Candidates with Nazi sympathies exposed, Vlaams Belang launches investigation

A number of candidates that are standing for the far-right party Vlaams Belang have expressed sympathy for national socialist ideas by “liking them on Facebook”. The news appears in Tuesday’s edition of the daily ‘Het Laatste Nieuws’. The party’s leader Tom Van Grieken is to launch an investigation but says that he is indignant about the “tone and the timing” of the article.   

The social media activity includes expression of sympathy for Tomas Boutens, a former soldier that was convicted of terrorist offences five years ago. He was the leader of the neo-Nazi organisation “Bloed, bodem, Eer en Trouw” (Blood, Soil, Honour and loyalty).

The group’s aim was for a “white Flanders”. In order to achieve this the group hoped to trigger a civil war by carrying out a number of politically-motivated murders. Among those on their death list was the man that is arguably the party’s best-known politician Filip Dewinter.   

In addition to this ‘Het Laatste Nieuws’ discovered 5 Vlaams Belang candidates that had expressed support for Facebook posts praising the leader of Nazi Germany Aldolf Hitler.  

The leader of Vlaams Belang Tom Van Grieken is indignant. Speaking on VRT Radio 1’s morning news and current affairs programme ‘De Ochtend’ that “Vlaams Belang is a democratic party and there is of course no place in it for neo-Nazis. But it can’t be a coincidence that 12 days before the elections a candidate that “likes” is pilloried and there name published”.  

The party has started an investigation and will looked at what each of the candidates have done on a case by case basis.

“But we are not joining a witch hunt. Everyone is innocent until they are proved otherwise.” Mr Van Grieken concluded.