The cartoon is by Canary Pete, a cartoonist who works for the dailies Het Belang van Limburg and Gazet van Antwerpen
The daily's editor in chief Indra Dewitte says that the cartoon should never have been published: "Gazet van Antwerpen rejected the cartoon that then automatically appeared in our paper. This was a technical error. This cartoon has no place in our paper."
The cartoon was removed where possible also in the paper’s online edition.
Some readers took to twitter to announce that they would be ending their subscription. By last night the Equal Opportunities Centre had received several complaints. Director Patrick Charlier: "The cartoon clearly displays prejudice. It may be acceptable in Charlie Hebdo, but is problematic in Het Belang van Limburg."