Belgium's top COVID-19 scientist is being hunted by a far-right sniper

  

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Via:  krishna  •  one week ago  •  13 comments

By:   Jean Mackenzie

Belgium's top COVID-19 scientist is being hunted by a far-right sniper
Military instructor Jürgen Conings is on a terrorism watchlist because of his far-right beliefs.

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The search for fugitive Conings began when he went on the run in mid-May (Getty Images)

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Prof Van Ranst says his son Milo has reacted bravely to the family's ordeal (Photo: BBC)



For nearly three weeks Belgium's leading virologist has been living in a safehouse with his wife and 12-year-old son, guarded by security agents.

While scientists across the world have come under attack throughout the pandemic, the threat to Prof Marc Van Ranst is more serious than most.

He has been targeted by a far-right rogue soldier, Jürgen Conings, who has a vendetta for virologists and Covid lockdowns. The military shooting instructor went on the run with rocket launcher and a machine gun, and Belgian police cannot find him.

"The threat was very real," Prof Van Ranst tells me from his safehouse, as he relives the night he and his family were moved into hiding on 18 May.

"The ex-soldier, heavily armed, was on my street for three hours, right in front of my house, waiting for me to arrive home from work."

That night police say Jürgen Conings left his barracks with a selection of heavy weapons, and headed straight for the virologist's home.




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Krishna
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1  seeder  Krishna    one week ago

For nearly three weeks Belgium's leading virologist has been living in a safehouse with his wife and 12-year-old son, guarded by security agents.

 
 
 
Krishna
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2  seeder  Krishna    one week ago

While scientists across the world have come under attack throughout the pandemic, the threat to Prof Marc Van Ranst is more serious than most.

He has been targeted by a far-right rogue soldier, Jürgen Conings, who has a vendetta for virologists and Covid lockdowns. The military shooting instructor went on the run with rocket launcher and a machine gun, and Belgian police cannot find him.

 
 
 
Krishna
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3  seeder  Krishna    one week ago

"The ex-soldier, heavily armed, was on my street for three hours, right in front of my house, waiting for me to arrive home from work."

That night police say Jürgen Conings left his barracks with a selection of heavy weapons, and headed straight for the virologist's home.

While verbal attacks on anti-Covid scientists, vaccine advocates, and others by Trump and many of his craziest supporters in the U.S. have gotten extensive media coverage...the same sort of politically motivated insanity on the Right is also directed at those wanting to stop the spread outside of the U.S. as well -- in this case in Europe! jrSmiley_5_smiley_image.png

 
 
 
Krishna
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4  seeder  Krishna    one week ago

MEGA?

 
 
 
CMK
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5  CMK    one week ago

Belgium is very divided on the Covid-19 response. Many comments from the science community and their recommendations seemed unscientific. Now it appears radicals have been vindicated with the release of emails from Dr. Fauci. Belgians have many questions about the corruption between the United States and China. Why would they risk so many lives?

I wish this wasn't true but it looks like The United States and China might have created this and accidently let it out of a lab. Many in Belgium have died and now many are becoming very angry. Now the radicals are going to have more people listening to them which is very unfortunate.

 
 
 
Krishna
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5.1  seeder  Krishna  replied to  CMK @5    one week ago
I wish this wasn't true but it looks like The United States and China might have created this and accidently let it out of a lab

Not sure I understand your comment...

Are you saying that the United States somehow colluded with China?

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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5.1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Krishna @5.1    one week ago

Apparently... he thinks Trump colluded with China

 
 
 
Krishna
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5.1.2  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Greg Jones @5.1.1    one week ago
he thinks Trump colluded with China

WTF?

Do you believe everything you hear? 

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Krishna
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5.2  seeder  Krishna  replied to  CMK @5    one week ago
Belgians have many questions about the corruption between the United States and China.

What about the corruption between the Trump administration and Russia!!!

(Seems to me that has resulted in even more harm!!! jrSmiley_5_smiley_image.png

 
 
 
Kavika
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6  Kavika     one week ago

Hope they get this rouge nut quickly.

 
 
 
Krishna
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6.1  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Kavika @6    one week ago

He is a really dangerous nutcase!

 
 
 
Krishna
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6.2  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Kavika @6    one week ago

He is a really dangerous nutcase!

 
 
 
Krishna
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7  seeder  Krishna    one week ago

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