Fortress Europe; The Rise of Fascism and Racism in the Netherlands

People wave Danish flags as they celebrate the 75th birthday of Denmark's Queen Margrethe, who is received at the City Hall, April 16, 2015. REUTERS/Mathias Bojesen/Scanpix Denmark few days ago I returned from Veldhoven, The Netherlands, where last April 13 in a breathtakingly fascist act of racism the Mayor of this small Dutch town deported over 600 Eritrean youth attending a conference, kicked out of their hotel and forced to leave the city in the middle of the night.

I am not talking about Eritrean youth from Eritrea, these were mainly citizens of EU countries of Eritrean ethnicity, 600 of them,
threatened with arrest and forced onto buses at 0 dark thirty and expelled from the city limits.

Their “crime”? Being Eritrean, that is supporting their country publicly in the midst of a racist and fascist fullisade of attacks by
right and left wing Europeans against any and all things Eritrean.

These over 600 kids were attending a conference that has been held in a European country every year for the past 12 years, and was
previously held in the Netherlands in 2008. Not one time has there every been a complaint against these youth and their conferences,
members and supporters of the Youth Popular Front for Democracy and Justice (YPFDJ), what used to be the Eritrean Peoples Liberation Front (EPLF) before Independence in 1991. I, and other prominent western journalists (i.e. Eric Draitser and Glen Ford), have spoken at
seminars sponsored by the YPFDJ and can vouch for their consciousness and discipline.

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