20 Feb 2011
THE CHIPS REVOLUTION
The Chips Revolution
Since February 16 Belgium helds the record of 249 days without a government breaking a modern-day mondial record that was held by Iraq. We are now ready to go into the Guinness Book of Records.
For this occasion an Arabic looking student representing Irak handed over a cup to the new winner .... Belgium represented by a Belgian student.
The Belgians have a lot of humor so this event was celebrated with several actions such as men letting their beards grow until a government is in place, or women following Lysistrata's example and refusing sex until an agreement is made.
Top of the bill was the "Révolution des Frites" (chips revolution) a public party in the streets on Thursday night, counting down to the new world record. In an ironic trailer, people were asked to gather and "help our political heroes through the last hours".
"Our politicians are heroes," people joked. "We're proud of this. Finally we can send out a positive message about Belgium -- our country is the world record-holder."
Residents in Brussels, Antwerp, Leuven and Liege wore red noses and had their versions of a Red Nose Day meant to shame politicians. But they apparently prefer to continue to play the clowns.
In Louvain la Neuve the organizers handed out 300 portions of free chips with mayonnaise, a staple part of the Belgian diet.
And in Ghent, where activists said 249 people would protest naked to mark each day of political paralysis, dozens stripped to their underwear.
Friends and people around me don't take the actual politicians seriously anymore. We really wonder for what they are useful. We all noticed that with or without government, our little lives continue and we don't see any difference.
An actress was asked by a Flemish newspaper why they were taking off their clothes
"Why? Because if we're naked, we're all people together," she said.
And that is true, Belgians want to stay together the Flemish and French speaking once. Only the politicians have a problem with it and put their personal ambitions in a language war.
The "chips revolution" wasn't appreciated by them at all !