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dinsdag 19 augustus 2014

The brave 10 000

By +972 Blog

 |Published August 16, 2014

10,000 protest in Tel Aviv for a just peace, end to occupation

Under a coalition of Israeli left-wing political parties and organizations, thousands gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square in the largest anti-war demonstration since the outbreak of violence in Gaza.
Some 10,000 Israelis flooded Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square under the slogan “Changing direction: toward peace, away from war” in the largest anti-Gaza war demonstration in Israel since the outbreak of hostilities more than one month ago.
Thousands gather at a pro-peace rally in Tel Aviv, calling for a just peace and an end to violence in Gaza, Tel Aviv, August 16, 2014. (photo: Activestills)
Thousands gather at a pro-peace rally in Tel Aviv, calling for a just peace and an end to violence in Gaza, Tel Aviv, August 16, 2014. (photo: Activestills)
The protest was scheduled to take place last week, but was postponed after the police and Home Front Command revoked its permit, ostensibly to stop large gatherings during a time when missiles were being fired at Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities. Roughly 500 non-aligned activists flooded Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square anyway, in defiance of the ban.
At tonight’s demonstration the major left-wing parties, including Meretz and Hadash, as well as Peace Now and other left-wing organizations, joined tonight’s demonstration, calling for a wide range of demands, from continuing negotiations between Israel and Hamas to an end to the occupation and Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Many who have demonstrated throughout the past weeks of hostilities expressed disappointment at Meretz and Peace Now for their refusal to support anti-war demonstrations until now.
Meretz MK Zehava Gal’on addressed the protest, affirming that her party was against the Israeli military operation in Gaza all along. She lashed out at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for not immediately recognizing the Palestinian unity deal and instead choosing war.
To large applause, Hadash MK Mohammad Barakeh stated in Hebrew and Arabic, “We are building a partnership against the occupation, for a free Palestine.” He continued, “We are here for a two-state solution, for life and a future for people in Gaza and the South.”
Famed Israeli author David Grossman addressed the large crowd, saying, “We won’t be able to breathe deeply in Israel as long as people in Gaza feel choked,” adding, “We will always be neighbors with people in Gaza. We must live together.”
David Grossman speaks to a crowd of 10,000 anti-war protesters in Tel Aviv, August 16, 2014 (photo: Activestills)
Israel author David Grossman speaks to a crowd of 10,000 anti-war protesters in Tel Aviv, August 16, 2014 (photo: Activestills)
Naomi Tzion, a resident of Sderot, called on the crowd to think of those in Gaza who have now been made refugees twice or thrice, adding, ”The true spitting in the face of the residents of Sderot? The attempts to paint us all as a single stereotyped collective.” Gaza is “the biggest jail in the world,” she continued.
Along with anti-war sentiment, protesters expressed their anger at the Israeli government for its lack of leadership, chanting “Bibi, go home!”
According to the protest organizers, the demonstration was organized to send the following message to Israel’s political leaders:
“The next round of fighting can be prevented. No to the way of wars – we must have a political solution! After an agonizing month of war and death, in the face of mounting waves of incitement and hatred, which increasingly tear up the Israeli society, we stand up to demonstrate for peace and for democracy.”
The rally at Rabin Square came two days after another demonstration was held to express solidarity with the residents of communities along the Gaza border.



Pro-peace rally held in Tel Aviv amid Gaza truce talks

Right-wing activists plan counter-demonstration; police forces deployed in city.

By Ilan Lior Aug. 16, 2014 | 9:46 PM
Thousands gather at a pro-peace rally in Tel Aviv, on day 40 of Operation Protective Edge.
Thousands gather at a pro-peace rally in Tel Aviv, on day 40 of Operation Protective Edge, Aug. 16, 2014.Photo by Moti Milrod
Moti Milrod
Author David Grossman speaks at a pro-peace rally in Tel Aviv, Aug. 16, 2014.Photo by Moti Milrod
Thousands of demonstrators gathered Saturday evening for a pro-peace rally in Tel Aviv under the slogan, “Changing direction: toward peace, away from war.”
The rally at Rabin Square comes two days after another demonstration expressing solidarity with residents of communities along the Gaza border.
Right-wing activists planned a counter-demonstration, which will be held nearby at the same time. The Israel Police is planning to keep the two camps apart.
At the main rally, which began at 8 P.M., speeches were slated to be made by author David Grossman, journalist Zuheir Bahloul, Meretz chairwoman Zahava Gal-On, Hadash chairman Mohammed Barakeh, a resident of Sderot, a representative of bereaved families and other left-wing activists.
The rally will also host performances by Achinoam Nini, Mira AwadYair Dalal and Adam Gorlitsky.
The rally was originally due to take place last week, but was postponed at the request of the police and the Home Front Command, which prohibited gatherings of more than1,000 people at the time in the Tel Aviv area.
The event's Facebook page states that, “following a painful month of war and death, in view of waves of incitement and hatred that are tearing apart Israeli society, we call for a demonstration for peace and democracy. The next round (of violence) can be avoided. We don’t have to sink into an abyss of ever-crueler wars, of extreme hatred and a destruction of our neighbors and ourselves.
"Only an agreement will ensure long-term security and quiet for residents of the south and of the entire country. There is another way – immediate dialogue with Palestinians to ensure a fair peace, the opening of Gaza and a determined stand of Arabs and Jews against racism and for life. Only a two-state political solution will guarantee independence, justice, security and hope for all people living in this land.”
Speaking at the demonstration, Meretz chairperson Zahava Gal-On lashed out at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying, he has failed miserably, not as a result of this operation, but of refusing for five years to take the diplomatic path to peace.
Gal-On accused the prime minister of a "diplomatic freeze: refusing to adopt the Arab Peace Initiative; the so-called blowup of the talks with (Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas) Abu Mazen after 9 months, the breakdown of U.S.-Israel relations, the refusal to recognize the Palestinian unity government, and the widely authorized building in the settlements, which destroyed any chances of a peace agreement with the Palestinians.”
She continued, “You could have achieved the framework you’re willing to accept now without paying the price of 64 dead soldiers and civilians, the death of 2,000 Palestinians, and the horrible destruction in Gaza, including almost half a million people uprooted from their homes.”
During his speech, author David Grossman, said “Neither side in this war has a victory picture. There are only indescribable images of death and destruction. Every image depicts defeat for both peoples.
"There is no military solution for the conflict between Israel and Hamas. There is no military solution that will end the suffering of Israelis in the south and the inhumane suffering of people in Gaza. People in Israel won’t be able to breathe freely either, until the stranglehold on Gaza is lifted."
Many streets in the area were closed during the rally.

Gal-On calls for Netanyahu's resignation at Rabin Square rally

On Saturday night at Rabin Square, in a rally for a political solution  to the Palestinian conflict, many carried signs proclaiming  "Whoever doesn't want peace is making excuses" and "Yes to democracy, no to incitement." Meretz Chairwoman Zahava Gal-On called for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to tender his resignation at the rally. "Bibi, you failed. You need to leave the keys and go home. You failed  this badly because of five years of refusing diplomacy, of refusing to adopt the Arab Peace Initiative."
Gilad Morag
08.16.14, 21:18 / Israel News
Meretz Chairwoman Zahava Gal-On at Rabin Square rally (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
Meretz Chairwoman Zahava Gal-On at Rabin Square rally (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
Gal-On harshly criticized the prime minister. "You failed because of your refusal to recognize the Palestinian unity government, the destruction of our relations with the United States and the obsessive building in the territories."
The demonstration was organized by two left-wing parties, Meretz and Hadash (the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality), as well as Peace Now and the forum for bereaved families.
Leftwing protest in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
Leftwing protest in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
Gal-on also said: "We had enough of the silencing and the incitement. Two days ago we came out here to support Gaza-border residents. The agreement which you are now ready for could have been reached without paying the ultimate price of 64 fallen soldiers and 2,000 Palestinians."
Gal-On further criticized Netanyahu's inaction during Operation Protective Edge. "What did you do Mr. Prime Minister? You dragged us into a war of choice in Gaza. You threw Hamas a lifeline and provided them achievements for no reason. You proved to the extremists that you only understand force."
Hadash MK Mohammad Barakeh, and noted Israeli author David Grossman also spoke at the demonstration.
Yona, a protester from Kfar Saba, said she came to "protest because, unfortunately, the Left has been silent too long and all you hear is the Right. That's why we came to show we exist. The solution we should have adopted long ago is to return the territories for peace; it will be much harder to achieve today."
 Tali, another demonstrator, said that "we better protest while we still can, because I have a feeling they don't want us to talk."
The protest is being held under the banner of "Taking a turn towards peace."
Meretz MK Nitzan Horowitz, one of the rally's organizers, said: "It is our right and our obligation to call for a political solution which is the only solution that will assure peace and security. No one will silence us or scare us."
 From BLOG 972

vrijdag 1 augustus 2014

The assassination of JEAN JAURES, 31 July 1914

« Le capitalisme porte en lui la guerre comme la nuée porte l’orage ! »  

Jean Jaurès
6 jours avant son assassinat
il y a cent ans,
le 31 juillet 1914.

Le 31 juillet 1914, le député de la Section Française de l’Internationale Ouvrière (SFIO), Jean Jaurès, est assassiné.
Il a organisé de grandes manifestations contre le danger de guerre. Le 25, il vient de tenir un meeting à Vaise (quartier ouvrier de Lyon), où il a dénoncé la responsabilité de la France et de la Russie dans la marche à l’abime, puis il a participé le 29 juillet au Bureau socialiste international à Bruxelles, et dénoncé une fois encore le capitalisme et ses menées impérialistes.
De retour à Paris, le 30 juillet, il conduit une délégation au chef du gouvernement pour demander l’arrêt des dispositions de mobilisation et le recours à une médiation pour désamorcer le conflit engagée le 28 entre la Serbie et l’Autriche.
Une furieuse campagne de presse a été lancé contre lui, notamment depuis 1913 car il s’oppose à la loi qui porte le service militaire à 3 ans au lieu de 2: il est accusé d’être un traître, un lâche, un agent du Kaiser (l’empereur d’Allemagne). Charles Péguy souvent présenté comme un catholique humaniste a appelé à le tuer.
Jaurès assassiné la voie est dégagée pour la guerre à outrance: le ministre de l’intérieur a rassemblé dans le carnet B les noms de tous les socialistes et syndicalistes à arrêter en cas d’opposition.
Les diplomates de chaque camp ont minutieusement organisé la propagande pour présenter leur pays comme victime, obligé de se défendre contre l’agression de leur voisin.
Jaurès n’a jamais séparé le combat contre la guerre et le combat contre le capitalisme, ce qui était alors la position de l’Internationale ouvrière. « Le capitalisme porte la guerre comme la nuée porte l’orage » dit-il, car la concurrence, guerre commerciale, la lutte pour la conquête des marchés, le contrôle des matières premières, deviennent avec l’impérialisme, de plus en plus une lutte sans merci.
Son assassin sera acquitté car jugé comme bon patriote.Jaurès petit Parisien

vrijdag 25 juli 2014


J'ai fait l'effort de traduire un appel que je considère important et exemplaire à la fois.
J'invite aux camarades francophones de réfléchir sur pourquoi cela se passe de mon côté linguistique de la frontière.
Sorry pour les fautes éventuels d'orthographe.
Diffuser parmi ceux ou celles de votre choix.

Vlaamse zucht

Guido Vermeulen

L’appel des médecins néerlandophones de Belgique :

L’appel dans la revue THE LANCET

120 médecins flamands ont signé une lettre ouverte qui demande la condamnation de l’action militaire au Gaza et des sanctions économiques et militaires contre l’état d’Israël.

Quelques points forts de cet appel :
Vivent en Gaza 1,8 millions d’habitants, dont la moitié sont des enfants, sur un territoire réduit comparable à celui du grand Anvers.
Depuis 2007 Israël a fermé et isolé Gaza par terre, eau et ciel.
De ce fait Gaza est devenu la plus grande prison en plein air du monde !
Depuis cette prison des groupes qui résistent à ce type d’occupation tirent des missiles vers Israël sans faire beaucoup de dégâts matériels et humains, grâce à la défense aérienne efficace d’Israël.
Depuis le 8 juillet 2014 Israël bombe à nouveau le Gaza. C’est la troisième campagne de bombes massives en 6 ans avec comme résultat provisoire 630 Palestiniens assassinés et 4000 blessés.
Un sur 3 victimes a moins que 18 ans.
Des milliers de maisons, mosquées, écoles et le port sont détruit, aussi un hôpital de revalidation et une centrale d’ambulances ont disparu sous les bombes.
Le bombardement d’hôpitaux n’est du jamais vu et constitue un vrai crime de guerre.
Gaza n’a plus d’endroits de refuge ; aucun lieu est encore en sûreté, plus possible de fuir nulle part.
Les hôpitaux sont pleins. Le transport de blessés devient problématique par le manque de pétrole des ambulances.
Docteurs et infirmiers travaillent 24 sur 24 et sont en manque d’électricité, de médicaments et d’autre matériel médical.
Qu’on rend le travail des secouristes de plus en plus difficile est honteux et scandaleux.
Dans des conflits de guerre les médecins défendent la neutralité car chaque vie humaine a la même valeur.
Mais dans ce conflit où 95 % des victimes tombent d’un côté on ne peut plus être neutre.
Les bombardements de Gaza n’est pas une opération de guerre mais un vrai massacre !
Un conflit dans lequel on tue des enfants qui ne savent plus s’échapper par des bombes par terre, par la mer et par l’air n’est pas une opération de guerre. C’est une expédition de punition !
De pays qui sont coupables de massacres et d’expéditions punitives
on n’achète plus d’oranges, on n’y va plus en vacances, on ne leur vend plus d’armes et on ne joue plus du foot UEFA.
Comme le dit Mado Gilbert, docteur d’urgence de la Norvège qui travaille dans l’hôpital Al-Shifa dans la ville de Gaza :
« On ne demande pas de nous fournir des bandages, des piqûres ou l’envoi d’équipes médicaux. L’intervention médical le plus efficace est de faire pression sur Israël d’arrêter les bombardements et de soulever le blocage de Gaza. »
En tant que médecins nous demandons aux politiciens de condamner Israël pour des crimes contre l’humanité faits à Gaza en ce moment et de renforcer cette condamnation par des embargos économiques et militaires.
Nous soutenons aussi l’appel de nos confrères internationaux publié dans la revue médicale THE LANCET qui condamne la violence atroce au Gaza.
Des négociations pour former les gouvernements dans cette période de vacances sont sans doute importantes mais ne doivent pas former une excuse pour nos politiciens pour se taire devant la crise humanitaire au Gaza.
Ne pas sanctionner le massacre actuel au Gaza est moralement inacceptable !
Israël ne peut pas s’appuyer sur une tache aveugle spéciale à son égard dans notre conscience.

Lettre publié dans le journal DE STANDAARD, 25 juillet 2014.
Marc Van Ranst, virologue du KU Leuven et un des responsables de la lettre, dit dans une interview en plus ceci :
« J’ai des difficultés de ne pas parler d’un GAZACAUST. Dans mes yeux Israël a gaspillé son crédit historique. Ce qui se passe avec les Palestiniens est inadmissible. Le temps de s’inquiéter est dépassé. Les gens sont en colère. Le monde doit sanctionner Israël, si non rien ne changera sur le terrain. Israël continuera à penser et à agir sans aucune contrainte, comme ils avaient une lettre de corsaire libre. »

Photo: Truth: 


Kudos to David Harris-Gershon for speaking out on this issue. Poster by Worley Dervish (facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/WorleyDervish).

Photo: Brave Jewish woman arrested in New York for reading out names of the dead in #Gaza #jewsforpeace
Brave Jewish women arrested in New York because she was reading out loud
in public the names of the vicitims in Gaza...

maandag 12 mei 2014

An update on Sharmila Chanu

Dear Guido
Just a short update on Sharmila. She did receive your mail art and PetrolPetals. I owe you both. She received a fair bit of support from mainland India and abroad last month. There appears to be something happening. I am preparing for the worst but it may work out. After having kept her under indefinite detention without trial for 13 years in long periods of solitary confinement they are now putting on trial in both Imphal and Delhi. The trial in Imphal begins next Tuesday 13 May. The trial in delhi is 28th may. It gets a bit complicated to explain how they can do that. But in essence once the trial is over in Imphal she will be automatically released and allowed to die over a few weeks. There is no other possible verdict. If they find her guilty she is released based on 13 years time served. If she is found not-guilty she is released without conditions. I was keen to get her to trial in Delhi because it ended her isolation in Imphal and would have made no difference to her incarceration and force feeding in Imphal. The election results are on May 16 but unless Manipuris turn out to support her next Tuesday they appear to be behaving like Nazis retreating before advancing allied soldiers. They will kill her just before AFSPA is removed from Manipur.
I owe you a proper mail art more than that. I know that you can do only small things. But if people did small things it would be enough. Anything you can do even just telling one person would be very helpful. She isn't dead yet. By the end of this month the dust will clear a new PM will be in Power in Delhi, then a new CM of Delhi will be appointed. They can the trial out for months or years or they can get to a verdict within days. If they thought many people cared they wouldn't just let her die after torturing her and realizing they couldn't break her.
Thank you so much for the mail art. I received her last parcel two days ago. But when I tried to contact helpers in manipur the only people who want to talk to me are now are the government informants and they obviously don't want to help.
But things may become clearer over the next few months so I am rewriting to those who have helped in the past if you have time for one last effort. Another letter or anything you think might help.
with metta

zondag 11 mei 2014


Apparently Knights of Infinite Resignation are like troubadours who sit by a tower serenading a princess they can never save but wiki doesn't always get things right. I am seeking mail art for 
Irom Sharmila Chanu
Human Rights Defender
Security Ward
Jawaharlal Nehru I M S
Imphal East
Manipur 795005
We have been engaged to be married for some years just need to organize a prison break and art attack is one of the methods. How's it going I dunno maybe a few more years.
I live in a small village in Co Galway Ireland, Portumna. She would find it difficult to send mail art in return so I shall do so on her behalf. The reason I mention Portumna is that the Irish take poetry and art very seriously. In the Spring/Summer there will be Arts Festivals here so artists from around southern ireland will exhibit poets singers musicians dancers. I can send you the freebies they offer. Not expensive but how else will you get programmes for arts festivals from Portumna. To give you a measure for an ordinary poetry reading by locals maybe 100 plus people will turn up at the local pub to listen. This is a small village of no more than a few thousand souls.
That's the deal. For now I can send something kitsch from one of the local stores, maybe postcards of portumna or a pen with a green irish sheep on it. But come Spring Summer I can give you more respectable stuff.
If you check out her name you'll find out she's the real deal. Please don't signpost me groups I should really try. If you think anyone will listen more then please don't let me stop you contacting them for her. What I am offering is art for art. I am not a do -gooder. I am if you must press what Kierkegaard called a Knight of Faith unless of course wiki got that wrong too.
Desmond Coutinho she calls me her fiance and true supporter. To others if known at all I am called an international sex spy and man of mystery. I do have very bad teeth. Quick as you like I can send you something when you send her something and come Spring Summer you get the good stuff. She'll still be there.

About Sharmila

She has been campaigning via non-violent compassion (satyagraha) for the removal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act which since 1958 has given absolute immunity to the Indian Army while on patrol in Manipur. She is a very simple woman and has been imprisoned for the past 13 years for long periods in solitary kept alive by naso-gastric intubation. She is a beautiful beautiful person. But she has always been allowed mail. And any positive contact does lift her spirits.

in English
 in French

Sharmila amongst the flowers

Sharmila on Wikileaks:


Manipur is an area that bind by The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958 - AFSPA - under Indian Forces, for more than 50 years. The formulated provisions of the Act grant extraordinary powers to the Indian armed forces in the “disturbed areas” where it is applicable. The Act has been at the heart of concerns about human rights violations in the region, such as arbitrary killings, torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and enforced disappearances. Its continued application has led to numerous protests, notably the longstanding hunger strike by Irom Sharmila Chanu.

Separatist insurgency[

A separatist insurgency began in 1964, although momentum to a more violent phase did not occur until 1978.[22] The Separatists demand a sovereign state separate from the Union of India, a claimed lack of development, plundering of local resources, and a general discontent is part of their argument.[22][23][23] The international Human Rights Watch, argues that human rights violations by Indian Security Forces have only fuelled the insurgency.[24][24] It adds that the Indian Army have at times acted with impunity as anti-terrorism laws in the state make prosecution of human rights violators difficult.[17][25][26][27]
There are currently 34 groups, including non-violent ones, that demand independence from India.[22] In 1999, some of these groups coalesced into an alliance organization called the "Manipur People's Liberation Front." Of these, the three most prominent are the United National Liberation Front (UNLF), Peoples Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), andPLA of Manipur. The UNLF is estimated to have 2500 active militants, the PREPAK with 1500, and PLA with 3000.[22] The Indian news organization, Rediff, wrote in 2004:
As of today, Manipur is the worst case scenario in the north-east as far as militancy is concerned. Apart from the fact that there are more militant groups in the state than anywhere else – at least seven prominent groups operate in Manipur – the rivalries between these outfits often leads to greater violence.[28]
The Kuki insurgent groups want a separate state for the Kukis to be carved out from the present state of Manipur. The Kuki insurgent groups are under two umbrella organisation, Kuki National Organisation (KNO) and United Peoples Forum.[29]
The Zomi Revolutionary Army is a nationalist/separatist group dedicated to the defense of Zomis and the reunification of ethnic Zomi people in Burma (Chin State), Bangladesh (Chittagong Hill Tracts), and northeast India (Manipur and Mizoram). It aims to unite all Zomi people under one governing unit, known as a Zogam, meaning "land of the Zomi" under the Indian Union
The situation is further complicated because insurgent groups are not united in the same cause. The Nagas wish to annexe part of Manipur and merge with a greater Nagaland or Nagalim, which is in conflict with Meitei insurgent demands for the integrity of their vision of an independent state.[22] There were many tensions between the different tribes and have witnessed numerous clashes between Naga and Kukis, Meiteis and Muslims.

vrijdag 9 mei 2014


Artists’ Union England is a new trade union for professional visual and applied artists.
We aim to represent artists at strategic decision-making levels and positively influence the role artists play within society.
We aim to challenge the economic inequalities in the art world and to negotiate fair pay and better working conditions for artists.
We aim to work with other unions, arts organisations, government bodies and cultural institutions whilst remaining both independent and transparent.
We aim towards consensus decision-making, an active grass roots membership and involvement over a wide geographical spread.
From 1st May there will be a three-month grace period until 1st August 2014 in which there will be no membership fees. All members who join before 1st July will be invited to take part in a collective decision making process to determine the initial priorities and annual membership fee of the union.

donderdag 24 april 2014


1914 – 2014 :

This mail art project is not in opposition or competition but in support of the existing mail art project on the anniversary of the so-called « great » war.
So we support and encourage the efforts of Jan Theunink and Paul Verhulst in Belgium,
those of Theresa Easton in the UK and the Hungarian project (a collaboration between networkers in Hungary, Germany and Austria, the world will follow).
We also salute the incredible individual efforts of artists like Eric Bensidon and Alain Cotten in France and Otto Sherman in the USA.


°  the refusal of war as a destruction of people’s common togetherness and solidarity
War was conducted by those who did not know eacht other for the bank accounts of those who knew each other quite well (to paraphrase Valéry)

°  the refusal of any kind of war nostalgia or the recuperation of so-called peace by institutions like the EC or the UN (who have no problem launching new wars « in the name of peace and freedom»). War which is the destruction of humanity is now waged in the name of humanity. Talking about Orwellian newspeak, this is another fine example of applications during the last decade or so...

° the backing of a total rehabilitation for all soldiers who were executed by their own commanders and governments « as example », with excuses as cowardice, or desertion, or you have lost your equipment and other nonsense

° the backing of independent historical research on what happened during these « great » wars

You can fill in yourself other angles of interests, the list is limitless



This project is proposed by mail artist Guido Vermeulen 
with the support of FRIOUR NETWORK MAGAZINE

Documentation online

Mail your contributions to
1914 2014 PROJECT
Guido Vermeulen
Thomas Vinçottestreet 81
B-1030 Brussels