner cities.
I know the difference between inner cities and those areas outside inner cities.
And let me let you into a secret they exist in Europe as well.
You have city crime we have city crime.
And there is not much difference between the two.
If you want to compare, compare city with city, slum with slum.
Tony lives in England. Open daylight muggings are common in London. My brother's roommate got attacked in broad daylight in or around a subway, beaten and robbed. Similar attackers.
Sorry, but I don't believe your Subway story. Nice try.
You guessed right.
No it was 1993 on a A Train
I was sickened when I read that line.....no moral fiber.
I was sickened when I read that line.....no moral fiber.
I think there may be a ripple effect from 9/11 that reaches beyond "terrorism" and hijackings. I think that people in the US are a little more willing to get involved now, a little more willing to put a stop to things like that bus beating, than they were five years ago, following the example of the passengers of United 93, and the folks who stopped Richard Reid. Maybe I'm an incurable optimist, I don't know.
A lot of it also depends on where the incident would happen. In "blue" cities like NYC, I could see the sheeple sitting back and averting their eyes. But if a bunch of yoots pulled the same thing in Texas? They'd have a much higher chance of being on the receiving end of the beatdown.
Want an example of Americans? Flight #93. If I'm not mistaken, in the movie, there was a man from Europe suggesting that the passengers go along with the terrorist demands. Europe!!!!
LOL not even in down town LA, New York Chicago, the city of brotherly love and all those other delightful places.
Still, quite some time ago. New York is a very different place now; it was even before 9/11. Since 9/11, the likelyhood of such a thing happening is vanishingly small.
Tony -- don't be dull Pom. The issue in most of the discussion on this thread is NOT that the US doesn't have youthful miscreants ... rather the issue is how the citiznry reacted during and AFTER the incident.
These Belgians felt powerless and acted cowardly. They LET a man be beaten to death. Then they looked to an inept and impotent State to "do something" about it.
During the Rodney King riots/ Reginald Denny incident you saw the worst of US "youths". The recent wanton shooting by "youths" in a Las Vegas casino is another example.
IT's not that it doesn;t happen -- it's about how American society and individuals would and do react differently than the Belgians quoted herein.
This is not to paint ALL Belgians with the same brush -- just the ones quoted in the article; and to point to a malaise inherent in a society where the citizens cannot and will not protect other members, and the State is apparently uninterested in doing so in fact.
Ahhhh Euroupe they're just so much more civilized then the US /extreme sarcam...
A sting type operation would solve this. Hire a bunch of "soccer hooligans" to pose as feeble passengers and when the thugs climb aboard and start taunting, they give them a bit of their own medicine.
The water in the lobster pot is getting warmer and warmer not just in Belgium, but all over in the western world, United States included. The actual temperature, in degrees F/C however varies country to country. We all need to wake up more and ensure our pols do what is needed.
No we don't. Our ghettos are not like yours. In our ghettos you'll find drug dealers and pimps making money, not packs of wild animals running crazy.
We have examples of people having a go over here as well, but it wont be reported on FR, because you yanks wont be able to feel all smug about it.
Daylight muggings are rare in America because everyone has cell-cameras. They will take pictures and post it on the internet before the victim gets to the hospital.
"C001. W4tch th1s guy g3t h1s azz kiked".
Don't give Belgium too much credit in WWII. Two things about their ignominious King Leopold III:
In 1936, Leopold announced a fundamental change in foreign policy; Belgium abandoned its military alliance with France in favor of a return to neutrality; thwarting French efforts at self-defense by refusing admittance even to French military observers.
On May 27th, 1940, Leopold, without consulting the government (or France or Britain), requested an armistice, and on May 28th, he surrendered. The government fled to Britain and attempted to fight on, but the surrender struck a blow to the heart of Allied morale.
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