Vonckists

Vonckists

 

a Belgian liberal party in 1787-90, named after its leader, J. F. Vonck; this group played an important role in the victory of the Brabant Revolution of 1789-90.

After the expulsion of the Austrians and the declaration of Belgian independence, the Vonckists, expressing the interests of the young Belgian bourgeoisie, the middle and petty nobility, and the clergy, demanded the introduction of bourgeois constitutional reforms. The governing conservative party of Nootists, who opposed the Vonckist programs, called for a pogrom and a mass killing of Vonckists. In March 1790 the Vonckist party was destroyed.

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Any serious proponent of liberal, secular democracy would find little comfort in the outcome of Algeria's democratic election some two centuries after the Vonckists nudged their own countrymen in a democratic direction.
Dunn uses the example of the Austrian Netherlands (now Belgium), where the democratic Vonckist movement performed considerable spadework for later democratic political leaders throughout the Low Countries and farther afield.