The BBC reports:
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 soldier, Jürgen Conings, who has a vendetta for virologists and Covid lockdowns. The military shooting instructor is on the run with a 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.”
Read the full article. Insanity. As you can see below, extremists have turned Conings into a video game hero.
Belgium’s Van Ranst: Covid scientist targeted by a far-right sniper https://t.co/ziEaq2ZuSR
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