Police officer stabbed by a knife-wielding man reportedly shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ in Brussels.
RT.com 20 Nov, 2018 07:00
A man wielding a knife has stabbed an officer outside a police station in central Brussels, officials confirmed. The attacker reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack.
The incident took place in the Ixelles area, which is considered a wealthy part of the Belgian capital, on Tuesday morning.
The police officer suffered minor neck injuries in the attack, officials said, as cited by RTBF. One of the victim’s colleagues responded by firing at the assailant, injuring him in the chest.
Sources told Brussels-based Derniere Heure newspaper that the man shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack.
However, a police spokesperson said that it was “too early to say anything about” the incident, adding that the attacker’s motives have yet to be investigated.
Reacting to the incident, Interior Minister Jan Jambon noted that police were “once again the victim of a cowardly attack.”
Belgium and other European nations have been gripped by a wave of knife attacks in recent years. In September this year, another man stabbed an officer in Brussels. Roughly a year ago, a knife-wielding attacker threatened to kill passengers and caused panic on a train in the Belgian capital.
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Rejected asylum-seeker ‘slit throat’ of elderly German man who gave him job & shelter at his home.
RT.com 21 Nov, 2018 21:01
An Afghan migrant has been arrested in Germany for allegedly slitting the throat of an elderly man whose home he worked in. The man’s daughter, a charity worker, had suggested he hire the asylum seeker.
Arriving in Germany with no job, the 20-year-old Afghan was given a helping hand by the victims’ daughter, a refugee aid worker. Last August he was hired to work as the 85-year-old man’s carer, and he was hired again over the weekend to carry out some gardening and cleaning work around the house.
The asylum seeker repaid his hosts’ kindness in blood. In the early hours of Saturday morning, the Afghan allegedly took a knife to the victim’s throat, killing him as he slept, before stealing the man’s car and fleeing the scene, public prosecutors announced on Sunday.
The victim was identified as Dietrich P., while the suspect’s name is being withheld, as is standard practice in Germany. Dietrich P. lived in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, where German tabloid Bild reports he had been active in the agricultural wing of the socialist GDR party that ruled East Germany during the Cold War.
“Everyone here knew Dietrich,” a neighbor told Bild. “He was always friendly and helpful. It's unbelievable that this could happen to us.”
Dietrich’s daughter met the young man at a refugee center in Zwickau district in the state of Saxony, where she was volunteering and where the Afghan was living at the time.
According to the prosecutors, the murder was witnessed by a Bosnian man, who was working as a live-in carer to the aging Dietrich. The Bosnian carer saw the murder on a baby monitor he had installed to check on Dietrich, and at first thought that the Afghan was leaning over Dietrich to straighten his blankets.
Only later did he realize the grizzly reality, and called the police.
The suspect apparently stole a car and tried to flee, but crashed the vehicle and continued on foot. He was intercepted by a police patrol and taken to hospital, but was soon identified as a wanted person and detained. A judge ordered him to be placed into pre-trial custody.
The police said the Afghan man had not stolen anything from Dietrich’s house and that he has not spoken about the murder.
Interior Minister for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Lorenz Caffier warned against using the crime for political speculation. After a spate of Afghan crimes in Germany, Caffier’s call echoes that of UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi in September.
Sending Afghans home, Grandi said, is a “complex issue,” despite a series of much-publicized attacks by Afghan nationals, like a stabbing in Chemnitz, a rape in a Berlin elementary school this September, and the rape and drowning of a teenage girl in Freiburg in 2016.
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Hypocrisy overload? Hillary Clinton tells Europe to stem refugee flow to avoid 'populist politics'
RT.com 22 Nov, 2018 20:12
It wasn’t too long ago that Hillary Clinton famously celebrated the intervention that turned Libya into a failed state and hotbed for terrorism. Now she’s telling Europe to ‘curb’ immigration from North Africa and Middle East.
Speaking to the Guardian as part of a series of interviews with “senior centrist political figures” about the rise of right-wing populism, Clinton mused that Europe “needs to get a handle on migration” because the influx of refugees from the Middle East and Africa in recent years is “what lit the flame” of support for anti-immigration political figures.
Harrowing scenes of boats full of refugees, many of them from Libya, have caught the world’s attention in recent years, as hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants have tried to make their way to Europe. Neither Clinton or the Guardian article, however, mention the fact that they are coming in droves from countries which the United States has relentless bombed and destabilized with failed military interventions.
The NATO-led ‘humanitarian intervention’ in Libya — a decision which Clinton herself was instrumental in making — turned what was once the richest country in Africa, into a failed state and hotbed for terrorism and the slave trade. “We came, we saw, he died!” Clinton exclaimed cheerfully upon hearing the news of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s brutal death, during which he was sodomized with a bayonet by rebels.
Clinton said she admires the “very generous and compassionate approaches” that were taken toward the crisis by leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but now Europe “must send a very clear message” that it is “not going to be able to continue provide refuge and support” because doing so would continue to “roil the body politic.”
Clinton’s comments aren’t likely to go down well with progressives in her own country, who may see her reasoning as a roundabout way of saying Europe needs to use populism to stop populism. Her comments have already been met with swift criticism from liberals on Twitter — and her sudden turn to her own brand of populism caused some to speculate that she would run for president again in 2020.
Europe has struggled to come to any agreement on how to deal with an influx of refugees and countries like Germany, Greece and Italy have borne the brunt of it, while a number of countries in eastern Europe balked at the idea of taking in thousands of refugees. Since 2015, the number of migrants traveling to Europe has dropped off significantly, however.
The failed presidential candidate also blamed concerns over race and identity issues for her losing some votes during the 2016 election — just one of many reasons she has offered to explain her defeat.
Clinton said that US President Donald Trump had exploited worries about immigration and said there were “solutions to migration” which don’t involve “clamping down on the press” or political opponents — a likely reference to the White House’s decision to rescind a press pass from CNN reporter Jim Acosta earlier this month after a tense exchange over migration during a press conference.
The former Secretary of State said that populist politicians were appealing to a psychological “yearning” people had to be “told what to do, and where to go, and how to live” — an interpretation which many people would likely take issue with. Clinton also suggested that voters might just be “tired of” the American system, which was designed to “eliminate the threat from a strong, authoritarian king or other leader.”
“I don’t know why at this moment that is so attractive to people, but it’s a serious threat to our freedom and our democratic institutions, and it goes very deep and very far and we’ve got to do a better job of shining a light on it and trying to combat it,” she said.
Brawl breaks out as migrants resist transport to new center in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
RT Nov 22, 2018
Tensions were running high at the Bosnian-Croat border in Velika Kladusa on Wednesday. A fight broke out when a man resisted transportation to a temporary migrant centre run by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Police tried to separate the two men, but the fight then morphed into a brawl as several people piled in. One migrant was seen being escorted away by police.
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Russia-Austria trade soars almost 60 percent, approaching pre-sanctions record highs.
RT.com 23 Nov, 2018 10:10
The volume of trade between Russia and Austria has been steadily growing, reaching $4.2 billion since January year-on-year, said Russia’s trade representative in Austria Aleksandr Potemkin.
“Solid steps have been made towards strengthening of trade and economic cooperation between Russia and Austria over the past two years,” he said.
“Among EU countries that are the main trade and economic partners of Russia with trade turnover exceeding $4 billion, Austria is the first in terms of growth,” Potemkin added.
Potemkin noted that this year Russian-Austrian trade may exceed the highest level of the “post-crisis period” of $5.1 billion recorded in 2013. It could probably even reach the record level seen in 2008 of $5.4 billion, he said. That growth was achieved mostly thanks to Russia’s exports, the trade envoy said, noting that: “In first three quarters of 2018 it doubled, while import was up almost 18 percent.”
Trade between Russia and the European Union started to improve in early 2017 despite trade barriers from mutual sanctions introduced almost five years ago.
Russia’s trade turnover with the bloc is still down when compared with 2013. However, in the first six month of 2018 it grew by 5.8 percent year-on-year up to €123.4 billion ($140 billion), according to Eurostat.
Volume of imports from the bloc into Russia increased 1.4 percent up to €41.6 billion ($47 billion), while exports from Russia were up 3.5 percent to €81.2 billion ($92 billion). Russia is the third largest exporter to the EU and the bloc’s fifth biggest importer.
Christmas Adverts 2018: More Liberal Propaganda.
Mark Collett Nov 23, 2018
Christmas is coming and all the big globalist corporations want your money, but they also want to push multicultural propaganda upon you.
Von Splatterblast 1 year ago Will tesco be featuring a Christian family, eating pork products, for Ramadan?
Jan Nem 1 year ago Oy vey! This Christimas I'm gonna stuff my shopping cart with cultural marxism, frankfurt school dogma and copies of the holly Qur'an. Happy XMarx, everyone!
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Slovakia Refuses to Sign UN Migration Deal – Prime Minister.
EUROPE 19:49 25.11.2018
PRAGUE (Sputnik) – Slovakia will not sign the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, known as the UN migration deal, the country’s prime minister, Peter Pellegrini, said on Sunday.
“As the head of the government I reject the text of the migration deal and refuse to put it into effect in Slovakia,” Pellegrini told Slovak reporters after the meeting of the European Council in Brussels, as quoted by the Pravda newspaper.
The prime minister also noted that participation of Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak in the UN conference in Morocco may be canceled as the country has no plans to join the deal.
The official's comment comes after the Slovak foreign minister said on Saturday that he may resign if he is recommended to refrain from taking part in the UN conference. As head of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly in September 2017 – September 2018, Lajcak took part in the work on the migration deal.
The UN migration deal is set to be formally adopted at the UN conference in Morocco on December 10-11. Several EU countries including Austria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary and Poland have already announced that they would not be part of the UN global pact on migration. The United States has also no plans to join the agreement.
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UK Police Ignored Sex Abuse of Sikh Girls by Pakistani Men for Decades – Reports.
Sputnik EUROPE 09:27 26.11.2018
According to the Sikh Meditation and Rehabilitation charity team, the alleged abuse of Sikh girls by Muslim grooming gangs had long been neglected – even though such instances can be traced back to the 1960s.
A new report by the Sikh Meditation and Rehabilitation Team charity alleges systematic sexual exploitation of British Sikh girls by Muslim gangs of predominantly Pakistani men.
While cases started to appear in the courts in 1971, it goes as far back as the 1960s: the girls would be trapped by “fashionably-dressed adult Pakistani men travelling in flamboyant vehicles to predominantly Sikh dominated areas and schools,” the study alleges.
Young Sikh women across the United Kingdom would reportedly be groomed by one man and then passed round to other members of the family.
The study, entitled the Religiously Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of Young Sikh Women Across the UK, further suggested that police ‘recklessly ignored’ complaints for reasons of ‘political correctness’.
“Over the course of three decades, Sikh community leaders in the West Midlands repeatedly assert that when families or community representatives contacted the police regarding the abuse of children, their information was consistently met with disinterest and their claims met by inaction. With the emergence of multiple similar cases across the UK, the perceived failure to act has now been attributed to the ‘political correctness’ that inhibited authorities and agencies from addressing the racial and cultural dimensions understood as causative factors behind the abuse,” the report said.
The report was backed by the Labour Party and said that it wasn’t meant to be a “witch-hunt against any individual, community, culture of faith”. It was intended to bring changes, which it said, was impossible unless the facts were laid out.
Labour MP Sarah Champion has called for an independent investigation into abuse of Sikh girls in the UK:
“I was shocked when I first heard about the organised abuse of Sikh girls by mostly Pakistani men. When I started speaking to Sikh women, I could not believe how widespread the grooming and abuse was – and that this has been going on for decades. All forms of sexual exploitation must be prevented. We need to speak of the abuse of Sikh girls to take it out of the shadows and make sure the authorities take it seriously. There needs to be a full investigation into the systematic abuse of Sikh girls”.
Muslim Refugee Acquitted in French Rape Case Due to 'Different Cultural Norms'
Sputnik EUROPE 18:11 26.11.2018
The refugee in question was previously cleared of other charges – those of a sexual misconduct, after he underscored that the girl he groped on the genitals and who fled the room where it happened without delay, had consented to his actions.
A French court has acquitted a Bangladeshi refugee for the rape of a 16 year-old high-school girl, with whom he attended the same school in the French city of Saint-Lô, after the attorney argued that the defendant had “different cultural norms,” which might have led to a misunderstanding of the girl’s behaviour or looks. The same refugee was also charged with assaulting another young girl, with both incidents occurring in 2015.
The judge ultimately gave him a suspended sentence of two years behind bars, Voice of Europe reported, citing the French news website La Manche Libre, adding that the investigators called attention to the male-dominant culture of Bangladesh overseeing that women “are relegated to the status of sexual object” in the largely Muslim country.
In the first case, the unnamed then 18 year-old refugee was accused of kissing and groping the private parts of a school girl, but was cleared of the charges after he insisted the girl, who managed to leave the room, had consented to it. In wake of the incident, the girl was reported to have attempted a suicide and spent a week in hospital.
In the second case, which came along four months later, the migrant was arrested again, this time on rape charges.
Addressing the case, Jihad Watch Director Robert Spencer stressed that the refugee’s “cultural norms” indeed are different and are all rooted in Islam, wondering why Western countries can’t enforce theirs.
“Why can’t France enforce its own ‘cultural norms’? Why can’t any Western country?” he asked, further citing the survivor of a Muslim rape gang in the UK as noting that her assailants quoted the Quran to her.
Spencer said that the Quran “teaches that infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use,” going on to quote a verse:
“O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful,” (33:59) he quoted, thereby implying that if women do not cover themselves accordingly with their outer garments, they may be abused, and that “such abuse would be justified.”
EU Migration Woes
Following a number of similar cases in Britain last year, particularly a case of 17 Muslim men and one woman convicted of raping over 100 underage white girls, the UK government’s senior legal adviser claimed that judges were slapping much lighter sentences on Muslim rapists out of “political correctness.”
In September, in the latest British trial with regard to the pressing issue of Muslim “grooming gangs,” a woman was filmed testifying on camera that she was “passed around” starting from the age of 13 by around 100 men.
Just last month in Germany, meanwhile, in a widely reported case, an 18 year-old girl was raped outside a disco by eight men, seven of whom were Syrians. Separately, in June, Germany saw a huge backfire after an Iraqi immigrant was arrested over the murder of a 14 year-old Jewish girl, the incident sparking criticism of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s immigration policy and her contentious decision to open borders back in 2015. Germany remains to date the only EU country to constitutionally guarantee asylum-seekers refuge.
Estonian MEP kicked & shoved by anti-immigration protesters in Tallinn (VIDEO)
RT.com 27 Nov, 2018 15:10
Supporters of Estonia’s anti-immigration party have attacked an MEP, who backs a UN-sponsored migration pact, during a protest in Tallinn. Protesters were seen pushing the politician before he was finally knocked down.
As Estonian lawmakers were set to greenlight the UN accord on international cooperation on migration, the supporters of the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) descended on parliament to rally against the move.
MPs from a rival Social Democratic Party (SDE) faced the protesters in attempt to dispel their concerns over the highly-debated document. However, several hundred-strong crowds were reluctant to hear from them. The demonstrators reportedly barred them from stage.
MEP Indrek Tarand, who is to stand for the SDE at the next year’s national elections, then stepped in and took to the stage as conservative MP Martin Helme was speaking. Tarand was attacked after attempting to take the microphone from Helme.
“If you don’t want hundreds of thousands of refugees to come here, then vote for the Social Democrats,” he said into the mic, as cited by local media.
Tarand was then pushed off the stage and immediately encircled by protesters. During the scuffle that ensued, he was knocked to the ground and reportedly kicked by protesters. A video from the scene shows a man seemingly preventing the MEP getting back on his feet, holding his hood and pulling him away from the platform.
Luckily, the politician was not injured during the incident and reported it to police.
“I was a victim of physical violence, and as a law-abiding citizen I filed a police report after what happened,” Tarand told ERR. “This kind of public attack seriously cannot be allowed.”
As the police launched an investigation, some EKRE representatives claimed that Tarand was drunk and accused him of “attacking the organizers” and “being destructive.”The police later refuted the claims.
On Monday evening, the Estonian parliament finally agreed a declaration to support the approach to migration following a heated debate. The Reform Party abstained from the vote calling it a “failure” of the government.
The draft of the non-binding Global Compact on Migration has been negotiated over two years and now the states are reviewing the document, which is to be adopted at a UN conference in December.
Apart from the US, which initially refused to negotiate the agreement, several other countries have already voiced their opposition to the pact and are set to pull out from it, including Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia.
Berlin police cadets have trouble with German language, says academy head.
RT.com 27 Nov, 2018 15:24
Germany’s cops were bombarded with countless criticisms today, but this one definitely stands out – it emerged that police cadets in Berlin, many of whom have immigrant backgrounds, have difficulty using… the German language.
Many cadets attending Berlin’s police academy have “fundamental difficulties” writing in German without spelling or punctuation errors, revealed Tanja Knapp, the newly appointed head of the institution. She said it was really disappointing to learn that these cadets are unable to produce written texts. And since after every stakeout or chase you have to write a report, that’s discouraging news.
Part of the problem is that too much emphasis is placed on learning English, Knapp said. Over the years, Berlin has evolved into a truly international city where English is sometimes spoken more frequently than German.
“Of course, it makes sense to be able to speak English to the capital’s many tourists,” Knapp said. “But if the basic required level of German is too low, then the focus should be on German.”
Some politicians, including Jens Spahn, a potential successor to Angela Merkel as leader of the Christian Democrats, have previously spewed vitriol about English being spoken on Berlin streets. Spahn, the current health minister, once labeled Berliners who communicate in English “provincial dwarfs.” He claimed there is another parallel society in the German capital, namely “young people from around the world who keep to themselves.”
Around 2,500 future cops receive training at the academy, and roughly 40 percent of them come from immigrant families, according to Die Welt. Literacy levels vary greatly among the cadets, and it “is not so easy to compensate for this during their study time,” the academy head admitted.
Knapp took over as the academy head in July this year. Notably, falling German skills and poor discipline among recruits led to the previous officer-in-command being removed from the position.
though if she crashed they would blame Russia no doubt
Merkel’s plane breaks down, makes emergency landing on way to G20 summit.
RT.com 29 Nov, 2018 20:30
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Cologne not long after it took off for the G20 summit in Argentina, after it experienced “electronic problems” mid-flight, German media report.
Merkel’s plane, named after Konrad Adenauer, had to return after just an hour into the 15-hour flight to Buenos Aires after experiencing “technical malfunction.” The high-profile aircraft turned around over the Netherlands and made an emergency landing in Cologne.
Photos from the scene show firefighting vehicles with their lights flashing waiting for the malfunctioning plane at the airport.
A replacement aircraft has been sent to Cologne from Berlin to pick up the German chancellor and her stranded delegation.
It remains unclear if the delay will affect Merkel’s schedule at the G20 summit, which starts Friday. Merkel is expected to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss Syria and Ukraine, including the recent incident in the Kerch Strait.
The German delegation may end up being stuck in Cologne for the night, or may be forced to go to Buenos Aires on a commercial flight. Merkel and other passengers remain on board of malfunctioning plane, Gordon Repinski, one of the reporters stranded alongside the Chancellor, has tweeted.
Slovakia's Foreign Minister Resigns Over Controversial UN Migration Pact.
Sputnik EUROPE 20:32 29.11.2018
The move comes just days after Slovakia's parliament voted against the non-binding agreement outlining an international response to migration, which was previously rejected by other EU nations, including Austria, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Poland.
Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak has resigned in response to the rejection of the migration pact. 90 MPs in the 150-seat National Council of Slovakia voted against the UN document, as they were concerned about the limits it could result in for maintaining an independent migration policy.
While Slovakia and many other countries rejected the pact, it was supported by the German Bundestag earlier on Thursday, with 372 parliamentarians voting in favour, 153 against, and 141 abstaining.
The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration is an 'intergovernmental negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, [that covers] all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner'. The non-binding agreement has sparked controversy among several countries of the European Union. Influence of the Pact
According to Salvatore Villani, assistant professor of Public Economics at University of Naples Federico II, it was unnecessary for countries like Czech Republic or Slovakia to reject the document, which bears only a little force.
'I do not see significant consequences for the Czech Republic. The non-binding nature of this document greatly reduces its legal effectiveness. In no way the EU and the UN can force Slovakia to sign that document. The UN document is not legally binding and it does not force any country to do anything. Migration policies are still a sovereign right of each country. I think that soon the United Nations and all countries which have refused to join the Global Migration Compact will reach a political compromise,' he stated.
Villani noted that the pact aimed to 'manage a continuous migration, without ever dealing with numerical issues', as 'it takes the side of the NGOs' and promotes the extension of the non-essential rights of illegal migrants, in order to impose the recognition of a general 'right to migrate'.
The scholar added that for Italy, it could be dangerous to accept the agreement.
'The Italian Government would risk losing control of its borders in favor of external agents operating a migration policy of "open borders" which conflicts with the orientation democratically expressed by Italian voters', he stated.
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From Paris to Marseille: Tear gas & clashes as Yellow Vest protests take place across France.
RT.com 1 Dec, 2018 17:16
As Paris continues to be swept up in its third week of violent Yellow Vest protests, other demonstrations are taking place across the rest of France.
Strasbourg has seen some 600 protesters hit the streets chanting “Macron resignation.” Police fired tear gas at some of the demonstrators.
n Nantes, some 200 Yellow Vest protesters turned up at the airport, around 30 of whom broke onto the tarmac, prompting authorities to temporarily suspend landings and take-offs. The entire incident lasted around 10 minutes.
The Nantes protesters left the airport shortly after noon and headed to the city center, where clashes arose between demonstrators and police.
A burning barricade was pictured during the demonstration in Toulouse, with one person tweeting that it was a “hostile crowd.”
Meanwhile, burning tires were pictured during a protest in Charleville-Mezieres.
Protesters also gathered in Lyon, with a photo showing some of them holding flares.
Demonstrators also came out in the port city of Toulon, with a video showing them blocking roads while singing in unison.
Marseille protests also had a good turnout, with demonstrators shouting “Macron resignation” as they marched through the streets. Street violence broke out in the Old Port area.
Others marched through the streets of Caen, braving wet weather to do so.
The Yellow Vest protests are in response to fuel price hikes imposed by French President Emmanuel Macron. The increases are part of the government's efforts to reduce emissions causing global warming.
'Humanity should be put first, not money': Paris protests see Yellow Vests vent their anger.
RT Dec 1, 2018
The French capital has been lit up by flares and flames this Saturday evening - after thousands of protesters took part in the demonstration movement known as the 'Yellow vests'.
The streets of Paris have been carnage - with riot police deploying tear gas and rubber bullets. 80 people have been injured, according to local media. Including our own Peter Oliver who is requiring hospital treatment.
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French students block high schools, burn cars and throw stones at police amid massive protests.
RT.com 3 Dec, 2018 17:27
While still reeling from the recent violent fuel protests, France has been hit by another wave of nationwide riots. Crowds of angry students have blocked schools across France in protest against the education reform.
Thousands of high school students flooded the streets of French cities on Monday, their protest quickly turning violent. Angry youths, who initially came out following the call of the National Union of High School Students (UNL), started erecting barricades and burning cars.
The street riots soon descended into clashes between the protesters and police. Videos posted on social media showed young people detained by police lying on the ground, streets filled with tear gas and overturned cars in the French city of Orleans.
In the Paris suburb of Aubervilles, the protesters, many of who are underage, were seen pelting police and firefighters with stones and chasing police cars through the streets. Officers responded with tear gas and stun grenades.
In Toulon, the protesters erected a large barricade from plastic road barriers and set it on fire.
The central French city of Limoges saw the high-schoolers joined by local farmers and members of the Yellow Vest movement against new taxes and higher fuel prices. The farmers drove tractors and trucks to the office of the local prefecture and blocked the streets around it.
In Nice, crowds of students marched through the center of the city and blocked a nearby highway, triggering a traffic collapse. The protesters, who were initially rallying against the education reform, started chanting political slogans and called for President Emmanuel Macron to resign.
Students around France blocked entrances to dozens of educational facilities.
The protests came just two days after violent clashes between the Yellow Vest movement demonstrators and police rocked several French cities, including Paris. Saturday’s scuffles resulted in hundreds of arrests and injuries.
The students have their own reasons to protest. The government plans to grant universities the power to set up admission criteria in order to avoid overcrowding, reform the baccalaureate system and introduce a new online app to streamline the admission process have been repeatedly sparking protests among the youths since March.
Now, the two movements, however, appear to be joining forces as students across the country have expressed their support to the Yellow Vests on Monday and people wearing the symbolic garment were seen among the student demonstrators.
Simonyan: France’s Yellow Jackets Highlight Media Hypocrisy; Justification of Tough Police Crackdown.
Vesti News Dec 3, 2018
According to RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan, the French authorities came down hard on protesters, but the international media don't seem to have a problem with it. Washington hasn't expressed any concern either.
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Des Gilets jaunes se font violemment matraquer dans un Burger King rue de Wagram - Paris -1 déc.2018.
Hors-Zone Press Dec 4, 2018
QUE S'EST-IL PASSÉ AVANT ? Avenue de wagram les crs envoient des gaz lacrymogène et chargent. Les Gilets jaunes veulent se réfugier dans le fast-food mais il est fermé. Sous la pression des manifestant la porte vitrée cède et ils s'engouffrent dans les lieux. Les crs les suivent. Les Gilets jaunes non pas été interpellés.
WHAT HAPPENED BEFORE ? Wagram Avenue the crs send tear gas and load. The yellow vests want to take refuge in the fast-food restaurant, but it's closed. Under the pressure of the demonstrators, the glass door gave way and they rushed into the area. The crs follow them.
Right-wing ‘Reconquista’? Anti-immigrant party enters parliament in Spain’s most populous region.
RT.com 4 Dec, 2018 03:48
The wave of right-wing resurgence that has flooded Europe following the refugee crisis has reached Spain. An upstart anti-immigrant party has entered the parliament in Spain’s Andalusia and might yet become a kingmaker.
Spain’s most populous region and one of its economic powerhouses, Andalusia held parliamentary elections this past weekend. Although the vote was technically won by the Socialists, who have governed the region for almost 40 years, it is the surprising success of the right-wing Vox party that made the headlines.
The upstart political force, founded in 2013, showed an impressive result, by winning twice as many votes than had been expected, securing 12 seats in the legislature. While most major parties taking part in the elections lost the backing of the voters, Vox was one of the few that enjoyed a significant boost in public support.
Founded by a breakaway group from the Spanish conservative People’s Party, Vox soon took an anti-Islam and anti-immigration stance. The party also harbors a Euroskeptic view, while opposing increased autonomy for Spanish regions, such as Catalonia.
Although Vox is the smallest faction in the Andalusian legislature, it might yet be able to decide the fate of the future ruling coalition and remove the Socialists from power. The left-leaning forces in the parliament do not have enough seats to form a governing majority. The People’s Party, which came second, might be able to muster the numbers, but only if they ally with the liberal Citizens Party and Vox.
The People’s Party regional leader Juan Manuel Moreno already made it clear he is ready to strike a deal with Vox, and said that he is open to any policy suggestions except for limiting the region’s autonomy.
“The red line [in the negotiations with Vox] is the Constitution,” he said, following the elections. The Citizens Party appeared to be less eager to join such a coalition but still said that it did not “rule out any scenario.”
The possibility of such a coalition has apparently become a source of concern for the Socialists.
“There has been a real setback for the left in Andalusia but the most serious thing is that the extreme right has entered this new electoral cycle in Spain and has entered the Andalusian parliament for the first time. This phenomenon, which has been taking place in the rest of Europe and the world, has now reached Spain,” said Susana Diaz, the Socialist party chief in Andalusia.
Vox itself loudly celebrated its success. “Reconquista of Spain … starts in Andalusia!” the party’s election campaign manager boldly proclaimed at a post-election party, as reported by the Spanish media.
Located in the south, Andalusia serves as Spain’s main gateway for migrants crossing the Mediterranean, and the success of Vox has become a sign of growing anti-migrant sentiment. The right-wingers were more successful in municipalities that hosted large numbers of non-European migrants, in large cities, and in particular in wealthy and middle-income neighborhoods, Spain’s El Pais reported, citing electoral statistics.
According to the Geneva-based International Organization for Migration (IOM), some 45,145 men, women and children have entered Spain through the western Mediterranean route through October 21, 2018. That is almost half of over 94,000 migrants who have entered Europe by sea this year from North Africa, AP reports.
Paris teacher fatally stabbed in throat by former student.
RT.com 5 Dec, 2018 13:27
A teacher at Léonard-de-Vinci University near Paris has died, after being stabbed in the throat by a former student in front of the institution. The attacker is of Pakistani descent.
The victim, a 66-year-old English teacher, was stabbed in the throat in front of Léonard-de-Vinci University on Wednesday, Le Parisien reported. The suspect is a Pakistani male, 37, who had been expelled from the institution last year.
According to Le Parisien, the assailant had failed his 2017 school year and was not allowed to progress with his studies. He returned to the university around noon on Wednesday and took his revenge, stabbing his former teacher multiple times in the throat in broad daylight.
The teacher greeted his attacker moments before the violent stabbing, a student at the university told RT France. Other students at the scene tried to administer first aid to the dying teacher, but to no avail.
“The spate of school violence continues and worsens, [what] horror: the stabbing of a teacher in Courbevoie by a former Pakistani student calls for urgent measures. Support to his family and colleagues!” said David Rachline, mayor of the small French town of Fréjus.
Other French politicians focused on the attacker’s background, calling for tougher immigration laws.
"I demand they finally consider the link/connection between the rewildening of the country and anarchical immigration," read a tweet from Marseille Senator Stéphane Ravier, a member of Marine Le Pen’s populist National Rally party."For how long will the French blood flow?"
Léonard-de-Vinci university is located in Courbevoie, a suburb of Paris on the edge of the city’s business district.
Violence in the classroom is a growing problem in France. A viral video showing a student holding a replica gun to a teacher’s head in a suburban Paris high school shocked the nation in October, with President Emmanuel Macron declaring the incident “unacceptable” and calling for the Ministry of Education to investigate.
In another incident in Paris last month, a teenage student punched his teacher in the nose and “grabbed his neck to strangle him,” sending the teacher to the emergency room. The student was indicted for “aggravated violence,” and was expelled from the school.
As with the gun incident, the attack sparked a social media outcry, with French twitter users lamenting the declining quality of education in their country, and the fact that some school children “refuse to follow the rules.”
Denmark to ship rejected migrants to remote island: Will of people or govt going far right? (DEBATE)
RT.com 5 Dec, 2018 16:46
The Danish government has decided to house some immigrants, including rejected asylum seekers and criminals, on an isolated island off Copenhagen. A debate on RT explored its practical and moral implications.
The policy was announced this week, with Immigration Minister Inger Støjberg declaring that people slated to live in what appears to be a mini-penal colony “are undesirable in Denmark and they must feel it!” RT asked media commentator Neil Wallis and political activist and social justice campaigner George Barda what they think about the move.
Wallis argued the move has the support of the Danish population, which turned rightwards amid a migration crisis that hit Europe in 2015. The Danish People's Party (DF) represents the anti-immigration nationalist part of the people, and the incumbent minority government relies on its support in the parliament to govern.
Barda sees the decision as pondering to right-wing populism and warns that scapegoating a group of people by declaring them a source of social problems is a diversion tactics. He insists that a progressive agenda addressing wealth inequality, environmental problems and international militarism is the path to Europe being both prosperous and moral.
Watch the debate and see which party makes the better case.
'Dresses & braids?' Outrage as German manual shows how to detect 'far-right' KIDS in kindergartens.
RT.com 6 Dec, 2018 11:53
A 60-page advice brochure for German kindergartens instructs teachers on how to identify and deal with children from 'far-right' families. Critics say it encourages spying and equates wearing braids and dresses with nationalism.
The manual, titled 'Inequality and Early Education,' was published by an anti-racist NGO, Amadeu Antonio Foundation. It was co-funded by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs.
The guide is designed to help the kindergarten staff to detect and deal with children from far-right families in the wake of the "significant increase in the right-wing populist movements" in Germany, the Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Franziska Giffey wrote in the brochure's introduction.
The brochure suggests that the staff should be alerted of far-right views exhibited by the children and their parents. It offers advice on how to act in various scenarios. For example, what to do if a child draws swastikas in kindergarten and says it is "a good thing" at home.
Teachers are advised to be on the lookout for gender roles, too. It should be made clear "to what extent authoritarian and gender-stereotyped parenting styles limit the possibilities of children and complicate their development," the manual says.
The guide lays out 'clues' that can help to spot children who might belong to far-right families. One of such signs is described as: "The girl wears dresses and braids, she is directed to do house work at home, while the boy faces strong physical challenges and drills." Teachers are advised to hold face-to-face conversations with the parents in such cases.
The brochure's approach was blasted not only by the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD), but by the politicians from the ruling coalition as well. The lawmaker from the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Christoph Bernstiel said that it is "unbelievable" that "a taxpayer-funded brochure identifies girls wearing braids and clothes as potentially 'nationalist'."
The critics argue that the well-meaning brochure encourages teachers to spy on children's parents, which would resemble the bitter atmosphere of the pre-reunification socialist East Germany.
Saxony's State Minister of Culture Christian Piwarz (CDU) warned against using the manuals. "It's unacceptable to tie the children's looks with the political views of their parents," the official said.
"We live in a free country. We shouldn't let the teachers to examine and correct the political views of the parents."
The federal family minister, meanwhile, stood by the manual. Franziska Giffey argued that all examples included in the guide are "based on true cases" drawn from "long-term counseling work" dealing with nationalist families.
"The basic principle is: it is not the task of the state to check on how parents live and what they think," the Family Ministry explained, but instead the manual's goal is to merely help the staff in tackling xenophobia.
The manual's publisher, Amadeu Antonio Foundation, defended its approach, saying that the teachers were grateful for the brochure and found it useful.
The NGO revealed that it had received around 500 items of hate mail due to the backlash. In some of the messages, the outraged critics denounced the brochure as "Stalinist in nature," and reminiscent of the methods of Stasi, the communist-era East Germany's chief spy agency.
The manual was also slammed online. One commenter suggested that the paper "wasted" on the guide should be recycled and the earned money spent on "meaningful" daycare materials, like German language books for migrant children. Others called the manual "absurd" and its take akin to censorship and "manipulations."
"What would be the signs of far-left parents? Or is no one interested in that?" one Twitter user remarked.
Merkel 2.0? Chancellor’s ally Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer elected to lead Germany’s CDU party.
RT.com 7 Dec, 2018 15:57
Often referred to as Angela Merkel’s “protege” and even “Mini Merkel,” CDU General Secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has been chosen as the conservative German party’s next leader.
Kramp-Karrenbauer, known as AKK, beat out her main rival, corporate lawyer Friedrich Merz, a staunch critic of Merkel whose win would have represented a decisive break from the current chancellor’s legacy and policies. The vote saw AKK win 517 of the 999 votes, while Merz took 482.
AKK has been referred to as a loyal follower of the current chancellor, but insists she’s not a “Mini Merkel,” telling German newspaper Welt last week: “I owe much to Angela Merkel, and many things connect us. However, we have different views on a number of points.” She went on to accuse Merkel of not having a consistent plan of action regarding migration policy.
Kramp-Karrenbauer is now expected to face an uphill battle as CDU leader. The party has recently experienced a significant drop in support, drawing roughly 30 percent at the polls, compared to the 40 percent it saw during Merkel’s heyday.
Merkel – who surprised her party and country in late October when she announced she would not be seeking re-election as CDU leader – on Friday delivered her farewell speech, receiving almost 10 minutes of standing applause.
AKK was recently quick to place blame on Russia when commenting on the standoff between Ukrainian and Russian military ships in the Kerch Strait. She suggested that Europe and the US should stop Russian ships, coming from the Sea of Azov, from entering their ports, “if it’s confirmed that the aggression came from Russia.” That comment came despite footage showing detained Ukrainian sailors and agents admitting that their crews intentionally violated Russia’s maritime borders and ignored orders to stop traveling through the waters.
On the topic of migrants, with Merkel’s open-door policy largely contributing to a loss in support for her party, AKK told reporters at a recent press conference in Berlin that migration “is not issue No.1, but it’s there as an issue, and there’s no point not talking about it.”
Referring to the 2015 migrant crisis in November, she said: “What happened in 2015 is a reality and a fact that can’t be reversed,” while noting that people want answers to problems including how to send back refugees who have turned to crime.
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Les Miserables? France is the new tax hell in Europe and beyond.
RT.com 8 Dec, 2018 14:57
While the dust has not yet settled in the streets of Paris, after sweeping protests against fuel tax hikes, it just so happens that France has taken the crown from Denmark as the most taxed country in 2017, the OECD found.
Among the 34 developed members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Emmanuel Macron leads the nation with the highest tax-to-GDP ratio, the organization reported. France leads with 46.2 percent of GDP against the average of 34.2 percent of other members, thus dropping the long-standing leader in the rating, Denmark.
The Scandinavian country’s numbers, meanwhile, shrank to 46 percent, down by 0.2 since last year. Sweden, Italy, and Greece round out the top five, while Mexico is the last on the list at 16.2 percent.
Notably, tax revenues for OECD member states, on average, reached historically high levels in 2017, rising to 34.2 percent of GDP. It is up only slightly from 34 percent, the previous peak recorded by the organization in 2016.
France is currently in the midst of weeks of social unrest over proposed fuel tax hikes. The latest Yellow Vest mayhem in Paris resulted in nearly 100 injuries and more than 200 arrests, as protesters descended into street battles. The violent rallies finally pushed the French government to drop its plan for fuel tax hikes at least for the 2019 budget.
Man attacks three women with knife at train station in Mulhouse, France.
RT.com 9 Dec, 2018 17:30
At least three people were targeted in a stabbing attack at a train station in the French city of Mulhouse, local media reports. Two of them were injured, and the assaulter was detained.
All the victims of the attacker are women, at least two of them received injuries. The third one has reportedly managed to flee the man, who only tore her clothes.
The suspect was apparently “known” to the police prior to the incident, according to local media. The man fled the scene, yet he was promptly apprehended by law enforcement.
The suspect is described as an “unstable” individual and was sent by police for a psychiatric check.
The two injured women have been attended by a medic, who happened to be at the scene and then rushed to a local hospital. One of the women was reportedly stabbed in the back, while another one – wounded in her stomach.
The incident occurred at the railway station, located in the eastern French city of Mulhouse, close to the border with Germany.
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Macron's European army has arrived. It goes by the name Gilets Jaunes.
RT, John Wight 10 Dec, 2018 11:56
Anyone who’s ever tasted teargas will attest how unpleasant it is. I tasted it in Paris on Saturday 8 December as the city turned into a war zone.
I am writing these words in a hotel room in central Paris in the aftermath of a day of rage, unleashed by the self-styled gilets jaunes (yellow vests) mass movement of latter-day ‘enrages’ (angry ones) of French revolutionary repute. And it was indeed a day that bore the hallmarks of a revolution underway. Even now, just after 8pm, the unrest continues, with the sound of wailing police sirens and helicopters hovering overhead the unceasing mood music to my thoughts.
This chaos is taking place not in Syria, Venezuela or Ukraine but in Paris, the city most synonymous with the affluence, culture and liberalism of a European continent that increasingly finds itself beset by social unrest and political disruption.
The French capital is now, for all intents, the frontline in a growing struggle against neoliberalism and its bastard child, austerity, across a European Union whose foundations are crumbling. They are crumbling not due to the devilish machinations of Vladimir Putin (as an increasingly unhinged and out of touch Western liberal commentariat maintains), but instead as the result of a neoliberal status quo that provides far too few with unending comfort and material prosperity at the expense of far too many, for whom dire misery and mounting pain are its grim fruits.
Not only is this mass grassroots movement of Yellow Vest protesters a problem for Macron, but it is also increasingly a problem for an EU political and economic establishment that is yet to wake up to the fact that the world has changed, and changed utterly.
Throughout human history hubris has been the undoing of the rich and powerful, along with the empires forged in their name; and hubris is currently well on the way to being the undoing of an EU whose proponents have embraced the unity not of its peoples but of its banks, corporations, and elites.
Emmanuel Macron is a poster boy for ruling class hubris in our time, a leader widely referred to in France as the ‘president of the rich’. His unalloyed contempt for the plight of ordinary people across the country has only woken them up – and from what I have seen, they will not be going back to sleep anytime soon.
From the perspective of Macron and his government the inchoate character of this Yellow Vest movement, which is mounting the most serious challenge to neoliberalism in Europe yet seen, has to be the most worrying aspect of the current crisis. Thus far it is a movement that lacks a concrete programme and recognizable leadership, with neither Macron nor the French authorities, it is obvious, clear about what it is they are dealing with.
All they know at this point is that whatever it is, its momentum elicits no evidence of slowing down – buoyed by a level of public support that governments which genuflect at the altar of austerity can only dream of.
This being said, the lack of a concrete political programme and coherent ideology, though a strength now, may prove the movement’s undoing down the line. Because it’s quite simple really: if you don’t have your own programme, sooner or later you will inevitably become part of someone else’s. Of this, the fate of the so-called Arab Spring in 2011 leaves no doubt.
The few protesters I talked to were adamant that this is a non-political movement (or perhaps that should be non-politics as usual), with no room for right or left – no support for either Marine Le Pen or Jean-Luc Mélenchon. They are, they said, opposed to the system and political parties in their entirety. They demand Macron’s resignation, a new constitution, and popular referenda in order to return power to the people.
As to the EU, one young man I talked to called David voiced support for a reformed model of European unity – one that places people first. Macron’s EU is finished, he averred. It is not democratic it is autocratic, delivering not justice but injustice; distributing economic pain rather than prosperity to those whose only crime is to be young and old and ordinary in a world governed in the interests of the rich and the connected.
I also talked to Rafiq, a young guy of Moroccan descent. He proclaimed that Macron’s arrogance and indifference to the problems of the people had gone too far. When the people have no hope, he said, they have no choice but to rise up.
But surely, I put it to him, rioting and violence is not the way to go about making change in a democracy. What democracy, he retorted. In France democracy is for the rich. In Macron’s eyes, nobody else matters.
They descended on central Paris, refusing to be cowed or deterred by the heavy police presence, or the warnings issued in the days leading up by the authorities of a heavy crackdown should any trouble break out. Along Boulevard Haussmann they marched towards the Champs Elysees. They were singing, waving flags, shouting anti-Macron slogans and epithets, propelled on by a sense of unity and confidence in their own strength and purpose.
They had come from all over the country, reminding the city’s affluent residents, its bourgeoisie, that Paris is not France and France is not Paris.
But where were they, these rich and affluent shoppers and denizens of Macron’s Paris? Where were the usual fleet of luxury vehicles, the army of tourists and shoppers that normally colonized this part of the city?
On Saturday, rich Paris was in retreat; the Gucci and Louis Vuitton boutiques, the lavish department stores, upscale restaurants and wine bars boarded up to make way for the arrival of the kind of European army Macron did not have in mind when he issued a call for one.
The struggle being waged by the Yellow Vests here in Paris and across France is not indigenous to one country. It is the struggle of millions across a continent who have had enough of being held in contempt by elites who couldn’t give a damn about them or their families. It is a struggle common to the masses in Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Italy – in Ireland and across the UK. It is the struggle of men and women of no property, pitting those who have nothing against those who have everything.
If Macron had expected the Yellow Vests to return to the obscurity from whence they came, after caving into their initial demand of canceling the proposed fuel tax hike, he miscalculated. As Paris burns, so does his legacy – the legacy of a leader who has come to symbolize the end of the road for neoliberal Europe.
Russian media covered the Yellow Vest protests; now France is investigating Russian ‘interference’
RT.com 10 Dec, 2018 15:25
France has opened a probe into Russian “interference” in the anti-government Yellow Vest protests, with Russian media and “Russia-linked” social media accounts targeted for the grave crime of actually reporting on the crisis.
Hundreds of social media accounts supposedly linked to Russia have “sought to amplify” the still-raging French street protests, according to an “analysis” seen by the Times of London.
The source? Ryan Fox, a former NSA employee and the co-owner of an American cyber-security firm which “monitors disinformation” online and has a history of dubiously promoting nefarious Russian ‘meddling’ as a panacea for all Western ills.
The “network” of social media accounts in question has purportedly circulated posts which “focus on the violence and chaos” of the Gilet Jaunes (Yellow Vest) protests, churning out approximately 1,600 tweets and retweets a day. No word yet about how many non-Russia-related Twitter accounts are also tweeting and retweeting about the protests. Although, perhaps it’s only Russians who are restricted from sharing information about the French civil unrest.
According to the Alliance for Securing Democracy — a unit of the US State Department-funded German Marshall Fund — about 600 Twitter accounts which have previously promoted “Kremlin views” have begun focusing their attention on France in recent weeks. While the accounts usually focus on US or British news, the anti-government protests in France “have been at or near the top” of their activity in the last week. “That’s a pretty strong indication that there is interest in amplifying the conflict,” Bret Schafer, a DC-based social media analyst for the think tank told Bloomberg.
Another interpretation might be that massive anti-government protests shaking up France are actually just interesting and worth of attention — but apparently that is too simple an explanation for the likes of Fox and Schafer whose jobs rely solely on them finding nefarious Kremlin meddling around every corner.
A British government source also told the Times that the crisis in France had been “amplified substantially” by Russian media which had “disproportionately focused” its editorial output on reporting about the movement.
According to Bloomberg, much of the tweeted material and reporting comes from outlets like RT, which has been “covering the French crisis closely” — an observation which was presumably supposed to sound like a terrible insult. Imagine! The audacity of RT to closely cover the worst civil unrest France has seen in years.
Fox said Russia’s main goal was to bolster a narrative of police brutality and amplify the message that “that there is a disconnect between French politicians and the working class” — something which the harrowing images of chaos and violence across France apparently weren’t able to do without the help of Russia-linked Twitter accounts.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Sunday in a radio interview with RTL that an “investigation is now underway” into possible Russian interference, but added that he would “not make comments before the investigation has brought conclusions.”
Fox, Schafer and their respective crews of disinformation busters might find kindred spirits in Kiev, however, where on Sunday the SBU security service suggested Moscow was deploying “illegal terrorist armed formations” in Paris to stir unrest — a notion which Russian senator Aleksey Pushkov promptly described as “pushing the boundaries of the absurd.”
“If you tried to explain to the Gilets Jaunes on the Champs Elysee that they were being organized by the Russian security services, you would at best get your face kicked in,” he said.
Following media reports, Russia denied having anything to do with the French protests, with Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov saying that Moscow had "not interfered" and that reports to the contrary are "nothing but slander."
Maybe it's too simple to dismiss the notion of Russian meddling, however. A video posted to Facebook on Saturday showed Yellow Vest protesters happily playing instruments and dancing to 'On the Hills of Manchuria' — a 1906 Russian waltz, while riot police watched on. Perhaps they were all under the influence of sneaky subliminal pro-Russia messaging in the form of song and dance.
Austrian police detain Afghan teen suspected of fatally stabbing 16yo ex-girlfriend in the back.
RT.com 11 Dec, 2018 14:05
An Afghan citizen is suspected of fatally stabbing a 16-year-old girl in her own home in Austria. The alleged perpetrator – also a teenager - has been detained after being on the run, police announced in a tweet.
The 17-year-old is alleged to have stabbed his ex-girlfriend in the back, puncturing her lung. According to media reports, the victim’s mother had to force the bedroom door open after becoming worried about her daughter.
Despite the door being barricaded from inside, the woman still managed to make her way in… only to discover the teen’s body. Investigators believe the suspect jumped out the window (as it was wide open) – leaving the girl dead on the floor.
The murder occurred in the town of Steyr, just about two hours west of Vienna. It is said that the ex-boyfriend lived nearby at home for asylum seekers and had an on-off relationship with the 16-year-old. The motive behind the tragedy is still being investigated.
A neighbor described the suspect as “close-lipped,” yet stressed that the girl was also rather quite. So far, there are no reports the youngster has been implicated in any other offences or crimes.
Apart from him living in the shelter for asylum seekers, few details are known. There is also no information on whether the youngster had permanent or temporary rights for staying in Austria.
Vienna has been an outspoken critic of the EU’s open-door migrant policy. Widespread anti-immigrant sentiment was sparked after Austria took in some 150,000 asylum seekers starting in 2015 – a number which accounts for over one percent of its total population. The ruling conservative coalition government has adopted a strict stance on migration, with the Interior Ministry even mulling a “border protection unit” to prevent a repeat of the 2015 migrant influx.
In November, Vienna announced that it would back out of a UN pact on international cooperation on migration, insisting that the agreement is inadequate for managing global migration flows and threatens Austria's sovereignty.
Nativity scene with migrants trapped in plastic sea sparks controversy.
Ruptly Dec 11, 2018
A very unusual Nativity scene was unveiled in the small Southern Italian town of Acquaviva delle Fonti which depicted the Holy Family as migrants drowning in a sea of plastic, footage filmed on Sunday shows.
Locals seemed to have reacted well to the unusual representation, with one saying that "an installation like this one can provide an idea of union, of humanity and of a different family."
While another said “A strong message has arrived to me. Although the installation is not very beautiful aesthetically,” and added that the message was “to raise awareness to other peoples to change our point of view, our way of thinking, to improve ourselves.”
Stasi preschools now in Germany to ferret out racists!
Vlad Tepesblog Dec 11, 2018
This is extremely important. In a sea of extremely important things, its hard to ask people to share out any one in particular. But this is such blatant authoritarian communist action of the Soviet kind, that it needs to be known by all that this is the middle game everywhere. Not even the end game, which is the total extinction of Western cultures and Western Socratic thought.
11 injured as chaos in German refugee center sparks large-scale police op.
RT.com 11 Dec, 2018 16:16
German police had to call in reinforcement, deploying scores of officers to quell mayhem in a reception center in country’s south, where a group of migrants faced off with security personnel.
A row between migrants in one of the reception centers escalated into open violence early Tuesday as people living in the shelter attacked local security staff that tried to intervene, police announced. A group of rioters then barricaded themselves in the building, forcing the security workers to call the police.
However, several local police squads that initially arrived at the scene located in the Bavarian town of Bamberg also failed to handle the situation. The officers were pelted with paving stones and had to call for backup.
As “numerous police detachments” from neighboring departments came to rescue, the police force at the scene amassed to some 100 officers. Law enforcement besieged the housing facility, which meanwhile caught fire.
The blaze forced the migrants to flee the building, allowing officers to detain eight rioters. Police also had to forcefully subdue another one, who remained holed up in the facility. The firefighters later managed to quickly extinguish the flames while operating under heavy police guard.
Nine people were treated over smoke inhalation following the incident. One officer and one migrant also received light injuries in the mayhem. The nine suspects were charged with a “serious breach of public order” and arson as well as some other offenses, according to police. All those detained were identified as Eritreans.
The damage inflicted by the chaos amounted to €100,000 ($113,000), authorities announced. It is not the first time the center, which currently hosts 1,268 people, hit the media headlines in Germany. Just weeks ago, a roof of one of its housing facilities partially burned down in a large-scale fire. While the exact reason of the incident was not revealed so far, the damage caused by the blaze reached staggering €2 million ($2.26mn).
The troubled site is part of a compromise solution hammered out in a hard-fought battle over migration policy between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer in summer. The large facilities designed to house thousands of migrants for the period while their cases are processed by the German authorities became known as ‘Anker’ centers – German for ‘anchor’, and shortened from ‘arrival, decision, and repatriation’.
The government hoped the new centers would ease tensions but their plan received a cold welcome, particularly from the locals, who were concerned about a potential “big burden” for the community and a possible crime surge.
Exclusive Footage! Winter is Coming… for the EU Elite; Frenchmen Take to the Streets!
Vesti News Dec 11, 2018
The police are trying to disperse the protesters on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. The police are waving their batons at us. Bottles are flying over our heads. Grenades keep going off to our left. All kinds of stuff are flying through the air. They're forcing the protestors back. We should speed up if we don't want to get hurt.
‘Shocking for democracy’: Thousands put into custody since start of Yellow Vest protests in France.
RT.com 11 Dec, 2018 19:25
The number of people arrested since the beginning of the massive popular protests that have gripped France for weeks has surpassed a staggering 4,500, with critics calling the actions of the authorities crackdown on democracy.
The French police have detained a total of 4,523 people in connection to the so-called Yellow Vests protests that united tens of thousands of people across the country discontent with taxes polices and fuel prices hikes. Of those almost 4,100 still remain in police custody, the French BFM TV broadcaster reported, citing police sources.
Earlier, the French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner confirmed that more than 1,900 people were arrested in connection to the protests in just one day – on Saturday, December 8. More than 1,700 of them were taken into custody. However, the French media later reported that the number of those arrested on that day might in fact have reached 2,000 people.
Part of those arrests seemed to be a preventive measure as they occurred before the protests. And the practice alarmed many.
“When we [see] 1,000 people [detained] and 540 of them released two days later, it is obvious that there were at least 540 absolutely unjustified arrests,” a Paris lawyer, Raphael Kempf, told BFM, commenting on the issue. “Being locked up for 48 hours, they were deprived of their right to join a demonstration and this is shocking for a democratic country,” he added.
The government, however, justified its approach by saying that there were in fact no preventive arrests but only “preventive control” measures. The checks consisted in ID checks and baggage inspections, Junior Interior Minister Laurent Nunez explained, adding that those “possessing weapons” were subsequently taken into custody as they were found in breach of law.
According to the media reports, many arrests were indeed made during the searches and ID checks. However, some reports also suggested that people were arrested for simply having protective gear such as gas masks with them while others reported that the arrests affected those, who did nothing wrong at all.
“Today, we [see] the militarization of police,” Kempf said, adding that the officers often use weapons that “can mutilate or kill”, so one cannot just go to a protest without protection. The Yellow Vests protests indeed saw some unfortunate incidents, which led to some people being crippled or even killed with police munitions.
Last weekend, a man in the city of Bordeaux had his hand blown off as he allegedly sought to recover and throw back a police crowd-control grenade. A week later, an elderly woman died after being hit in the face by what is believed to be a police tear gas grenade.
One cannot reasonably accuse people of intending to commit violent acts during a protest just because they have swimming goggles or a bottle of saline in their bags, the lawyer added.
A head of a French law firm, Avi Bitton, who defends a couple and their son arrested ahead of the Saturday protests, told the French L’Express weekly that his clients did not possess any weapons but were still detained for about 14 hours on the day of the rallies. “Following an ID check” on the Saturday morning, “they were taken to a police station and did not return until 10 p.m. (local time) (21:00 GMT),” he said, calling such treatment “abusive.”
“What we are facing now is an authoritarian drive for power,” the lawyer said. Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron said in a national address on Monday that “there is no excuse for the violence” and “there will be no pardon to those, who caused it.” In Paris and some other cites, protests turned into riots that involved clashes with police, broken windows, looted stores.
“As soon as violence starts, this freedom ends. We need to restore the state order and we are going to take all measures required to do so,” the French leader said, admitting, however, that people do have a “right to indignation.”
The unrest, triggered by the controversial plans for fuel price and tax hikes, plunged France into chaos for almost a month, turning the streets of some cities, including the French capital of Paris, into battlefields and leaving scores of injured. On December 8 alone, more than 260 people sustained injuries across France.
The massive public mobilization eventually forced the government to abandon the new tax plans and announce some other policy measures, including a €100 ($113)minimum wage increase, tax-free overtime pay and end-of-year bonuses. Although the move was criticized by the opposition politicians, more than a half of the French believed that the Yellow Vests achieved their goals and the protests should now stop.
Will the Yellow Vests protest against this or will they cuck out?
Shooting in Strasbourg: 1 killed, 3 injured - authorities.
RT.com 11 Dec, 2018 19:39
Two people have been killed and 14 others injured in a shooting incident in the northeastern French city of Strasbourg, near one of the oldest and biggest Christmas markets in Europe.
The suspect had engaged police in a shootout before fleeing the scene and is still on the run. The attack took place at a Christmas market at Kleber Square, a UNESCO world heritage site located in Strasbourg’s old city.
The entire Great Island (Grande Ile), where the historic center of the city is located, was cordoned off by the police. All bars and restaurants located in the area were closed with visitors and tourists instructed to stay inside. The investigators soon treated the tragedy as a terrorist incident.
The French Interior Ministry urged the public to remain indoors amid what it called a “serious security event” in the city. A video posted on social media shows people injured in the shooting lying on the street.
Following the incident, the city was put on lockdown. As a precaution, the European Parliament building was also closed. The local media reported that public transport was not working.
The shooter, who was still on the run on Wednesday morning, was identified by authorities. They believe their target – listed on the ‘Fiche S’ list of potential security threats – was born in 1989 in Strasbourg and may have been radicalized only recently. He was to be arrested Tuesday morning in connection with a homicide-robbery case, but when investigators arrived at his home he was not there. Grenades were found during the search, according to French media.
The search and response brigade BRI, as well as the RAID, two French specialized intervention units, were immediately engaged in the search for the shooter, assisted by helicopters deployed to track him down from the air.
The assailant entered the perimeter of the Christmas market via the Corbeau bridge at around 8 pm local time, armed with an automatic weapon. After opening fire on the crowd, he then fled the scene and, according to some reports, was wounded by a Sentinelle soldier strike team during his escape. The shooter was later located in the district of Neudorf, where exchanges of fire were heard around 10pm local time, yet he apparently managed to escape once again.
The attack left two people dead and 14 wounded, some critically. One person was described by the French authorities as “brain-dead” after the attack. Previously, the local prefecture had reported that four or three people had been killed in the shooting.
France: Brexit has 'spiralled into a new mess' - Verhofstadt.
Ruptly Dec 11, 2018
The European Parliament's Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt said that with UK's Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to defer the deal vote, the Brexit process had "spiralled into a new mess," while addressing the EU Council in Strasbourg on Tuesday.
According to Verhofstadt, the EU will not renegotiate the backstop on Ireland. "It's out of [the] question," he said after stating that Brussels "will never let down our Irish friends."
At the same time, Verhofstadt noted that the UK could avoid the backstop by committing to a closer relationship with the EU.
"There will be no problem to do so," the official stated.
Verhofstadt made the remarks after attacking far-right movements, who according to him pursue "the destruction of the European Union" as their goal.
He pointed out that Brexit is "also an item that is more and more hijacked, I should say, by the alt-right movement in Europe."
Inevitable threat? Strasbourg gunman was on terror watch list, had grenades at home.
RT.com 11 Dec, 2018 22:35
The gunman who shot multiple victims in Strasbourg had previously been convicted and was known to French intelligence as a possible ‘security risk,’ yet managed to slip through the cracks despite tightened security across France.
“The author of these acts, listed as a security threat, had been sought by police,” the regional prefecture confirmed. Yet he has managed to escape arrest earlier in the day, before carrying out the attack near the Christmas market at around 8pm on Tuesday evening.
“There are so many people that are involved around the edges of this sort of terrorism if this is what it turns out to be, that you can't keep any sort of meaningful surveillance on them. Even just monitoring the use of communications and social media would be too much,” Peter Kirkham, former London police inspector, told RT.
Despite tight security measures introduced by the French security forces across public holiday venues in the country, Christmas markets remain “attractive” soft targets. Strasbourg has since banned assemblies of people, to assist the security forces in tracking down their suspect.
“When you've got a large area of public space it is almost impossible to keep it totally free of weapons, especially if it is a temporary event.”
The Strasbourg attack comes amid a major security presence across France, which has been gripped by the Yellow Vest protests over the past weeks. The sheer volume of work handled by the security services during the holiday season could have allowed the shooter to slip through the security cracks, Philip Ingram, a former senior military intelligence officer, told RT.
“If we’re going to protect the freedoms that we enjoy as part of society there's almost an inevitability of a level of terrorism that is going to come in there.”
“The security forces have to be right 100 percent of the time and, remember, in France at the moment they are distracted with the Yellow Vest protests that are going on,” Ingram said.
“There has been a lot of unrest in France over the last few weeks, so it would be early to call it a terrorist incident,” Ingram noted, as the French counter-terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation into the incident.
The attack left two people dead and and 12 wounded. One person was described by the French authorities as “brain-dead” after the attack. The suspect, swiftly identified on surveillance and video recordings, was known for his criminal activities. Authorities believe their target is listed on the ‘Fiche S’ list of potential security threats, was born in February 1989 in Strasbourg and may have been radicalized only recently. He was to be arrested Tuesday morning in a homicide-robbery case, yet when the investigators arrived at his home, he was not there. Grenades were found during the search, according to French media.
“If this person was recognized by the French secret service as a threat, he should have been put in jail right away,” Denis Franceskin, a representative of the French National Rally political party in the US, told RT. “This guy was totally free to go anywhere. And this is a big problem. We have thousands of people that are under the S-file in France and our government is doing nothing.”
“Certainly, there was a relationship to what the authorities were doing and the fact that he was on a list...and him going out and doing this,” defense analyst Ivan Eland told RT. “They thought he was involved in some sort of robbery last summer and they had raided his house when he wasn't there, and therefore this could have triggered him to do this.”
Last Edit: Dec 14, 2018 18:46:33 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
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