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- On a routine call, three unwitting police officers fell into a trap. A car darted out to block their path, and dozens of hooded youths surged out of the darkness to attack them with stones, bats and tear gas before fleeing. One officer was hospitalized, and no arrests made.
- National police reported 2,458 cases of violence against officers in the first six months of the year, on pace to top the 4,246 cases recorded for all of 2005 and the 3,842 in 2004. Firefighters and rescue workers have also been targeted - and some now receive police escorts in such areas.
Belgium introduced voting rights for non-Belgian residents in order to counter the "islamophobic" and Flemish secessionist Vlaams Belang (VB). As a result multitudes of Muslim candidates were elected in major cities in last Sunday's local elections. In Antwerp the immigrants are now demanding an alderman's post in the city government, which consists of the mayor and ten aldermen. In Brussels the Parti Socialiste (PS) is embarrassed at the election of Murat Denizli as a Socialist councilor. Denizli is a hardright Turkish extremist belonging to the Grey Wolves.
Let's see if I got this right: the Belgies didn't want the eeeevil rightwing political parties to gain any power, so they opened up the voting to people who would oppose them - only to find out that the people thus elected are if anything far worse than the eeeevil rightwingers.