By Filip van Laenen
Created 2006-11-16 17:46
Last October 28th French Muslim “youths” arsoned a public transport bus in Marseille. A 26-year old female student from Senegal, Mama Galledou, sustained severe burns over 60% of her body when she was unable to get off the bus in time. Mama fought for her life in hospital and survived, though she will be marked for the rest of her life.
Only one (1!) demonstration has been held in support of Mama Galledou. How different this would have been if a Muslim “youth” had been the victim of, say, police brutalities or attacks by white hooligans. A mere 250 people marched in protest of the ordeal inflicted on this young black woman – most of them fellow students and teachers of the medicine faculty where Miss Galledou studied. The general indifference reminds us of the silence after last January’s murder of a black boy by Moroccans in Brussels. The murderers were never found and nobody seems to care either, because the murderers belong to an ethnic group which de facto rules the city. We are also reminded of the murder of the Antwerp train conductor Guido Demoor, who was kicked to death on a public transport bus when he requested six North African “youths” not to harass other passengers. The six “youths” were all released when an autopsy revealed that Demoor had died of heart failure rather than as a direct result of the injuries inflicted upon him – which prompted Humo, an infamous, far-left Belgian mass circulation weekly, to declare that Demoor was a “racist” as he had grabbed one of the “youths” by the throat.
Their friends and family deny that the boys are guilty. When French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy visited Marseille and demanded that “multi-recidivist minors of between 16 and 18 be punished as adults,” fifty youths staged a demonstration, following an appeal of the family of one of the culprits to protest “Sarko’s Gestapo methods.”
For some, apparently, the fact that the police is trying to maintain law and order is considered to be an intolerable provocation. They have, however, ever less to complain about. Bernard Coumes, the president of the police union Alliance in the Marseille province (the Bouches-du-Rhône department) describes the situation in his province as follows:
“In 1996 there were 6,700 police officers in the department, each working 40.5 hours per week. In 2006 we only have 4,000 officers who each work 35 hours per week. Since August 1st, 24 officers got injured during incidents. Over 40 police cars were damaged by objects thrown at them or were entirely demolished in arson attacks. The latter includes one army vehicle of the riot police CRS. Shots were fired at a vehicle of the emergency units in the 3rd district [arrondissement] of Marseille and petrol bombs were thrown at the police HQ in Vitrolles.”
While travelling on a Marseille bus that was hit by a petrol bomb, Mama Galledou sustained severe injuries. It remains to be seen whether her assailants will be adequately punished. Some criminals in contemporary Europe appear to be untouchable.
Via: Brussels Journal