Luc Asselman, husband of the former federal minister Maggie De Block (Open Vld), announced Wednesday his resignation from the municipal commission for regional planning (Gecoro) of Merchtem after a racist statement.
As the meeting was not recorded, the comments made are not known for the moment. But according to members of the Groen party, Mr. Asselman said he “there should be no more dirty blacks in Merchtem“while his microphone was still active during a videoconference on Tuesday evening.
Green Councilor Ludwig De Mesmaeker is said to have left the meeting after this statement. According to the person himself, it is a “regrettable statement. “” Despite the fact that they were triggered by an incident that occurred late yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, Editor’s note), I am aware that the statements made were very hurtful and disparaging, which was unacceptable. However, regret or not, what is said is said. ”
“In order not to hinder the continuation of the work of Gecoro, the only appropriate decision is to give up my mandate“, added Mr. Asselman, who sat on the committee as an alternate member of his group, Lijst1785. The event will be discussed Wednesday evening within the group, confirmed the mayor Maarten Mast, who is part of it.