Thierry Baudet was hit on the head with an umbrella in Belgium on Thursday evening. Baudet calls the attack “simply terrible”. He gave a lecture on Thursday evening at a conservative student association at Ghent University.
When Thierry Baudet arrived at Ghent University for the lecture, an unknown man hit him in the face with a folding umbrella.
The attacker shouted slogans in Russian aimed at Russian President Vladimir Putin. The man was then tackled to the ground by the police present. He’s stuck now.
Baudet could simply give the lecture at the university. He does have “a huge bump” on his head, he says in the program Along the Line and Surrounding Areas. Baudet finds it “very sad that this is happening”.
According to Baudet, he was distracted after which someone else hit his head with the umbrella from the other side. “It looked like some kind of ambush, some kind of ambush that they had set up.”
Earlier in the evening there was also a peaceful protest under the Stadshal in the center of Ghent. About twenty people gathered there to express their dissatisfaction about Baudet’s arrival. They were dressed in Ukrainian flags and held a paper with the message “No to Russian war propaganda. No to Thierry Baudet”.
The controversial lecture was initially canceled
Baudet’s lecture in Belgium was not without controversy. The Belgian student association KVHV could count on criticism because of Baudet’s pro-Russia positions.
Every year the KVHV, a right-wing conservative student association at Ghent University, organizes an opening lecture. This year the Praesidium invited Baudet. The Forum For Democracy leader was originally scheduled to speak in a Ghent University building, but the university felt that security could not be guaranteed.
The lecture seemed to be canceled for a while, but the student association went to the Council of State. It ruled that the KVHV had taken sufficient measures and safety could be guaranteed. The university then had to allow the event.
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