Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/17/2021

Mass protests sparked by the killing of Daunte Wright, some of them violent, continued into the weekend. Among the cities targeted were Minneapolis, Portland, Atlanta, Albany, and Chicago. Meanwhile, schools in Minneapolis will be closed to in-person classes and revert to distance learning in anticipation of the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd.

In other news, President Biden quoted the Koran in his Ramadan greeting to Muslims, saying that Muslims have enriched the country since its founding.

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USA
» Albany Police Release Video of Wednesday’s Riots
» ‘Anti-Racist Journey’ Prompts UNR Lecturer to Apologize for Teaching ‘Jingle Bells, ‘ ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’
» Asian Left-Wing Journalist Beaten by BLM Mob as Crowd Confronts Portland Police at Latest Shooting Scene
» Backtracking? After Denouncing GA Election Integrity Bill, Coca-Cola CEO Now Wants to Find “Common Ground”
» Biden Quotes Quran in Ramadan Greeting, Says ‘Muslims Have Enriched Our Country Since Our Founding’
» Black Guy Walks Up to CNN Reporter on the Street and Grills Her About Project Veritas Exposé (Video)
» BLM Co-Founder: Owning “Extravagant Homes” Does Not Contradict Marxism
» BLM Marches Through Minnesota Neighborhood to Harass Prosecutor Who Charged Officer Potter in Daunte Wright’s Death
» BLM Mob Descends on Lori Lightfoot’s Neighborhood, Clash With Chicago Police
» Breonna Taylor’s Mom Calls Black Lives Matter a Fraud, “I’m So Sick of Ya’ll”
» CNN Can’t Stop Losing: Viewership Down by Half Since Biden Took Office, 60% in Key Demo
» Domestic Violence Deaths Spike 30% Over Span of One Year
» Drug Overdose Deaths Skyrocketed to Record Levels Amid Pandemic Lockdowns, New CDC Data Show
» Federal Judge Allows Student Tuition Refund Class Action to Proceed Against Quinnipiac University Over COVID-19 Shift to Online Learning
» General Assembly Considering ‘Tennessee Election Integrity Act’ To Regulate Outside Funding for Election Officials, Require Official Watermarking for Absentee Ballots
» Minneapolis Public Schools to Go to Distance Learning Ahead of Chauvin Verdict
» MLB’s Net Favorability With Republicans Tanks to 12% After Bonehead Move
» Most Want Hunter Biden Investigated
» Mugshots Released of BLM-Antifa Dirtbags Arrested in Brooklyn Center, MN This Week — With Video
» Oakland Businesses Spend the Day Cleaning Up After Destructive Friday Night Protest
» Oregon Newspaper Deletes Tweet Identifying Police Shooting Victim as a White Person After Online Uproar
» Police Declare Riot After Windows Broken at Director Park, OHS; Arrests Made
» Police Officers Hit With Molotov Cocktails and Liquid Chemicals During Traffic Stop
» Portland Rioters Set Fire to Apple Store; Smash Up Church, Veggie Grill, Historical Society
» Riot Declared in Portland Protests After Police Kill Man
» Sheriff Blames ‘Defund the Police’ Movement as Murders Soar Nearly 200% in Los Angeles County
» Shower Time: Cops Blast Violent BLM-Antifa Hoodlums With Pepper Spray in Brooklyn Center (Video)
» The Apogee of Social Media
» Twitter Features Article Outing Police With Hacked Material After Banning Hunter Biden Story for Alleged Hacked Materials
» Watch: BLM Activist Asks When People ‘Ready to Get Blood on Their Hands?’
 
Canada
» Montreal Police Release Videos of Old Port Riots, Ask the Public for Help Spotting Suspects
» Ontario Strengthens Enforcement of Stay-at-Home Order
» Watch for Traffic Disruptions as Climate Protesters Walk From Vancouver to Victoria
 
Europe and the EU
» Eurostat: Poland With Highest Rise in Employment in the EU in 2020
» French Police Instructed to Bend Lockdown Rules for Muslims During Ramadan: Report
» Ireland: Extinction Rebellion Activist Jailed for Graffiti Attack Writes Letters to Supporters From Prison
» SNP Pledges to Introduce BLM-Style ‘Anti-Racist Education’ To Confront ‘UK’s Colonial History’
» UK: Extinction Rebellion Protesters Pour Fake Oil on Themselves Protesting Cambridge Banks
» UK: London Mayoral Candidates Urged to Include ‘Black Manifesto’ In Platforms
» UK: Police Struggling to Identify Suspects Because of Corona Mask Mandates
 
Australia — Pacific
» AstraZeneca Boss Pascal Soriot Will Fly Back From Australia Before the End of the Month as He Prepares to Face Disgruntled Shareholders
 
Immigration
» Italy’s Salvini to Face Trail for Blocking Ship With Migrants
» UK Office for National Statistics Estimates Annual Net Immigration Now Up to 282,000
 

Albany Police Release Video of Wednesday’s Riots

ALBANY — What was supposed to be a peaceful demonstration turned into a dangerous situation.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins and Mayor Kathy Sheehan addressed Wednesday night’s protest at a press conference on Friday.

Chief Hawkins says it was a planned, calculated riot.

Police shared videos from the incident.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

‘Anti-Racist Journey’ Prompts UNR Lecturer to Apologize for Teaching ‘Jingle Bells, ‘ ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’

After discovering the tenets of what is referred to as “anti-racism,” one University of Nevada-Reno professor will stop teaching songs like “Jingle Bells” and “Baa Baa Black Sheep.”

Kate Pollard — a senior music lecturer at the University of Nevada-Reno — wrote about her “anti-racist journey” in music education for Nevada Today, the school’s news outlet.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Asian Left-Wing Journalist Beaten by BLM Mob as Crowd Confronts Portland Police at Latest Shooting Scene

Portland isn’t even safe for left wing journalists anymore. Justin Yau, best known for his Twitter account @PDocumentarians and occasional contributions to left wing propaganda rag Willamette Week, has now been targeted and attacked by antifa and Black Lives Matter terrorists. *PEACEFULLY*, of course. And oh yeah, he happens to be Asian. This went down at today’s protest in outer Southeast Portland, where police shot and killed a man.

Now all of a sudden people in the left wing media, such as Mike Baker, are shocked to see the mobs turn against them. This after years of these same “journalists” and media outlets explaining away and excusing the mob violence from left wing militants, and often times encouraging the carnage.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Backtracking? After Denouncing GA Election Integrity Bill, Coca-Cola CEO Now Wants to Find “Common Ground”

Coca-Cola is feeling the heat.

After strongly denouncing the Georgia election integrity bill, Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey is claiming it is now time to find “common ground.”

[Comment: Boycott Coca-Cola. It is not that hard; there are plenty of substitute goods.]

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Biden Quotes Quran in Ramadan Greeting, Says ‘Muslims Have Enriched Our Country Since Our Founding’

Joe Biden quoted the Quran this week in his Ramadan greeting and said Muslims have enriched our country since our founding.

Barack Obama also told this same lie to the American people years ago.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Black Guy Walks Up to CNN Reporter on the Street and Grills Her About Project Veritas Exposé (Video)

A black man walked up to a CNN reporter Friday night and grilled her about the Project Veritas videos exposing CNN.

Project Veritas on Thursday released a third bombshell undercover video of CNN Director Charlie Chester admitting that the network is “trying to help” Black Lives Matter by protecting their narrative on race.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

BLM Co-Founder: Owning “Extravagant Homes” Does Not Contradict Marxism

Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter organization, defended ownership of “extravagant homes,” when asked by Marc Lamont Hill on Thursday if “extravagant homes or multiple properties of any sort” contradict her Marxist ideology.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

BLM Marches Through Minnesota Neighborhood to Harass Prosecutor Who Charged Officer Potter in Daunte Wright’s Death

Black Lives Matter-Antifa protesters marched from the St. Paul Capitol to the prosecutor’s house in the area to harass a local prosecutor.

The BLM mob was marching to the prosecutor’s home who charged Police Officer Kim Potter with second degree manslaughter in the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright who tried to flee police last weekend.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

BLM Mob Descends on Lori Lightfoot’s Neighborhood, Clash With Chicago Police

In a tale that’s rife with irony, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot apparently had the police come to her neighborhood to protect her from the violent BLM mobs that she has spurred on. This was after she criticized this same police force earlier in the day regarding the Adam Toledo shooting.

The crowd chanted “Hey hey, ho ho, Lori Lightfoot’s got to go!” as the march started.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Breonna Taylor’s Mom Calls Black Lives Matter a Fraud, “I’m So Sick of Ya’ll”

Breonna Taylor’s mom lashed out at Black Lives Matter (BLM) this week amid reports the co-founder, Patrisse Cullors is living high on the hog in million dollar homes.

Last year Breonna Taylor was killed during a knock-and-announce drug raid, during which her boyfriend shot at police and they returned fire. LMPD Sgt. Jon Mattingly was shot during the exchange and has now recovered.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

CNN Can’t Stop Losing: Viewership Down by Half Since Biden Took Office, 60% in Key Demo

While CNN may no longer be torturing people in airports, voluntary viewership has fallen over 50% in multiple categories since President Biden took office, according to Fox News.

Who knew that their best move during the 2020 election would have been to help Trump win, instead of helping Biden.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Domestic Violence Deaths Spike 30% Over Span of One Year

TOLEDO, Ohio — The shooting on Nevada Street on April 15 began as an investigation into a domestic disturbance call.

Both police and domestic violence advocates say domestic dispute situations are extremely volatile and something that are becoming more common both locally and statewide.

“Our calls coming into our crisis line are at about a 30% increase,” said Rachael Gardner, Director of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services with the YWCA in Toledo.

The YWCA saw that increase between June of 2019 and July last year, but Gardner says she expects to see similar numbers this year.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Drug Overdose Deaths Skyrocketed to Record Levels Amid Pandemic Lockdowns, New CDC Data Show

With each day that passes, the number of lives lost in COVID-19-related deaths continues to tragically grow. However, in a less noticed but equally important trend, we continue to gain insight into the countless deaths caused by lockdown measures intended to stop the virus’s spread.

The latest entry into this tragic account is a new data set showing drug overdose deaths skyrocketed in 2020 amid the height of pandemic lockdowns.

“New data shows that more Americans died of drug overdoses in the year leading to September 2020 than any 12-month period since the opioid epidemic began,” Axios reports. “The stubborn increase of such ‘deaths of despair’ shows that the opioid epidemic still has room to grow and that some of the social distancing steps we took to rein in the pandemic may have brought deadly side effects.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Federal Judge Allows Student Tuition Refund Class Action to Proceed Against Quinnipiac University Over COVID-19 Shift to Online Learning

A federal judge in Connecticut issued a partial favorable ruling Thursday to four students suing Quinnipiac University in a class action after its in-person learning was disrupted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Judge Kari Dooley ruled the parents of the four students had no standing to sue, but did rule for the students on their breach-of-contract and unjust-enrichment claims. Dooley did dismiss their conversion claim. The plaintiffs are seeking millions of dollars on behalf of the class.

Hundreds of similar lawsuits have been filed against colleges and universities across the nation, drawing a mixed bag of rulings from judges.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

General Assembly Considering ‘Tennessee Election Integrity Act’ To Regulate Outside Funding for Election Officials, Require Official Watermarking for Absentee Ballots

Big Tech and Corporate America may face more difficulty funding the elections process under the “Tennessee Election Integrity Act.” In part, the act would require funding from nongovernmental entities to be approved by the Tennessee General Assembly if in session, or the Governor, House and Senate Speaker, Secretary of State, Comptroller of Treasury, and the General Assembly Treasurer. Additionally, an amendment to the act announced on Tuesday would make it more difficult to produce fraudulent absentee ballots.

In short, the amendment to the bill would require non-electronic absentee ballots to be watermarked by local election commissions. That way, county election officials could verify the validity of the ballots upon receipt. Ballots without the watermark would be discarded.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Minneapolis Public Schools to Go to Distance Learning Ahead of Chauvin Verdict

Minneapolis Public Schools will move back to distance learning for three days in anticipation of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.

Bring Me The News has confirmed that staff were told Friday that in-person classes will still go ahead on Monday and Tuesday, but all grades will shift to remote learning Wednesday through Friday next week.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

MLB’s Net Favorability With Republicans Tanks to 12% After Bonehead Move

Republicans are done with the MLB.

According to a new poll from Morning Consult, Major League Baseball’s favorability rating with Republicans has tanked since they moved the All-Star Game out of Atlanta.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Most Want Hunter Biden Investigated

President Joe Biden hasn’t had much luck or made much of an effort in making good on his call for unity.

But his son Hunter has.

In a new survey shared with Secrets, 68% agree that the Justice Department should appoint an independent special counsel to investigate allegations that the president’s son engaged in shady international business and tax dealings while his father was vice president. Included was the president’s brother James, whose healthcare ventures are also in the legal spotlight.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Mugshots Released of BLM-Antifa Dirtbags Arrested in Brooklyn Center, MN This Week — With Video

The Brooklyn Center Black Lives Matter-Antifa Mugshot Collection

AntifaWatch released a collage of the Brooklyn Center mugshots of BLM-Antifa rioters.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Oakland Businesses Spend the Day Cleaning Up After Destructive Friday Night Protest

OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland police said late Friday evening that a crowd of demonstrators numbering from 250 to 300 participants — who gathered downtown to protest recent deadly police shootings across the nation — dispersed just after 11 p.m. Friday.

Oakland Police Department Spokesperson Johnna Watson said the demonstration began at about 9 p.m. at Frank Ogawa Plaza next to City Hall.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Oregon Newspaper Deletes Tweet Identifying Police Shooting Victim as a White Person After Online Uproar

The Oregonian newspaper deleted a “poorly worded” tweet that identified the race of the victim of a lethal police shooting as white after getting criticized from the right and left.

The news outlet was reporting on a shooting where a man was shot and killed Friday morning after police said that they were alerted to a report that a man with seen with a gun at a park in Portland, Oregon.

Police said they confronted the man at about 9:40 a.m. and fired a “less lethal” projectile at him before another officer shot him once with his firearm. They called for medical attention but he was declared dead at the scene.

Protesters began accosting the police over the incident in light of recent allegedly racially charged shootings elsewhere.

The Oregonian reported that three sources had confirmed the man was a white male in his thirties.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Police Declare Riot After Windows Broken at Director Park, OHS; Arrests Made

PORTLAND, Ore. — Police declared a riot Friday night after they said people broke windows downtown and tried to break into businesses.

A group, which authorities estimated to be around “several hundred people” gathered around 9:30 p.m. and began to march. Police said windows were broken at Director Park and at the Oregon Historical Society.

A KATU reporter observed a smashed window at a church. A sign in the window of First Christian Church read, “We love our neighbors: Immigrant, LGBTQ, of color, with disabilities, of all faiths.”

Other businesses damaged during the night included Nordstrom, Verizon, Nike, and more.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Police Officers Hit With Molotov Cocktails and Liquid Chemicals During Traffic Stop

New York police officers were struck with Molotov cocktails and liquid chemicals during what started as a routine traffic stop, police say.

After police officers stopped a driver for running a red light in Brooklyn Saturday morning, the motorist threw a chemical at an officer before speeding off, the New York Police Department tweeted. The driver was stopped again, and he threw a lit Molotov cocktail at officers, fled the scene, and crashed, after which he was arrested and more Molotov cocktails were recovered, authorities added.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Portland Rioters Set Fire to Apple Store; Smash Up Church, Veggie Grill, Historical Society

Not to be outdone by their counterparts in other cities who are losing their s***, the rioting terrorists of Portland swept through downtown late Friday night, smashing out windows of several establishments, including a church, locally owned businesses, and others. *PEACEFULLY*, of course.

UPDATE: Just as it looked like the police had the mob under control, the terrorists split off to set fire to the Apple Store:

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Riot Declared in Portland Protests After Police Kill Man

Protesters light a fire in a dumpster in downtown Portland, Ore., Friday, April 16, 2021. Police in Portland, said Saturday they arrested several people after declaring a riot Friday night when protesters smashed windows, burglarized businesses and set multiple fires during demonstrations that started after police fatally shot a man while responding to reports of a person with a gun. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)1 of 11

Protesters light a fire in a dumpster in downtown Portland, Ore., Friday, April 16, 2021. Police in Portland, said Saturday they arrested several people after declaring a riot Friday night when protesters smashed windows, burglarized businesses and set multiple fires during demonstrations that started after police fatally shot a man while responding to reports of a person with a gun. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police in Portland, Oregon, said Saturday they arrested four people after declaring a riot Friday night when protesters smashed windows, burglarized businesses and set multiple fires during demonstrations that started after police fatally shot a man while responding to reports of a person with a gun.

Police said they dispersed the crowd so firefighting crews could douse fires before they spread in extreme fire hazard conditions.

The vandalism downtown came after the police shooting earlier Friday and also was part of vigils and demonstrations already planned for the night in the name of people killed in police shootings nationwide. They include 13-year-old Adam Toledo of Chicago and Daunte Wright, a Black man in a Minneapolis suburb.

Deputy Police Chief Chris Davis told reporters a white man in his 30s had been shot and killed in Portland by police. The man was pronounced dead at the scene in Lents Park, a leafy, residential neighborhood of the city.

Two officers fired a 40mm device that shoots non-lethal projectiles, and one officer — an eight-year veteran — fired a gun, police said in a statement. Police identified the officer who fired his gun as Zachary Delong. He is on paid administrative leave, authorities said.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Sheriff Blames ‘Defund the Police’ Movement as Murders Soar Nearly 200% in Los Angeles County

Statistics show murders in Los Angeles County have risen nearly 200% this year, which one official blames on the “defund the police” movement.

“It’s very easy to say, ‘Oh yeah, all cops are bad,’ and ‘Let’s reform and defund the police,’“ Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. “Yet, they’re the very first ones to pick up the 911 when someone’s crawling over their back gate trying to get into their house.”

There were 60 murders in Los Angeles County by Feb. 28, a 186% rise over the 21 recorded during the same period of 2020.

Villanueva said the spike is at least in part due to the policies of county District Attorney George Gascon, who he believes has emboldened criminals who no longer fear harsh penalties.

[Comment: Don’t forget, District Attorney George Gascon was backed by Soros. Soros causes misery!]

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Shower Time: Cops Blast Violent BLM-Antifa Hoodlums With Pepper Spray in Brooklyn Center (Video)

The Mayor of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota called off the curfew tonight in his city.

Maybe Obama called him?

Anyway, this delighted the BLM-Antifa hoodlums who came out in force to destroy, vandalize and attack police in the name of justice.

The police weren’t having it.

At one point the police showered the violent thugs with pepper spray.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

The Apogee of Social Media

When a business turns on roughly half of its customers, treats them like criminal suspects or seeks to deprive them of their services, can they prosper? The answer is “No.”

Social media is dying, they just don’t know it yet. All the so-called “giants” of Silicon Valley: Twitter, Facebook, and their ilk cannot continue successfully “as is.” In the lead-up to the 2020 election, and certainly in the aftermath of the January 6th Capitol riot, persons and organizations not subscribing to the new orthodox socialist ideology of the American Left have found themselves “de-platformed,” suspended, erased, minimized and banned.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Twitter Features Article Outing Police With Hacked Material After Banning Hunter Biden Story for Alleged Hacked Materials

Twitter featured an article in its “trending” section that relied on hacked materials to out police officers who had donated to a fund in support of fellow officers that were the target of Black Lives Matter’s ire.

The article, which was posted by the Guardian, is based on a “data breach at a Christian crowdfunding website” GiveSendGo by the hacking group Distributed Denial of Secrets. DDOS then shared the information with the publication, which was later featured by Twitter despite the social network’s banning of the bombshell New York Post report about Hunter Biden’s laptop over unfounded concerns that the story relied on hacked materials.

The Guardian then reported the names of police officers who had donated to the fund, including two low-level Wisconsin officers who donated the fund of Rusten Sheskey, who was under investigation after the shooting of Jacob Blake. Sheskey was eventually cleared of wrongdoing in the case.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Watch: BLM Activist Asks When People ‘Ready to Get Blood on Their Hands?’

An activist speaking at Black Lives Matter Plaza asked how long before “people are really ready to get blood on their hands” to make change happen. His call to action came during a “Jail Killer Cops” rally in Washington, DC, on Friday evening.

“Voting is not gonna bring us this (change),” Rahim B., a 21-year-old activist, said during a “Jail Killer Cops” rally held Friday night in the nation’s capital. “We voted in the new president, Joe Biden, but I told folks straight up — Joe Biden ain’t gonna do nothing for us because Joe Biden was in office as the vice-president when the Black Lives Matter movement started and ain’t nothing changed.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Montreal Police Release Videos of Old Port Riots, Ask the Public for Help Spotting Suspects

MONTREAL — Montreal police are looking for help identifying some of the rioters who sacked stores in the Old Port last Sunday in an anti-curfew protest.

The force released two videos on Friday and are asking the public to watch them and see if they spot anyone they know.

The videos, each just over 30 seconds long, appear to be compilations of security footage showing young people, mostly young men, smashing windows or walking down Old Port streets.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Ontario Strengthens Enforcement of Stay-at-Home Order

TORONTO — The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is strengthening enforcement of the province’s Stay-at-Home order while imposing new travel restrictions and further strengthening public health measures. These urgent actions are targeted at stopping the rapid growth in COVID-19 case rates and relieving mounting pressures on the province’s health care system.

Details were provided today by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development and Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health.

“As the latest modelling confirms, without taking immediate and decisive action COVID-19 cases will spiral out of control and our hospitals will be overwhelmed,” said Premier Ford. “That’s why we are making difficult, but necessary decisions to reduce mobility and keep people in the safety of their own homes. We need to contain the spread of this deadly virus, while getting vaccines in as many arms as quickly as possible.”

To increase public compliance with the Stay-at-Home order and stop the spread of COVID-19, amendments to an emergency order (O.Reg 8/21 Enforcement of COVID-19 Measures) have been made that will provide police officers and other provincial offences officers enhanced authority to support the enforcement of Ontario’s Stay-at-Home order.

Effective Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., police officers and other provincial offences officers will have the authority to require any individual to provide their home address and purpose for not being at their residence. In addition, police officers, special constables and First Nation Constables will have the authority to stop vehicles to inquire about an individual’s reasons for leaving their home. This additional enforcement tool will only be in effect during the Stay-at-Home order and exclusively to enforce the Stay-at-Home order.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Watch for Traffic Disruptions as Climate Protesters Walk From Vancouver to Victoria

A group of demonstrators calling for the B.C. government to take urgent action on the climate emergency is on a four-day journey on foot and by ferry to Victoria.

Extinction Rebellion started its four-day protest Friday morning in downtown Vancouver, with plans to walk to the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen, likely blocking traffic in the George Massey Tunnel on Saturday.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Eurostat: Poland With Highest Rise in Employment in the EU in 2020

Poland has recorded the highest growth in employment in the European Union in the last quarter of 2020 on a year-to-year basis, according to Eurostat data. In comparison with data for the last quarter of 2019, the index of employed persons in Poland increased by 0.8 percentage points.

In addition to Poland, Luxembourg also saw a 0.6-percentage-point growth in employment. The remaining member states, with the exception of the Netherlands, which maintained a stable employment rate, noted drops in employment growth mainly due to the pandemic crisis. The highest decreases were seen in Ireland and Spain with a loss of —2.5 percentage points.

[Comment: Populist/nationalist economics works.]

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

French Police Instructed to Bend Lockdown Rules for Muslims During Ramadan: Report

Police and gendarmes in the French department of Tarn have reportedly been instructed to not give out warnings or fines to Muslims breaking Wuhan coronavirus curfew during Ramadan.

Officers have allegedly been instructed by the Tarn prefecture not to hand out warnings or fines to Muslims who travelling until 10 p.m. at night and from 5 a.m. in the morning as they go for prayers.

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Ireland: Extinction Rebellion Activist Jailed for Graffiti Attack Writes Letters to Supporters From Prison

Extinction Rebellion activist Orla Murphy, who was jailed for her part in a graffiti attack at the Department of Foreign Affairs, has written a series of prison letters that have been posted on Facebook.

In the letters, the 19-year-old from Co Cork describes her prison experiences and thanks people for their support.

Written on Extinction Rebellion head notes she also urges supporters to stand up to their fears and quotes Martin Luther King.

The former film student refused to sign a bail bond agreeing to several terms and she was remanded in custody after the incident at 1.20pm on Friday, March 19.

The court heard that the incident was filmed and live-streamed on the Extinction Rebellion Cork’s Facebook page.

In the video Orla can be seen throwing buckets of paint over the front facades of the building before spray painting messages and putting up signs saying, “no more empty promises”.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

SNP Pledges to Introduce BLM-Style ‘Anti-Racist Education’ To Confront ‘UK’s Colonial History’

The ruling left-separatist party in Scotland has vowed to introduce “anti-racist education” in order to confront the “UK’s colonial history”.

The election manifesto from the Scottish National Party (SNP), dubbed “Scotland’s Future”, said that the Black Lives Matter movement has inspired the party to mandate that schools teach Marxist-style attacks on British history to their pupils.

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UK: Extinction Rebellion Protesters Pour Fake Oil on Themselves Protesting Cambridge Banks

Climate change activism group Extinction Rebellion have returned to Cambridge’s streets this weekend, where they lay on the ground and had fake oil poured all over them.

Extinction Rebellion said it was protesting the impact that banks HSBC and Barclays have on the climate, calling the protest their “money rebellion”.

The group led a funeral procession down Burleigh Street until it reached Barclays and HSBC. Activists dressed in white, representing the Earth, then laid on the ground while other members dressed as the banks’ directors poured fake oil over their bodies.

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UK: London Mayoral Candidates Urged to Include ‘Black Manifesto’ In Platforms

Race activists are urging candidates in the upcoming London mayoral elections to adopt “Black Manifesto” policies to tackle so-called systemic racism in areas such as criminal justice and health.

In an open letter to candidates noting that “the whole world was rocked by the Black Lives Matter movement” in 2020, with society “forced society to hold a mirror up to itself and confront its deep rooted issues with systemic racism and unconscious bias”, the All Black Coalition (ABC) said that candidates vying for the position of London mayor — currently held by Labour’s Sadiq Khan, whose first term was extended by election delays following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic — should implement policies from a “Black Community (UK) Manifesto”.

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UK: Police Struggling to Identify Suspects Because of Corona Mask Mandates

An English police force has admitted that it is struggling to draw profile pictures for digital wanted posters because criminals are hiding their faces behind coronavirus masks.

A specialist in drawing Electronic Facial Identification Technique (E-fit) profiles, the modern-day wanted poster, at Kent Police in the south-east of England, has said that at times she is left unable to help victims or witnesses of crimes because they have little physical description to work with.

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AstraZeneca Boss Pascal Soriot Will Fly Back From Australia Before the End of the Month as He Prepares to Face Disgruntled Shareholders

Soriot, who has spent much of the pandemic at his family home Down Under, has irked investors and even some board members by refusing to come back to the UK since Christmas.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Italy’s Salvini to Face Trail for Blocking Ship With Migrants

(Bloomberg) — Italy’s former interior minister Matteo Salvini will face trial for his role in blocking a ship carrying rescued migrants from docking in Sicily in 2019, a judge in Palermo ruled Saturday.

Prosecutors had charged Salvini, leader of the anti-migrant League party, with kidnapping for temporarily barring the ship, Open Arms, from docking. The case, which is likely to drag through the courts for years, has provided fodder for Salvini to burnish his nationalist credentials.

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UK Office for National Statistics Estimates Annual Net Immigration Now Up to 282,000

Mass immigration into the United Kingdom increased by tens of thousands in the year to mid-2020, according to estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

“Net migration, largely driven by non-EU arrivals but also some British citizens coming home before the pandemic fully hit the UK, was higher than the historical average up to March 2020,” the state agency explained in a blog post — although it cautioned that its figures are “highly provisional and uncertain” due to already inadequate data collection methods being disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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8 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/17/2021

  1. ” enriched the country since its founding”! Well , now only do I fully understand what the Mayflower crew consisted of : Saints and Scoundrels! There you have it.

  2. “Ontario Strengthens Enforcement of Stay-at-Home Order”

    Amazingly, the cops have had enough, and many police forces in Ontario have openly stated that they’re not enforcing this piece of fascism.

    Personally, I would rather take my chances with the virus than live in a fascist hole. Somehow, many people seem to feel the same way, but we’re not allowed to say it.

  3. Everything is too depressing these days. I’ve quit reading the news; I read the headlines and move on.

    The country and the world are going to hell in a hand basket.

    I really worry about what kind of country we are handing to our children, grand-children, and in my case, my great-grandchild who is only 5 years old.

    If anyone has positive news, please let me know!

    • I can understand you.
      If it were up to me, I would divide the world: one side for the Covid-believers, the other for us normals.

      The Covid-believers can do on their side whatever they want to do, e.g. getting jabs every 4 hour, wearing MOPP-4 (full NBC clothing), Stay-at-home-orders till they starve to death, etc – I dont care.

      The norns made our threads a long time ago. Hide, run, do nothing – you wont live one second longer.

  4. Indonesia is still good, Maria! Especially the more remote areas of Sulawesi (Celebes), Sumatra, Kalimantan (of course), Maluku etc. Even some parts of Java.

    Little to no violent crime unless you are involved in illegal activities yourself. We love and respect immediate family and clan here, not ephemeral possessions.

    We hear of many people that want to escape Europe especially to come to this country and others in E and SE Asia. Mostly people in mixed marriages. Unfortunately many or most are lefties so I do not mainatain contacts with them.

    I only skim MSM news stories. The English language media here is compromised and a shadow of itself from 20 years ago. Local media is certainly not PC!

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