Hundreds of activists from Ghent, Antwerp and other Belgian cities have taken part in a silent march against “the genocide of white farmers” in South Africa after a string of murders apparently targeting Boer and Afrikaner minorities. The participants say that the Belgian government should address the problem during talks with S African officials.
The silent crowd slowly marched through the streets of Ghent. Locals peered from their windows once they heard the drum beat and the police were nearby, stopping traffic in front of the parade.
On the flags there is Leo Begicus – the Belgian lion, but this time, students from several branches of the Nationalist Student Association – the NSV, are in the streets supporting their comrades, who live far away from European shores. They’ve gathered to protest against what they see as the genocide of Boers – a white minority living in South Africa, predominantly on farms. In recent years media have reported an increase in the number of murders and attacks on white farmers. Some South Africans, like Ilse De Beuckelaer, who studies in Belgium, says that she wants people to become aware of what’s going on in her country. The murders of farmers happen so often, that, according to De Beuckelaer, locals have almost stopped paying attention to such news.