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Yearbook 2005

2005 BelgiumBelgium. Parliament voted in January to withdraw state party support for "non-democratic" parties. The decision was aimed at the extremist Flemish Flemish party Vlaams Belang, the former Vlaams Blok, which was resurrected under a new name after being banned as racist. The advocates of the new law argued that democracy should not fund forces that fight it.

According to countryaah, two Rwandan half-brothers were convicted in June by a Brussels court for war crimes in connection with the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Kibungo in April 1994. The victims were mainly Tutsis.

2005 Belgium

The government's plans to raise the retirement age from 58 to 60 have sparked sharp protests. In October, two one-day strikes were carried out that paralyzed large parts of society. For the first time in twelve years, all the three largest trade unions in the country participated in a joint campaign. But the government coalition, made up of liberals and socialists, insisted that changes to the social security system were necessary to prevent it from collapsing.

In November, a trial was initiated against 13 men suspected of terrorist crimes. The defendants were charged with belonging to the Moroccan Islamist group GICM and for providing support to those behind the terrorist attacks in Casablanca in 2003 and Madrid in 2004. All the accused were of Moroccan origin.

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