These posters popped up nearby the university campus in Brussels.
Fake posters bearing an old Vlaams Belang slogan started appearing in Antwerp on Wednesday. The posters show a parody of the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by the Van Eyck brothers and include the slogan “Hands off our country”.
The poster shows a close up of one of the greatest Flemish masterpieces. The Mystic Lamb, however, has turned black. In addition to the party logo the poster also bears the words “asylum fraudsters, illegal Islam radicals, immigration profiteers”.
The posters have been printed professionally and have been stuck to information boards in our northern port city.
Vlaams Belang supremo Filip Dewinter says he’s mystified about where the posters come from. Vlaams Belang is filing a complaint. It otherwise risks being taken to court for causing a public nuisance.
It is unclear whether the posters are intended to damage or support the Vlaams Belang cause.
Meanwhile the church authorities have not been sitting idly by. They say that the fraudulent use of the Mystic Lamb is an abuse of our art heritage. Canon Ludo Collin of the St Bavo Cathedral in Ghent where the Van Eycks’ masterpiece is kept: “We are asking the people behind the poster to have it removed immediately and to stop its distribution.”