October 29, 2019 02:20
This is not the first time that the Flemish far-right party supports the Catalan cause. During the movements of Catalan independence leader Carles Puigdemont, exiled in Belgium, it is not uncommon to see some activists show off their colors. An embarrassing entourage for a man who says he is rather centrist.
Are the Catalan separatists, so quick to denounce the Spanish nationalist extreme right, aware of the exact nature of their “fellow travelers”?
Supporters of Carles Puigdemont marching in Barcelona, are they informed that the Vlaams Belang sits in the European Parliament with the hard-line European extreme right, from the National Front of Marine Le Pen to the Matteo Salvini League? Did they hear of the friendly odyssey of former Vlaams Belang president Filip de Winter, who went to support his friends of Golden Dawn three years ago, the Greek neo-Nazi party tracking migrants with iron bars and rockets?
Did the Catalan separatists read the interviews of Vlaams Belang’s president, Tom Van Grieken, conspiring to marry homosexuals?
If they are not aware in Barcelona, Carles Puigdemont, present in Belgium for two years and attentive to his policy, can not ignore it.
It’s either of two things. Either the exile of the icon of Catalan independence prevents him from communicating with his flock. Or the Catalan separatist cause is ready to pick up everything that lurks in politics to defend its cause, at the risk of making a deal with fascists. This raises questions not only of the future of Catalonia, but also of Belgium, which has become a hotbed of independence.