LIFE STYLE / FASHION NEWS
September 05, 2012 12:00:00 AM
  Follow @ Twitter

The people of the Belgian capital will have to mind their manners carefully from now on, with the city authorities ready to levy fines of up to 250 euros for insults traded on the streets.

"Any form of insult is from now on punishable, whether it be racist, homophobic or otherwise," a spokesman Tuesday quoted Socialist mayor Freddy Thielemans as saying.

Brussels, home to the EU and many top international institutions, is known for its family-friendly and cultivated lifestyle but the mayor wants to crack down on the everyday unpleasantness found in any big city.

To do so, officials came to an agreement with judicial authorities to impose fines of between 75 and 250 euros ($95-320) for insults, petty theft and rough jostling where no physical harm is caused.

The spokesman for the mayor said the courts up to now had been too busy to take up such cases and as a result many police "had little incentive to take any action over such incidents."

The issue was highlighted in a recent film by Belgian director Sofie Peeters who recorded in secret the everyday insults and exchanges she ran into on the streets of the city.

AFP


PREVIOUS STORY
Promoters voiced MJ doubts before death
NEXT STORY
Tooth Fairy leave more under the pillow: survey

Bookmark and Share
   




FIJI NEWS
Assistance will be aligned with interest: BishopAustralia's assistance to Fiji will be aligned to the interest of Fijian people and education is one area which will benefit.
SPORTS
Army wins Sukuna BowlArmy wrestled the Ratu Sukuna Bowl from Police at the ANZ Stadium this afternoon winning their all exciting challenge 18-10.
HEALTH/FITNESS
Clean-up day to curb dengue outbreakFiji's Ministry of Health has declared a clean-up day next Thursday for residents in the central division as it ups the tempo against a dengue fever outbreak currently experienced in the country.
TECHNOLOGY
Vodafone Fiji, Tonga telco in allianceVodafone Fiji and Tonga Communications Corporation today signed a strategic partnership alliance that will allow the Tongan company to leverage off the experience of their Fijian counterparts.
ENTERTAINMENT
Logicís debut album Under Pressure out Oct 24After years of hard work in the studio and on the road, Logic has completed his debut album with Under Pressure due to release October 24, with the title track, Under Pressure, is now available.
CELEBRITY
Film makers create Indo-Pak border in FijiKya Dilli Kya Lahoreís producers created the barren Wagah border between India and Pakistan in Fiji for the movie which stars Vijay Raaz.
NEWS SPORTS INFOTAINMENT SERVICES MOBILE EXTRA HOT TOPICS