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Friday, March 23, 2007

Wikinews reports mass wedding held against racism in Belgium

Wikinews reporter Steven Fruitsmaak attended a mass anti-racism wedding held in the city of Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. There he talked to Wouter Van Bellingen, the first black registrar in Belgium. Three couples in February refused to have Van Bellingen marry them, because of his skin color.

The event was held on March 21, the U.N.-declared International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and was capped at 692 couples, due to logistical limitations.

The article also includes original quotes from mayor Freddy Willockx, organization volunteer Stijn De Maeyer, and Ahmed Hanouch from the sociocultural youth organisation Hidâya.

Photographs feature the weddings as well as the extensive entertainment at the event.

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