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Brussels mayor gives Europe’s hard-right a free hit before EU election – POLITICO

Brussels mayor gives Europe’s hard-right a free hit before EU election – POLITICO

[ad_1] Israel’s Minister of Diaspora Affairs Amichai Chikli, from the hard-right governing Likud party, compared what he described as the tyrannical woke agenda as another kind of totalitarianism, sitting alongside jihadist terror. “They are hiding behind so-called liberal values but the nature of this movement is anti-liberal,” he told POLITICO.  Captive audience Over two days, the conference buzzed with phrases such as “nihilistic atheism,” the “globalist socialist agenda,” “gender ideology,” “Bolshewokeism,” and “activist judges in Strasbourg,” which flew from the stage around the cramped space. Farage, closely tailed by a security detail, raged against the U.K.’s new smoking ban, performed a few Donald Trump impressions, and on Wednesday stood in the wings chuckling along admiringly as Orbán explained why Central Europe is historically suspicious of supranational political structures.  “Mr. Orbán got a new subject for his campaign: Freedom. The city here was very stupid,” Attila K. Molnar, the director of the National University of Public Service in Budapest, said. On social media, Farage also blasted the mayor on Wednesday afternoon.  [ad_2] Source link

Cancel culture comes to Brussels – POLITICO

Cancel culture comes to Brussels – POLITICO

[ad_1] In other words, the mayor shamelessly boasted that a meeting attended by elected MEPs, prime ministers and leading officials who held “the wrong views” could be casually cancelled. However, we did find a third venue — the Claridge Event Hall — and managed to get our conference off the ground. But wait for it! This time, a third mayor, Emir Kir of Saint-Josse-Ten-Noode, issued an order to shut us down. The police were sent to the venue armed with a court order, threatening everyone in attendance with dire consequences. Suddenly, as police entered the premises, it felt as if we were in an Orwellian nightmare. They only left because news cameras were rolling, and it was evident to anyone watching that the conference was a civilized and serious intellectual event. Thankfully, the owner of the Claridge took free speech seriously and told the mayor, despite all the threats, that the conference would go ahead. However, we did find a third venue — the Claridge Event Hall — and managed to get our conference off …

Orbán and Farage’s right-wing fiesta goes ahead in Brussels after big court win – POLITICO

Orbán and Farage’s right-wing fiesta goes ahead in Brussels after big court win – POLITICO

[ad_1] The incident sparked widespread outrage, with EU leaders including Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and Orbán condemning the police intervention. Organizers of the conference challenged the mayor’s decision in court to keep the show on the road and the Council of State delivered a late night ruling on Tuesday, striking down the mayor’s order. The court ruled that in case of risks of disruption of public order, authorities must take measures “to curb demonstrations on public roads rather than banning a private meeting” and that the government “must at least make an effort to protect those who wish to exercise their constitutional right of assembly.” Because there was an “average” threat to participants, there was no need for “disproportionate efforts from the police services,” the court said. Emir Kir, the mayor of Saint-Josse-ten-Noode where the Claridge is situated, defended his decision to move to shut down the conference. “Being a mayor means being a guarantor of public safety,” he said on social media. “My lack of sympathy for those who preach hatred is assumed but it …

Mayor Orders Police to Interrupt Conservative Conference in Brussels

Mayor Orders Police to Interrupt Conservative Conference in Brussels

[ad_1] A mayor in Brussels on Tuesday sent police officers to break up a gathering of prominent, self-described “anti-woke” conservatives from across Europe, including Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary, declaring “the far-right is not welcome” before the authorities quickly retreated. Emir Kir, the Socialist Party mayor of the central Brussels neighborhood where the gathering took place, issued the order to close the National Conservatism Conference on grounds of “public safety.” But critics said that Mr. Kir’s order only amplified one of the gathering’s main themes: that cancel culture targeting conservative voices has run amok. “This is what we are up against. We are up against an evil ideology. We are up against a new form of communism,” declared Nigel Farage of Britain. Mr. Farage, a former member of the European Parliament and a champion of national sovereignty, who helped drive his country’s exit from the European Union, was getting ready to speak when the authorities arrived. “This is like the old Soviet Union. No alternative view allowed,” he said. A small group of Belgian …

Nigel Farage’s Brussels conference: Emergency legal challenge launched | Politics | News

Nigel Farage’s Brussels conference: Emergency legal challenge launched | Politics | News

[ad_1] A legal challenge has been launched after shocking scenes this morning saw Brussels police swoop in to shut down a Conservative conference in a shocking assault on the right to freedom of speech. A pro-liberty group, the Alliance Defending Freedom International (ADF) has filed a case against the Brussels authorities. Top politicians including Nigel Farage, Suella Braverman and Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban were all present when the local mayor issued the police in to shut the event down. The order by Mayor Emir Kir, seen by ADF International, cites the reason for shutting down the conference as including: “that [NatCon’s] vision is not only ethically conservative (e.g. hostility to the legalisation of abortion, same-sex unions, etc.) but also focused on the defence of “national sovereignty”, which implies, amongst other things, a “Eurosceptic” attitude…”, It also states that some of the speakers should be no-platformed as they “are reputed to be traditionalists”. Mayor Kir added the conference must be banned “to avoid foreseeable attacks on public order and peace”. ADF will now legally challenge …

Nigel Farage hits out at Brussels as row erupts over conservative conference | Politics | News

Nigel Farage hits out at Brussels as row erupts over conservative conference | Politics | News

[ad_1] Nigel Farage lashed out at Brussels in a row over a major conservative conference. The National Conservative Conference, where speakers include the former Ukip leader, kicked off in Brussels today after two venues pulled out of hosting the event. Mr Farage said Brussels, the de facto capital of the EU, “appears to have got even worse” since Brexit and that cancel culture is “alive and well”. In a video posted on social media platform X, he said: “On my way back to Brussels, it’s my first public visit there for four years since the day I left on the eve of us leaving the EU. “I’m going to the NatCon conference this is run by the Edmund Burke Society, an American organisation. “Lots of prominent European figures attending ahead of course of an important set of European elections in June of this year including Viktor Orban, the prime minister of Hungary. “Would you believe that Brussels appears to have got even worse in the four years since I’ve been there. “We’ve now had not …

Brussels police move to shut down Farage and Orbán’s right-wing jamboree – POLITICO

Brussels police move to shut down Farage and Orbán’s right-wing jamboree – POLITICO

[ad_1] “It’s really something out of a tinpot dictatorship,” Frank Füredi, one of the organizers from right-wing think tank MCC, which is co-sponsoring the event, told POLITICO. “They’re trying to use a technical reason to make a political point. They told the owner that if it doesn’t get shut down they’re gonna cut the electricity.” The Claridge event space was already the conference’s third venue, after its first space — Concert Noble — turned them away under pressure from the Socialist Mayor of Brussels Philippe Close, and the liberal mayor of Etterbeek put pressure on the luxury Sofitel hotel to cancel it at the second attempt. The Claridge event space was already the conference’s third venue, after its first space turned them away under pressure from the Socialist Mayor of Brussels.| Eddy Wax/POLITICO Emir Kir, the mayor of Saint-Josse-ten-Noode where the Claridge is situated, earlier told POLITICO by email that he would “immediately take measures to ban” the event. The police told organizers there was a risk of protesters causing civil disorder at the venue later in …