A year after Brussels attacks, what’s fixed… and what’s still broken

Everyone in Belgium remembers where they were on March 22, 2016, no matter how far or close they were to the Brussels Airport and Maalbeek metro station.  A year after Brussels attacks, what’s fixed… and what’s still broken by Cathy Buyck, Laurent Cerulus and Cynthia Khroet, published in Politico, March 23, 2017.

veryone in Belgium remembers where they were on March 22, 2016, no matter how far or close they were to the Brussels Airport and Maalbeek metro station. This year, they commemorated the 32 victims, killed by three suicide bombers, and the 320 injured, as well as the emergency and transportation workers, the hotel staff, taxi drivers, cafe owners and simple strangers who rushed to help. “Our land has been targeted at the very heart, but we all wanted to carry on,” King Philippe said as he addressed relatives of the victims Wednesday morning. After ceremonies at the airport and metro station, the King and Queen Mathilde led family members and rescuers to a new memorial by Jean-Henri Compere near Rond Pont Schuman in the heart of the European Union quarter. “It’s the responsibility of each and every one of us to make our society more human and more just,” the King said there, adding, “Let us learn to listen to each other again, to respect each other’s weaknesses. Above all let us dare to be tender.” (lire la suite)

Soldiers control an access to Brussels airport, on March 29, 2016 in Zaventem, one week after the Islamic State attacks in Brussels.
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Le phénonmène de radicalisme à Molenbeek – Entretien avec Johan De Becker

Un an après les attentats, le chef de corps de la zone Bruxelles-Ouest, Johan De Becker, fait le point sur le phénomène de radicalisme à Molenbeek. Entretien paru dans DHNET.be, le 19 mars 2017. (lire la suite)

À la tête de la zone de police Bruxelles-Ouest (Molenbeek, Jette, Berchem, Koekelberg et Ganshoren) depuis 2002, le chef de corps Johan De Becker a accepté d’évoquer l’évolution de la situation du point de vue du radicalisme et de la sécurité à Molenbeek. Pour cet officier supérieur en charge d’un des territoires les plus sensibles du pays, les collaborations mises récemment en place entre le Parquet, les polices fédérale et locale et l’administration communale ont permis de nombreux progrès dans le cadre de la lutte contre le radicalisme. Johan De Becker souligne néanmoins une énième fois les problèmes de sous-effectifs de sa zone et insiste : la sécurité à Molenbeek passera aussi par l’amélioration des conditions de vie de ses habitants (lire la suite)