Over 50 churches have been vandalised in Brussels between 2019 and 2022
Between 2019 and 2022, 53 cases of church vandalism were recorded in Brussels, while only 1 mosque was vandalized in the same region and time frame
Catholic sacred buildings in Brussels are often the target of vandalism. Between 2019 and 2022, no less than 53 damage to churches or chapels were noted across the region. In comparison, only one mosque was the target of vandals during the same period. In other words, religious buildings in Brussels are 53 times more likely to be the target of vandalism than mosques.
According to the Vlaams Belang, these figures reveal something that is unfortunately preferred to remain silent, namely that part of the population of Brussels hates our cultural and spiritual heritage, probably for religious reasons, and even puts this hatred into action.
The leader of the Vlaams Belang group in the Brussels Parliament, Dominiek Lootens, asked Prime Minister Rudi Vervoort in a written question to communicate the extent of the damage to these religious buildings. The numbers speak volumes: in the period 2019-2022, no fewer than 53 churches and chapels, 12 cemeteries, 2 abbeys and 1 monastery were targets of vandals. Only one mosque was damaged in the same period.