Tear gas and water canon used on Afghan asylum seeker children and women in Belgium protest ..

By: Abdul Ghafoor

on 8th September 2013 About 200 Afghan refugees occupied a former refugee center to protest the harsh asylum procedures of Maggie De Block. Most have worked and lived for many years in Belgium. Now their asylum is refused they are being sent back.

These Afghans are desperate. They have tried to build up a new live, working with an ‘orange card’ and doing language courses. Most of them speak fluently Dutch and/or French (the official languages in Belgium) and many have children that went to school here all their life. They want to say to Minister of Asylum Maggie de Block, and to the rest of Europe, that it just isn’t safe in Afghanistan, and that families with children should have the right to stay and live here.

According to sources from Belgium on 25th September 2013 they asked to meet the Belgian prime minister and the police reacted violently (claiming demonstrators had attacked them). Women and children were there when the police used teargas and water canon.


According to latest reports from our sources in Belgium, and Belgium Activists. – The building in rue du Trône is being cleared out, the police  has taken all the Afghans (including women and children) to an unknown destination..

About Abdul Ghafoor

Abdul Ghafoor is a refugee rights activist and blogger stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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