[OM] Nathan's PAD 29/11/2017: around Berlaymont

Subject: [OM] Nathan's PAD 29/11/2017: around Berlaymont
From: Nathan Wajsman <photo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 2 Dec 2017 07:46:10 +0100
On Wednesday around lunchtime I took a brief walk around the EU quarter before 
I had to head for the airport to fly to Stockholm. On the Schuman roundabout, I 
happened upon a demonstration-this is a frequent occurrence, as this square, 
surrounded by the main EU institutions, is a favourite spot for political 
activity of this sort. This time it was a demo to protest the treatment of the 
Rohingya by the Burmese government:

Most of the participants were Bangladeshi Muslims. Some were local, but many 
(most, I think) had come to Brussels from other European countries, principally 
the UK but also Germany and France, to stage this demonstration. It was all 
peaceful and dignified, although I was struck by the complete absence of women. 
The elderly man on the right in the high-viz vest was very friendly and invited 
me to take as many photos as I wanted:
Incidentally, our Brussels Liaison Office, my workplace when I am in town, is 
in the building on the right side of this image.

On the other side of Berlaymont, the huge building that houses the European 
Commission, is a reminder of what has been achieved, despite all the problems 
the world faces, and also of the trans-Atlantic ties that once bound us 
together but that are being undermined by the current regime in Washington. A 
piece of the Berlin Wall, enclosed in glass to protect it from the Brussels 
weather, with wall art depicting John F. Kennedy:

I found the juxtaposition quite moving, but of course I am a direct beneficiary 
of the West’s victory in the Cold War, having been born on the wrong side of 
the Iron Curtain.


Nathan Wajsman
Alicante, Spain
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