Anti-racism activists across Europe call four-day carnival in Ath an ‘act of symbolic violence towards black communities’

Anti-racism campaigners have called on Unesco to remove a Belgian folklore festival from its cultural heritage list unless organisers stop parading characters in blackface.

The four-day carnival in the Belgian town of Ath, which gets under way on Friday, will feature “the savage”, a white man in blackface, who wears a chain around his neck and a ring through his nose. According to the official festival website, “the ‘savage’, chained and agitated, testifies to the taste for the exotic of the 19th century”.

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