Frontnacht will go to Council of State after all
The organisation of Frontnacht, part of the IJzerwake, will go to the Council of State after all. The organisation announced this in a press release on Thursday. Thursday morning the chairman of the IJzerwake said that they would not go to the Council of State. Now the organisation wants to challenge the revocation of the permit for Front Night after all.
The Ypres town council decided Tuesday afternoon that the festival Frontnacht could not take place. According to the city, the condition that there should be no connection with neo-Nazism and neo-fascism is not met. After the decision, the organisation of Frontnacht would not go to the Council of State, because the ruling would come too late to organise the festival. Now the organisation decides to go against the revocation of the permit after all.
"Something else is clearly going on here than the concern not to allow expressions of racism or neo-Nazism. The city council has succumbed to the political pressure of the left and the extreme left. The reasoning behind the withdrawal of the permit given earlier is unjustified," can be read in the IJzerwake communication.
The organisation will not challenge the decision in summary proceedings, because it is impossible to organise Frontnacht practically in time. "The event Frontnacht is therefore cancelled. Vzw IJzerwake continues to find the withdrawal of the permit unjustified and will challenge this decision on the merits through an annulment appeal at the Council of State. Vzw IJzerwake also wants to recover the costs made from the Ypres town council", it sounds.
Furthermore, vzw IJzerwake calls upon people not to come to Steenstrate near Ypres on Saturday, as there will be no activities there. On Sunday the IJzerwake will take place as usual.
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