UC Physics Professor David Wiltshire (on sabbatical in Belgium) had the following message read out on this morning’s RNZ news:
The news of the attack on the metro line that my family and I used only yesterday is of course shocking. Along with others in Brussels we have now hung out the Belgian flag – in this case a family heirloom that was hand made on the liberation of Brussels in September 1944.
Our thoughts today are not just with those who have suffered in the attacks, but with the refugees fleeing here from current wars, distrust of whom the perpetrators of this atrocity are trying to stir up. Hanging out the flag means standing up for the values on which that other war was fought and won.