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Belgium: Muslim Politician Negotiates Suppression of "Offensive" Word
by Cheradenine Zakalwe
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The city of Ghent is going to delete the word "allochtone" from its "accord de majorité" and from daily use. "The suppression of the word 'allochtone' is the beginning of a new policy of integration", explains Resul Tapmaz (sp.a), deputy burgomaster in charge of Equal Opportunities, in several Dutch-language newspapers. According to the deputy burgomaster, the parties concerned are themselves demanding the suppression of this word. "You see it in the streets, the Ghentians with origins elsewhere are not happy with this label. They feel like Ghentians, not 'allochtones.'"
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