Numerous testimonies of sexual assault and rape committed by at least one employee of the two bars have been flocking to social networks since Sunday evening, while the Brussels public prosecutor’s office confirmed on Tuesday the opening of an investigation after the filing of “several complaints “.
A support march for the victims is also organized Thursday at 8 p.m. from the Ixelles Cemetery, confirmed the local police area. The event will stop at Place Fernand Cocq and a delegation will be received by the mayor of Ixelles, Christos Doulkeridis.
“We understand the feelings of revolt and anger aroused by such acts, which we strongly condemn,” indicated the management of the bars involved. “We learned of the march organized this Thursday evening in support of victims of abuse. We fully support it.”
“However, it is unacceptable that our waitresses, waiters and customers are insulted, harassed and spit on. This is going too far. That is why we are calling for calm,” added the operator. “We have made the decision to close our establishments this evening, in order to protect our customers and our staff.”
“We reaffirm our support for the victims and we are available to the police,” concluded the management.