By Lorenza Formicola
Belgium is facing a “persistent terrorist threat” and a “wave of jihadism” of that has no precedent. We are talking about radicalized prisoners in jails and about what the country’s spy agency reported a few days ago.
Brussels: the symbol of a continent that has been fighting for more than a decade against a new wave of migration, often linked to Islam; The headquarters of the European bureaucrats must face a new generation of jihadists who have been born directly in their prisons. The country has already been the scene of several attacks whose authorship was claimed by the self-styled Islamic State; It is impossible to forget that of March 2016 that caused 32 deaths and over 300 injured.
According to the freshly baked report, Belgium now has “within the prisons a population of terrorism detainees never seen before” and represents a sort of threat by “contagion”. “Taking into account the persistent tendency to suffer a relapse that have former terrorist prisoners, Belgium will continue to face a latent terrorist threat for a long time,” the report denounces. Nothing new if we consider that both France and Spain established the alert a long time ago. In Italy; Souad Sbai has been denouncing this phenomenon for years. European prisons have long been the new frontier of radicalism; also thanks to the Syrian war that continues to act as a “catalyst” for radicalization and to recapture terrorists already condemned.
In relation to the size of its population, Belgium has provided the largest number of foreign fighters in Syria: since 2012, more than 400 foreign fighters left their countries to fight for jihad.
The country was also the starting point of the Islamic terrorists who carried out attacks in France; something that as reported by the former head of Interpol, Robert Noble, was possible thanks to Schengen and to the open borders of the European Union that eliminated all border controls between the majority of EU Member States.
One of the most famous centers in the world of Islamic terrorism is the Molenbeek enclave: a no-go-zone in Brussels, “the capital of the jihad”, the place where several terrorists lived or were hosted by the municipality, a neighborhood where terrorism acted even against the police.
The authorities carried out door-to-door controls at approximately 8600 locations and investigated 22,668 residents during the “Channel Plan” operation to control the territory. Apparently, 51 non-profit organizations were investigated for links to Islamic terrorism. Deputy Mayor Ahmed El Khannouss condemned the “Channel Plan” as “evil and unjustified”. The problem is that in the meantime, prisons have been filled and terrorists have not lost the opportunity to forge a new generation of jihadists.
On the other hand, a report published by the European Council takes us to France, where terrorism has filled prisons. We are talking about a 23.3% increase in the number of prisoners. A situation that, in addition to causing the natural inconvenience, has turned the overnight stay behind the bars into a training period for terrorists. Islamic extremists also managed to smuggle portable devices into French prisons: two men through a mobile phone were in contact with terrorist belonging to Islamic State and, behind the bars, they planned an attack that was thwarted.
Last month, it emerged the news that a detainee from Tarascon posted a video making propaganda of the Islamic State through a telephone obtained in prison.
Therefore, the number of cases of Islamic radicalization in prisons is increasing; There is a jihadist network that calls into question the effectiveness of security procedures in European prisons.