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Anti-immigrant politicos in U.S. and Europe begin exploiting Brussels attacks

Anti-immigrant politicos in U.S. and Europe begin exploiting Brussels attacks Mashable We're using cookies to improve your experience. Click Here to find out more. Mashable Mashable Mashable Australia Mashable France Mashable India Mashable UK Sign in Like Follow Follow Mashable see more  > Search Videos Social Media Tech Business Entertainment World Lifestyle Watercooler Shop More Channels Videos Social Media Tech Business Entertainment World Lifestyle Watercooler Shop Company About Us Licensing & Reprints Archive Mashable Careers Contact Contact Us Submit News Advertise Advertise Legal Privacy Policy Terms of Use Cookie Policy Apps iPhone / iPad Android Resources Subscriptions Sites Mashable Shop Job Board Social Good Summit World Like Follow Follow Anti-immigrant politicos in U.S. and Europe begin exploiting Brussels attacks 598 Shares Share Tweet Share What's This? Brussels airport workers and their relatives place candles at a makeshift memorial as they pay tribute to the victims of Brussels attacks near the airport on March 23, 2016.Image: PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images By Christopher Miller 2016-03-23 23:42:35 UTC The terrorist attacks perpetrated by the Islamic State (ISIS) in Brussels that left 34 people dead are being exploited for political gain by many European politicians and parties, but especially so by right-wing, anti-immigration populists. Belgium's own right-wing party from Flanders, Vlaams Belang, has seen its popularity on social media soar since the attacks after its leader called for a "waterproof border policy," according to  Vocativ . Marine Le Pen, leader of the France's National Front, called on French authorities to carry out sweeping raids on minority neighborhoods and "empty the basements [of terrorists], the laxness has gone on for too long." Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo from the Law and Justice party said her country could no longer take the 7,000 refugees it agreed to accept in negotiations with the European Union because of the deadly attacks, Reuters reported. In the United Kingdom, the Independence Party, which is backing the British exit from the European Union known as Brexit, used the attacks to push their agenda . SEE ALSO: Germany's far-right is rising up against Merkel and immigration American right-wingers chimed in, too. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump used the attacks to reiterate his stance on torture as an appropriate response as well as his plan to close U.S. borders while labeling Brussels " disaster city ."  Trump adds on @TODAYshow : "I would exclude the people from Syria who do not have documentation." And: "Waterboarding would be fine" — Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) March 22, 2016 Meanwhile, his GOP rival, presidential candidate Ted Cruz, said police should more aggressively " patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods ." Cruz, running for POTUS as a religious freedom purist, advocates we single out neighborhoods for extra policing based on inhabitants' faith — Betsy Woodruff (@woodruffbets) March 22, 2016 "The far right are successful not because they are strong, but because the mainstream political forces appear to be weak." These reactions come as little surprise to observers like Anton Shekhovtsov, a visiting fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences. He told Mashable on Wednesday that their messages essentially build on the actual feeling of terror left by the attacks. "Those who...are calling for disuniting and fragmenting the West are essentially continuing the horrifying work of Islamist terrorists," he said. But some are actually going so far as to answer violence with more violence. One radical organization, called Madrid Social Home, reportedly lit flares atop a mosque in the Spanish city and hung a sign that read "Today Brussels, tomorrow Madrid?" "It is essential that this knee-jerk reaction from the far right is confronted intellectually and politically," Shekhovtsov said. Right-wing organizations will be able to successfully exploit the attacks only in case the mainstream politicians fail to respond to the attacks in a resolute and decisive manner, he added. "The far right are successful not because they are strong, but because the mainstream political forces appear to be weak," Shekhovtsov said. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Topics: brussels , Terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium , extremists , World About Us Jobs Advertise Subscribe Privacy Terms Mashable is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content for its dedicated and influential audience around the globe. ©2005-2016 Mashable, Inc. Reproduction without explicit permission is prohibited. All Rights Reserved. Designed in collaboration with Code & Theory