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Is the Belgian “volunteer” for Ukraine interviewed by RTBF a neo-Nazi?  — RT in French

French-speaking Belgian television presented a man “volunteered” to fight against the Russian army in Ukraine and whose apartment is decorated with a poster of the “Corps franc Wallonie”, Nazi fighters during the Second World War.

On March 8, the 7.30 p.m. television news of La Une, the first channel of the Belgian Radio-Television of the French Community of Belgium (RTBF), devoted a subject to a man who claims to have “volunteered” to fight the Russian armed forces within the “International Legion for the Territorial Defense of Ukraine”.

The voice-over indicates that this man, who presents himself as a certain “Jacques Martin”, adorned with a tattoo representing a weapon on his shaved head, “is the relay with the Embassy of Ukraine” and “continues to receive calls for combat candidates”. She later clarified that he “already fought in the former Yugoslavia”.

The report is filmed in a place where you can see a wall covered with many posters. One of them – on which the camera stops and zooms in – is the flag of the “Corps franc Wallonie”, one of the early denominations of the 28th SS “Wallonia” division. This is one of the divisions of the Waffen-SS that fought during the Second World War, mostly made up of French-speaking Belgians from the Rexist movement of Léon Degrelle, but also of Spanish Francoist volunteers who had survived the “Blue Division”. . In 1942, the volunteers of the Wallonia legion fought in Ukraine, in the Donetsk region. Elements that the RTBF did not consider useful to specify during its report.

Under this poster, we can also see another on which it is written “Anarkia” above a skull resembling the insignia. Totenkopf, a skull and crossbones used many times throughout German military history and in particular by the SS.

Contacted by RT France, RTBF said it had received a lot of emails on this subject and had warned the journalists involved as well as the news department, the latter still thinking about a reaction at a time when we write these lines. RTBF, however, clarified that the report was also to be broadcast on the radio, but that this broadcast had been cancelled.

I am an anarchist […] I was in the legion in Croatia, for example […] Russians are killing innocent civilians, so I will kill Russians

In an article also devoted to Belgians leaving to fight in Ukraine, the Belgian magazine 7sur7 also gave the floor to Jacques Martin, presented as being 51 years old and the father of “four adult children who do not agree with his decision”. The man evokes his commitment in these terms: “We are going to fight for the freedom […] I am an anarchist and I have fought for this many times. I was in the legion in Croatia, for example […] [Mes enfants] know that I will go all the way […] but I can’t stay idle. The Russians are killing innocent civilians, so I will kill the Russians. I am aware that I can be captured or killed.”


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