Antwerp Under The Administration of Mayor Bart De Wever

Could Bart De Wever be the best mayor of Antwerp?

The major of Antwerp, Bart De Wever and writer Joel Savage

The Mayor of Antwerp, Bart De Wever and the writer, Joel Savage. Photo:@Kouablan Dominique.

Not quite long in Belgium, but fifteen years in Antwerp is enough to write a narrative essay, whenever I meet this challenge at an examination hall. Even though Antwerp is a famous city, known for its rich diamond collection and flourishing seaport, in the early 2000’s, the city was very rough and unsafe for both tourists and citizens.

It was this period Leona Detiége, a Belgian politician and member of the Flemish social-democratic party, then mayor of Antwerp, did her best to tackle the problems destroying the reputation of the city of Antwerp, as a tourist attraction center.

She swung into action, focusing on the notorious places, such as De Conincksplein, a neighbourhood that harboured all criminal activities, including drug peddling, prostitution, bag snatching, pickpockets, pimps etc, and De Falconplein, another notorious neighbourhood, serving as a red light district for prostitutes, pimps, and drug couriers.

Her undertakings weren’t just a bluff, it did really paralyzed the prostitution industry. Many prostitutes were arrested and deported to their countries of origin and the pimp industry collapsed. The Antwerp police received a letter from a group calling themselves ‘The Nigerian Mafia,’ threatening and ready to fight the police to death, for taking their prostitutes off the streets.

Leona stationed a mobile police van at the center of Conincksplein 24 hours daily, and all the nefarious activities and crimes subsided. Apart from that Leona made it uneasy for landlords that stole money from tenants. It was a period, criminal-landlords was known as ‘huismelkers’ were making a lot of money from tenants. Like a farmer milking his cow, they steal the three months guarantee paid by tenants. Her actions worked and totally reduced this menace which had taken over Antwerp.

Unfortunately, all the hard efforts of Leona came to a fruitless end, when she left office and Patrick Janssens, a member of the SP.a, succeeded her, as the next mayor of Antwerp. Patrick Janssens probably thought the best way to serve Antwerp, is be friendly with everyone. It was his time drug peddling, which Leona had fought to subdue, increased significantly.

There was time, Moroccans in Antwerp, believe or thought the city is for them. They drive, stop on the street, talk to friends, with a long queue of traffic behind them. Who dares to talk? You will be surrounded and if the police are not around, you will be beaten mercilessly.

At Schijnpoort, a neighbourhood in Antwerp, a Belgium driving, stops and asks a Moroccan for help, as he couldn’t find a street he was looking for. As soon as his window came down, right in front of me, the Moroccan accumulated a thick saliva in his mouth and spits onto the face of the driver. He picks up a tissue paper, wipes the saliva from his face and drove away. My heart ached when I witnessed this scene.

Under the administration of Patrick Janssens,   the situation in Antwerp grew from bad to worse. More drug trafficking at coffee shops run by foreigners. By the time he decides to take drastic action, it was too late. The people in Antwerp are fed up and really want a change.

I will always remember Patrick Janssens for saving the citizens of Antwerp from dog’s waste explosion. It was a period one always comes home with a dog’s waste because they are everywhere. He did well to impose a fine against dog owners that leave dogs’ waste in the city after excretion.

The coming in of  Bart De Wever, the leader of N-VA party, as the mayor of Antwerp, took many by surprise. As a politician who has dreams including the creation of an independent state for the province of Antwerp, many don’t like him much, but that didn’t prevent him from winning the seat as mayor of Antwerp.

The man knows that coming into office as a mayor is not all that is important but one’s achievement. De Wever is destined to carve his name as one of the best or probably the best mayor in the political history of Belgium. Since he assumed office, De Wever has done a lot within the shortest period many past mayors couldn’t achieve.

In regard to security and safety, Antwerp is now a safe city any time of the day, including night. Conincksplein, which used to be a dangerous place in Antwerp, is now a safe community for citizens.

The newly completed library adds glamour to the beauty of the area. Antwerp also remains clean since the administration introduced fine for litterers. Alcohol forbidden zones are now in force within the city.

Despite all his achievements, many still don’t agree with him. Some say he is a good man or bad man, others think he is wicked, but whatever name they call him, there is no doubt that Bart De Wever is the best mayor Antwerp has ever got or probably the best in the political history of Belgium.

A Challenge To Belgium Journalists: Show How Sincere You’re To Uncover The Truth Over Aids And Ebola

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A symbol of freedom: No slavery or medical crimes can break Africans down: Photo credit-Alex from Paris.

Sometimes without investigation or finding out reasons some people behave in a different manner, the actions of a man are often judged by the public or certain people, portraying him evil person in the society. We know what is justice, but justice doesn’t work or exist in some countries. Even if it exists, it favours certain class of people, probably elites but not an African.

You may be a member of a group or an association, but might feel uncomfortable with yourself, since you know that they are hiding something from you. In this way, how do you expect an African in the mist of white journalists to behave, when he knows that Aids and Ebola were medical crimes against Africa, but they wouldn’t like to write the truth or let the public know about it?

Another point is, how would you feel as an African in the mist of Belgian journalists, that will neither write anything about the horrible crime Belgium committed in Africa, nor write to demand the breakdown of the statue of Leopold II, if there is no statue of Adolf Hitler, because Leopold was worse than Hitler. He maimed and killed over ten million Africans, including women and children.

This is the reason I’m very bitter, and more bitter, because most of them have failed to realize their hypocrisy  and incompetency, thinking I am the bad one, because of the kind of articles I write. I am an African, so my article reflects on my culture. Anywhere we are or where ever we go, Belgium journalists shouldn’t expect me to open my arms widely to embrace or praise them.

Africa is a continent that has suffered a great of all persecutions, including colonial invasion, slavery, racism, looting, and medical crimes. The more I think about those atrocities, the more I become adamant, because I’m not ready to give myself and be used as foot mat.

My challenge to Belgium journalists is: They must prove to the world, how sincere they are by coming out clean to uncover the truth about Aids and Ebola, because Belgium took part in the medical crimes against Africa.

My respect and thanks to Holland’s scientist Johan Van Dongen, for revealing the truth over Aids and Ebola, as medical crimes against Africa. Even though the truth has cost him dearly, he is a happy man because of his clear conscience and integrity. Let scientists like Ab Osterhaus and Guido Van der Groen continue to lie as pagans, or in whatever they believe in and worship.

People are fed up with lies, greed cover-ups, the reason many have lost interest in the media. If you are a writer and want to be different, write the truth or something significant, which will arrest readers’ attention. That’s exactly what I have achieved. I will therefore never change my identity or my style of writing.

There are many mistakes I did in the past, which I will never repeat them. I don’t live my life to please anyone, and not very kind, because some people take your kindness as foolishness, besides some kindness can give you a lot of worries.

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Bullying: How Can We Protect Our Children From This Aggressive Behaviour?

 

Bullying 1Every child deserves to be happy at home and at school, but many times that happiness they are looking for eludes them. At school and on play grounds, it’s very common for a child to experience bullying from other boys, because he or she looks different.

Physical bullying, taunts and calling one funny names happen every day at school and after school, without the knowledge of teachers or parents. The reason is many children wouldn’t like to speak out to the authorities or parents, because they are scared to talk about it. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, about 160,000 students in the United States, daily refuse to go to school because of bullying.

A married woman with six children, once told me that in her teens at school, she nearly committed suicide. According to her, she was bullied everyday because of her ginger-coloured hair and many called her ugly girl, because she had freckles on her face. Her story was emotional and sad, as she claimed her own brother was part of her misery. He called her ugly too. Despite her ordeal, she summoned up courage to study psychology at the university. That’s one of the best ways to ignore bullying, but how many children have the strength to stand this psychological torture?

On his way to school, a mother kissed her son, without knowing that’s her last kiss to the son, who is being bullied every day at school without her knowledge, because her child never told her. When the child reached a bridge over a busy street, he jumped to his death. Every newspaper in Belgium published this sad story for the government to do something about it. Today the fight against bully is very active in the country.

Children who intimidate or bully other children enjoy doing that. They never stop until the victim has courage to tell his or her parents or put up resistance. It is very important for parents to ask children often, if they are experiencing problems at school. Talking to your child about school is one of the quickest ways to determine if your child is hiding anything from you, for the parents to take necessary actions.

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