Movement X wants to dust the museum that is Europe
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translated from Dutch by Oriana P.
Our country gained a new movement. Movement X fights exclusion, discrimination and racism.
“We are a civil rights movement which has no problem embracing the new demographic realities”, they declare. Dyab Abou Jahjah became the chairman of Movement X.
Belgium, Brussels - Movement X, a civil rights movement which is open to everyone (white or non-white) who endorses the platform, was officially launched today. Behind the scenes Dyab Abou Jahjah was already in contact for a while with several people who wanted to start ‘something new”. Exactly one year ago the former AEL-leader returned to Belgium after a long stay in his native Lebanon.
“Europe is in crisis. The challenges on the economic, ecological, moral, cultural and social levels are enormous. The continent cannot overcome the current impasse by reverting to old recipes and entrenched identities. European cities are at a turning point. Their population no longer has a dominant majority. Many remain blind to this new reality”,
reads the statement of the new movement.
“We are a civil rights movement which has no problem embracing the new demographic realities and which fights against all forms of discrimination based on race, religion, socio-economic status, gender, class or nationality. We stand for a radical interpretation of democracy and fight against any system that does not reflect the new demographics of Europe ",
is how the founders describe Movement X.
In order to highlight the launching Movement X collected a series of endorsements from people like Walter Zinzen Bert Anciaux, Sami Zemni and Chika Unigwe.
“A certain type of racial dementia prevails in Belgium. Belgians do not seem able to judge what is racist and what is not. Belgium has never dealt with its colonial past and because of this it has never evolved”,
writes Unigwe in her endorsement.
Movement X is pushing forward. Some actions from the movement will include campaigning around the symbols of colonialism, which are ubiquitous throughout the country and push for enforceable quotas in the labor market for groups that have traditionally been excluded.
Late September, at the first congress of the movement, Dyab Abou Jahjah was appointed chairman. Co-founders include Mohamed Benhaddou, Hans Schippers and Youssef Kobo.