White March against the anti-Rwandan violence in Brussels


The Rwandan Diaspora in Belgium (DRB-Rugari) is very concerned about growing violence suffered by its members in Belgium and perpetrated by some small groups of Congolese origin. Several cases of beatings, serious injury followed by hospitalizations were identified.

On Saturday, July 28, 2012, an incident occured, which was the straw that broke the camel’s back. The young J. M. was attacked in the subway station “Merode” and ended up in hospital with a fractured jaw.

Such violence is committed in broad daylight in public places, in streets or in subways, by organized gangs of “combatants”, claiming to seek a solution to the war raging in eastern Congo .

Anti-Kabila manifestation in front of Rwandan ambassy, July 28th. 2012

DRB-Rugari like to call the Belgian authorities and Belgian public opinion on the seriousness of these acts of barbarism which constitute a flagrant violation of human rights, compounded by racist and xenophobic nature ethnic . These actions create a climate of fear and mistrust detrimental to social cohesion on which the Belgian government and the entire associative of the DRB is working.

DRB-Rugari requests  to take all measures to ensure the safety of its members to the Belgian authorities, as they do for every Belgian citizen or any person who resides in Belgium. It is for these reasons that the Rwandan community in Belgium decided to peacefully protest this outrage on:

Saturday, August 18, 2012 at Place de la Monnaie (1000 BXL) from 14h to 16h.

Here is the full copy of the Communique of the DRB (in french and english):

August 14, 2012

PRESS RELEASE

White March against the anti-Rwandan violence in Brussels

The Rwandan Diaspora in Belgium (DRB-Rugari asbl) is extremely concerned about the growing violence targeting its members in Belgium perpetrated by small groups of Congolese origin. Several cases of beatings resulting in serious injuries and hospitalization have been reported.

On Saturday, July 28, 2012, one more incident occurred: The young man who we will call J. M. to protect his identity (22) was attacked in the subway station Merode and ended up in hospital with a fractured jaw. For the Rwandan Diaspora this was the last straw.

Such violence is committed in broad daylight, in public places (in the streets or in subways) by organized gangs of “combatants” who are claiming to seek a solution to the war raging in Eastern Congo.

DRB-Rugari is appealing to the Belgian authorities and the Belgian public to address the seriousness of these barbaric acts which constitute a flagrant violation of human rights, compounded by racist and xenophobic verbal aggressions. These actions are creating a climate of fear and mistrust that undermine the social cohesion that the Belgian government and multiple social welfare associations – including our organization – are working on.

DRB-Rugari request to the Belgian authorities that they take all measures to ensure the safety of its members, as they do for every Belgian citizen or any other person living in its territory. It is for all these reasons that the Rwandan community in Belgium decided to peacefully protest this outrage on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at Place de la Monnaie (1000 BXL) from 2pm to 4 pm.

DRB-Rugari appeal to the members of the Congolese community involved in the violence and hope they will understand that Rwandans living in Belgium are not protagonists of the conflict in eastern Congo and they are, in no way, related to the stakes of this war. Attacking them will bring no solution.

Finally, the Rwandan Diaspora in Belgium, invites the Congolese community for a constructive dialogue in order to improve the cohabitation and the relations between the two communities in Belgium. We hope it will be possible before one more victim suffers as a result of these tensions.

DRB-Rugari commitee

Contact : +32 483 42 47 40

DRB-Rugari – Rue des Alliés, 195 – 1190 Bruxelles

Bruxelles, le 15 août 2012

COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE

Marche Blanche de protestation contre la violence anti-rwandais à Bruxelles

La diaspora rwandaise de Belgique (DRB-Rugari asbl) est très préoccupée par les violences grandissantes subies par ses membres en Belgique et perpétrées par certains groupuscules d’origine congolaise. Plusieurs cas de passage à tabac, de blessures graves suivies d’hospitalisations sont recensés. Le samedi 28 juillet 2012, a eu lieu l’incident de trop. Le jeune J. M. s’est fait agresser dans le métro à la station Mérode et a fini à l’hôpital avec une mâchoire fracturée. Ce fut la goutte d’eau qui a fait déborder un vase déjà trop plein.

Ces violences sont commises au grand jour dans les lieux publics, en rue ou dans les métros, par des bandes organisées en « combattants » et prétendant rechercher une solution à la guerre qui sévit à l’est du Congo.

La DRB-Rugari tient à interpeller les autorités belges et l’opinion publique belge sur la gravité de ces actes qui relèvent de la barbarie et qui constituent une violation flagrante des droits de l’homme, aggravée par des propos racistes et xénophobes à caractère ethniques. Ces actes instaurent un climat de terreur et de méfiance préjudiciable à la cohésion sociale à laquelle travaillent les pouvoirs publics belges et l’ensemble du monde associatif dont notre organisation fait partie.

La DRB-Rugari demande aux autorités belges de prendre toutes les mesures pour assurer la sécurité de ses membres, comme elles le font pour tout citoyen belge ou qui séjourne sur le territoire belge. C’est pour toutes ces raisons que la communauté rwandaise de Belgique a décidé de manifester pacifiquement son indignation ce samedi 18 août 2012 à la Place de la Monnaie (1000 BXL) de 14h à 16h.

La DRB-Rugari lance ainsi un appel aux membres de la communauté congolaise engagés dans ces violences, pour qu’ils comprennent que les ressortissants rwandais vivant en Belgique ne sont aucunement protagonistes du conflit qui sévit à l’est du Congo et qu’ils ne sont d’aucune manière liés aux enjeux de cette guerre. S’en prendre à eux n’apportera aucune solution.

Enfin, la Diaspora Rwandaise de Belgique, actrice de cohésion sociale, invite les ressortissants congolais à un dialogue qui permettra de confronter les visions par rapport à la cohabitation des communautés en Belgique, afin qu’il n’y ait point une seule victime de plus,… de trop.

Le comité DRB-Rugari

Contact : +32 483 42 47 40

DRB-Rugari – Rue des Alliés, 195 – 1190 Bruxelles

Source: Communique DRB (sent today to the Belgium press, received from the Communicator Officer of the Rwandan Embassy, Brussels )
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2 comments

  1. Eric

    Be patients you Rwandese leaving in Belgium! Announcing this to the belgium authorities is something important and reasonable. Be wise do not revenge!!

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