When I woke up this morning I couldn’t imagine that later today I would be behind bars at a Belgian police station. I came to Brussels, Belgium, to attend the Veggie World to look for people interested in starting up Save-groups in Belgium. It was two great days with lots of people interested to join our movement! Today started with a meeting over Skype this morning to decide who will be win the next Martin Luther King award in Sweden (can’t tell you who we chose because it won’t be official until sometime in December). Because of my meeting I was late to the slaughterhouse. I had decided to go there with my friends Andrew, Nicole and Daphné in the Save Movement to check it out so that we knew what it is like for coming vigils with a Save-group in Brussels. We also wanted to see if there came any trucks with animals and if we perhaps could get a brief contact with them and film them from the trucks before they were sent to their death. When my friends arrived one worker told them that all the trucks had already arrived for the day. They walked around the market where you usually can buy meat but today it was closed. Behind the market was the slaughterhouse and a door to it was open and no one was around. So they went in to see if they could get any contact with the animals. This is what they saw:
After a while I was asked to go into another room where I was asked to strip down to my underwear. Then I got to take on my clothes minus my shoes and the belt. One police took me by the arm and led me into the cell I described in the beginning of this story. After almost two hours we were let out of our cells, given back all of our things and asked to go upstairs to talk to a higher ranking officer. We were told that they had called the prosecutor and that he had decided not to charge us for anything. And that we were lucky this time but that we shouldn’t do this again!
“All I could think about when being locked up in the cell was the pigs and the horrible fate they are meeting every day at the slaughterhouse” said Daphné when we left the police station. Isn’t there something strange in a society when you are arrested and put in a jail for exposing violence and the ones who are actually committing the violent acts are allowed to continue with the killing?