Demonstrations organized by the Grey Wolves, an extremist Turkish group, caused chaos and mass violent disturbances throughout the week in Brussels. The demonstrations were sparked by a violent rally in front of the American Embassy in response to U.S. opposition to the Turkish invasion of Northern Iraq as well as the adoption of the Armenian Genocide resolution on October 10 by the U.S. Congressional Committee on Foreign Affairs. The demonstration soon became a riot after the US flag was torn from where it hung and burned.
During a violent attack on an Armenian owned cafe in Saint-Josse-ten, Noode Tuesday, Turkish extremists, armed with stones and bats, swarmed into the cafe and destroyed everything in sight. Twenty people, along with the owner of the cafe Bedig Bedrosian were inside during the assault. They were not injured. Mehmet Koksal, a young journalist of Turkish origin known for his revisionist opinions vis-?-vis Ankara was onsite filming the assault when a number of the Turkish demonstrators, recognizing him, immediately identified him as a traitor and an enemy that must be killed. The throng was also heard to be shouting that the owner of the cafe "is an Armenian, death to Armenia’s." The police were on the scene, however they did little to stop the violence.
The European Armenian Federation strongly condemns the import into Europe of these racist and criminal customs, which bear a striking resemblance to the pogroms conducted by Turks in Istanbul prior to the systematic massacres of Armenian citizens. "We are expecting from the police and judicial authorities exemplary reaction regarding members of these criminal bands and their rulers," declared Laurent Leylekian, the director of the European Armenian Federation.
"We know that Turkey is always behind these pogroms" added Laurent Leylekian. Turkish State bodies, including the police, army, and judiciary, are deeply infiltrated by these ultra nationalist units and it is attested that Ankara regularly gives orders to the Grey Wolves to carry out anti-Armenian activities within Turkey and Europe, he said.