Statue of the Future, a moment of silence

Apr 20, 2016 | Life

I do have a question!

Do we have to build a new statue “the Statue of the Future” on the solid ground of Belgium?
It is terrifying to hear such bad news of Brussels today.
These unfortunate events will never be forgotten and the memories will remain in a new statue “the Statue of the Future”.

Short description of what had happened on March 22, 2016

Brussels Airport
Two suicide bombers, carrying explosives in large suitcases, attacked a departure hall at Brussels Airport in Zaventem. The first explosion occurred at 7:58 a.m. in check-in row 11; the second explosion occurred about nine seconds later in check-in row 2. The suicide bombers were visible in CCTV footage. Some witnesses said that before the first explosion occurred, shots were fired and there were yells in Arabic. However, authorities have stated afterwards that no shots were fired.

A third bomb was found in a search of the airport and was later destroyed by a controlled explosion. Belgium’s federal prosecutor confirmed that the suicide bombers had detonated nail bombs.

Maalbeek metro station
Another explosion took place just over an hour later in the middle carriage of a three-carriage train at Maalbeek metro station, located near the European Commission headquarters in the centre of Brussels, 10 kilometres (6 mi) from Brussels Airport. The explosion occurred at 09:11 CET.

The train was travelling on line 5 towards the city centre, and was pulling out of the Maalbeek station when the bomb exploded. The driver immediately stopped the train and helped to evacuate the passengers. The Brussels Metro was subsequently shut down at 09:27.

Victims
In the bombings, 35 people, including 3 suicide bombers, were killed and over 300 others were injured, 62 critically. Including the attackers, 17 bodies were recovered at Brussels Airport and 14 at the metro station. 4 people later died of their wounds in hospital. 81 others were injured at the airport, while the rest were injured at the metro station. The bombings were the deadliest act of terrorism in Belgium’s history.

‘Schelde Vrij’ or ‘Scheldt Free’ statue

Dutch control over the Scheldt
The fortune of the city of Antwerp has always been closely tied with that of its port. In 1585, with the Fall of Antwerp and following occupation by the Spanish, the Dutch cut off access to the city by blocking traffic on the Scheldt river.
Even after the Peace of Münster in 1648, which ended the 80 Years’ War between Spain and the Netherlands, the Dutch levied a heavy toll on ships sailing to Antwerp, curtailing its growth.

Finally a settlement in 1863 between Belgium and the Netherlands put an end to this practice. To commemorate this important event the city council decided to build a large monument.

==> ‘Schelde Vrij’ <==
Located at the center of the Marnixplaats (Marnix Square), a circular square from which eight streets emanate. The name of the square refers to Marnix van St. Aldegonde, mayor of Antwerp during the fall of the city in 1585. The nearby Lambermont Square is named after the man who is credited for the freeing of the Scheldt, Auguste Lambermont.

» Written by Alan who goes under the name of twin-rhino | Published on April 20, 2016

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