A Belgian minister has said “Catalan people who feel politically threatened can ask for asylum in Belgium. That includes President Puigdemont. This is 100 percent legal,” Theo Francken, the state secretary for asylum and migration, told public broadcaster VRT late on Saturday.
Catalonia’s president (now in exile), Carles Puigdemont, says he’s not seeking asylum in Belgium, after fleeing to Brussels. However, it also appears that he won’t soon be returning to Spain. He was giving a speech in Brussels, his first since Madrid filed charges against him and he fled to Belgium. Earlier the Spanish attorney general filed a lawsuit against the secessionist leaders over their push for independence.
So why can’t persecuted and oppressed Boers and Afrikaners from South Africa be afforded this option?
Not only is a European Farmer in South Africa statistically FOUR times more likely to be murdered than a South African Police Officer, but there are 118 Laws and Regulations issued by the SA government which prejudice against European South Africans in everything from Employment, Education and even Sport Quotas, all based on race! (Is Statutory Racism now acceptable to the Belgian and Dutch?)
There is ample evidence of this persecution, to the extent that it is being called a genocide by many, even by GenocideWatch.net. Indeed it fulfills the United Nations’ Definition of Genocide.
Boers and Afrikaners in South Africa are not only genetically and historically linked to Belgium and Netherlands but they still speak the same language and hold many of the same values and ethics.
In the Treaty of London of 1814, the Netherlands SOLD all their citizens in the Cape Colony to the British along with the Colony! Surely a gesture to apoligise for this despicable trading in humans is long overdue and would help reconciliation? In fact many of these Boers and Afrikaners are descendants of the French Huguenots who were fleeing religious persecution from Europe, via Holland, in the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. Surely it is time for these descendants of the victims of this religious persecution to be welcomed back?
We implore the Belgian and Dutch Governments to remember that charity begins at home and that these desperate Boers and Afrikaners are their own family and blood… and they have nowhere else to go because they are being denied Self Determination and Independence and are being forcibly genocided and assimilated.
Expat South Africans that have managed to escape the hellhole that South Africa has become, have built a reputation of being hard working, honest and law abiding immigrants, surely there is no reason whatsoever for The Netherlands and Belgium to deny claims of Asylum from their own people? Is there?
Please sign the Petition at www.Nederland.co.za
The Catalan leader said that he and his government were denouncing “the polarization of the Spanish justice system” and wanted to “show the world the serious democratic deficit that exists in the Spanish state.”
Minutes after the Constitutional Court decision, Spain’s Supreme Court called on the Catalan parliament speaker and five senior lawmakers to testify on November 2-3.
The Catalan parliament declared independence from Spain following a secret vote on October 27, which was boycotted by MPs supporting the union with Spain. In response, the Spanish Senate triggered Article 155, also known as the constitution’s ‘nuclear option,’ stripping the Catalan government of power. New elections will be held in the region on December 21, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said. Puigdemont slammed Madrid for its “premediated aggression” and called for peaceful “democratic opposition.”
On Monday, Spain’s Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis said the political standoff between Madrid and Barcelona will not result in an independent Catalonia. Madrid could, however, expand the region’s autonomy, he said.
Catalonia’s landmark referendum held October 1 saw the region overwhelmingly (over 90 percent) voting to break away from Spain. Fewer than 50 percent of those eligible to vote took part, with pro-independence supporters blaming Madrid’s crackdown, including blocking of polling stations and confiscation of votes, for the turnout.
Madrid called the vote illegal, and deployed thousands of extra officers from the National Police and Civil Guard ahead of referendum day. The Catalan health service later claimed that over 900 people in Barcelona and elsewhere in the region were injured, some of them seriously.