The Mayor of Brussels decided to ban a parade on 9/11 against Islamo-fascism.
In reaction, the organizers decided to hold the parade to commemorate 9/11. The Mayor was not to be denied. Brussels Journal has the story and specifically a quote from the Mayor.
[A quote from Freddy Thielemans, the Mayor of Brussels, in an op-ed piece in the Brussels newspaper De Standaard, 20 August 2007:
I decided to forbid the September 11 demonstration â€œagainst the islamicisation of Europe.â€ [â€¦] Since 2001 I have allowed over 3,500 demonstrations. This is only the sixth one which I forbid. [â€¦] The right to demonstrate exists only inasmuch as it does not cause a disturbance of the public peace and order. [â€¦] First and foremost the organizers have chosen the symbolic date of 9/11. The intention is obviously to confound the terrorist activities of Muslim extremists on the one hand and Islam as a religion and all Muslims on the other hand. [â€¦] Such incitement to discrimination and hatred, which we usually call racism and xenophobia, is forbidden by a considerable number of international treaties and is punished by our penal laws and by the European legislation. The European Court of Human Rights has repeatedly pronounced judgements condemning this type of acts. [â€¦]
Our society has long fought to achieve that certain codes of behaviour connected with the Catholic religion are no longer enforced as civil law upon everyone. To my knowledge not a single rule specific to the Islamic religion is being enforced in similar fashion. And I see no indication that a large majority of our Muslim population is demanding any such thing.
Let us not forget that Brussels has always shown tolerance and openness towards everyone who lives here or seeks refuge here. Diversity, compromise, tolerance and rejection of extremes remain the foundation of the Brussels identity. [â€¦] With regard to the planned demonstration of September 11 â€œagainst the Islamicisation of Europeâ€ my mind is made up. And my decision is final: it will not take place.