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4th Aug 2020

Vlaams Blok branded 'racist'

The Belgian Supreme Court has ruled that the far-right Vlaams Blok party is "racist".

The court ruled on Tuesday that the Blok, a Flemish nationalist party, should not be given TV airtime or state funding.

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It is said to be the most popular party in many parts of the northern Belgian region of Flanders.

The ruling is likely to mean the death of the party.

However, Belgian radio on Tuesday reported that party leader Frank Vanhecke was ready to reconstitute the party under a different name.

Mr Vanhecke said the ruling was a defeat for freedom of speech.

"Our political opponents have changed the racism laws six times in a campaign to have us condemned. What they have done today is shocking", he said according to the Telegraph.

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