Brussels Announces New Law to Fine Offensive Language

Telegraph (London), September 4, 2012

The people of the Brussels will have to mind their manners from now on, with the city authorities announcing new fines of up to 250 euros (£200) for insults traded on the streets.

“Any form of insult is from now on punishable, whether it be racist, homophobic or otherwise,” a spokesman quoted Socialist mayor Freddy Thielemans as saying.

Brussels, home to the EU and many top international institutions, is known for its family-friendly and cultivated lifestyle but the mayor wants to crack down on the everyday unpleasantness found in any big city.

To do so, officials came to an agreement with judicial authorities to impose fines of between 75 and 250 euros for insults, petty theft and rough jostling where no physical harm is caused.

The spokesman for the mayor said the courts up to now had been too busy to take up such cases and as a result many police “had little incentive to take any action over such incidents”.

The issue was highlighted in a recent film by Belgian director Sofie Peeters who recorded in secret the everyday insults and exchanges she ran into on the streets of the city.

[Editor’s Note: See here for more on Miss Peeters’ documentary.]

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  • Boereseun

    This reminds me of Demolition Man. 

    Beep! – “You’ve been fined 10 credits for a violation of section 213(b) of the Hate Speech Act of 2013!”.

    So, a woman walks the streets, gets insulted by some muslim men and now every Belgium person is not allowed to swear in fear of punishment? Brilliant, Karl Marx would be proud!

  • Church_of_Jed

    Won’t the UN declare this Islamophobia, or is it to punish Whites who record true Islam?

  • GoAway

     I will use my amazing supernatural powers to predict:  This law will never be used to protect white men or women from verbal assault. It will only be used to prosecute white men and women. Really!

  • If we had such laws here, some people, especially Blacks, would not be able to say a word!

  • godzillabloggs

    I find it hard to believe that the behaviour recorded in Ms Peeters’ documentary could not be punished under existing laws, if the will was there.