Belgium: Laura Tesoro raises the Palestinian flag at the concert for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union!

The Presidency of the Council of the European Union is held in rotation by the EU member states for one semester. The Presidency chairs meetings at all levels of the Council, ensuring the continuity of the EU’s work within the Council.

For the first half of 2024, the Presidency of the Council of the EU is assumed for the 13th time by Belgium. On the occasion of the celebration of the presidency of the European Union, a great concert took place last night in Mechelen, Antwerp, which was however colored by the war between Israel and Palestine, an event that is of particular concern to the entire planet.

Specifically, yesterday’s concert was interrupted for more than fifteen minutes by pro-Palestinian demonstrations. Specifically, dozens of activists had mingled with the crowd, holding flags and shouting slogans, to express their displeasure with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and Europe’s stance. In fact, one of the activists strongly addressed the crowd, but was removed by the police.

Conductor Dirk Brossé tried several times to calm the spirits, but this had little effect. Also, singer Laura Tesoro, who represented the country at Eurovision 2016, with the song What’s The Pressure, taking 10th place, also tried to restore peace by raising a Palestinian flag. Skirmishes broke out in the crowd, while the police intervened with civilians.

On the other hand, the mayor of Mechelen, Bart Somers took the stage and called on the activists to show respect to the large crowd attending the concert.

“Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, but the people who come to the party also have the right to it. One day everything will be fine. Peace and love on earth”.

Finally, the head of the opposition Marc Hendrickx (N-VA), said he was ashamed of this action.

“I demand from the city council to reject them”.

Over the past couple of months, many Eurostars have expressed their views publicly on social media regarding the ongoing conflict in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine. Among them Eric Saade and La Zarra.

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