WATCH: Police detain dozens protesting against coronavirus lockdown in The Hague


05-05-20 07:42:00,

Dozens of people have been arrested following scuffles with police during an unauthorized anti-lockdown protest in The Hague.

Reports suggest roughly 200 people gathered in the Dutch city of The Hague on Tuesday for a demonstration against measures taken by the government to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The Dutch government banned public gatherings in mid-March, and the protest was not authorized but had not been banned outright either. However, Mayor Johan Remkes said the protest could continue in the Koekamp park once those involved maintained a distance of at least five feet from one another. When they failed to comply, the mayor reportedly ordered their arrest. 

Eyewitness footage from the scene showed police mounted on horseback and riot control officers brandishing shields attempting to corale the protestors, who grew increasingly agitated as the protest continued. Disgruntled protestors reportedly pelted mounted police with missiles. 

Photos taken at the scene show the scale of the protest, as well as several people being placed under arrest.

The Hague police confirmed that they were “detaining demonstrators that ignore the mayor’s order,” but they have yet to give a total number of detainees.

Buses from The Hague transport company HTM ferried the detainees to the central police station for processing.

According to local reports, however, at least 50 people were arrested for failing to obey the rules of the protest. 

The scuffles follow outbreaks of violence at protests against 5G and the coronavirus lockdown last week.

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Watch Live: ECB President Lagarde Explain How More Of The Same Is Different This Time


30-04-20 01:53:00,

Full Einsteinian insane-tard-ness…

The European economy is collapsing faster than the Obama administration’s case against General Flynn… but ECB chief Lagarde is suggesting more of the same as the fix for what has not worked at all until now – keep the negative rates, maintain the asset-purchases, add more “focused lending”, and most of all the promise of more of all of this when this “more” doesn’t work.

Watch the press conference live here (due to start at 0830ET)

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WATCH Berlin police forcefully disperse unsanctioned protest against coronavirus lockdown


19-04-20 07:45:00,

Hundreds of activists gathered in central Berlin, defying government Covid-19 lockdown measures and arguing the state is heading for “authoritarian rule.” The gathering was met with a strong police response.

Some 300 protesters descended on the Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz square in Germany’s capital on Saturday for an unauthorized rally against the coronavirus lockdown. The participants did not bother to observe social distancing guidelines and only a handful of them donned protective face masks.

The gathering brought people together with very different political views, as banners at the rally ranged from quite moderate pro-democracy calls to rather hard-line ones. One protester, for instance, was spotted carrying a banner reading ‘Vaccination is terrorism’.

The rally promptly escalated into scuffles between the activists and police trying to remove protesters from the area. Several people were detained and forcefully put into police vans.

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Earlier this week, the country’s Constitutional Court ruled that Germans have the right to hold political protests if they stick to social distancing rules. The case was brought there by pro-democracy activists from the state of Hesse, who earlier lost their case with two lower-tier courts that sided with the authorities. The Constitutional Court, however, deemed the blanket ban on protests to be unconstitutional, ordering the authorities to review such policies.

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We are Not Allowed to Watch, Listen and Read what We Want, Anymore | New Eastern Outlook


01-04-20 05:21:00,


Now, that almost all of us, all over the world, have been forced into staying in what could be easily defined as house arrest, there is suddenly plenty of time to read books, to watch great films, and to listen to splendid music.

Many of us, for years, have been sadly repeating again and again: “if only we would have time…”

Now there is plenty of it – plenty of time. The world has stopped. Something terrible is happening; something we never wanted to occur. We sense it, we are terrified, but we do not know precisely, what it is. Not now, not yet.

Fiction has become reality. Albert Camus and his Plague. Jose Saramago and Blindness.

We did not really know that something like this could take place; even those of us who have close to zero trust in the wisdom of Western civilization.

Today, again, I read the same argument that has been sending chills down my spine, each time it is repeated. And repeated it is being, now regularly, at least in Europe. There, Fascism is clearly back. Dr. Luboš Motl, a Czech theoretical physicist, who was an assistant professor at Harvard University from 2004 to 2007:

“And they believe that the structures which allow them to survive – the governments, banks, and so on – are ‘evil’. Some are just financially illiterate. But others know what they are saying, and rejoice in demanding that trillions be sacrificed in order to infinitesimally increase the probability that a 90-year-old will avoid infection and live a little bit longer. They don’t accept their dependence on society and the system at all. They don’t realize that their moral values, their ‘human rights’, are only available if paid for by prosperous societies.”

A doctor… my God! A “prosperous society” means, obviously, a capitalist, Western society. Imperialism, neo-colonialism! To the people like him, clearly, not every human life is equal. ‘Value’ depends on age, and perhaps on race?’

It has always been like this, in the West, but at least it was concealed, somehow. Now it is out in the open. And I am shaking. Not from fear, but from revulsion. I definitely do not want to live in “Motl’s world.”


But back to the main topic of this essay.

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Media Watch: Groundbreaking UN Torture Report Shunned by Mainstream – Activist Post


25-03-20 07:52:00,

By Janet Phelan

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, has issued a report which gives official acknowledgement—possibly for the first time—to aspects of a torture program that has been launched covertly in the US and elsewhere.

But you wouldn’t know it if you read mainstream media. There has been not a word concerning Melzer’s report in the Associated Press, Reuters, the NY Times, the Washington Post, ad nauseum.

The report, entitled “Torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment,” deals primarily with delineating the differences and commonalities between physical and psychological torture. In so doing, the report devotes a section to what Melzer is calling “cyber torture.” Melzer writes:

State, corporate actors and organized criminals not only have the capacity to conduct cyber operations inflicting severe suffering on countless individuals, but may well decide to do so for any of the purposes of torture.

In a nod to the multiplicity of reports that the SR recently received claiming gang stalking and electronic torture, the report goes on to state that “cybertechnologies can also be used …through intimidation, harassment, surveillance, public shaming and defamation.” The report also expresses concern that cybertechnology may be employed to torture through ….” medical implants, and, conceivably nano- or neurotechnological devices.”

However, this reporter could locate only two established news outlets which even covered the SR’s report, The Guardian  and Al Jazeera. At the time of this writing, the large human rights NGOs, which generally include addressing torture as part of their mandate — Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, Physicians for Human Rights, Center for Victims of Torture — have not given any acknowledgment to the SR’s report on their websites or in press releases. Nor did they respond to requests for comment on the report.

The use of electronic and internet-based devices for the purposes of harassment and worse of ordinary citizens has exploded in the last decade or so. While a few local TV networks have ventured into new territory by running some segments on this phenomenon, this has largely been seen as the dominion of “tin foil hats.” A couple examples of rare TV coverage follow:

When the NY Times covered this issue,

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WATCH: Lock down measures see DRONES patrol streets in Italian town


13-03-20 07:06:00,

Drones are being deployed on the streets in Italy as authorities monitor more than 60 million people who are living under lockdown conditions as the mediterranean country grapples with a rampant coronavirus outbreak.

Footage from the picturesque Lombardy town of Desenzano del Garda shows police and civil protection personnel parading through the streets with loudspeakers urging people to stay in their homes. Drones can be seen whirring above the ominous scene, as the masked operatives carry out their grim procession.

A Itàlia la policia recorre el país per fer complir la consigna #StateACasa, pregunten a tothom qui veuen pel carrer on va i per què ha sortit i s’ajuden amb drons per a fer complir el

— Carles Herèdia (@CarlesHeredia) March 12, 2020

“Citizens, the current state of emergency requires us not to move from home unless absolutely necessary. Do not crowd the city and stay in your home. Give up what is not of primary necessity and make this sacrifice,” the loudspeaker message instructs.

The town has already seen at least 15 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and dozens of people have been placed in self-isolation, local newspaper I Dolomiti reports.

Italian authorities say the illness has claimed over 1,000 lives in Italy, with the death toll and the number of confirmed cases dramatically spiking this week. 

The entire country has been placed on lockdown, with movement restricted to urgent medical or professional need. People who break the rules face sanctions, including fines and criminal charges. All shops and business have been shut, except grocery stores and pharmacies.

Health officials say it could take two weeks for the restrictions on peoples’ lives to have an effect on the spread of the virus, which is still spreading outside of the initial red zone in the north of the country.

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09-03-20 12:54:00,

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EU Chaos: Watch As Turkish Armored Vehicle Pulls Down Border Fence For Migrants


09-03-20 10:29:00,

Submitted by SouthFront

On Friday a video was shared on social media showing that Turkish security forces used an armored vehicle with a rope to pull down the fence at the Greek border and allow migrants to pass.

The vehicle, according to Greek media is one of the “HIZIR/ATES” type vehicles with daytime and nighttime border surveillance vehicles, which Turkey received from May to August 2019, financed by a program – ironically enough – mostly paid for by the EU.

A Turkish armoured vehicle with a rope attached to it was reportedly trying to pull down the Greek border fence this evening #Turkey #Greece

— CNW (@ConflictsW) March 7, 2020

Furthermore, Turkish special police operations units were shown pointing their high-powered rifles at the Greek border patrol cars.

Another video provided by #Greek authorities where acc to #Greek officials a Turkish army vehicle is trying to tear down the Greek #border fence

— Nektaria Stamouli (@nstamouli) March 7, 2020

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu over the weekend stated that that the migrants who cross to Europe would go above one million, which would cause the fall of European governments and destabilization of their economies.

Meanwhile, Turkey continues with its claims of rescuing migrants in distress.

A total of 60 asylum seekers, most of them children were rescued off Turkey’s Aegean coast, security sources said on Sunday.

— Abdullah Bozkurt (@abdbozkurt) March 8, 2020

Turkish Coast Guard teams said in a statement that a group of Afghans in a rubber boat, including 33 children, were rescued while attempting to cross to Greek islands.

It is also accusing Greek soldiers of opening fire on migrants, with a video purportedly showing specifically that.

Shots fired? | #Turkey says #Greek soldier ‘fired’ at migrants

A footage handed out by the Turkey’s govt on Saturday allegedly shows a #Greece’s soldier firing shots toward a barbed-wire fence at the border.

— RT (@RT_com) March 7,

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WATCH harrowing footage of 2007 Baghdad killings projected onto UK parliament wall in protest against Assange’s extradition


20-02-20 12:07:00,

Campaigners have projected the footage of an American airstrike on Iraqi civilians, originally exposed by WikiLeaks, onto the parliament building in London, to protest against the proposed extradition to the US of Julian Assange.

Clips from the infamous 2007 footage were projected onto Westminster Palace, where both houses of parliament are located. The same video was projected on the wall of the Belmarsh maximum security prison in London, where the WikiLeaks co-founder is awaiting his US extradition trial. The images on the buildings’ walls included photos of the activist along with slogans like ‘Don’t extradite Assange’ and ‘Journalism is not a crime.’

The anti-extradition group behind the stunt argues that the prosecution of Assange is unlawful because he did journalistic work, and all information published by WikiLeaks was of public interest.

The classified footage, which was published by WikiLeaks in 2010, revealed how the crew of a US AH-64 Apache attack chopper shredded a group of civilians in Baghdad, including two reporters working for Reuters, after mistaking them for insurgents.

Assange could face up to 175 years in prison if found guilty of all 18 charges that have been brought against him in the US. His extradition hearings are to start next week.

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I Watch The Super Bowl Commercials (2020) – #PropagandaWatch


10-02-20 08:21:00,


So I guess there was some kind of American football game recently that people watched? I don’t know, I’m only interested in CFL myself. But boy do people get excited about the commercials! This year, like last, Broc West subjects me to Super Bowl commercial propaganda for your schadenfreude and edification. Enjoy?

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Watch: The Fed’s Evil Juggernaut


19-01-20 10:22:00,

Authored by Adam Taggart via,

Juggernaut: (n) massive inexorable force, campaign, movement, or object that crushes whatever is in its path

The US Federal Reserve is once again force-feeding liquidity into the system. At its fastest rate ever.

The result? Record high stock prices whose valuations defy all logic.

What’s wrong with that? Shouldn’t we just enjoy the party and be grateful for our rising 401ks?

What’s wrong is that the Fed’s actions are dooming us. Their poisonous cocktail of endless cheap money and rock-bottom interest rates is hastening a terminal breakdown of the economy, while deliberately enriching a tiny cadre of elites to the ruin of everyone else.

Though most remain blind to this, Fed policy (and the similar ones pursued by the other major world central banks) is directly responsible for, or a major contributor to, many of the biggest challenges society is facing.

Tens of millions of Boomers who can’t afford to retire. Tens of millions of Millennials who can’t afford to purchase a home. History’s largest wealth gap between the 1% and everyone else. Relentless increases in the cost of living while real wages remain stagnant. Depletion and degradation of our key natural resources by zombie companies run without profits. We can thank the Fed for all of these ills, plus many more.

All we’re offered in return is the fake reassurance that “everything is awesome” because stocks are higher today than they were yesterday. As if that really makes a difference when the top 1% owns 50% of all stocks and the top 10% owns over 90%.

And when today’s epicly distorted markets reach their breaking point — which may be imminent given the truly manic action recently — not only will the resulting damage be commensurately epic, but it will injure the 99% FAR more than the 1% who benefitted from it.

Mass layoffs. Bankruptcies. Destroyed retirement portfolios and pensions. State and city budget crises. Higher taxes. More fees. Cancelled social services. Hollowed-out communities.

The Fed’s deliberate policy of privatized gains for the elite and socialized losses for the masses ensures that Joe Sixpack is going to take it in the shorts while Reginald Caviar-Maybach will still receive his record bonus from Goldman Sachs.

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WATCH French riot police knock down elderly woman… during rally for 80yo who died after getting hit by tear gas grenade


01-12-19 10:15:00,

French police have attracted some really bad publicity, after knocking down an elderly lady during a rally in Marseille – an event being held to honor another 80-year-old woman who died after being hit by a police grenade.

Over 1,000 people gathered in the southern city of Marseille on Saturday to remember Zineb Redouane. A resident of the city and of Algerian origins, she died in hospital last December at the age of 80 – a day after she was hit in the face by a tear gas grenade, launched by riot police during a turbulent Yellow Vests rally.

The demonstrators carried a large banner, reading “Tribute to Zineb. Batman kills, let’s be Joker!” and chanted “We are all children of Zineb!” They marched past the apartment in Marseille’s old city where Redouane used to live.

Things promptly got heated and the rally escalated into scuffles between the protesters and riot police. Law enforcement deployed tear gas to disperse the marchers and repeatedly charged the crowd.

One such charge hit an elderly woman with a wheeled bag, who was being helped by some protesters across the street. Footage from the scene shows the police apparently knocking the woman down while beating the protesters up with batons.

As the woman was left lying on the pavement in a plume of tear gas, a couple of protesters returned to help her – only to come in for more police batons. Ultimately, the woman was led away to safety by paramedics.

The timing of the disturbing scene couldn’t be worse for the image of the French authorities, as it only seemed to prove the point of the protesters, who accuse the police of using excessive and indiscriminate violence.

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Zineb Redouane was injured on December 1, 2018 as the city was gripped by the Yellow Vest protests. She was not taking part in the disturbance – in fact, she was at her apartment and came up to the window to close shutters when a tear gas grenade hit her in the face.

Redouane suffered multiple fractures and died in hospital the following day due to “postoperative shock,” as French prosecutors put it.

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WATCH Bolivian police fire tear gas at mourners carrying coffins of protesters killed in previous clashes


22-11-19 09:08:00,

A march in Bolivia’s de facto capital was met by a harsh police response, with security forces firing tear gas at a procession of mourners bearing the caskets of fallen demonstrators, who were forced to drop them in the street.

As unrest grips Bolivia after the ouster of socialist leader Evo Morales earlier this month, violent crackdowns on protests against the country’s post-coup government have only grown more frequent. Scenes from La Paz on Thursday showed armor-clad riot police repelling a protest that doubled as a funeral cortege, compelling mourners to abandon the coffins they carried.

Brutal repression in #Bolivia. Protestors carried the bodies of the people killed in Senkata yesterday. As you can see, they had to leave the caskets on the floor.

How can the Bolivian people ever trust in the police again? After the coup and this repression?

— Latinx Socialists of America (@LatinxSocUS) November 22, 2019

“The de facto government of Anez does not respect the dead in their coffins, nor forgive their relatives, women and children who marched peacefully for respect for life and democracy,” Morales said in a tweet on Thursday, referring to “interim president” Jeanine Anez, an opposition senator who declared herself leader soon after Morales was forced to resign under pressure from the military.

The march encountered a police barrier as it neared the presidential palace, prompting some protesters to chant “murderers” at the officers and others to throw makeshift projectiles, RT Spanish reported. The tear gas was unleashed moments later.

On Tuesday, the police and military fired live rounds at pro-Morales demonstrators who had blockaded a fuel plant in El Alto, near La Paz, killing at least eight, some of whom were carried in caskets during Thursday’s de facto funeral procession.

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Anti-war activist and Code Pink co-founder Madea Benjamin, who is currently on the ground in La Paz to witness the demonstrations, said she did not see any violence on the part of the demonstrators before the tear gas came out.

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WATCH Morales supporters tear-gassed in clashes with riot police as Bolivians protest unelected ‘interim president’ (VIDEO)


14-11-19 09:06:00,

Thousands of supporters of deposed Bolivian President Evo Morales gathered in La Paz to demand the resignation of self-declared “interim” leader Jeanine Anez, where they squared off with riot police in hectic street clashes.

Flying national and indigenous flags and chanting pro-Morales slogans, the protest march met a forceful police response in Bolivia’s administrative capital on Wednesday, facing down volleys of tear gas from armored security forces, dramatic footage captured by Ruptly shows.

The demonstrators, led by indigenous militia group Ponchos Rojos, were headed toward the presidential palace in downtown La Paz before the clashes broke out, in which protesters returned fire with rocks and other improvised projectiles. The chaotic scenes seemingly went unnoticed in western media.

Following Morales’ forced resignation and flight from Bolivia for political asylum in Mexico earlier this week, opposition Senator Jeanine Anez declared herself “interim president.” While opposition lawmakers argued Anez’s declaration was valid under the Bolivian constitution, the ousted president’s Movement for Socialism Party slammed the move as illegal and boycotted the legislature.

Morales resigned under pressure from top military officials after weeks of opposition protests over the result of October’s presidential election, in which the opposition, as well as the US-based Organization for American States (OAS), alleged “irregularities.” The socialist leader’s ouster has been hailed as a triumph for democracy by Washington and its partners in the OAS, though it did little to quell the unrest in Bolivia.

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Speaking from Mexico on Wednesday after a sudden departure from his home country, Morales condemned the OAS for acting “in the service of the North American empire,” and said Anez’s move for the presidency only confirmed that he was pushed out of office in a “coup.” Nonetheless, he called for “national dialogue” to resolve the ongoing disorder.

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Watch as New WiFi Method Sees Through Walls and Identifies People from Video Footage


01-10-19 06:30:00,

By Kevin Samson

Several years ago, I wrote an article titled “How WiFi Will Be Used to Erase Civil Liberties.”  At that time, announcements in the UK and in New York City demonstrated that governments had been working with private corporations to blanket entire cities with WiFi connectivity.

Now that 5G is rolling out to far wider audiences, WiFi has only become more pervasive and, with it, the surveillance capabilities of this technology.

Methods that can use WiFi to see people hidden behind walls have been in development for some time, as reported by Mac Slavo from SHTFPlan many years ago:

Researchers at MIT have come up with a way to use WiFi signals to see behind walls, and map a room in 3-D. By reflecting the signal, it can also locate the movements of people or objects in the room. The Daily Mail reports:

Using a wireless transmitter fitted behind a wall, computer scientists have developed a device that can map a nearby room in 3D while scanning for human bodies.

Using the signals that bounce and reflect off these people, the device creates an accurate silhouette and can even use this silhouette to identify who that person is.

The device is called RF Capture and it was developed by researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). 

Today, researchers claim to have a new method for taking this one step further: once a person is located, they can then be properly identified by matching any available video footage of that individual. Apparently, our unique gait and movement gives us away. Naturally, this is a huge win for law enforcement which has a larger database than ever of public video footage from its ubiquitous camera surveillance.

My emphasis added:

This novel video-WiFi cross-modal gait-based person identification system, which they refer to as XModal-ID (pronounced Cross-Modal-ID), could have a variety of applications, from surveillance and security to smart homes. For instance, consider a scenario in which law enforcement has a video footage of a robbery.

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WATCH: Undaunted pianist plays on as riot police pursue Yellow Vests through train station


21-09-19 10:00:00,

Published time: 21 Sep, 2019 09:50 Edited time: 21 Sep, 2019 10:09

Yellow Vest protesters seeking respite from tear gas in a Paris train station were accompanied by an unexpected live soundtrack as a talented pianist played on nearby, undeterred by the melée around him.

Playing on a public piano, the musician added a dreamlike quality to the tense situation.

Demonstrators, taking to the streets for the 45th week of nationwide protests, sought refuge inside the capital’s Saint-Lazare station after police fired tear gas outside to disperse crowds.

Security forces then followed the protesters into the station in an attempt to flush them out and evacuate the building.

Police arrested 39 people on Saturday morning, according to official figures, and over 7,000 officers have been deployed in Paris alone for Saturday’s rallies.

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Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, August 10, 2019, #209 | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda


11-08-19 11:52:00,

Dane Wigington
GeoengineeringWatch.orgThe pace of dire unfolding frontline news events is accelerating exponentially. Increasingly unprecedented wild weather scenarios are a major part of this equation. What does it all add up to? Where are we collectively heading? Is it too late to change course? The latest installment of Global Alert News is below.

Waking populations to what is unfolding is the first and most important leap forward we can collectively make, reaching a critical mass of awareness is essential. Share credible data from a credible sourcemake your voice heard, make every day count.

Our sincere thanks to Nikki Florio for her ongoing efforts to raise awareness on the critical climate engineering issue. Geoengineering Watch materials were handed out in Durango, Colorado (8/9/19), and Grand Junction, Colorado (8/3/19).

This week’s outreach booth is at the Scottish Rite Center, Sacramento, California, and is shown below. My most sincere and continuing gratitude to the Gem Faire exhibition organizers for facilitating and setting up this very effective booth in every week’s Gem Faire location. The schedule for upcoming Gem Faire events is HERE. A booth will be at all events, thanks to the steadfast support of Gem Faire.

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Watch As Police Commissioner Is Arrested For Questioning City’s Use Of Facial Recognition


20-07-19 06:48:00,

By Jack Burns

Imagine a day when police can randomly, actively, and at lightning speeds search databases for active search warrants using only a camera and facial recognition technology. That day is here. And despite the objections of high-ranking members in policing circles, the very real threat of losing our 4th and 14th Amendment rights is upon us. And, as the following case illustrates, those who speak out against it — even from within the system — are subject to being silenced.

A Detroit police commissioner was arrested this week for disorderly conduct during a commissioner’s meeting in which several dozen protesters were present to voice their opposition to police using facial recognition technology.

“Don’t touch me! Don’t touch me! Get your hands off me!” Cried Commissioner Willie Burton as police officers removed him from the Durfee Information Center. Burton was taken out of the meeting, placed into a squad car, and taken to jail.

Burton was taken into custody after repeatedly questioning board chairwoman Lisa Carter about what she would do differently in her new term as board chairperson. Carter found Burton to be “out of order” and asked police to remove him.

On Wednesday, Detroit Police Chief James Craig defended his officers’ arrest of Burton saying:

The arrest was legal, and I’m not criticizing my officers…But after weighing the totality of the circumstances, I thought it best to drop the charges, in order to maintain a harmonious relationship with the board and the people who elected (Burton).

Carter also weighed in on Burton’s arrest, denying she knew he had been arrested and encouraging decorum in future meetings. She said:

The board did not want him arrested in the first place…Hopefully in the future, we can all understand there’s a time when people can talk during meetings, and that we need decorum, so that we can have orderly meetings. That’s my only goal.

According to the Detroit News, “tensions are running high” as the police commissioner board is seeking to approve or ban the controversial use of facial recognition technology which allows for any citizen’s facial imagery to be used to solve crimes.

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Sea Watch heeft recht noch moraal aan haar zijde


03-07-19 06:23:00,

Het indringen van de Sea Watch 3 in de haven van Lampedusa stort de betrekkingen tussen Duitsland en Italië in een crisis. Dit terwijl Sea Watch zich op recht noch moraal kan beroepen voor haar roekeloze acties.

De Berlijnse reactie op de arrestatie van de “Kapitänin” van het schip Sea Watch 3, Carola Rackete, door de Italiaanse autoriteiten was bijna eensluidend. “Wie mensenlevens redt, kan geen misdadiger zijn”, loofde president Frank-Walter Steinmeier Rackete en de haren. Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Heiko Maas (SPD) stelde dat “redding op zee” niet “gecriminaliseerd” mag worden. En minister van Ontwikkelingshulp Gerd Müller (CDU) zei te “verwachten” dat de EU de “onmiddellijke vrijlating eist”.

Sea Watch interpreteert zeerecht naar willekeur

De Sea Watch 3 had op 12 juni voor de Libische kust 53 asielzoekers opgepikt die door mensensmokkelaars de zee op gebracht waren, alwaar ze vermoedelijk volgens plan “in nood” raakten. De bemanning weigerde meer nabij gelegen havens aan te doen, bijvoorbeeld in Tunesië, om de “schipbreukelingen” aan land te brengen, zoals het zeerecht voorschrijft. In plaats daarvan wilde men per se de reis naar Italië afdwingen.

Blijf op de hoogte van nieuws, opinie en achtergronden: Volg Novini!

Sea Watch drong met geweld haven binnen

Afgezien van mensen in acuut levensgevaar, wees Rome dit echter af. Uiteindelijk drong de Sea Watch 3 dan met geweld de haven van Lampedusa binnen. Een Italiaanse patrouilleboot werd naar zeggen van zijn commandant bij deze manoeuvre bijna “gekraakt” door het schip van 600 ton. De Italiaanse minister van Binnenlandse Zaken Matteo Salvini spreekt van een “oorlogshandeling”. Het Europese Gerechtshof had spoedprocedures van de Berlijnse Sea Watch-organisatie om de opname van asielzoekers in Italië reeds afgewezen. Het staat dan ook buiten kijf dat het zich gewelddadig toegang verschaffen tot een Italiaanse haven illegaal was.

Sea Watch en medestanders wanen zich met hun “waarden” boven de wet

Duitse politieke leiders storen zich daar echter niet aan. Ze staan met hun “waarden” kennelijk boven de wet. Dat wil zeggen, bij hen gaat ideologie boven recht. Zelfs het argument van de humaniteit is misleidend. Want pas door de meer rigide grenscontroles aan en op de Middellandse Zee kon het aantal bij de overtocht verdronken asielzoekers van bijna 4600 (2016) naar 341 in het eerste half jaar van 2019 teruggedrongen worden.

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“Sea Watch”-Kapitänin Rackete – Heldin oder Gesetzesbrecherin? | Anti-Spiegel


02-07-19 07:07:00,

Die deutschen Medien berichten einhellig über die Verhaftung der Kapitänin Carola Rackete in Italien. Das wird als Skandal hingestellt. Aber wie ist das juristisch zu sehen?

Die Frage der Rettung von Flüchtlingen hat eine moralische und eine juristische Komponente. Und Moral und Gesetz können sich von einander unterscheiden. Schauen wir uns zunächst die juristische Komponente an.

Juristisch ist die Sache recht einfach. Jedes Land der Welt hat das Recht zu entscheiden, wen es ins Land einreisen lässt. Wenn Italien seine Grenzen für Flüchtlinge schließen will, hat es dazu jedes Recht der Welt, auch wenn es manchen nicht gefallen mag. Es gibt kein international verbrieftes Recht auf Einreise. Es gibt zwar die Flüchtlingskonvention, aber die garantiert zunächst mal keine Einreise in ein beliebiges Land. In Deutschland, das Flüchtlinge nach großzügigeren Kriterien anerkennt, als es die Flüchtlingskonvention vorsieht, wird trotzdem nur jeder Vierte Antragsteller als Flüchtling anerkannt Die Quote derjenigen, die tatsächlich ein internationales Recht auf Asyl haben, ist also noch weit niedriger.

Das liegt daran, dass ein international verbrieftes Recht auf Anerkennung nur Kriegsflüchtlinge haben. Und das trifft auf die wenigsten derer zu, die nach Europa strömen. Die meisten sind Wirtschaftsflüchtlinge auf der Suche nach einem besseren Leben. Das kann ihnen nicht verdenken, nur gibt ihnen das kein Recht auf Einwanderung. Übrigens trägt die EU selbst einen großen Teil der Schuld an den miserablen Lebensverhältnissen in Afrika, wenn es der EU oder Deutschland also um die Menschen ginge, ließe sich deren Situation leicht verbessern, ohne dass sie unter Einsatz ihres Lebens nach Europa flüchten müssten.

Apropos Einsatz des Lebens. In Afrika bezahlen die Flüchtlinge Schleppern viel Geld dafür, dass sie in nicht seetüchtigen Schiffen an den Rand der libyschen Hoheitsgewässer gefahren werden, um dort entweder abzusaufen oder von „Rettungsschiffen“ aufgesammelt zu werden. Die „Retter“ bringen die Flüchtlinge aber nicht zum nächsten Hafen, wie es bei Seenotrettung üblich wäre, sondern vollenden das Werk der Schlepper und bringen sie nach Europa. Ob es einem gefällt oder nicht, aber damit helfen sie den Schleppern und werden selbst zu welchen. So hart es klingen mag.

Die „Retter“ begründen ihren Einsatz damit, dass man die Flüchtlinge vor dem Ertrinken retten müsse. Nur welcher Flüchtling würde sich für viel Geld in eine Nussschale setzen, wenn er keine Aussicht hätte,

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Watch Mike Pence pack 2 big lies about the environment into a single 20-second clip


25-06-19 10:22:00,

Vice President Mike Pence once described global warming as “a myth,” so his refusal to acknowledge climate change as a threat to the United States during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday wasn’t shocking. But what was somewhat surprising, even by Trump administration standards, was how effortlessly and rapidly Pence lied to make his case.

During a single 20-second stretch, Pence pushed two big lies about how the US is doing environmentally. Tapper fact-checked the first of them in real time.

As Pence danced around questions about whether he regards climate change as a threat, Tapper tried to cut to the chase.

“So you don’t think it’s a threat?” he asked.

“I think we’re making great progress reducing carbon emissions. America has the cleanest air and water in the world,” Pence replied.

“That’s not true,” Tapper shot back. “We don’t have the cleanest air and water in the world.”

“Ahh … but we’re making progress on reducing carbon emissions,” Pence said.


TAPPER: Do you think climate change is a threat?

MIKE PENCE: America has the cleanest air and water in the world

TAPPER: That’s not true

PENCE: Ahh, but we’re making progress on reducing carbon emissions

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 23, 2019

Neither of Pence’s claims is true. As an Associated Press fact-check details, with regard to air quality, the United States isn’t doing especially well:

The State of Global Air 2019 report by the Health Effects Institute rated the U.S. as having the eighth cleanest air for particle pollution — which kills 85,000 Americans each year — behind Canada, Scandinavian countries and others.

The U.S. ranks poorly on smog pollution, which kills 24,000 Americans per year. On a scale from the cleanest to the dirtiest, the U.S. is at 123 out of 195 countries measured.

It’s also not the case that the US has the cleanest water in the world. While the latest Environmental Performance Index indicates that the US is tied with nine other countries for cleanest drinking water, when sanitation is also factored in,

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Watch: World’s First Raspberry-Picking Robot Completes Field Tasks


08-06-19 08:22:00,

We have spoken on many occasions about the new wave of investments in automation could stimulate the economy after the next economic reset.

And we have also offered many sobering reminders that robots will likely displace 20% to 25% of current jobs (40 million jobs) by 2030. So, in our search for robots that will take jobs of the bottom 90% of Americans, this week, we have stumbled upon the world’s first raspberry-picking robot.

According to The Guardian, the new robot can pick upwards of 25,000 raspberries per day, outpacing human workers that pick around 15,000 in an eight-hour shift.

University of Plymouth spinout company Fieldwork Robotics is commercializing automation technology that will allow robots to harvest raspberries. With a successful pilot run, the robot could be gearing up to pick other fruits and vegetables.

Check out the world’s first ever raspberry-picking #robot, which has gone on trial in the UK. Developed by Fieldwork Robotics, a spinout from @PlymUni, it uses a robotic arm to pick a raspberry in 10 seconds or less. @guardian #agtech #robotics

— Robot&AIWorld (@RobotAndAIWorld) May 26, 2019

The prototype robot cost $890,000 to develop, can detect ripe fruit with its extensive camera system. Guided by sensors and 3D cameras, it uses picking arms to reach into the bush once the ripe fruit is identified, gently grabs it and plucks it from the bush and drops it into a collection bin.

A farm in West Sussex, a county in the south of England, had successfully tested the robot in August 2018. Researchers from the company collected enough data from the trial that will allow the company to push towards commercialization in 2020.

“We are delighted with the progress Fieldwork is making in developing a raspberry-harvesting robot system,” said Neil Crabb of Frontier IP, a major stakeholder in Fieldwork Robotics. “Completing these field trials is an important milestone in commercializing the technology, and we are looking forward to the next round of tests in the autumn.”

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WATCH: Julian Assange’s ‘The World Tomorrow’ show on RT


11-04-19 08:47:00,

WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange’s show ‘The World Tomorrow’ covered a number of controversial topics over 12 episodes that aired on RT in 2012. As he faces persecution in the US, RT brings you some of the show’s greatest moments.

From the first episode – in which he interviewed Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah – to the last, where his guest was Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, Assange raised questions for which WikiLeaks became both famous and notorious in the West.

At one point, Assange pre-empted his detractors by publishing a list of “criticisms” of the show, which ended up neatly matching the media and political outrage that greeted ‘The World Tomorrow’ and him personally.

In one episode, Assange interviewed former Guantanamo Bay inmate Moazzam Begg.

Assange also touched on the secret US drone war in Pakistan with opposition politician Imran Khan, who would become prime minister in August 2018.

In another episode, Assange sat down with Rafael Correa, president of Ecuador who had granted him asylum.

After his successor Lenin Moreno revoked Assange’s asylum and allowed UK police to arrest the WikiLeaks journalist on April 11, Correa called Moreno “the greatest traitor in Ecuadorian and Latin American history… a corrupt man” whose crime “humanity will never forget.”

WATCH: The World Tomorrow w/ Julian Assange on

Assange was arrested on an extradition warrant from the US, where he is sought on charges of “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion” with whistleblower Chelsea Manning. Manning had turned over thousands of US government documents to WikiLeaks in 2010, including the Iraq and Afghanistan “war diaries,” which contained the notorious “collateral murder” video showing US forces killing civilians.

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Watch Live: ‘Pivoting’ Jay Powell Explain How The Fed Never Saw This Slowdown Coming


20-03-19 06:50:00,

Remember early December? The Fed was excitedly projecting multiple rate-hikes, a strong economy, resurgent inflation and “Buy Stocks, Sell Bonds” was the hidden message from behind the curtain.

And then – all of a sudden – stocks crashed, bond yields tumbled and Jay Powell and his Fed followers pivoted more aggressively than any Fed in history – gushing a narrative that prompter the market to

So the question is, dear Mr.Powell, who do you think is right? The bond market (with its weak growth outlook and forward-priced low rates for longer) or the stock market (resurgent on multiple expansion in the face of collapsing earnings and macro data?)…

Chair Powell is expected to start speaking at 1430ET…

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Watch US Delegation Storm Out Of UN Narcotics Meeting As Venezuela’s FM Spoke


15-03-19 09:04:00,

A large US delegation stormed out of a United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting on Thursday in Vienna just as Venezuelan foreign minister Jorge Arreaza began an address to the chamber. 

The US said its representatives walked out together in order to protest the legitimacy of officials representing the Maduro government. The official Twitter account of the the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna announced the walk-out and posted a video of the protest which occurred during what it called “the world’s most important drug control forum.”

Today the United States walked out of the plenary chamber as Nicolas Maduro’s illegitimate representative Jorge Arreaza addressed member states at UN meetings in Vienna—Arreaza does not speak on behalf of the Venezuelan people.

— US-UN Mission Vienna (@usunvie) March 14, 2019

The US-UN Mission to Vienna said in its statement: “Today the United States walked out of the plenary chamber as Nicolas Maduro’s illegitimate representative Jorge Arreaza addressed member states at UN meetings in Vienna – Arreaza does not speak on behalf of the Venezuelan people.”

The wave of officials exiting the room in a steady stream lasting a minute or more appeared large given that it included international allies of the United States who recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as true “interim president” of Venezuela. 

According to the AFP:

Dozens of officials from Latin America, as well as the US, Canada and some European countries, including France, left the room in protest as Arreaza took the podium for the meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna.

Meanwhile journalist Anya Parampil noted that the stunt (though not the first) comes after what appears a US attempt to mount what was ultimately a failed coup in Caracas.

Parampil wrote of the incident: “The US tried to undercut Venezuela’s FM while he addresses UN member states in Vienna,” and concluded, “It’s comical that the US would grandstand at the UN in this manner while blatantly violating the international body’s founding principles (sovereignty & self determination). What children.”

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Watch Live: Mario Draghi Explain How He Never Saw An EU Economic Collapse Coming (Again)


07-03-19 01:50:00,

A few short months ago – just like Jay Powell at The Fed – everything was awesome: economy was about to reach escape velocity, inflation was picking up, QE was to be phased out and normalization could begin.

And then – the best and the brightest that Europe’s economic schools had to offer were horrified to see that their forecasts were completely wrong and the EU economy (core and periphery) began to collapse as fears of a less-than-100%-dovish-ECb would expose the zombified European banking and economic system.

…but, have no fear, Draghi is on it this time, keep rates lower for longer (crushing bank profitability even more), extend more credit to banks who are already seeing borrowing demand collapse (and encumbering more of their assets), and promise that the economy and inflation will pick up any quarter now…

Watch Live:

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WATCH a Colombian proclaim himself ‘interim president’ in Guaido parody


27-02-19 08:45:00,

A man donning a replica of the Colombian presidential band copied Venezuelan oppositional leader Juan Guaido as he proclaimed himself the interim president of Colombia in protest of the US-backed coup next door.

A video by RT America’s Dan Cohen showing Colombian Alejandro Muñoz, described as a social researcher, artist, and writer, being sworn in as Colombia’s interim president in a public square, has gone viral on Twitter.

Muñoz was protesting a meeting of the Lima Group in Bogota on Monday, attended by US Vice President Mike Pence and the leader of Venezuelan opposition, self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido.

Cheered on by fellow activists, Muñoz wasted no time upon taking on his new ‘role’, shaking hands with a policeman and acting all presidential by issuing a bunch of new orders.

His first one, Muñoz said, would be “to declare peace.”

“Yes to peace, no to war, no more drug trafficking, no more neoliberalism,” he shouted from his impromptu tribune with a Colombian tricolor flag waving behind him.

As part of his peace-fostering agenda, Muñoz said he would arrange for the US government to “take its military bases from this country.”

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The US military currently has about 200 troops stationed in Colombia. Last month, Bogota was forced to deny that its territory might be used by Washington for a potential Venezuela invasion after US National Security Advisor John Bolton flashed a notepad reading “5,000 troops to Colombia.”

In a jab at Guaido and US officials urging the Venezuelan military to desert Maduro, Muñoz tweeted that he would grant amnesty to all Colombian military if they pledge allegiance to him.

Taking a swipe at US-backed humanitarian aid convoys, denounced by Caracas as a decoy to mask preparations for an invasion, Muñoz announced the “first drug shipment” to the US, since it’s the “biggest consumer of drugs in the world.”

Interim President of Colombia Alejandro Muñoz announces the first humanitarian drug shipment to the United States,

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Trump’s Vow To Stay In Iraq “To Watch Iran” Has Unleashed A Political Storm In Baghdad


10-02-19 09:28:00,

Authored by Elijah Magnier, Middle East based chief international war correspondent for Al Rai Media

US president Donald Trump’s stated intention to remain in Iraq in order to “be looking a little bit at Iran because Iran is a real problem” has created a political storm in Mesopotamia among local politicians and groups now determined to put an end to the US presence in the country. Many are upset by Trump’s statement, saying that the “US forces are departing from their initial mission to fight terrorism, the reason for which they are allowed to stay in Iraq.” Iraqi President Barham Saleh commented that the US administration did not ask Iraq’s permission for US troops stationed in the country to “watch Iran”.

US forces have been deployed in Iraq in large numbers since 2014 when ISIS occupied a third of the country. The US establishment under president Obama refrained from rushing to support the Iraqi government, leaving room for Iran to act rapidly and send weapons and military advisers to Baghdad and Erbil. The intentionally slow US reaction pushed the Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Sistani to call for the mobilization of the population, a call that led to the creation of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), known as Hashd al-Shaabi, which managed to stop ISIS’ advance.

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Moreover, in response to Iraq’s request, a joint military operational room was formed in Baghdad’s “Green Zone” where Russian, Iranian, Iraqi and Syrian high-ranking officers are still present, coordinating military attacks and sharing electronic and other intelligence information about ISIS whereabouts and the movements of its militants, sleeping cells and leaders.

The US also offered to conduct intelligence operations and air strikes against ISIS. Nevertheless, during the period that the ISIS threat diminished the number of the US forces has more than doubled, from 5,200 to 11,000, according to sources within the Iraqi government; some Iraqi sources claim the real numbers are much larger, with as many as 34,000 US servicemen spread over 31 bases and locations, along with Iraqi forces. There are no military bases for US forces only.

The Americans are officially based at Camp Victory within the perimeter of Baghdad airport,

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Watch Live: Yellow Vests Rage For 11th Straight Week; Organizers Plan Night Rallies, Human Chain Of 50,000


26-01-19 05:22:00,

France’s Yellow Vests are out again en masse – taking to the streets of Paris and other cities across the country for the 11th straight week of anti-government protests despite rainy conditions. 

#GiletsJaunes protest: #Toulon

– 11th Saturday of #YellowVests in France

– Protest against Rothschild Macron government, high climate change taxes, new labor

— Oh boy what a shot (@ohboywhatashot) January 26, 2019

Once again, the tear gas flew as protesters clashed with police – as documented by journalist Sotiri Dimpinoudis

#Update: Lots of Tear Gas being used right now in the City of #Lyon towards the #GiletsJaunes protestors in #ActeXI Video credit: @Libre_Insolent What i heard Antifa is causing riots.

— Sotiri Dimpinoudis (@sotiridi) January 26, 2019

#Update: Heavy clashes with #GiletsJaunes protestors and police forces in the town of #Evreux right now. #ActeXI

— Sotiri Dimpinoudis (@sotiridi) January 26, 2019

#Update: An #GiletsJaunes protestor very likely an #Antifa member had thrown a Molotov cocktail to some police officers at the “Place de la bastille” in #Paris today in the #ActeXI protest.

— Sotiri Dimpinoudis (@sotiridi) January 26, 2019

French riot police began storming protesters in Paris who had lit barricades on fire: 

#Update: Lots of police forces now at the “Place de la Bastille” evacuating the square of the #GiletsJaunes protestors for taking the whole square in. #ActeXI protest.

— Sotiri Dimpinoudis (@sotiridi) January 26, 2019

Jerome Rodrigues attaqué par les crs en direct. Il perd son œil sous vos yeux. #GiletsJaunes #Flashball #Castaner #jeromerodrigues

— Divad BMC (@BmcDivad) January 26, 2019

Night protests planned

Yellow Vests on Facebook are now planning night protests,

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Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, January 12, 2019, #179


12-01-19 08:09:00,

Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, January 12, 2019, #179

Dane Wigington

So called natural disasters are escalating rapidly all over the globe. How many of these disasters are actually natural? How many are not? How much longer will the vast majority of academia continue to deny the ongoing geoengineering operations? A new study has recorded a near total collapse of the iconic Monarch butterflies, are we next? How much longer can the current paradigm be maintained? The latest installment of Global Alert News is below.

Battle fatigue has taken its toll on countless caring activists, but though we are understandably tired, we must summon the strength to maintain our efforts to sound the alarm. Circulating compelling printed materials can help to overcome the increasing social media censorship. Share credible data from a credible source, we must make every day count.

This week’s outreach booth is at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, California, and is shown below. My most sincere and continuing gratitude to the Gem Faire exhibition organizers for facilitating and setting up this very effective booth in every week’s Gem Faire location. The schedule for upcoming Gem Faire events is HERE. A booth will be at all events, thanks to the steadfast support of Gem Faire.

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Watch Absolute Mayhem As Yellow Vests Battle French Riot Police In 9th Week Of Protests


12-01-19 08:06:00,

The Yellow Vest movement has taken to the streets across France for a 9th week of anti-government protests, as the Gilets Jaunes movement appeared to surge in both number and intensity. While the demonstrations were largely peaceful for most involved, there were several violent skirmishes with police. 

#GiletsJaunes protest: #Toulouse

Mainstream media: ‘a few protesters’

— Oh boy what a shot (@ohboywhatashot) January 12, 2019

Some 80,000 officers were deployed across France, deploying tear gas in major urban centers such as the Parisian Arc de Triomphe monument.

Vous n’avez pas honte?

Le peuple se fait gazé, frappé, il y en a qui ont des sequelles à vie à cause des CRS, mais vous chouinez car un boxeur a frapper un flic? Et en pus de ça vous donnez 1m € aux fdo?

Il y a 75 ans, on appelait ça des COLLABOS.#ActeIX #giletsjaunes #bavures

— _ (@nongilbertstp) January 12, 2019

#Paris Use of tear gas and water cannon on #GiletsJaunes in front of Arc De Triomphe #Acte9 #Yellowvests #ActeIX

— nonouzi (@Gerrrty) January 12, 2019

UNE HONTE ! 5 grenades de désencerclements, des tirs de canons à eau sur des gens qui évacue un blessé #ActeIX #Paris #GiletsJaunes @davduf

— L’Elite voit tout (@EPrivilegie) January 12, 2019

Protesters came out en masse in Bordeaux, where a man was shot in the head with a with a flash-ball round and police deployed a water cannon (h/t @Steph_Roy_). 

#Bordeaux Les gilets jaunes défilent dans les rues du centre-ville #GiletsJaunes #ActeIX #Acte9 #12janvier #12janvier2019

— Stéphanie Roy (@Steph_Roy_) January 12, 2019

#Bordeaux Très rapide retour au calme à la demande de nombreux gilets jaunes.

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