Thursday, December 14, 2006

Secession of Flanders

Yesterday evening, Belgian public TV station staged a fake programme announcing the alleged unilateral proclamation of independence of its Northern Federal Unit Flanders. It is only after a certain period that the editors of the programme decided to inform the public that the entire programme is fiction. By that time it was late, 89% of the population actually believed the news is genuine. Belgian political elite unanimously condemns yesterday’s programme.

The news actually caught me in an Algerian Restaurant in a beautiful municipality of Saint Gilles in the Brussels Capital Region. My Belgian friends with whom I dinned reacted emotionally, and although doubtful as to whether the news is actually through, started appreciating the state they though belonged to the past. As far as I am concerned, it made me thing of Yugoslavia, how it could have stayed a joint democratic state.

2 comments:

Jernej said...

Srdjan,

thanks for interesting post. But was Yugoslavia ever a joint democratic state? Surely not. We both know that it was a school book example of a totalitarian state held artifically together by the centralist Communist party.

best wishes for the New Year,
Jernej

Srdjan Cvijic said...

Definetely, it was not such a state, I made an error what I meant to say was "if it had become a..." but it did not...it was a communist dictatorship I agree with you