That is an excellent summary, Nathan. However, I’m not sure that allowing the
Rohingya to retun to Myanmar would be an attractive prospect; it’s a mess.
> On 2 Dec 17, at 06:46, Nathan Wajsman <photo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 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.
Themed Olympus Photo Exhibition: http://www.tope.nl/