Since Thursday, you can swim in the outdoor Flow pool along the canal in Anderlecht, near the Pierre Marchant Bridge. But Pool is Cool is already receiving heavy criticism from MR President Jorge Louise Bochese. His reaction was furious on Twitter. Our values have been undermined by the ignorant complicity of some. The burkini permits reserved working hours for women. The societal madness continues.”
The burkini permits reserved working hours for women. Sectarian madness continues. Tweet embed He will denounce it in Brussels and the Federal Parliament. The ignorant complicity of some undermines our values. Tweet embed You must intervene. https://t.co/IAjo5hn1gX
– Georges-L BOUCHEZ (GLBouchez) 2 July 2021
The MR Chair is asking Secretary of State for Gender, Equal Opportunity and Diversity Sarah Schlitz (Ecolo) to act against this measure. N-VA member Theo Franken also responded on his social media. “Separate swimming hours and burkini are permitted: Welcome to the capital of Europe,” the statement read.
Paul Steinbrueck responded to the criticism: “I am amazed by the reactions, although it is not surprising to see where they come from.” It is a pity that politicians only expressed their discontent on Twitter and did not contact us. We are certainly willing to talk to them, but then they have to take that step towards us.”
According to Steinbrueck, the first women’s separate swimming hour on Saturday morning was indeed a success. “This has nothing to do with discrimination, but we want women to feel more comfortable and safe for an hour.
Fitness clubs in Antwerp also have separate hours for women. This is definitely not an issue for us. Just like accepting the burkini is not a topic. Everyone can come and swim in the swimwear they want. It’s such a shame that people here in Belgium are making it difficult again. In Berlin, no one looks back when a woman in a burkini goes swimming.”
According to the organizer, the outdoor pool was already very successful in its early opening days. “Although the weather is not always cooperative, all hours are fully booked. A maximum of 25-30 people are allowed to swim together per hour. This means we can receive about 240 swimmers each day. We can look back on our first three days With great satisfaction.”