The protest started at 1 pm at the Palace of Justice in Brussels. This place is no coincidence, as the protest is directed against the Belgian legal system. The protesters do not agree to give eighteen Reuzegom members up to 300 hours of community service and fines of up to €400.
It’s all about the death of student Sanda Dea. In 2018, the 20-year-old had his first year at Leuven Student Association Reuzegom. In undermining the assembly, Zia was humiliated and neglected. People peed on him, he had to drink a lot of alcohol and was forced to drink fish oil.
“Mourning our legal system”
The latter was a fatal Zia. His organs failed due to the massive salt content in his body, and he fell into a coma and died. Hence, the storm surrounding Zia’s death and the court’s decision that followed has yet to subside. Protest organizers in Brussels wrote on Facebook: “Let’s reach out and make it clear that we grieve. We grieve Sanda Dia and our justice system.”
against the British broadcaster BBC Says one of the organizers: “Everyone is angry and disappointed in the Belgian legal system. For example, if you travel by bus in Belgium without a ticket, you will receive a higher fine than the one received by Reuzegommers.”
Ghent and Bruges
The protest in Brussels is not the first. Earlier there had already been demonstrations in Antwerp and Leuven. Later in the afternoon, people in Ghent and Bruges will take to the streets.