On November 9, 2004, the Belgian Court of Cassation ruled that the Flemish far-right Vlaams Blok party was racist. The ruling, which is final and cannot be appealed, in effect shuts down the party as the Blok will lose access to state funding and access to television. The Blok had been appealing a lower court ruling which found the party was guilty of violations of anti-racism legislation. Vlaams Blok, which advocates anti-immigration laws, is the most popular party in the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders.
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