Sunday, 22 July 2012

The Police State Shows Off it's Hardware.

Yesterday, July 21st, was Tin Tin's birthday, or as it is officially known, 'Belgian National Day'. It marks the inauguration in 1831 of King Leopold 1.

The highlight of the day is a military parade. I attended this year with my son, and a good friend whose own son and father were with him. The father was a lovely chap, with a great story to tell. As a young seaman, he was a crewman on board one of the ships that took the Soviet missiles into Cuba in 1962.

The military parade also had a story to tell. It is, I must say, remarkable for its lack of music. It is more like a funeral than a national celebration. But most telling is the equipment on display. This is not military hardware, this police kit. Lots of soft-skinned and lightly armoured vehicles with smaller calibre weapons - 7.62, 20mm, what looked like a 30mm Rarden, and a few close range AA missiles of a certain age. This army does not exist to deter an invader, or to take part in a major conflict with its NATO allies, it exists to control its own population.  The vehicles themselves remind me of more heavily armed versions of the 'Pigs' we used to ride around Belfast in during the late 70s, or the police armoured vehicles that were a familiar sight in South Africa during the Apartheid era. Nowhere else will you see water cannon on a military parade, but we saw it with our own eyes yesterday in the centre of Brussels.

Belgium displays many of the characteristics of a police state, and even some that I would associate with a fascist state. Its army has a strange appearance. A somewhat theatrical US inspired uniform, complete with cravattes, and a weird slow motion form of drill that makes them look like a cross between Audie Murphy and Billy Elliot. But there were not so many troops on display yesterday, just lots of police vehicles painted green, and water cannon.

I witnessed a civil disturbance last year which saw burning barricades just yards from my home. The police adopted a 'stand-off' approach until the demonstrators approached the Belgian Parliament and the Royal Palace. Then it was a different story. Then it was Robocop style riot police with batons drawn, and water cannon. This was a fascist state defending itself against its own people. It was not a pretty sight.

1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    it seems increasingly obvious that ALL states duped into vassal status of the malign & largely failed EU experiment have in the main been forced to over equip its Civil Defence forces, as their police have become, it is clearly a response to a self serving political elite who have lost touch with both the interests and the support of their respective peoples.

    An unelected bureaucracy bribing the political elite with cash, status & slush fund projects for the sole purpose of their own cash & power enrichment!

    It is both sick and sad to watch good people betrayed by their own self serving political elites.

    Sad to watch the peoples' malaise of 'its gone too far to withdraw' which all too often in history becomes the cry of the oppressed before revolution and civil war - No wonder these new fascist styled dictatorships, centralised as they are under the heel of the massive EU bureaucracy have need of such a militaristic police - over equipped and over armed and most clearly the servants of an unpopular state increasingly the police are the enemy as the murder of Ian Tomlinson in London showed and the collusion of the Judiciary on behalf of state enforcers for the political con men became undeniable.