Belgians strip down to undies to protest 249 days of political stalemate

February 18th, 2011 - 3:15 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 18 (ANI): A number of protestors took to the streets of Belgium and stripped down to their underwear in protest of the 249 days they have gone without a government.

The group of about 50, mostly students, stripped to their underwear in the northern city of Ghent and stood to form the word “unity” after leaders of 6 million Dutch-speakers were pitted against those of 4.5 million French speakers.

More than 1,000 people in the French-speaking town of Louvain-la-Neuve, carried the colours of the Belgian flag and formed the words “Een-Un” - “One is One” - in Dutch and French.

They called for more unity instead of the infighting, sniping and backbiting that has made it impossible to form a national government.

“There”s an expression in Dutch to be naked and meaning to make a fool of oneself,” the Telegraph quoted co-organiser Jouwe Vanhoutteghem, a masters student at Ghent University, as saying.

“Nothing has happened, the politicians have negotiated for 249 days and it is still a stalemate so they are making fools of themselves,” Vanhoutteghem stated.

It is arguable whether 249 really is the world record, as Iraq took 249 days to get the outlines of a government agreement last year, but the approval of that government took a further 40 days. (ANI)

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