Belgian lawmakers are looking at ways they can ban the controversial Islamic Party as fears grow they could gain seats in the countries migrant-dominated ‘no-go zones’.
The party, which openly state they want an Islamic State in Belgium, will stand in 28 municipalities in the local elections in October.
“Our goal is a one hundred percent Islamic state,” Party Leader Redouane Ahrouch told Belgian media.
The party also wants to overturn the countries’ ban on wearing Islamic veils and segregate buses by sex.
They also want to change the law so that all schools would be forced to offer Halal food.
Belgium’s Asylum and Migration Minister, Theo Francken, slammed the party, saying: “Women do not have rights in their shariah world. And it starts with separate public transport. I am disgusted by this ISLAM party…This is not Europe, this is spitting on Europe.”
In hun shariawereld hebben vrouwen geen rechten. En het begint bij apart openbaar vervoer. Ik walg van deze partij ISLAM. Dit is waarom @SafaiDarya en duizenden andere vrouwen uit Iran moesten vluchten. Dit is niet Europa, dit is spuwen op Europa.
— Theo Francken (@FranckenTheo) April 6, 2018
Ahrouch, who won’t shake hands with women or be sat next to one on TV interviews, said it was inconceivable that a woman would ever be allowed to stand for the party.
Lawmakers have now announced initiatives which would ban the party and prevent it from campaigning heavily in the final days.
Mons City Councilor Georges-Louis Bouchez put forward a motion over the weekend which would forbid the party to hold meetings.
“I have been calling for a ban on extremist parties for a long time,” said former Deputy Prime Minister Laurette Onkelinx.
“I am in favour of a strict policy against parties that do not respect our fundamental values.”
She also tweeted that the party “sweeps away our constitutional principles including gender equality. On this subject too, there is no half measure to take. You have to hit hard. We must act quickly to find a consensus for a law to counter liberticidal parties.”
#PartiIslam balaie nos principes constitutionnels et notamment l’égalité entre hommes et femmes. Sur ce sujet aussi, il n’y a pas de demi-mesure à prendre. Il faut frapper fort.
Nous devons rapidement trouver un consensus pour une loi pour contrer les partis liberticides (3/3)
— Laurette Onkelinx (@LOnkelinx) April 8, 2018
Welcome to Europe, 2018.