A large demonstration by nationalist students against the European Union but in favor of Europe took place again this year in the city of Leuven, Flanders, reports our European correspondent.
The demonstration, which has now become an annual event, although themed on different issues each year, was organized by the Nationalist Students Union (Nationalistische Studentenvereniging—SV). The official slogan of the march was “Resistance against the EU Soviet.”
The procession started at the Herbert Hoover Square in the center of the university town at around 8:30 p.m., and followed a set route around the beautiful city, our correspondent reports.
Members of the public and student bystanders provided much support, and a small contingent of ultra-left extremists were too small in number to affect proceedings, and were in any event kept well away by a strong police presence.
The NSV has units in Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Leuven, West-Flanders, Hasslet, and Mechelen.
It was founded in 1976, under a self-described banner of “conservative radical nationalism.”
Members of the NSV are easily recognized by their grey student’s hat and student’s ribbons (a tradition imported from the 19th century German student unions).
Notable past members of the NSV include Frank Vanhecke (president of the Vlaams Belang from 1996-2008); Bruno Valkeniers (president of the Vlaams Belang from 2008 to present), and Filip Dewinter (possibly Vlaams Belang’s most famous activist.)