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VILVOORDE, THE BELGIAN CITY THAT CLOSED IN TIME THE DOOR TO RIPOLL’S IMAM

Brussels / The Belgian town of Vilvoorde, which has been fighting for terrorism prevention for years, closed the door in 2016 to Ripoll’s imam, Abdelbaki Es Satty, to distrust the radicalization of his speech and to consider it strange that he did not give information about his past.

Located 12 kilometres from Brussels with just over 40,000 inhabitants, Vilvoorde is an industrial city developed around mining and suffered a severe social blow a few years ago with the closure of a Renault plant.

In Vilvoorde, more than 30% of the population is foreign, many of them Moroccans, although there is also an important Spanish community that emigrated in the sixties.

In 2012, Vilvoorde sadly placed himself on the map of terrorism after registering that about thirty people had travelled to Syria to join the ranks of the Islamic State (ISIS).

Then, his mayor got down to work and made the fight against terrorism and prevention his number one priority, creating even a specific antiradicalization department.

Since 2014, his efforts have borne fruit and there are no more trips to Syria or terrorists in the locality, a success that has been highlighted beyond the Belgian borders by former President Barack Obama.

Lara Malvesí, EFE Agency, Brussels. (August 23, 2017, EFE/Practica Español)

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En la noticia se dice que...
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las autoridades de Vilvoorde no conocían al imán de Ripoll.
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una ciudad belga no permitió la entrada a un imán.
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el imán de Ripoll estuvo unos años viviendo en Bélgica.
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Vilvoorde es una ciudad industrial donde viven muchos inmigrantes.
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Vilvoorde es una ciudad industrial donde apenas residen personas de otros países.
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la mayoría de los habitantes de Vilvoorde son inmigrantes.
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Esta ciudad se encuentra relativamente cerca de la capital de Bélgica.
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Falso.
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No se sabe.
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Según el texto, algunos habitantes de Vilvoorde tuvieron vínculos con el EI.
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Falso.
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Verdadero.
C
No se sabe.
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Verdadero.
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Falso.
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No se sabe.
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