Right-wing extremist leaders land in Belgium

Searchlight - January 2007

The small town of Lebbeke in east Flanders played host to an international nazi meeting on 2 December. With some notorious speakers on the guest list, the meeting was organised by the relatively unknown Euro-Rus, an outfit led by the Flemish nazi, Kris Roman. Among those on the platform were the permatanned US nazi and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and British National Party chairman Nick Griffin. Also invited was Alexei Michaïlov from Moscow, the spokesman of the racist Movement against Illegal Immigration (DPNI). The DPNI organises marches against immigrants from the Caucasus and is one of the most active far-right movements in Russia. Michaïlov is a former activist in the antisemitic and ultra-nationalist Pamyat organisation. Despite all Roman's big talk and the fancy title of the event, Michaïlov didn't bother to attend.

This first congress of Euro-Rus, which has been mainly active on the internet since 2003 as a part of the Flemish Altermedia – a right wing counterpart to Indymedia – bore the motto "Can there be a Europe without Russia?" According to the Euro-Rus nazis, "Europeans of Indo-European descent should turn away from the United States" and make a front with Russia against "the millions of immigrants from Africa and Asia who threaten the West". The conference's organizer Kris Roman, a former member and election candidate of the Vlaams Blok, left the party in 1994 because he thought its stand on foreigners was not tough enough. He was later elected as a councillor for the Belgian Front National and is known for his antisemitism. In 2003, he was was given a 9 months conditional discharge for writing in his magazine National Liga that he did not mind the antisemitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion being a falsification and for stating that its "content matches current reality". In August 2005, Roman was interviewed on David Duke's talk radio show and raged against the Vlaams Belang, accusing it of being too "pro-Israel" and the media for being "controlled by Zionists". Around 70 Belgian, Dutch and French fascists listened to the speeches at the conference. The mayor of Lebbeke told the press that he could not intervene but such attitudes are rapidly turning Flanders into a favoured meeting place for the scum of Europe and the USA.

By Jeroen Bosch of Alert! and Antifa-Net in Utrecht reports