More Than 100 Killed And Thousands Injured In Anti-Government Protests In Iraq

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More Than 100 Killed And Thousands Injured In Anti-Government Protests In Iraq

Anti-government protesters set fires and close a street during a demonstration in Baghdad on Sunday after nearly a week of unrest throughout Iraq.

Khalid Mohammed/AP

Iraqi authorities say at least seven more people were killed in clashes between protesters and police in eastern Baghdad on Sunday, bringing the death toll from nearly a week of anti-government rallies throughout Iraq to more than 100 with thousands of others injured.

Protesters, who took to the streets on Tuesday frustrated over joblessness and corruption, have been met with live ammunition from security forces attempting to break up the mass demonstrations that have convulsed Baghdad and parts of southern Iraq for days.

So far, 104 people have been killed and 6,107 have been wounded in the unrest, according to figures released by Iraqi security officials. More than 1,200 security members are among the injured.

Demanding better basic public services like electricity and water and renouncing corruption, a small group of protesters assembled seemingly spontaneously last week before being dispersed by security forces.

Then the protesters put out a call to re-converge on social media and the response took observers and government officials aback: Thousands of mostly young adults in their 20s, outraged over inadequate services and poor job prospects in the oil-rich country, came out to push for more opportunity and an end to corruption.

The Iraqi army and police have responded by firing live rounds, tear gas and rubber bullets into crowds. As protests spread to other parts of the country, the bloody clashes continued.

The six days of street demonstrations mark the most serious challenge Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has faced since he assumed office last October. He has committed to meeting with protesters without armed forces to have a dialogue about their demands.

“I will go and meet them without weapons and sit with them for hours to listen to their demands,” Abdul-Mahdi said on Saturday in remarks on state television.

Anti-government protesters run for cover while Iraqi security forces fire live ammunition in the air during a demonstration in Baghdad on Sunday.

Khalid Mohammed/AP

Abdul-Mahdi announced a plan to pay out unemployment assistance and provide government-backed housing for low-income residents in an attempt to satisfy the demonstrators who have set buildings aflame and sparred with authorities.

The United Nations envoy for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, took to Twitter on Saturday to denounce the violence, saying: “This must stop.”

“I call on all parties to pause and reflect. Those responsible for violence should be held to account. Let the spirit of unity prevail across Iraq,” wrote Hennis-Plasschaert.

Protesters called for top government officials to step down, as authorities cut of Internet service in Baghdad and across much of the country.

Demonstrators on Sunday also called for Iran to stop meddling in Iraqi politics.

Amid growing unrest, Marta Hurtado, a spokeswoman for the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, urged the Iraqi government to allow citizens to peacefully assembly and exercise their rights to freedom of expression without fear of a violent crackdown.

“The use of force should be exceptional, and assemblies should ordinarily be managed without resort to force,” Hurtado said in a statement.

All incidents in which security forces killed or injured protesters should be promptly and transparently investigated by the government, Hurtado said.

Hurtado also said reports that three journalists covering the protests were detained and the government cutting off Internet service were alarming and should be examined.

“Blanket internet shutdowns are likely to contravene freedom of expression, unduly restricting the right to receive and impart information and may exacerbate tensions,” she said.

NPR’s Daniel Estrin contributed to this report.

Iraq protests: Death toll rises to 20 as unrest spreads

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF AL JAZEERA NEWS)

 

Iraq protests: Death toll rises to 20 as unrest spreads

Authorities impose curfew and cut internet access in many cities as death toll from three days of mass protests hits 20.

Iraq protests: Death toll rises to 20 as unrest spreads
Demonstrators burn tyres during a curfew in Baghdad [Wissm al-Okili/Reuters]

The death toll from three days of mass anti-government protests in Iraq has risen to 20, with hundreds more wounded as authorities imposed curfew in several cities and cut internet access across much of the country to quell unrest.

The protests, which began in the capital, Baghdad, on Tuesday, are mostly spontaneous and without political leadership, staged by disenchanted youth demanding jobs, improved services, such as electricity and water, and an end to Iraq’s endemic corruption.

The demonstrations have since spread to cities across the mainly Shia south, making it the most serious challenge to Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s year-old government.

In Baghdad, authorities imposed a round-the-clock curfew early on Thursday, saying the measure was meant to “protect general peace” and protesters from “infiltrators” who committed attacks against security forces and public property.

But dozens of protesters defied the order early on Thursday and attempted to gather at the Tahrir Square, prompting security forces to use live rounds and tear gas to disperse the crowds.

“We slept here so the police don’t take the place,” one demonstrator told AFP news agency before riot police fired into the air.

Youths carry away a protester injured during clashes with riot police amidst demonstrations against state corruption, failing public services, and unemployment, in the Iraqi capital Baghdad's central
A protester injured during clashes with riot police during demonstrations in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square is carried away [Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP]

Early on Thursday, some cars and civilians were seen in the capital’s streets. Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan, reporting from the capital, said there was an “eerie quiet over Baghdad” but “sporadic gunfire towards Tahrir Square” could be heard.

“The curfew does seem to be working,” he said. “The protesters have been trying to gather in different areas of Baghdad throughout the day, but every time they reach crowds of 50 to 60 people, the security forces disperse them. The government hasn’t indicated when the curfew will be lifted.”

Authorities said travellers to and from Baghdad airport, ambulances, government employees in hospitals, electricity and water departments, and pilgrims were exempt from the restrictions.

Curfew was also imposed in the holy city of Najaf and the southern city of Nasiriya, the site of the deadliest protests so far with a total of 10 people, including one police officer, killed. In the city of Amarah, medics and security forces have confirmed the killing of four protesters on Thursday, bringing the death toll over the past three days to 20.

More than 1,000 others have been wounded in the nationwide protests, while 62 people have been arrested, according to figures from Iraq’s Human Rights Commission.

Meanwhile, approximately 75 percent of Iraq is “offline” after major network operators “intentionally restricted” access, according to cybersecurity monitor NetBlocks.

Residents are wary that more protests could erupt after powerful Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr called for “a general strike”. His political bloc, Sairoon, which came first in last May’s parliamentary elections, is part of the ruling coalition.

Demonstrations over similar issues engulfed the southern city of Basra last summer and effectively ended previous Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s chances of a second term.

Demonstrators gesture at a protest over unemployment, corruption and poor public services, in Baghdad
Demonstrators at a protest rally over unemployment, corruption and poor public services in Baghdad [Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters]

Anger over high rates of youth unemployment – which is approximately 25 percent, or double the adult rate, according to the World Bank – appears to have set off the latest round of demonstrations.

“We want jobs and better public services. We’ve been demanding them for years and the government has never responded,” said Abdallah Walid, a 27-year-old protester.

The protesters are mostly “angry young people who are not aligned to any political or religious party”, said Al Jazeera’s Khan. “They are simply very frustrated at the fact that they don’t have jobs.”

After a small protest was quickly dispersed by security forces on Tuesday, a social media call went out which resulted in thousands of people taking to the streets, he added. Since then, the protests have spread to other cities in the country’s south.

Meanwhile, two border crossings into Iraq – including one widely used by Iranian pilgrims – have been closed because of unrest in Iraq, Iranian border guards said.

Demonstrators block a road during a curfew, two days after the nationwide anti-government protests turned violent, in Baghdad, Iraq October 3, 2019. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili
Demonstrators block a road in Baghdad during curfew, two days after nationwide anti-government protests turned violent [Wissm al-Okili/Reuters]

According to Iran’s semi-official news agency Mehr, Iranian border guards commander General Qasem Rezaei said the Khosravi and Chazabeh crossings had been closed since late Wednesday but other crossings were open in the run-up to an annual Shia Muslim pilgrimage in Iraq.

The tension has been exacerbated by a near-total internet shutdown, the closure of government offices and at least one overnight explosion that hit the Green Zone, where some ministries and embassies are located.

A security source in the area told AFP there were two blasts, likely caused by indirect fire a little over a week after two rockets hit near the US embassy there.

Demonstrators run as they take part in a protest over unemployment, corruption and poor public services, in Basra, Iraq October 2, 2019. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani
Demonstrators run as they take part in a protest rally over unemployment, corruption and poor public services, in Basra [Essam al-Sudani/Reuters]

The apparent attack came hours after security forces sealed off the Green Zone “until further notice”, fearing angry protesters would swarm state buildings or foreign missions.

The Green Zone had been inaccessible for most Iraqis since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq but had reopened to the public in June.

It has often been the focal point for public anger, including in 2016 when al-Sadr’s supporters stormed it and paralysed state institutions.

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Citizens of Hong Kong: Leave no stone upon another, and Move Now

Citizens of Hong Kong: Leave no stone upon another, and Move Now

 

This letter tonight is just an opinion piece by a person who has never been to Hong Kong. This in no way should be a call for any riots or violence toward another person, for it is not. I get a lot of material each day that I read and I do obtain my thoughts from varieng news agencies around the world. Ever since England turned Kong Kong over to the Communists government of China I have known that these times happening now would absolutely come about. I know that I am no genius in this matter because I believe that hundreds of millions or more people around the world could see these days coming for the residents of Hong Kong. The Communist Chinese play the long game and their game is total victory for the Party. The end of any hint of Democracy in Hong Kong started the day England inked the deal to turn over the city. The only reason that the people who live there have any freedom is because the Party Leadership has been banking on the revenues you create for them. The day is getting ever closer to the day the citizens of Hong Kong will be under total suppression with no way out accept to either go to a prison camp or die. What I am about to say I am fully aware that it will not ever happen. I believe that every citizen of Hong Kong who doesn’t want to live under suppressive Communists Rulers need to destroy every business they own in the city, raze it to the ground and then get on a boat or plane and get the hell out of there. The Communists Party of China will win this battle, you have no chance at all. So, yes I believe the people should all get out of there as soon as possible but don’t leave these murderous asses a single pot to piss in. They are going to totally control that land, so why leave them anything but the scraped bare soil?

Do Black Lives Or Any Lives Really Matter In Today’s Society

Do Black Lives Or Any Lives Really Matter In Today’s Society

(I wrote this on September 26th of 2016)

Here in the States we see and hear of evil everyday on the different news feeds we have at our fingertips. Just this morning I heard of an active shooter in SW Houston Texas where a disgruntled lawyer went on a shooting spree wounding 9 people before the Police shot and killed him. As of the time of this report I do not know if the color of ones skin had anything to do with who was shot this morning or not. Just a couple of days ago an idiot shot and killed 5 people at a mall in Washington State. In that instance it appears to me that gender and the religious beliefs of the shooter had a huge role in those murders. Yet even when there are mass shootings here in the U.S. the mass media focuses most of its airtime whenever a Black person is killed by a Police Officer than on any other of these events. It seems that in our American Media there is always the effort to divide and take sides when this happens. I guess because hatred, racism, ignorance and criminal activities sell more papers and airtime.

 

Do I think that some Police Officers are racist and or just plain punks? Yes of course I do, I have lived 60 years here in the States and I have been eye-witness to such type of events several times. Do I believe that all Police Officers are racist or punks, no, not at all, that would be bias and quite stupid of me to think that. Yet it is my belief that some people do believe that about all Police Officers and if they do then I believe that they have become exactly what they hate, racist, hate filled punks themselves. Do I believe that the young Black man who was shot and killed by a Black plain clothed Police Officer in Charlotte North Carolina this past week was a racist act? No I don’t unless the Black Officer was a person who is bias against his own race. Also earlier this week there was another case of a young Black man being shot and killed by a White lady Police Officer in Tulsa Oklahoma. Do I believe that race had anything to do with this shooting? Yes I do. Each case of a Police shooting has to be analyzed separately. Every human case is different because the humans involved are different. The lady Officer in Tulsa has been charged with first degree manslaughter but the Officer in Charlotte has not been charged with anything, at least not yet. Personally I believed and still believe that the Officer in Tulsa should have been charged with second degree murder. I have known a lot of Officers in my life and I know that some do always carry a ‘throw down’ gun or a knife just in case they mess up and shoot an unarmed person they can throw down that weapon so that they don’t get charged with shooting an unarmed person. Is this what happened in Charlotte? By what I have seen on tapes and pictures, it looks to me like this might well be one of those throw down situations.

 

Race is a big issue on these shootings because of the media trying to sell airtime and news papers. There are far more people in this Country that are shot by Police Officers that are not black folks than the cases where they are Black folks. Yet we hear very little in the Nations media unless it is a Black person who got shot. The media and those ignorant enough to believe their bias hype could believe that Police Officers only shoot black people. There are plenty of cases though where I do believe the person’s skin color got them executed by a Police Officer like where that young Black kid was shot 16 or 17 times as he lay on the street in Chicago. In my opinion this is a case of first degree murder and the Cop should be charged with first degree murder and nothing less.

 

How much ruckus do you hear in the media when any other race of person is shot by an Officer when the one shot wasn’t Black? How about when a White person is shot by an Officer? Now, when was the last time there were any riots when a Hispanic, Indian or Asian person was shot by an Officer? America’s media play’s the race card mostly/only when it is a Black person who has been shot. Our society has been groomed to treat Black folks different in almost all issues. Some of these issues are good but many are toward the negative. Before the 1960’s all non White people were treated horribly not just the Black folks. It is true that the only ‘legal’ slaves in this Country were Black people but slavery ended more than 150 years ago. Most likely no one in our Country today has ever even known someone who was a ‘legal’ slave nor has anyone ever been one. Slavery of any kind is a sickening thing to even think about and it is nothing to ever joke about. Have you ever watched the movies Roots or Django? How about the TV program on WGN out of Chicago called Underground? If these situations don’t make you sick at your stomach, have you no morality?

 

This ‘movement’ here in America called ‘Black Lives Matter’ in my opinion is not much more than a racist movement of hate. Do Black lives matter? Absolutely they do, but so does every life, equally. Should it be okay for people in this Country to protest peacefully against the Government or against a Police Department’s? Yes, of course it should be okay for everyone in this Country to peacefully protest yet the word Peacefully is the key word. In Charlotte we have seen once again where folks, mostly Black folks have protested with violence and the Nations media has remained very quiet about it because if they spoke the truth they would be accused of being racist towards Black people. Think about it, people riot, burning vehicles, breaking into store and tractor trailers on the interstate and blocking off a major interstate and it is said by some that these rioters were simply ‘street cleaners’, how sickening! The media have created their own monster. The Black Race in this Country has been allowed to be racist in almost all venues. Think about these issues for a moment please. Here in this Country there are such things as the NAACP, the Black Miss America Pageant, the Negro College Fund, Black Colleges, Black Churches, Black Congressional Caucuses, Black Businessmen Associations, Black Lives Matter Movement and the list goes on and on. Now think about it, if there were such things as the National Association of White People, the White Miss America Pageant, the White Peoples College Fund, White Colleges and White Churches, White Congressional Caucuses, White Businessmen Associations, or the White Lives Matter Movements a huge amount of America’s Black folks would be livid, ranting and raving about how racist these groups are and how they had to be stopped from existing? The same thing would happen if there were Associations like this for Asian, Hispanic or Indian folks. There is a group of white folks that most everyone knows of called the KKK and rightfully so, most Americans have no use for their hatred. My question to everyone is, shouldn’t every single thing is this Country that is in any way race based be made illegal? Are they not all hate groups? Are they not all bias?

 

Racism is a huge problem in this country and racism does exist in some people in every race on the planet. Racism is simply another term for hatred of those who aren’t like us. I am a white guy by birth, I like everyone else ever born had no say so concerning my skin color when I came out of the womb. Skin color does not make me a good person or a bad person. My skin color had nothing to do with me being or not being a racist hate filled person, nor did it you. I have first hand experienced hate because of my white skin. This has happened many times from Black folks, Hispanic folks and from Indian folks. I have also experienced hatred from White people who were mad at me because I was daring to speak with a non-White. Now the question is, do Black Lives Matter? I think you know my answer by now so the question is to you, do Black Lives Matter, to you? The question is also to all of the Black folks reading this article today, are you a racist, do you hate any other race of people, or all the other people who are not Black? Hatred like racism is a disease of the mind and of the Soul. Everyone on this planet are brothers and Jesus made it plain that if we hate our brother without a cause (something they can’t help or do anything about, like skin color) then we are condemning our own selves to Hell. I’m just saying, racism is an individual personal thing, we choose to be or not to be. So now my last question to you is, what have you chosen to be?

Anti-Democracy Democrats Riot In Portland Oregon: Lock The Law Breakers Up!

 

Portland’s anti-Trump protest turns violent, as rioters rampage in Pearl

Jim Ryan | The Oregonian/OregonLiveBy Jim Ryan | The Oregonian/OregonLive
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on November 10, 2016 at 6:30 PM, updated November 10, 2016 at 10:32 PM

A third consecutive day of anti-Trump demonstrations turned violent Thursday night, as protesters began with a march and chanting but eventually smashed cars at a dealership and rampaged through the Pearl District shattering business windows.

Police declared the demonstration a “riot” more than three hours after its 5 p.m. start, citing “extensive criminal and dangerous behavior.” The bureau said it warned the crowd about the designation, then tweeted that rioting is a class C felony.

The crowd – at least on par with the 2,000 that gathered the night before — started at Pioneer Courthouse Square in the early evening before taking off on a route that included a stop at the Portland waterfront and trip over the Hawthorne Bridge into Southeast Portland.

It eventually moved into Northeast Portland, where at least 19 cars at Toyota of Portland were vandalized, according to a sales manager.

Protesters then made their way west across the Broadway Bridge and into the Pearl District, where business windows along Northwest Lovejoy Street and elsewhere were smashed.

About 9:45 p.m., police in riot gear confronted the crowd and shut down the North Park Blocks area. They warned that some protesters were preparing “gas and flares” and that participants should leave for their own safety.

Police said protesters should return to Pioneer Courthouse Square to continue peaceful protest, and those remaining would be arrested.

It was unclear if any arrests had been made by 10 p.m. Most protesters were moving in the direction of Pioneer square; a few remained in the park blocks area.

Cries of “destroy the Pearl!” That’s a fancy area. Lots of money there.

 (THIS KIND OF HUMAN TRASH IS WHAT IS ACTUALLY WRONG WITH THE UNITED STATES, THEY THINK THAT THEY ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO SHOULD HAVE ANY RIGHTS, CIVIL OR OTHERWISE. ARREST THE ONES THAT ARE DOING THE RIOTING, EVERY ONE OF THEM, CHARGE THEM AND LOCK THEM UP!)(TRS)

Protesters stayed off freeways as of 8 p.m. — a departure from the previous two nights’ anti-Trump efforts. Authorities briefly closed freeways as a precaution, TriMet trains and buses were affected, and traffic was disrupted where protesters passed.

Tensions flared at times between protesters and motorists, with police tweeting they received reports of “vandalism and aggressive behavior” in the protest crowd. Altercations included a motorist’s windshield being cracked while she tried to navigate through protesters, saying she needed to tend to an emergency.

Some observers reported that a woman apparently was injured after some demonstrators said she was throwing liquid Tide at protesters. A bottle of Tide lay on the ground nearby as demonstrators called for protest medics to tend to the woman, who stayed on the ground for a few minutes.

Trump tweeted mid-Thursday night about the protests that have erupted across the country, calling them “unfair” and prompted by the media.

Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!

A new activist group galvanized by Trump’s election promoted the protest, which was one of multiple demonstrations Thursday in Portland. Dubbed Portland’s Resistance and composed of students and youth from protests that took over freeways Wednesday morning and night, spokesman Gregory McKelvey said the organization will use anti-Trump efforts to prop up local movements.

Protest chants included the rallying call of “Not my president,” in reference to the newly elected Trump. Some protesters carried signs, among them: “Oppression thrives off isolation. Stand united.” “We reject the fascist agenda.” “You’re fired!”

Halim Byron said he decided to join in the latest protest partly because he believes Trump flouts convention — then flaunts it.

“He does what he wants to, and he’s made that a cornerstone of his campaign,” said Byron, a 60-year-old Portland resident.

Kaden Burdick, a 20-year-old Portland resident, said he sees the election of Trump as a rise of white supremacy and wants to fight against racism, xenophobia and homophobia that Trump’s comments appear to have unleashed.

As the larger Waterfront rally gathered, a smaller, faith-based group remained back in the small, tiered space in Pioneer Courthouse Square’s northwest corner. Leaders from Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and First Nations faiths spoke to the crowd that lingered long after the larger Trump protest embarked onto downtown Portland’s streets.

The leaders put together the event to coincide with the march, said Rev. Michael Ellick, senior minister of First Congregational United Church of Christ.

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Ellick, who served as emcee for a parade of speakers, said before the event in a news release: “For just about anybody who isn’t white, for anybody who isn’t in the top 1 percent and — you know — for all women everywhere — there is a lot of fear right now. So it’s more important than ever for the spiritual and moral adults on this planet to show up, speak clearly and get organized.”

The audience lingered at least an hour after the larger group departed, mostly listening to speakers and occasionally breaking into song, such as the spiritual, “We Shall Overcome.”

They were dwarfed by a 75-foot Douglas fir that had been set up just hours earlier in preparation for the city’s annual holiday tree-lighting ceremony on the day after Thanksgiving.

Video by Maxwell Radi/The Oregonian/OregonLive

TriMet earlier had warned again that MAX lines and most buses would likely experience significant delays because of the protests — in Pioneer Square, as well as elsewhere around the city, including Mt. Tabor Park and Holladay Park. Some stations and stops may close for safety reasons, the agency said.

TriMet tweeted an appeal for protesters to not block public transit. The agency said it respects the right to peacefully demonstrate, but “if you’re out there making your voice heard, please don’t disrupt transit service. … Similarly, we ask that you don’t vandalize our equipment.”

While the smashing was going on across the river, a group of about 50 people sat on steps or stood waiting to take a microphone along the downtown waterfront as a scattering of votive candles flickered on the ground. They talked about losing a loved one to HIV, supporting Hillary Clinton and even laughed at ways to best challenge Trump.

Two people sat side by side with a sign that said “We shall overcome.” A woman with children listened intently.

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Hypocritic Democratic Protesters Rail At Trump For Him Being Honest About Them!

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President-elect Donald Trump complains about ‘unfair’ protesters as thousands of Americans take to the streets

Donald Trump sat down with President Obama before taking to Twitter to vent his frustration with how "unfair" he thinks the protesters are.

Donald Trump sat down with President Obama before taking to Twitter to vent his frustration with how “unfair” he thinks the protesters are.

(JIM WATSON/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

After a couple of unusually quiet days, Donald Trump was back to his campaign trail social media tactics Thursday evening, complaining about the thousands of “unfair” protesters demonstrating throughout cities across the country.”Just had a very open and successful presidential election,” Trump tweeted as scores of angry New Yorker’s gathered outside Trump Tower. “Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!”

The President-elect’s media bashing tweet comes on the heels of a cordial sit-down with President Obama at the White House earlier in the day. The incoming President said he had “great respect” for Obama and commended him on some of the “really great things” he has achieved.

After the meeting, Trump thanked the President for a “fantastic day” with “great chemistry.”

Rage is not the answer

Hundreds gathered outside Trump Tower Thursday to protest Trump's election win.

Hundreds gathered outside Trump Tower Thursday to protest Trump’s election win.

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“Melania liked Mrs. O a lot!” he added, referring to First Lady Michelle Obama.

Trump has become notorious for frequently insulting politicians and journalists over Twitter, but since winning the election Wednesday, he has only sent out two uncharacteristically toned down tweets — one pledging to as President unify the country and another congratulating the Marine Corps on its 241st anniversary.

That spell of politeness broke Thursday, and Twitter users were quick to rip into the President-elect after his latest tirade.

The protesters toted signs and chanted outside the midtown skyscraper.

The protesters toted signs and chanted outside the midtown skyscraper.

(SAM COSTANZA/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

“Here we go, again,” Republican strategist Ana Navarro said. “Trump tweeting against protestors & the media. Well, it was nice to see him be presidential for all of, what…40 hours?”

Anti-Trump protests resume for second night across U.S.

The chief strategist for Obama’s presidential campaigns, David Axelrod, also took a jab at the President-elect.

“Not a good look for the POTUS-elect,” he said. “Instead of reaching out, he reaches for his Twitter account. Again! Winners don’t whine. They heal.”

MANDATORY CREDIT; WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUT

Throngs of protesters in Baltimore blocked traffic outside the Ravens’ football stadium. (ARREST THEM FOR BREAKING THE LAWS OF OUR NATION, CHARGE THEM AND  PUT THEM IN JAIL!)(TRS)

(LLOYD FOX/THE BALTIMORE SUN VIA AP)

While Trump was tweeting, tensions remained high on the street outside his building, with hundreds of protesters chanting “we reject the President-elect” and “not our President.”

Paula Sternitzky, 54, of Brooklyn, came to the protests toting a sign emblazoned with the words “F–k Trump” alongside an unflattering hand drawn portrait of the soon-to-be commander-in-chief.

VIDEO: Trump, Obama sit down in historic White House meeting

“Tuesday evening was shock, Wednesday morning it was complete fear,” Sternitzky told the Daily News about her reaction to the election results. “I’m genuinely scared about what a President Trump could do to this country.”

Verane Frediani, 42, of Lille, France, was visiting the city for a couple of days, and said she came to the protest to show that Trump’s election upset is sending shock waves beyond U.S. borders.

“We have the extreme right as well so I think it’s important to come out and show that this is a problem,” Frediani told The News, referencing the controversial leader of France’s National Front party, Marine Le Pen, who was among the first European politicians to congratulate Trump on his win. “We’re breathing the same political air and everything he said about immigrants, about women — it’s not okay.”

Meanwhile, some 600 protesters outraged over the outcome of the election marched to the M&T Bank Stadium where the Ravens were hosting the Cleveland Browns for Thursday Night Football.

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Woman throwing laundry detergent at protesters here at the march here in

 Throngs of demonstrators blocked traffic and lay down in the middle of roadways nearby the stadium, but otherwise remained peaceful. Police said at least two people were detained, but not charged, in the commotion.

Discontent with the President-elect turned violent in Portland, Ore., where officials announced around 9 p.m. local time that the protests had turned into “a riot” as demonstrators marched onto major highways.

“Due to extensive and criminal and dangerous behavior, protest is now considered a riot,” the Portland Police Department said in a tweet.

Hundreds of protesters in Washington, D.C. came out for a second night of protests.  

Hundreds of protesters in Washington, D.C. came out for a second night of protests.

(JOSHUA ROBERTS/REUTERS)

The Oregon Department of Transportation shut down traffic on portions of Interstate 5 and 84 as police tried to deescalate the situation.

Muslim women assaulted on campuses as fear of Islamophobia rises

A bizarre Twitter video showed a female motorist swinging at protesters and dousing them in laundry detergent after they blocked traffic on the Hawthorne Bridge near the city’s downtown area.

In another part of the city, a protester was arrested for hurling a Molotov cocktail into a bonfire and cops reported widespread vandalism, graffiti and street fires.

 Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called the protests in his city "a beautiful expression of democracy." 

 Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called the protests in his city “a beautiful expression of democracy.”

(AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

For the second night in a row, thousands of protesters marched through both Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, holding signs emblazoned with slogans like “Not Our President” and “Make America Safe For All.”

A large crowd gathered outside the Philly’s historic City Hall chanted, “We must remember to love ourselves and each other, not our President.”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a Democrat, condemned a “very, very small group of people” disrupting otherwise peaceful protests after 28 people were arrested for blocking traffic and vandalizing some buildings and a news truck.

Besides the arrests, Garcetti commended the protesters on exercising their democratic rights.

“I actually thought it was a beautiful expression of democracy,” Garcetti said at a news conference. “I think it was a marvelous thing to see the next generation of this country get engaged and involved.”

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Frauds And Racist Hillary Supporters Riot Against President Elect Trump

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF TIME NEWS)

Protesters target Trump buildings in massive street rallies

Story highlights

  • At least 13 arrested in Los Angeles for blocking highway traffic in protest of Trump
  • Anti-Trump protests have occurred in more than 25 cities

(CNN) The morning after Election Day smacked Democrats with a combination of shock and sadness.

Donald Trump would be the next US President. For thousands, disappointment turned to protest as Hillary Clinton supporters channeled their disbelief into a single defiant message.
“Not my President,” they chanted. “Not today.”
In response to Trump’s victory, a shocking win fueled by the rural roar of a dismayed white America, tens of thousands in at least 25 US cities — including New York and Nashville, Chicago and Cleveland, San Francisco and Seattle — shouted anti-Trump slogans, started fires, and held candlelight vigils to mourn the result.

Donald Trump's victory met with mixed reaction

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Many of those demonstrations continued early Thursday morning and led to dozens of arrests.
“People are furious, not just at the results of the election, but the rhetoric of Donald Trump,” Ahmed Kanna, an organizer for Social Alternative Berkeley, told CNN’s Don Lemon.

Demonstrations outside Trump’s properties

In New York, authorities estimated that as many as 5,000 people protested the real estate mogul’s victory outside Trump Tower. They included pop star Lady Gaga, a staunch Clinton supporter.

Lady Gaga protests against President-elect Donald Trump outside Trump Tower in New York.

Their concerns ranged from policies, such as his proposed plan to build a wall along the US-Mexican border, to the polarizing tenor of his campaign that stoked xenophobic fears.
“I came out here to let go of a lot of fear that was sparked as soon as I saw the results,” protester Nick Powers said. He said he feared Trump will support stronger stop-and-frisk policies that would put many people in prison. He also was worried that Trump’s victory would embolden sexist views.
Fifteen Trump Tower protesters were arrested Wednesday night for disorderly conduct, an NYPD spokesman said.
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In Chicago, activists marched down Lake Shore Drive — an eight-lane expressway along Lake Michigan — toward the Windy City’s Trump Tower with signs such as one that said, “I still can’t believe I have to protest for civil rights.”
CNN’s Ryan Young, who saw a few thousand people there, said many chanted vulgarities toward the President-elect.
“As a nation we thought we had come so far, but it seems like we’re taking many steps back,” one woman said. “We want to come together to change that.”
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Meanwhile, protesters in Washington chanted “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA,” as they marched downtown to the Trump International Hotel. Elsewhere in the nation’s capital, an illuminated sign proclaimed that the US is “better than bigotry.”
Their cries turned profane after a solemn gathering of thousands who attended a candlelight vigil outside the White House to mourn the election loss.
“Everything that has been built up has been destroyed,” protester Brian Barto told CNN affiliate WJLA-TV. “America has failed (minorities).”
Headed into Thursday, more than a thousand protesters in Los Angeles, including young Latino protesters, rallied outside City Hall, according to CNN’s Paul Vercammen.
They chanted “I will not live in fear,” “Fight back, stand up” and “¡Si se puede!” (Spanish for “It can be done”).
Protesters also set on fire a piñata depicting the head of President-elect.
Several protesters said they feared that family or friends might be deported once Trump takes office. Brooklyn White, an 18-year-old protester who voted for Clinton, held a sign that said, “hate won’t win.”
“We can’t let it stop us,” she said. “If he’s the president then fine, but if Donald Trump is going to be it, then he has to listen.”
Early on Thursday morning, the protesters marched onto the 101 Freeway and blocked traffic. Authorities arrested at least 13 protesters, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said.

Donald Trump effigy burned by protesters.

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In Oakland, California, police said as many as 7,000 demonstrators took to the streets Wednesday night. By then, trash fires burned on a highway. Johnna Watson, public information officer with Oakland’s police department, said three officers were injured.
Thirty people were taken into custody and at least 11 citations were issued for vandalism, assaulting officers, unlawful assembly, failure to disperse and possession of a firearm. Police said some protesters threw Molotov cocktails, rocks, and fireworks at police officers.
A few miles away at Berkeley High School, about 1,500 students walked out of classes Wednesday morning. It was one of numerous high school walkouts that occurred nationwide following the election.

Supporters: Trump an ‘agent of change’

As anti-Trump protesters aired their grievances with the election’s outcome, supporters also came out in some places to express their enthusiasm for the President-elect.
In New York early Wednesday, groups of Trump supporters cheered his triumph outside Trump Tower. Others went to the White House late Tuesday and early Wednesday to show their support.
Nicholas Elliot, a Georgetown University student, said he was elated about Trump’s election as he compared it to the United Kingdom’s Brexit vote to leave the European Union.
“I feel pretty good, a year and a half process has ended and it ended my way,” the Texan told CNN affiliate WJLA.
JD Vance, author of the book “Hillbilly Elegy,” told CNN that Trump supporters in middle America voted for the President-elect because so few people — including the Clinton or her supporters — had paid attention to their plight.
“They see Trump as is an agent of change and agent of protest against folks who they feel have really failed in government,” Vance said.
CNN’s Marc Preston said the “Band-Aid” has been ripped off over the past 24 hours. Now comes the hard part: finding middle ground.
“All that anger that has been contained outside of Washington, D.C. and New York that we don’t see in middle America necessarily although these are urban cities, everyone’s starting to see it,” Preston said. “There is a lot of healing that has got to happen.”

Do Black Lives Or Any Lives Really Matter In Today’s Society

Do Black Lives Or Any Lives Really Matter In Today’s Society

(I wrote this on September 26th of 2016)

Here in the States we see and hear of evil everyday on the different news feeds we have at our fingertips. Just this morning I heard of an active shooter in SW Houston Texas where a disgruntled lawyer went on a shooting spree wounding 9 people before the Police shot and killed him. As of the time of this report I do not know if the color of ones skin had anything to do with who was shot this morning or not. Just a couple of days ago an idiot shot and killed 5 people at a mall in Washington State. In that instance it appears to me that gender and the religious beliefs of the shooter had a huge role in those murders. Yet even when there are mass shootings here in the U.S. the mass media focuses most of its airtime whenever a Black person is killed by a Police Officer than on any other of these events. It seems that in our American Media there is always the effort to divide and take sides when this happens. I guess because hatred, racism, ignorance and criminal activities sell more papers and airtime.

 

Do I think that some Police Officers are racist and or just plain punks? Yes of course I do, I have lived 60 years here in the States and I have been eye-witness to such type of events several times. Do I believe that all Police Officers are racist or punks, no, not at all, that would be bias and quite stupid of me to think that. Yet it is my belief that some people do believe that about all Police Officers and if they do then I believe that they have become exactly what they hate, racist, hate filled punks themselves. Do I believe that the young Black man who was shot and killed by a Black plain clothed Police Officer in Charlotte North Carolina this past week was a racist act? No I don’t unless the Black Officer was a person who is bias against his own race. Also earlier this week there was another case of a young Black man being shot and killed by a White lady Police Officer in Tulsa Oklahoma. Do I believe that race had anything to do with this shooting? Yes I do. Each case of a Police shooting has to be analyzed separately. Every human case is different because the humans involved are different. The lady Officer in Tulsa has been charged with first degree manslaughter but the Officer in Charlotte has not been charged with anything, at least not yet. Personally I believed and still believe that the Officer in Tulsa should have been charged with second degree murder. I have known a lot of Officers in my life and I know that some do always carry a ‘throw down’ gun or a knife just in case they mess up and shoot an unarmed person they can throw down that weapon so that they don’t get charged with shooting an unarmed person. Is this what happened in Charlotte? By what I have seen on tapes and pictures, it looks to me like this might well be one of those throw down situations.

 

Race is a big issue on these shootings because of the media trying to sell airtime and news papers. There are far more people in this Country that are shot by Police Officers that are not black folks than the cases where they are Black folks. Yet we hear very little in the Nations media unless it is a Black person who got shot. The media and those ignorant enough to believe their bias hype could believe that Police Officers only shoot black people. There are plenty of cases though where I do believe the person’s skin color got them executed by a Police Officer like where that young Black kid was shot 16 or 17 times as he lay on the street in Chicago. In my opinion this is a case of first degree murder and the Cop should be charged with first degree murder and nothing less.

 

How much ruckus do you hear in the media when any other race of person is shot by an Officer when the one shot wasn’t Black? How about when a White person is shot by an Officer? Now, when was the last time there were any riots when a Hispanic, Indian or Asian person was shot by an Officer? America’s media play’s the race card mostly/only when it is a Black person who has been shot. Our society has been groomed to treat Black folks different in almost all issues. Some of these issues are good but many are toward the negative. Before the 1960’s all non White people were treated horribly not just the Black folks. It is true that the only ‘legal’ slaves in this Country were Black people but slavery ended more than 150 years ago. Most likely no one in our Country today has ever even known someone who was a ‘legal’ slave nor has anyone ever been one. Slavery of any kind is a sickening thing to even think about and it is nothing to ever joke about. Have you ever watched the movies Roots or Django? How about the TV program on WGN out of Chicago called Underground? If these situations don’t make you sick at your stomach, have you no morality?

 

This ‘movement’ here in America called ‘Black Lives Matter’ in my opinion is not much more than a racist movement of hate. Do Black lives matter? Absolutely they do, but so does every life, equally. Should it be okay for people in this Country to protest peacefully against the Government or against a Police Department’s? Yes, of course it should be okay for everyone in this Country to peacefully protest yet the word Peacefully is the key word. In Charlotte we have seen once again where folks, mostly Black folks have protested with violence and the Nations media has remained very quiet about it because if they spoke the truth they would be accused of being racist towards Black people. Think about it, people riot, burning vehicles, breaking into store and tractor trailers on the interstate and blocking off a major interstate and it is said by some that these rioters were simply ‘street cleaners’, how sickening! The media have created their own monster. The Black Race in this Country has been allowed to be racist in almost all venues. Think about these issues for a moment please. Here in this Country there are such things as the NAACP, the Black Miss America Pageant, the Negro College Fund, Black Colleges, Black Churches, Black Congressional Caucuses, Black Businessmen Associations, Black Lives Matter Movement and the list goes on and on. Now think about it, if there were such things as the National Association of White People, the White Miss America Pageant, the White Peoples College Fund, White Colleges and White Churches, White Congressional Caucuses, White Businessmen Associations, or the White Lives Matter Movements a huge amount of America’s Black folks would be livid, ranting and raving about how racist these groups are and how they had to be stopped from existing? The same thing would happen if there were Associations like this for Asian, Hispanic or Indian folks. There is a group of white folks that most everyone knows of called the KKK and rightfully so, most Americans have no use for their hatred. My question to everyone is, shouldn’t every single thing is this Country that is in any way race based be made illegal? Are they not all hate groups? Are they not all bias?

 

Racism is a huge problem in this country and racism does exist in some people in every race on the planet. Racism is simply another term for hatred of those who aren’t like us. I am a white guy by birth, I like everyone else ever born had no say so concerning my skin color when I came out of the womb. Skin color does not make me a good person or a bad person. My skin color had nothing to do with me being or not being a racist hate filled person, nor did it you. I have first hand experienced hate because of my white skin. This has happened many times from Black folks, Hispanic folks and from Indian folks. I have also experienced hatred from White people who were mad at me because I was daring to speak with a non-White. Now the question is, do Black Lives Matter? I think you know my answer by now so the question is to you, do Black Lives Matter, to you? The question is also to all of the Black folks reading this article today, are you a racist, do you hate any other race of people, or all the other people who are not Black? Hatred like racism is a disease of the mind and of the Soul. Everyone on this planet are brothers and Jesus made it plain that if we hate our brother without a cause (something they can’t help or do anything about, like skin color) then we are condemning our own selves to Hell. I’m just saying, racism is an individual personal thing, we choose to be or not to be. So now my last question to you is, what have you chosen to be?

Charlotte NC Police Chief Must Be Overridden And Or Fired Right Now!

 

The Chief of Police in Charlotte North Carolina said earlier today that the dash cam video of a Charlotte Police Officer shooting and killing a local resident will not ever be released to the public. His reason given was that the victims last moments should not be shared with the world saying that the victim deserves better than that. He may well feel that way but as a ‘public servant’ he does not have that right. The Police Departments around our Country are supposed to be ‘public servants’ meaning they are in subjection to the people who pay their salaries. There have been two nights of violence in Charlotte because of this shooting. If the Chief of Police refuses to release that video for the purpose of showing the public that the Officer who shot that man is telling the truth and that the witnesses are the ones lying, the Mayor of Charlotte must order him to release it today, or fire him. If the Mayor refuses to force the release of the video then she must be removed from office asap. The different Government Agencies have taken rights/authorities that they do not legally/Constitutionally have. Every single Police Department in this Country must be made to release these videos within no more than 24 hours. There is a reason that there are now such things as dash-cams and body cameras being required on Police Officers and that is because way to often Police Officers have been caught being the criminals and then lying about everything they said happened. The Rodney King incident being the wake-up call to the politicians and the Police. To the Charlotte Chief of Police: the public for very good reasons do not believe you, until you release those videos to the public to prove other wise, you are the liar and you are complicit to murder until the videos prove other wise. So, Sir, do your job or get the hell out of that uniform because of right now, you are disgracing it until you release those videos! When Police are telling the truth they should be anxious to show the public that they are telling the truth. When you decide to do a ‘cover up’ the public is always going to consider you to be the liar and in a case like this, the murderers. Mr. Police Chief, prove the truth because as of right now you have no credibility at all! When a Department doesn’t release the videos they are in fact proving that it is the Police that are lying, that it is the Police that have committed murder. All Police Officers should want the videos released asap to prove their innocence and to help end any violent crimes in protest. Mayor, show that you have credibility, force your Chief to release the videos, or fire him right now!

Milwaukee: The Ignorance, Stupidity, Hyprocery And The Shame Of The Black Community

 

So, there has been another police shooting, this time in the city of Milwaukee Wisconsin. Some folks, especially black folks may be mad at me for this title I used today, so be it. I have not read or heard of which skin color the Police Officer has but we do hear that the man shot was a young black man. So, what happens as soon as the word gets out? Black folks go to the streets and start a riot, burning several businesses to the ground along with several vehicles, brilliant isn’t it? There is an old saying don’t sh– where you live yet this ignorance continues. Now the people who live there have got to go to other stores to do their shopping and not all people have transportation so this ignorance has only hurt the local population.

 

For now, I am backing the police on this shooting, do you remember the slogan, innocent until proven guilty? The criminals who participated in this riot last night and this morning prove by their actions that they themselves are exactly that, criminals that should be arrested and thrown into prison. They prove by their own actions that they have no interest in the truth of the matter! The Milwaukee County Sheriff Mr. Clarke who happens to be a black person also, has requested from the Governor Mr. Walker and from the Major General who is in charge of the Wisconsin National Guard for help in stopping this stupidity. It is my personal belief that the National Guard if they are deployed should have the right, and be given the order, to shoot on site any violent protesters. This is for the safety of the rest of the population as there is no excuse for the violence.

 

The Sheriff has publicly stated that the Officer is a three-year veteran of the police force and that he did have a body camera on him. Why is it that these local folks who participated in the riot would not wait to see if what the Officer said happened is the actual truth? Do the black communities in America really want there to be no Police within their communities? Folks, it is the community leaders in most cases who plead with the Mayors for there to be a bigger Police presence within their communities because of there being so much crime where they live and work. If the video shows that the Officer was lying he should be fired and prosecuted to the fullest extent that the law allows. I to have come across many very crooked Police Officers in my life, I know that they are just like all other humans, there are good ones and bad ones. But the people who chose to riot last night are showing that they are the problem within their own communities by not waiting to see what that body camera shows the truth to be!

 

Here are a few facts about what happened last evening for you to consider. If what the Officer said is the truth, that he was chasing the suspect because he took off and ran once the Officer’s stopped the car, then the Officer was simply doing what he is supposed to do. If it is the truth that the Officer ordered the man to stop, and that the man had a pistol in his hand and he was ordered to drop it, and he did not, the Officer did what he had to do. Sense the man was shot in the chest and not the back it appears that the Officer was telling the truth. The Sheriff says that the gun the man had been one that was stolen in a robbery about three months ago, along with 500 rounds of ammo. Also consider the fact that there was a double murder just four nights before in that exact location, one by bullets and the other via a knife. The people of the community wants there to be less crime yet it is the community that is doing the crime. This is an issue that people in the black communities struggle with all over the country, no one wants Police violence but their presence is a necessary evil especially in areas that have high crime rates. All people have the right to be and to fill safe in their daily lives and the best way to ever accomplish this is if we raise our children to be kind and loving people. If we don’t care for and raise our children and we leave the streets and the gangs to raise them then the local communities will never be a safe place for anyone. We as a society can not blame the Police Officers for them doing their jobs and trying to stay alive till the end of their shifts. Either that or we should dismiss all the Police Agencies and let the gangs be the law of all our neighborhoods.