Belgium’s Molenbeek struggles with stigma one year after ISIS shook the city
The March 22 terror attack in London occurred on the one-year anniversary of three coordinated suicide bombings in Brussels that killed 32 people and injured 300. British authorities have not yet said if they believe the incidents are connected, but they were similar in style.
There has been a gradual movement away from large-scale terror attacks against institutions and toward smaller-scale attacks on so-called soft targets — often average people going about their daily lives. The most infamous of those attacks was the November 2015 massacre at the Bataclan in Paris, which killed 130 people and injured hundreds more. Those attacks were orchestrated by a cell of ISIS fighters who were born and raised in Europe, many of them in Molenbeek, a neighborhood outside of Brussels, Belgium now commonly referred to as Europe’s “jihad capital.”
VICE News’ Seb Walker goes back to Molenbeek to see what has changed since the attacks, and what residents are doing to combat radicalization.
This segment originally aired March 22, 2017, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.