Turkish Fascist Parade In European City

CENPublished: May 10, 2018
Published: May 10, 2018

Koen Berghuis

This is the bizarre moment Turkish kids marched through the streets wearing military uniforms and waving flags in what has been described by a politician as a "fascist" parade.

The children were filmed stomping through the streets of the Belgian city of Heusden-Zolder as part of an event organised by the ultranationalist group the Grey Wolves.

The Grey Wolves are a Turkish neo-Fascist group that became famous in Belgium after they organised anti-Kurdish riots and raids on Kurdish shops in Brussels.

Footage uploaded by outraged residents shows Turkish men dressed in traditional outfits and children parading in army camo to the sounds of a traditional Ottoman march.

Belgian politicians were similarly outraged, with the Mayor of Heusden-Zolder, Mario Borremans, promising residents that such a parade would never take place again.

While the Belgian Secretary of State for Equal Opportunities, Zuhal Demir, of the Flemish nationalist N-VA party, said: "It has come this far.

"Not a single Turkish politician publicly dares to say that it is not right marching our children off under a fascist banner in military uniforms."

Demir, who is herself of Turkish-Kurdish origin, criticised local socialist alderman Engin Ozdemir who was said to be happily marching along at the front of the parade.

She added: "Democrat in Flanders, fascist in Turkey. And our parties are benignly watching while they are counting votes."

Belgium's hardline State Secretary of Asylum and Migration Theo Francken, also from the N-VA party, called on the public prosecutor's office to investigate the parade.

He even shared images of the parade to social media, writing "fascism in Flanders pictured".

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