SHAFAQNA – A Muslim woman was run over by a car which appears to drive at speed towards her during a right-wing rally in Brussels. This attack comes after a flare up in xenophobic attack against Muslims and ethnic minorities in Belgium.
It is important to note that state officials across the Western world have been conduit for help, systematically reinforcing hate against Muslims in their comments and policies.
Video footage shows a white Audi drive through a police road block and then straight towards into a Muslim woman dressed in hijab as she crosses the road.
She is dragged onto the bonnet and then falls to the ground as the car continues on at about the same speed.
The footage was from a rally in which anti-immigration “activists” staged a demonstration against Muslims in Molenbeek, the Brussels suburb where the airport bombings and last November’s Paris attacks were allegedly planned.
About 400 people were chanting anti-Islamic slogans at the rally, prompting many of the Muslim residents in the area to come out onto the streets, Reuters reported.
Riot police erected barriers between the two sides but the Audi drove through the cordon.
The male passenger of the car is shown filming through the window moments before the car hits the Muslim woman, who is understood to have been badly injured.
Medics rushed to her aid and Belgian media reported that the alleged perpetrator was arrested.
Islamophobia has risen across Europe following terrorist attacks on the Paris office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 and the second Paris attacks in November 2015, as well as the bombings at Brussels airport and a metro station on 22 March 2016.