“The Democratic Association, founded in November, 1847, contained a host of alien radicals later expelled by the government. All the provinces had democratic and republican associations modeled on Brussels; and by the end of 1848, all main cities and towns had at least one such organization and Brussels had four. Despite active government supervision, their press proliferated markedly in 1848. Before February 24, the membership in these groups was mostly bourgeoisie with a few workers. Fourierism was strong and Brussels was a center of international socialism as well, Karl Marx himself working in Brussels. After February 24, a distinct effort was made to attract more workers into the radical movements” [Brison D. Gooch, Belgium and the February Revolution, 1963] (pag 53)