Vlaams Belang: "Report all problems with illegals to us"

The Flemish far-right political party Vlaams Belang has launched a website where people can report all types of incidents or problems involving people who have no legal documents to stay here. Vlaams Belang invites citizens to inform them about things like illegal employment, crime or cases of social security abuse.

The website "meldpuntillegaliteit.be" was launched today. Vlaams Belang figurehead Filip Dewinter says the aim is "to collect as many complaints as possible" about problems or nuisances caused by illegal residents. According to Filip Dewinter, this is necessary "because the presence of tens of thousands of illegals in our big cities is causing major inconveniences."

Filip Dewinter says it is "not a snitch line website" as "everyone who has information about people staying illegally in Belgium should inform the police anyway." He adds that all the reports collected will be passed on to the police and the authorities. The website resembles the controversial anti-immigrant website launched by Geert Wilders in the Netherlands.

"It reminds me of the Nazi regime"

Jozef De Witte of the Centre for Equal Opportunities and the Fight against Racism condemns the Vlaams Belang website. "It's illegal", he says. "It reminds me of the Nazi regime in the thirties, or the Stasi in the former DDR."

"Mr Dewinter knows it's illegal, but he just wants to provoke and to shock people", Mr De Witte told the VRT. "Eight years ago, Vlaams Belang launched a similar website, which existed exactly one day. I don't see any difference with the present website."

Mr De Witte says that those staying in Belgium without documents should leave the country, but that it is not up to political parties to collect this kind of information.