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Charlton: The Belgium Unity Protest in Videos, Pictures & Tweets

Over 300 hundred Charlton fans traveled to the Belgian City of Sint-Truiden on Saturday, to make clear to their owner, Roland Duchatelet, that they want him gone. The streets of Sint-Truiden were filled with protesting Charlton fans who marched, chanted and called for him to sell. Below shows the Unity Protest in videos, pictures, and tweets.

Charlton Athletic have seen their club freefall from 8th place in the Sky Bet Championship (2013/2014 season) to a relegation fight in order for the Addicks to maintain their League One status (16th in League One, six points above the drop zone). The disarray currently being experienced at the Southeast London outfit has been caused by incompetent decisions from senior management and the ownership at Charlton.

The Addicks have witnessed managerial changes closer to ten since January 2014, with the current number at eight when you take into account the two interims (Karel Fraeye and Kevin Nugent). It was unveiled last month that Roland Duchatelet was directly interfering with team selections, formations, and tactics while the Charlton legend, Chris Powell was at the managerial reigns. Not only has the performances on the pitch had a direct hit by the current ownership and senior management’s decisions, their attitude towards the fans has been concerning. The CEO of Charlton, Katrien Meire, referred to the relationship fans have with football clubs, in terms of feeling ownership as “very weird”, and compared the relationship with fans who attended a restaurant or cinema. To add to the embarrassment, last summer Roland Duchatelet stated that the fans wanted the club to fail.

As a result of the turmoil at the Southeast London outfit, there are several protest groups which have arisen out of the discontent and revolt taking place. The likes of the Coalition Against Roland Duchatelet (CARD), Women Against the Regime (WAR), The Belgian 20 and The 2Percent. These protest groups united over the weekend to take the fight to Belgium, hence the #UnityProtest.

All the activity and events taking place in Sint-Truiden was being recorded on Twitter by fans at the protest and the several protest groups. We have taken to Twitter to collect all the pictures, videos, and tweets from the #UnityProtest.

Standard Liege fans took to Twitter who also protested to remove the electronics mogul in the past, and succeeded.

The fight continues for Charlton Athletic to rid their destructive owner. It will be interesting to see how the ownership and senior management at Charlton react to the Unity Protest.

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