The management of the Waff and El Café bars, located in the Cimetière d’Ixelles district and whose staff is the target of numerous complaints of rape and sexual assault, reacted to the case on Thursday, indicating that they had dismissed the latter. “until all light is shed“and ensuring that she will be a civil party”if the facts are true“.
Numerous testimonies of sexual assault and rape committed by at least one employee of the two bars have been pouring into social networks since Sunday evening, while the Brussels public prosecutor’s office confirmed on Tuesday the opening of an investigation after the filing of “several complaints“.
“We have made the decision to close our establishments this evening“
A support march for the victims is also organized Thursday at 8 p.m. from the Ixelles Cemetery, confirmed the local police area. The event will stop at Place Fernand Cocq and a delegation will be received by the mayor of Ixelles, Christos Doulkeridis.
“We understand the feelings of revolt and anger aroused by such acts, which we strongly condemn“, indicated the management of the incriminated bars.”We learned of the march organized this Thursday evening in support of victims of abuse. We fully support her“.
“However, it is unacceptable for our waitresses, waiters and customers to be insulted, harassed and spit on. It goes too far. That’s why we call for calm“, added the operator.”We have made the decision to close our establishments this evening, in order to protect our customers and our staff.“.
“We reaffirm our support for victims and we are available to the police“, concluded the management.