RACIST VLAAMS BELANG (VB) PARTY SHUNNED BY U.S. EMBASSY IN BRUSSELS FOR BARACK OBAMA INAUGURATION, TUESDAY 1/20/2009.
U.S STATE DEPARTMENT CALLS VLAAMS BELANG PARTY RACIST, CLICK HERE.
US Embassy in Brussels called up the Vlaams Belang party this morning to rescind the invitation it had extended to VB members to attend the Obama Inauguration at the US Embassy (click here for Embassy website) this afternoon.
According to Paul Belien of the Brussels Journal, three weeks ago the Vlaams Belang members of the Foreign Affairs committee of the Belgian Senate were invited to attend the Inauguration at the US Embassy in Brussels this afternoon, 1/20/2009.
The invitation was sent to all the members of the Foreign Affairs committee of the Belgian Senate. This morning the US embassy rang the party to say that the invitation to the VB members has been withdrawn. The VB politicians are not welcome (though the politicians from other parties are).
The US Embassy says the invitations to the VB were a "mistake, see statement on the US Department of State website concerning the Racist Vlaams Belang party below;
US DEPARTMENT OF STATE...Belgium, The far-right Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest) is the most militant Flemish regional party, with a separatist, anti-immigration, law and order platform.
The Vlaams Belang was formerly called the Vlaams Bloc, until a 2004 high court ruling confirmed a lower court verdict that the Bloc (aka Vlaams Belang) was a "racist" party.
Faced with further legal problems, the Bloc disbanded and resurrected itself as the Vlaams Belang, with the same party leaders (Filip Dewinter) and basically the same radical party policy. The Vlaams Belang was the second most popular party in the 2007 general elections, with 19% of the Flemish vote.
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