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COVID-19: clashes with police on the sidelines of anti-curfew protests in the Netherlands

The Hague | Clashes with the police and looting broke out on Sunday in several cities in the Netherlands on the sidelines of protests against the curfew in place since Saturday to fight the COVID-19 epidemic, according to Dutch media and local authorities.

• Read also: All developments in the COVID-19 pandemic

Incidents have been reported in particular in Amsterdam, Eindhoven, The Hague, Breda, Arnhem, Tilburg, Enschede, Appeldoorn, Venlo and Ruremond.

A water cannon and police dogs were deployed to Museumplein, a square in central Amsterdam, to disperse hundreds of protesters, according to public television NOS.

At least 100 people were arrested on the sidelines of the rally, Amsterdam City Hall said in a statement Sunday, which estimates the number of protesters in the capital on Sunday at around 1,500.

According to local AT5 television, security has been stepped up around the official residence of Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema, as the area has been cordoned off with a police cordon.

In The Hague, in the district of Schilderswijk, several fires were reported and a police officer was filmed fleeing in front of a group of people gathered, according to public television NOS.

In Eindhoven, in the south of the country, law enforcement officials used tear gas to disperse a crowd of several hundred people, according to regional television Omroep Brabant.

Several vehicles were set on fire and businesses in Eindhoven Central Station were looted, according to Omroep Brabant.

“At least thirty people have been arrested,” Eindhoven police told AFP, saying they had no record of any injured.

“I think that if we go down this path, we are heading towards a civil war,” Eindhoven Mayor John Jorritsma said on Sunday in front of television cameras, calling those present at the gathering “the dregs of society” and suggesting the need for army intervention.

A COVID-19 testing center was also set on fire in the northern village of Urk on Saturday evening as the government-imposed national curfew went into effect, local authorities said.

“The fire at a testing center in Urk goes beyond all limits,” Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said on Sunday.

The Netherlands began its first curfew since World War II on Saturday. It is forbidden to leave your home between 9 p.m. and 4:30 a.m., at least until February 9.

Any offender incurs a fine of 95 euros.

Certain exemptions are possible, in particular for people returning from funerals or those having to work during the curfew, provided that they present a travel certificate.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Wednesday the decision to impose a curfew was bolstered by the spread of the British variant of the coronavirus.

According to Mr. Rutte, the curfew must avoid containment, while since the start of the health crisis, the Dutch have never had to justify their movements.

In addition to raising opposition from some MPs, including far-right leader Geert Wilders, the curfew has angered sections of the population.

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Anti-ICE protests turn ugly in Portland

‘No borders! No nations! Abolish deportations!’ Violent anti-ICE protests continue in Portland after Biden inauguration as Seattle police chief vows to get tough on left-wing vandals

  • Dozens of protesters gathered at an ICE facility in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday night 
  • Video posted on social media showed the crowd chanting: ‘No borders! No nations! Abolish deportations!’ 
  • Officers with the Federal Protective Service declared an unlawful assembly at 10pm 
  • Protesters who resisted orders to disperse were targeted with tear gas and flash bangs in the streets 
  • The same ICE building was targeted by 200 Antifa protesters last Wednesday 
  • Meanwhile Seattle’s interim police chief Adrian Diaz announced a new policy for arresting and prosecuting people who vandalize during protests  

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Protests outside an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Portland turned ugly on Saturday night as federal authorities threatened mass arrests for trespassing. 

Dramatic videos posted on Twitter showed the crowd chanting: ‘No borders! No nations! Abolish deportations!’ 

Officers with the Federal Protective Service, a branch within the Department of Homeland Security, declared an unlawful assembly at about 10pm and ordered protesters to disperse.  

‘If you trespass on federal property with a weapon … you will be arrested,’ a recording warned the crowd before officers began deploying tear gas and flash bangs. 

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Protests outside an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Portland turned ugly on Saturday night as federal authorities threatened mass arrests for trespassing

'If you trespass on federal property with a weapon … you will be arrested,' a recording warned the crowd before officers began deploying tear gas

‘If you trespass on federal property with a weapon … you will be arrested,’ a recording warned the crowd before officers began deploying tear gas

Video posted on social media showed the crowd chanting: 'No borders! No nations! Abolish deportations!'

Video posted on social media showed the crowd chanting: ‘No borders! No nations! Abolish deportations!’

A line of police officers in riot gear deploy tear gas at protesters who refused to disperse in Portland on Saturday night

A line of police officers in riot gear deploy tear gas at protesters who refused to disperse in Portland on Saturday night

It’s unclear how many protesters, if any, were arrested over Saturday night’s skirmishes. 

Dozens of protesters were seen resisting officers’ orders to leave the area. They held up umbrellas to shield from clouds of tear gas filling the air. 

It came days after the same ICE building in Portland’s South Waterfront district was targeted by some 200 protesters last Wednesday following President Joe Biden’s inauguration. 

Protesters spray painted the side of the ICE facility, which was boarded up for security

Protesters spray painted the side of the ICE facility, which was boarded up for security 

A candlelight vigil for immigrants who died in ICE custody was set up by the protesters

A candlelight vigil for immigrants who died in ICE custody was set up by the protesters

On Wednesday night, protesters pelted the building with rocks and eggs, eliciting another show of force by federal officers. 

Earlier in the night demonstrators carrying anti-Biden and anti-police signs smashed the windows of Portland’s Democratic Party headquarters.

‘We wanted to symbolize that both parties are the oppressor,’ a 25-year-old protester, who asked not to be named, told CNN. ‘We’ve all experienced firsthand that police violence is police violence regardless [of which political party holds power]. … It doesn’t make a difference to the person being beaten.’ 

Similar unrest unfolded on Wednesday in Seattle, where police said Antifa members smashed windows at the federal Nakamura Courthouse. 

Biden has yet to respond to the incidents or offer a plan to curb the violence. 

Asked about the matter at a press briefing on Friday, Biden’s Press Secretary Jen Psaki said: ‘I haven’t spoken with him specifically about those events, but it’s something our national security team, the homeland security adviser, is closely monitoring, of course.’ 

The ICE facility in downtown Portland was targeted by about 200 Antifa protesters on Wednesday night. Pictured: Federal police deploy tear gas to disperse crowds

The ICE facility in downtown Portland was targeted by about 200 Antifa protesters on Wednesday night. Pictured: Federal police deploy tear gas to disperse crowds

A group of protesters shield themselves from chemical irritants fired by police on Wednesday

A group of protesters shield themselves from chemical irritants fired by police on Wednesday

Police officers respond to protesters rallying against the new Biden-Harris administration and to call upon them to abolish ICE in Portland on Wednesday night

Police officers respond to protesters rallying against the new Biden-Harris administration and to call upon them to abolish ICE in Portland on Wednesday night

Meanwhile Seattle’s interim police Chief Adrian Diaz has vowed to crack down on protests there. 

Anyone who destroys property during protests in Seattle will now be arrested and prosecuted under a strict new policy coordinated with City Attorney Pete Holmes, Diaz announced Saturday. 

Details about the new policy were not immediately available, the Seattle Times reported. 

A spokesperson for Holmes’ office indicated that they were unaware of any changes, telling the newspaper: ‘We only learned about it after the fact.’ 

Diaz criticized the protests that have roiled the city for months, saying that the demonstrators are more focused on vandalism than social justice.  

‘They’ve been focused on lighting fires, they’ve been focused on, you know, breaking windows, and these are things we need to work on,’ he said.

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Protests in defense of Alexei Navalny were held in Russia

More than two thousand people were detained

On January 23, dozens of Russian cities held protests in support of the arrested opposition politician Alexei Navalny, writes RBC. He was detained on January 17 after returning to the country from Germany, where he was undergoing treatment after being poisoned with a nerve agent from the Novichok group.

The residents of Vladivostok opened a series of protest actions, arranging a procession along Svetlanskaya Street in the city center. In Yakutsk, the meeting took place in a 50-degree frost; the participants were outside for over an hour.

In Moscow, police clashed with protesters in the Strastnoy Boulevard area, after which some people went to the Matrosskaya Tishina remand prison, where Alexei Navalny is now. Reuters counted 40 thousand participants at the rally, but the organizers of the White Counter project – about 20 thousand people. In St. Petersburg, after violent clashes, riot policemen drove protesters from Vosstaniya Square, BBC Russian Service reports.

According to the human rights media portal OVD-Info, at 21:30 Moscow time, police and riot police officers detained 2509 people, 952 of them in Moscow and 374 in St. Petersburg.

The Russian Interior Ministry emphasized that the actions were not coordinated with the authorities. “The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia warns citizens planning to take part in unauthorized public events that each fact of provocative actions against law enforcement officers who protect public order, or disobeying their legal requirements will be separately investigated and receive an appropriate legal assessment.”, – said on the eve of the official representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia Irina Volk. In Novosibirsk, Vladivostok and Rostov-on-Don, criminal cases were opened in connection with the actions.

European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell said he was following developments in Russia with concern. The leaders of the EU, Canada, the United States and many human rights organizations spoke out in defense of the politician. The head of Navalny Navalny’s network of regional headquarters, Leonid Volkov, announced new protests across the country next weekend.

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Twitter suspends Antifa accounts, linked to violent protests after Biden’s inauguration | The State

The protest of the Antifa members in Ohio reached the State Capitol in Columbus after the inauguration of Joe Biden.

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Twitter suspended several accounts linked to the movement Antifa that combined gathered more than 71,000 followers, after protests led by several of its members shortly after the president’s inauguration Joe biden and the vice president Kamala harris.

The New York Post report this Friday indicates that at least four accounts linked to the militant group appear deactivated.

The report mentions the following: @JewishWorker, @RevAbolition, @RevAbolitionNYC, and @TheBaseBK. The Base, in Brooklyn, New York, is an anarchist political center in the Bushwick neighborhood.

The existence of these profiles, which now appear as “suspended” for violating the rules of the social network, dates back to 2012.

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Members of Antifa Sacramento thundered against the suspension of the account of The Base by the same social network.

“Our comrades with The Base (@TheBasebk), a 9-year-old anarchist social hub in Brooklyn, NY now take this Twitter thing seriously. Reaching a platform of 17,000 followers they push a very specific line where politics has never been blurred. Today, Twitter lowered its account and now there is a void, ”the group shared on Twitter Thursday.

Violent demonstrations in several states after inauguration

The far-left group is linked to vandalism reported in several US states after the inauguration of the president on Wednesday.

In Portland, Oregon, protesters broke the glass windows of the Democratic Party headquarters and painted the structure with messages against the new president and his Administration.

Meanwhile in Denver, Colorado; and in Columbus, Ohio, supporters of the movement burned American flags outside the state capitols.

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Protests against containment: police hesitate to crack down in Moncton

RCMP have so far avoided issuing tickets during lockdown protests in Moncton as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise.

Despite the dramatic increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the province, protesters demonstrate their opposition to various public health measures every Sunday outside Moncton City Hall.

Most do not wear masks and do not respect social distancing, but the police have not stuck tickets on them yet.

Irwin Lampert, a retired provincial court judge and member of the Codiac Regional Policing Authority, questioned Codiac RCMP Superintendent Tom Critchlow about the matter at a meeting Thursday.

He disagreed with the police’s lack of concrete action towards these protesters as more people contract the virus and, at times, die from it.

According to him, the RCMP should not just watch the demonstration, but rather impose fines on participants who do not follow the rules.

“Most of them don’t wear masks. There are 20 to 40 people in front of Town Hall laughing at all this. I don’t think they should be able to care when people in the province get sick and die. “

Irwin Lampert mentioned Premier Blaine Higgs and Chief Medical Officer of Health Jennifer Russell, who are “practically begging” people to cooperate and wear masks and distance themselves to reduce the risk of transmission.

Superintendent Tom Critchlow replied that this is a delicate situation.

Some people have been fined under the Emergency Measures Act, but it was not for the protests, although a few of those affected also participate in the rallies.

He explains that members of the RCMP treat these gatherings “measured” and advocate education rather than punishment, but he does not rule out the possibility of fines in the future.

“People have a right to express their opinion, but obviously depending on what’s going on on the ground and what phase (of recovery) you are in, fining is one of the options we have.”

So far, no protesters have been fined during these protests, he said.

Lise Doucet, one of the participants, confirms this. She participates in these events every Sunday, and has been for several months.

On December 17, about 35 to 40 people gathered in front of the Town Hall. Most of them do not respect distancing even if there is ample space, and they do not wear masks. A few demonstrators are talking to the police.

“They come every week, they are always very nice. They take the time to talk to us and listen to us, ”says Lise Doucet.
Lise Doucet believes, among other things, that the government should not impose the wearing of masks and that schools should abandon their public health measures.

She doesn’t pay much attention to the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the province. She believes that there is no risk to the protesters, since she believes a person must show symptoms to be contagious – which is not true.

According to Health Canada, although the exact period in which a person is contagious remains uncertain, it has been repeatedly reported that infected people can be contagious for up to three days before they experience symptoms, and that they can be contagious even if they do not feel any symptoms throughout the illness.

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Four people killed during protests in Washington

Donald Trump supporters clash with police

On January 6, the debate on the results of the US presidential election was interrupted due to protests, writes CNBC. Supporters of incumbent President Donald Trump broke through to the Capitol and clashed with the police. They argued that the victory remained with Trump. Earlier, the president himself made a similar statement.

Four people were killed in the protests, Washington Police Chief Robert Conti said. 14 police officers were injured and over 50 demonstrators were detained. In the Capitol building, two homemade bombs were found – one each in the offices of the National Committees of the Republican and Democratic parties.

Many world leaders condemned the protests and called on Donald Trump for a peaceful transfer of power. He was approached by French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The latter called what was happening “a shame”, writes the BBC.

Donald Trump on Twitter urged the demonstrators not to attack the police, but went on to claim that the Democrats stole the victory from him. As a result, the management of the social network temporarily blocked his account. Facebook followed the example of Twitter.

The National Guard managed to disperse the demonstrators, after which Congress continued the debate and a few hours later officially approved the victory of Joe Biden, according to CNN. The inauguration ceremony will take place on January 20.

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Pro-Trump protests hit Kansas, Oregon, California and Georgia

Armed militia members were seen standing guard on the steps of the Michigan Capitol in Lansing and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was evacuated in Atlanta as the President’s MAGA faithful surrounded federal buildings across the country. 

Violence broke out in Washington DC Wednesday when thousands of the outgoing president’s supporters breached security perimeters at the Capitol with lawmakers inside the House Chamber urged to put on gas masks as tear gas was fired in the Rotunda. 

In the hours that have followed, an armed militia has surrounded Georgia’s State Capitol building, 200 protesters have stormed into Kansas statehouse, and New Mexico’s and Texas’ State Capitols have been evacuated. 

Large protests have also been reported in Colorado, Oregon, Washington State, Minnesota, Michigan and Sacramento, while swaths of demonstrators have taken to the streets in LA outside City Hall, where an unlawful assembly has since been declared.  

In Atlanta, Georgia Capitol Police escorted Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger and his staff out of the building shortly before 3pm. 

Supporters of Trump attempted to enter the building to deliver ‘written grievances’ about the outgoing president’s November election loss, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

MISSOURI: Armed men stand on the steps at the State Capitol after a rally in support of President Donald Trump

ATLANTA: The crowd consisted of around 25 people, some of whom were carrying assault rifles

ATLANTA: The crowd consisted of around 25 people, some of whom were carrying assault rifles

LA: Christian Angelo Hill, 19, a Black Lives Matter supporter, reacts after being sprayed with an unknown substance during a rally held by U.S. President Donald Trump supporters

LA: Christian Angelo Hill, 19, a Black Lives Matter supporter, reacts after being sprayed with an unknown substance during a rally held by U.S. President Donald Trump supporters

OREGON: Protesters hold a rally in support of U.S. President Donald Trump at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem

OREGON: Protesters hold a rally in support of U.S. President Donald Trump at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem

LA: Pro-Trump protesters demonstrate in support of US president Donald Trump in front of the City Hall

LA: Pro-Trump protesters demonstrate in support of US president Donald Trump in front of the City Hall

SACRAMENTO: Hundreds also gathered outside of California's Capitol building on Wednesday, waiving Trump and US flags

SACRAMENTO: Hundreds also gathered outside of California’s Capitol building on Wednesday, waiving Trump and US flags

TEXAS: Jack Finger, of San Antonio, protests the election with supporters of President Donald Trump Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Austin

TEXAS: Jack Finger, of San Antonio, protests the election with supporters of President Donald Trump Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Austin

ATLANTA: Georgia Capitol Police escorted Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger (above) and his staff out of the building shortly before 3pm

ATLANTA: Georgia Capitol Police escorted Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger (above) and his staff out of the building shortly before 3pm

ATLANTA: Ex Klu Klux Klan member Chester Doles, center, leader of American Patriots USA, roams the third floor of the Georgia State Capitol building looking for the office of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger

ATLANTA: Ex Klu Klux Klan member Chester Doles, center, leader of American Patriots USA, roams the third floor of the Georgia State Capitol building looking for the office of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger

LA: Dubbed the 'Freedom Protest' organizers of the event said it was being held to 'demand the integrity and justice of the November 3rd election'

LA: Dubbed the ‘Freedom Protest’ organizers of the event said it was being held to ‘demand the integrity and justice of the November 3rd election’

GEORGIA: Armed Miita, Stop the Steal Protesters and Trump supporters descend on the Georgia Capital the day after the Senate run-offs resulted in both seats going to Democrats

GEORGIA: Armed Miita, Stop the Steal Protesters and Trump supporters descend on the Georgia Capital the day after the Senate run-offs resulted in both seats going to Democrats

Deputy Secretary Jordan Fuchs told the outlet: ‘We heard reports of threats and left immediately’.  

The development followed a small peaceful ‘Stop the Steal’ rally that stood in contrast to the mayhem that erupted in Washington. 

The crowd consisted of around 25 people, some of whom were carrying assault rifles, and included some notable figures, namely former Ku Klux Klan leader Chester Doles.

Doles made headlines last month when he posed for a photo with Sen. Kelly Loeffler at a Republican campaign.

While voicing their anger at the outcome of the election, the demonstration was largely peaceful, according to local reports.  

Elsewhere in the country, around 200 protesters rallied inside Kansas’ statehouse in Topeka on Wednesday afternoon.

The rally began in early afternoon and while most of the demonstrators left the capitol complex, a few dozen remained in the building with signs and flags in support of the president. 

They moved around the building peacefully, officials said, with multiple Kansas Highway Patrol officers observing from afar. 

The crowd chanted ‘stop the steal,’ ‘four more years’ and ‘no more masks,’ a reference to many Trump supporters’ opposition to coronavirus restrictions such as requiring people to wear masks in public, KCTV reported.

A spokesperson for the KHP said they were not planning on heightening security in the statehouse building and that individuals in the building were allowed to be there.  

It’s unclear if Gov. Laura Kelly was in the building at the time or whether she was evacuated. 

GEORGIA: An heavily armed protester is shown in the above image standing with a militia outside of Georgia's Capitol

GEORGIA: An heavily armed protester is shown in the above image standing with a militia outside of Georgia’s Capitol

TEXAS: A Trump support is seen wearing a Biden mask with prison scrubs during a march in Austin on Wednesday

TEXAS: A Trump support is seen wearing a Biden mask with prison scrubs during a march in Austin on Wednesday

KANSAS: Around 200 protesters rallied inside Kansas' statehouse in Topeka on Wednesday afternoon

KANSAS: Around 200 protesters rallied inside Kansas’ statehouse in Topeka on Wednesday afternoon

LA: A Trump supporter holds a placard reading 'Trump Won Biden Cheated Voter Fraud' during a demonstration outside City Hall

LA: A Trump supporter holds a placard reading ‘Trump Won Biden Cheated Voter Fraud’ during a demonstration outside City Hall

LA: An unlawful assembly has been declared in the area, though there are so far no reports of clashes with police

LA: An unlawful assembly has been declared in the area, though there are so far no reports of clashes with police

LA: By noon, the gathering was winding down, though protesters still scuffled with police and counter-protesters in scattered incidents

LA: By noon, the gathering was winding down, though protesters still scuffled with police and counter-protesters in scattered incidents

LA: A Trump supporter wears a 'Make America Great Again' cap as Pro-Trump protesters demonstrate

LA: A Trump supporter wears a ‘Make America Great Again’ cap as Pro-Trump protesters demonstrate

MISSISSIPPI: Jason Lavoie of Raymond, carries both the retired Mississippi state flag and a pro-Trump banner as he joined a small group of people that protested outside the Capitol in Jackson with a pistol on his hip

MISSISSIPPI: Jason Lavoie of Raymond, carries both the retired Mississippi state flag and a pro-Trump banner as he joined a small group of people that protested outside the Capitol in Jackson with a pistol on his hip

In Los Angeles, an unlawful assembly was declared by officials amid a protest in the downtown area of the city, as crowds gathered outside City Hall and the LA Police Department headquarters.

Protesters, as elsewhere across the country, took to the streets as President-elect Joe Biden was set to be certified as the winner of the November election.

Dubbed the ‘Freedom Protest’ organizers of the event said it was being held to ‘demand the integrity and justice of the November 3rd election’, according to FOX 11. They said 15 ‘patriotic organizations’ were taking part.

‘The election was a quote-on-quote “stolen election,” I think there was a lot of fraud involved,’ the rally’s guest speaker Sarah Stephens said. ‘I don’t think Biden won in any way, shape or form. And so I believe Trump is the true president and that’s why I’m personally here today.’

Outside LAPD HQ, pro-Trump protesters reportedly clashed with counter-demonstrators as police pleaded with the crowd to leave the area.

By noon, the gathering was winding down, though protesters still scuffled with police and counter-protesters in scattered incidents.

One counter-protester, who was wearing a Black Lives Matter insignia on his clothing, was sprayed with a chemical irritant by a Trump supporter.

The anti-Trump group Refuse Fascism reportedly plans to hold its own protest in downtown Wednesday afternoon. 

The group is planning to unfurl a banner over the 110 Freeway at Seventh Street, proclaiming, ‘Trump Lost! Fascists Get Out!’ at 12:30 pm local time.

LA: an unlawful assembly was declared by officials amid a protest in the downtown area of the city

LA: an unlawful assembly was declared by officials amid a protest in the downtown area of the city

LA: crowds gathered outside City Hall and the LA Police Department headquarters

LA: crowds gathered outside City Hall and the LA Police Department headquarters

LA: One counter-protester, who was wearing a Black Lives Matter insignia on his clothing, was sprayed with a chemical irritant by a Trump supporter

LA: One counter-protester, who was wearing a Black Lives Matter insignia on his clothing, was sprayed with a chemical irritant by a Trump supporter

LA: Pro-Trump protesters wear camouflage gears as they demonstrate outside City Hall on Wednesday afternoon

LA: Pro-Trump protesters wear camouflage gears as they demonstrate outside City Hall on Wednesday afternoon

TEXAS: The state's Department of Public Safety evacuated and closed it's Capitol building in Austin, in addition to surrounding grounds after the protests erupted in DC

TEXAS: The state’s Department of Public Safety evacuated and closed it’s Capitol building in Austin, in addition to surrounding grounds after the protests erupted in DC

WASHINGTON: Joey Gibson, leader of Patriot Prayer, a right-wing extremist group, speaks during a protest rally

WASHINGTON: Joey Gibson, leader of Patriot Prayer, a right-wing extremist group, speaks during a protest rally

The New Mexico Statehouse was largely evacuated Wednesday afternoon as a crowd of hundreds of protesters gathered outside the building.

Heeding warning from the scenes in Washington DC, Democratic Speaker Brian Egolf said state police ordered the evacuation of the building that includes the governor’s office and secretary of state’s office, though some officials remained inside.

Caravans of Donald Trump supporters arrived at the building in cars, trucks and on horseback at midday.

A spokesman for Gov. Michelle Lynn Lujan Grisham told NEWS13  said there was no indication of threats and unrest at the Statehouse, with the protest currently peaceful. 

Similarly in Texas, the state’s Department of Public Safety evacuated and closed it’s Capitol building in Austin, in addition to surrounding grounds after the protests erupted in DC. 

An official with the law enforcement agency confirmed the move in a statement to The Texas Tribune.

‘The Capitol and Capitol Complex are closed to the public effective immediately,’ spokesperson Freeman Martin said.

A dozens strong crowd has gathering outside the state’s Capitol as of mid-afternoon Wednesday, but a spokesperson with the Austin PD confirmed the crowd has been ‘calm and peaceful’ with no disturbances reported. 

TEXAS: A dozens strong crowd has gathering outside the state's Capitol as of mid-afternoon Wednesday, but a spokesperson with the Austin PD confirmed the crowd has been 'calm and peaceful'

TEXAS: A dozens strong crowd has gathering outside the state’s Capitol as of mid-afternoon Wednesday, but a spokesperson with the Austin PD confirmed the crowd has been ‘calm and peaceful’

TEXAS: A person dressed as Lady Liberty wears a shirt with the letter Q, referring to QAnon

TEXAS: A person dressed as Lady Liberty wears a shirt with the letter Q, referring to QAnon

LA: Outside LAPD HQ, pro-Trump protesters reportedly clashed with counter-demonstrators as police pleaded with the crowd to leave the area

LA: Outside LAPD HQ, pro-Trump protesters reportedly clashed with counter-demonstrators as police pleaded with the crowd to leave the area

LA: A Trump supporter holds a placard reading 'Deep State Voter Fraud! Media and Big Tech Information Warfare'

LA: A Trump supporter holds a placard reading ‘Deep State Voter Fraud! Media and Big Tech Information Warfare’

Hundreds also gathered for a peaceful demonstration in Olympia, Washington, as chaos continued to reign in the nation’s capital. 

Around 300-400 people attended the rally, according to Washington State Patrol estimates. The group, which was gathered at noon local time, sang ‘God Bless America’ and chanted USA, KING5 reported.

Although many of the protesters questioned the validity of the presidential election, they said they have no intent on violence or entering the Capitol. 

Many of the protesters said they wanted more transparency around the election, including an audit of the results.

Guest speakers at the event, meanwhile, which included Joey Gibson, a leader of the far-right group Patriot Prayer, continued to repeat unfounded allegations of election fraud and railed against pandemic restrictions.

At one point during the gathering, a participant interrupted Gibson with news that the crowd in DC had stormed the Capitol. ‘It’s war now!’ he yelled, according to the Oregonian, but received a muted response.

A several hundred strong crowd gathered in Lansing, Michigan also Wednesday. Many among them were armed and dressed in military fatigues or tactical gear.

More than a dozen carried rifles slung over their shoulders. Others carried US flags, Trump flags, and signs with messages such as ‘Stop the steal’ and ‘Fake virus’, according to the Detroit Free Press

Organizers blasted over the Capitol lawn in Lansing a live feed of Trump’s remarks to thousands of supporters at the Ellipse, near the Capitol. However unlike in DC, nobody in the crowd attempted to storm their way inside the their state’s Capitol. 

Police estimated the crowd to be between 700 to 800 people, but said they’ve ‘been very cooperative from our perspective, with no problems at all.’

‘They’re just exercising their First and Second Amendment rights,’ a spokesperson for the department said.  

Over a dozen court challenges to Michigan’s election results have been rejected by judges, after finding no evidence of election fraud. Biden beat Trump in the state by more than 154,000 votes.

MICHIGAN: A several hundred strong crowd gathered in Lansing, Michigan also Wednesday, may weilding rifles

MICHIGAN: A several hundred strong crowd gathered in Lansing, Michigan also Wednesday, may weilding rifles

MICHIGAN: Police estimated the crowd to be between 700 to 800 people, but said they've 'been very cooperative from our perspective, with no problems at all'

MICHIGAN: Police estimated the crowd to be between 700 to 800 people, but said they’ve ‘been very cooperative from our perspective, with no problems at all’

MICHIGAN: Supporters of President Donald Trump join in a mass prayer out front of the Michigan State Capitol Building

MICHIGAN: Supporters of President Donald Trump join in a mass prayer out front of the Michigan State Capitol Building

MICHIGAN: Over a dozen court challenges to Michigan's election results have been rejected by judges, after finding no evidence of election fraud

MICHIGAN: Over a dozen court challenges to Michigan’s election results have been rejected by judges, after finding no evidence of election fraud

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Uruguayan Academy of Letters protests the punishment of Cavani for “racism” | The State

The National Academy of Letters of Uruguay showed this Friday “its most energetic rejection” of the sanction imposed by the English football federation on Edinson Cavani, of Manchester United, for a comment on social media that you have considered racist.

In a statement posted on its website, it ensures that said penalty “Warns about the poverty of cultural and linguistic knowledge that this Federation reveals when founding such a questionable resolution ”.

“As is well known, references to physical, moral or personal qualities of other people are used in all the languages ​​of the world for the creation of vocatives, that is, expressions to treat others. In some contexts these have a negative tenor and many times the same terms can be considered affectionate or friendlyExplains the document.

On November 29, shortly after a comeback against Southampton, Cavani responded to a message from a follower with the phrase in Spanish “gracias negrito.”

The player later withdrew that comment and posted a statement in which he apologized and assured that he is “absolutely opposed to racism.”

As the Academy explains, in Uruguay “you can hear and read forms like gordis, chubby, negri, negrito / a “ and the person who is treated with these vocatives “does not have to be overweight or have a dark skin color to receive them.”

“Cavani’s use of the black voice to address“ pablofer2222 ”, a soccer player’s fan, has this kind of affectionate tenor: given the context in which it was written, the person to whom was run and the variety of Spanish used, the only value that black can have – and in particular because of its diminutive nature – is affective ”, he says.

Finally, the statement points out that the FA “has committed a grave injustice” and has revealed “ignorance and error regarding the uses of the language and in particular of Spanish, sin taking note of all its complexities and contexts ”.

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Farm protests: Agriculture Minister Tomar says informal talks on, hoping to reach solution before year ends


New Delhi, December 18

The government is hopeful of resolving farmers’ agitation against three new farm laws before the new year and is continuing its informal dialogue with various groups to defuse the crisis, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said amid formal talks remaining deadlocked with protesting unions refusing to accept anything less than the repeal of the Acts.

The minister said the Modi government is committed to addressing all genuine concerns of the farming community and it is willing to resume formal talks anytime, but asserted that there was no point talking to those “shooting from peasants’ shoulders”.

He put the blame on opposition parties for misleading the farmers and accused them of changing their stance on the reform process and politicising the issue.

In an interview with PTI, Tomar—who is leading the negotiation with about 40 farmer unions along with Food Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash—asserted that the three new farm laws are beneficial for farmers and the government is ready to give a written assurance that the minimum support price (MSP) and mandi system will continue.

Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting at Delhi borders for more than three weeks. At least five rounds of formal talks have been held between the three Union Ministers and 40 farmer unions to break the deadlock, but the unions are demanding complete rollback of the central laws.

“We have constantly been holding discussions with farmers’ unions… Overall, our effort is to reach a solution through dialogue with them. We are still open for talks. We are holding discussions with unions. I hope through dialogue we can move towards reaching a solution,” Tomar said while replying to a query about the stalemate and way forward.

“Informal talks are going on. I am hopeful of some way out,” he added.

Whether the Supreme Court constituted committee will take over talks and find a solution or the government will continue its efforts, Tomar said the government has kept its door open for negotiations with farm leaders and would wait for the Supreme Court’s order for the next course of action.

 “The matter is sub-judice. After the court’s order, we will study and take a call… We will wait for the court’s direction.”      

Farmer unions, who are concerned about peasants, should raise problems of the farming community so that the government can find a solution, the minister said and asked unions not to stress upon repealing these legislations which have been enacted for the benefit of farmers.

On farmers’ unions asking the government not to hold “parallel talks” with other groups and “malign” the protesting farmers, he said, “Farm leaders, who are concerned about the welfare of farmers, should discuss peasants’ problems.”

“Why should it matter if the acts are repealed or not,” he asked.

The government can consider changes to the laws if they convince successfully the clause by clause objections, he said.

When asked on his recent remark that he would engage with “genuine” farm leaders, the minister said: “When I say genuine, I mean those who are really concerned about farmers. There is no point talking with those who want to shoot from the shoulders of farmers”.

The government is there to resolve the farmers’ problems but unless the specific problems are not told, how can the government offer solutions, he said.

Asked how the government plans to give minimum support price assurance, Tomar said: “We will give in writing that till date the way MSP was continuing will continue in future as well. No one should have doubt on this”.

The MSP system is an administrative decision and there cannot be a law for everything, he said.

“To run the entire country, there are laws. Under laws, there are rules. There are also administrative decisions. Can there be doubt on the government’s decisions? Till date, MSP was in operation. Was it under any law?” he added.

Noting that when intentions are right, solutions will definitely emerge, Tomar said the Modi government has enacted the three farm laws with clear intention and the outcome will also be good.

Asked if the farmers’ issue will be resolved before 2020, he said: “Yes. I have full hope… Everyone has their own agenda. My agenda is ‘Kisan’. Tell me which provision of the farm laws are hurting farmers and convince me. We are ready for discussion”.

Several protesting leaders have threatened to step up their agitation and have said they are prepared to celebrate the Republic Day next year with their own tractor rally on Delhi borders.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day function at Rajpath in the national capital on January 26, 2021.

On Akali Dal’s charge that was real ‘Tukde-Tukde gang’ and wanted to divide Hindu-Muslim and now Hindu-Sikh, he said: “The political parties should not do politics in the name of farmers. These are the same parties which supported these reforms during elections”.

 “In the Congress election manifesto for the 2019 general election, in Punjab’s assembly poll manifesto, be it Congress, Akali Dal or AAP, all have talked about reforms. Now they are changing their stand,” he said.

Asked if the protest is anti-Modi or there are genuine concerns of farmers with the laws, Tomar said: “In the protest, there are farmers. As agriculture minister, I am looking at them as farmers. We are holding discussions from an agricultural point of view. My effort is to speak to farmers’ leaders so that we are able to resolve their problems”.

In the previous five rounds of talks, he said the government asked the unions’ leaders to share their objections on provisions of the acts, but they could not share clause by clause concerns and therefore the Centre sent a draft proposal suggesting few amendments.

On Thursday, Tomar wrote an eight-page open letter to farmers, accusing the Congress and other opposition parties of spreading falsehood about the new farm laws. He appealed to the agitating farmers not to fall prey to these “white lies” and said the Centre was ready to address all their concerns. — PTI





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Gippy Grewal is disappointed with Bollywood’s silence on farmer protests, Taapsee Pannu objects: ‘Really pulls down our efforts’


After Diljit Dosanjh and Kangana Ranaut, another Bollywood actor and Punjabi star had a difference of opinion on Twitter, over their views regarding the ongoing farmer protests in and around Delhi. Taapsee Pannu objected to the use of Bollywood as a collective term when Gippy Grewal called out the industry for not speaking up for the farmers.

Gippy had tweeted, “Dear Bollywood, Every now and then your movies have been shot in Punjab & everytime you have been welcomed with open heart. But today when Punjab needs u the most, u didn’t show up and speak a word. #DISAPPOINTED #TakeBackFarmLaws #FarmersAreLifeline.”

  

Taapsee replied to the tweet and wrote, “Sir , just because the ones u expected to speak up did not please don’t put us all under the same umbrella. Not that the handful of us need validation regarding standing up but it really pulls down our efforts when disregarded.”

 

 

Gippy then clarified, “This tweet was not for you @taapsee and the others who are supporting us and trust me It means alot at this time. We are very thankful for this. My tweet was for them who call them from Punjab and not even utter a single word . They all vanish.”

However, Taapsee was still not convinced and replied saying, “I understand what u r saying sir but calling the entire ‘bollywood’ out is unfair to a few like us who do stick the neck out every time for what we believe is right.Few out of the ones who spoke r not even from Punjab but their respect for farmers is what is making them stand up.”

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While Gippy has been actively supporting the farmers’ protest, Taapsee had also voiced her support for the cause.

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