The local police of Mechelen-Willebroek opened an investigation on Sunday evening after threats made against Marc Van Ranst at the station in Mechelen. The virologist photographed his attacker as he gave the Hitler salute and posted the photo on Twitter.
On Sunday evening, Marc Van Ranst was at Mechelen station when a man made threats against him. The virologist posted two photographs of the individual on Twitter. “At the Mechelen station, a guy approached me because he was going to ‘destroy me because I’m a left-wing rat’. He gave the Hitler salute. Poor man, ”writes Mr. Van Ranst on the social network.
Mechelen police have opened an investigation after seeing the virologist’s message. “We asked for the images of the surveillance cameras of the city in the district of the station as well as those of our colleagues of the railway police”, specified the spokesperson of the local police force. “We have not yet had contact with Mr. Van Ranst, he has not yet filed a complaint and it is not necessary for this kind of facts. We will contact him later to obtain his version of the facts. “
The Antwerp public prosecutor’s office has been informed, a necessity when images from surveillance cameras are requested and kept during an investigation. “This kind of behavior is disgusting and we should never accept it!” “, Condemned, on Twitter, the mayor of Mechelen, Alexander Vandersmissen.
This is not the first time that the virologist has been the victim of such behavior. It must be said that with his strong opinions on the coronavirus and the management of the epidemic, Marc Van Ranst divides. The man had previously been placed under police surveillance because of the many threats he received on social networks.