Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/29/2021

Anti-lockdown protesters took to the streets in Winnipeg, Ottawa, London, and Glasgow. Meanwhile, a Canadian soldier who spoke at an anti-lockdown rally in Toronto is being charged with mutiny.

In other news, Farrakhan Muhammad, the alleged Times Square shooter, has been charged with attempted murder.

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Thanks to Dean, JW, Reader from Chicago, SS, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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USA
» “Shame, Shame, Shame” — Trump Laments Memorial Day Drivers Facing Highest Gas Prices in Seven Years
» After Grade-Rigging Scandal, Baltimore City Schools No Longer Holding Back Failing Students
» Appellate Court Strikes Down Racial and Gender Preferences in Biden’s COVID Relief Law
» George Floyd Anniversary Rioters Face Multiple Felonies in Portland
» Idaho Governor Repeals Mask Mandate Ban Issued by Lieutenant While He Was Out of State
» Man Claimed to be Andy Ngo Chased Away From Portland Protest
» Movie Theaters Across the United States End Mask-Mandate for Vaccinated Movie-Goers
» Northwest Side Protests Urging Justice for Anthony Alvarez Met With Pro-Police Demonstrators
» Radical Soros-Backed Group Supporting Legal Bail Fund for Violent Pro-Palestinian ‘Activists’
» Rep. Crenshaw and Sen. Cotton Announce Launch of Military Whistleblower Form
» Ron DeSantis Vows to Stand Against Vaccine Passports: ‘You Don’t Pass Laws’ and ‘Not Enforce Them Against Giant Corporations’
» Rumble Continues Challenge YouTube With New Live Chat and Live Stream Archiving Features
» San Jose Shooter Had 25,000 Rounds of Ammunition in His Home, Sheriff Says
» Ted Cruz Follows Suit From Red States and Introduces a Bill to Ban the Federal Government From Using Vaccine Passports
» Texas Republicans Finalize Voting Bill to Preserve Election Integrity
» Texas Passes Bill Requiring Sports Teams to Play National Anthem
» The First American City to Authorize “Reparations” is Already Regretting It
» Times Square Shooting Suspect Charged With Attempted Murder
 
Canada
» 71 Tickets Issued for Illegal Gatherings at Private Residences in Ottawa During Current Stay-at-Home Order
» Alberta Health Services Drops Contempt of Court Application Against Calgary Pastor
» Anti-Lockdown Rally Held in Pembroke
» Canadian Soldier Who Spoke at Anti-Lockdown Rally, Called COVID-19 Vaccine a ‘Killer’ Charged With Mutiny
» Lawyer Update: Here’s What You Need to Know From Pastor Artur Pawlowski’s Trial on Wednesday
» Protesters Gather at Forks Against Public Health Orders, Minus Chris Sky
» Timmins Police Charge 11 People Following Anti-Lockdown Protest
» Victory: Vancouver Family’s Quarantine Fines Dropped
» We’ll be There, North Bay Police Warn Organizers of Anti-Lockdown Rally
 
Europe and the EU
» Austria to Launch Terrorism Offenders Registry for ‘Islamist’ And ‘Right-Wing’ Terrorists
» Four French Students Sentenced, Pay Over $1,000 Fines for Anti-Asian Tweets About COVID-19
» French Police Officer Seriously Wounded in Knife Attack by Radicalized Ex-Prisoner
» Germany: Knife-Wielding Muslim Screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ Threatens Motorists, Attacks Cops, Motive ‘Not Determined’
» Popularity of Far-Right Topics on CNews in France Sparks Electoral Concern
» Revealed: Chinese Weapon Scientist Has Been Working at the Heart of Cambridge University’s Crucial Research Into New Battlefield Material
» Scotland: Protesters Gather at Glasgow Green for Anti-Lockdown Rally Amid Level 3 Restrictions and Say Vaccine is ‘Clinical Trial’
» Tesla Blaze: Far-Left Activists Claim Responsibility for German Factory Site Fire
» UK: 18-Year-Old Cameron Deriggs Charged in Connection to Shooting of BLM Activist Sasha Johnson
» UK: Failure by MI5, Police, And Probation Services Contributed to London Terror Killings, Inquest Finds
» UK: London Anti-Lockdown Protest Draws Hundreds
» UK: London Protest: Anti-Lockdown and No Vaccine Passport Protesters Storm Westfield Shopping Centre
» UK: Police Step Up Patrols in Rivington After Illegal Rave Plans Leak
» UK: This is How Many COVID Fines Were Handed Out by Police and for What
» UK: Watch: ‘You White Mother F*****!’ — No Jail for Anti-White Racists Who Assaulted Council Worker
 
Middle East
» Turkey: Muslim Stabs His Wife 46 Times, Killing Her, Gets Sentence Reduced Because She ‘Provoked’ Him
 
Russia
» Russia Refused Entry to 2 Airlines From France and Austria Because They Planned to Avoid Belarusian Airspace
 
South Asia
» Pakistan’s Khan to Islamize School Curriculum, Denigrating Christians, Jews and Hindus
 
Far East
» Exclusive: COVID-19 ‘Has NO Credible Natural Ancestor’ And WAS Created by Chinese Scientists Who Then Tried to Cover Their Tracks With ‘Retro-Engineering’ To Make it Seem Like it Naturally Arose From Bats, Explosive New Study Claims
» Media Outlets Try to Deflect From Lab Leak Theory and Censorship
» Twitter Refuses to Say if it Will Censor Coronavirus Lab Leak Theory
» Wuhan Lab Worker’s Wife ‘Died From COVID in 2019’ — Bombshell US Intelligence Report
 
Australia — Pacific
» Before Dan Andrews Slipped and Suffered Serious Injury, He Was One Australia’s Most Prominent Politicians. But He’s Only Been Seen Twice Since… And it’s Fuelling Sinister Conspiracies About What Really Happened
» Dozens of ‘No Lockdown’ Protesters Are Arrested During Violent Clashes With Cops on Horseback Using Pepper Spray — as Empty Melbourne Streets Become a Warzone — in Second Demonstration in 48 Hours
» Melbourne’s Anti-Lockdown Protesters Face Lengthy Stints Behind Bars
» Muslim Migrant City Councillor Starts Fight Outside Gay Club, Screams ‘Allahu Akbar, ‘ ‘I Will Make Sure These Faggots Die’
» Why is Victoria Locking Down 7 Million People Again for Only 41 Cases When UK Restrictions Are Lifting With 3,500 Cases a Day?
 
Immigration
» Chechen Migrants Arrested in France for Allegedly Plotting Terror Attack
» Germany: Instead of Supporting Limits on Mass Migration, Politicians From Merkel’s Party Want More Migrant Centers
» Italy: Pro-Migration NGOs Accused of Exploiting Dead Child Photos
» Watch: Farage Travels to U.S. Border to Expose Illegal Immigration ‘Emergency’
 
Culture Wars
» Scotland Announces Record High Abortions in 2020
» Virginia County’s Schools Warned to Revoke Teacher’s Suspension for Declining to Use Students’ Preferred Pronouns
» Watch: Blue’s Clues Hosts Pride Parade Targeting Children With Sing-Along Drag Queen
 

“Shame, Shame, Shame” — Trump Laments Memorial Day Drivers Facing Highest Gas Prices in Seven Years

Among the “new” things that Americans will notice during this year’s post-Covid Memorial Day will be skyrocketing prices at the pump.

Drivers are in store for the highest prices in seven years this summer, Reuters writes this week, as retail gas prices are the most expensive since 2014 at about $3.04 per gallon.

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

After Grade-Rigging Scandal, Baltimore City Schools No Longer Holding Back Failing Students

A new grading policy, put forth by the Baltimore City School Board, Tuesday, will allow students who are struggling and failing classes to move up to the next grade level due to the virus pandemic, according to local news Fox 45.

Instead of holding back students, Baltimore City Public School System’s (BCPSS) new grading policy will push up struggling students who failed classes during the pandemic and have their educational status tested during the fall semester to determine what skills they missed during virtual learning classes.

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

Appellate Court Strikes Down Racial and Gender Preferences in Biden’s COVID Relief Law

Authored by Glenn Greenwald vis Substack, (emphasis ours)

This judicial ruling about the raging debates over group-based benefits vividly highlights the social, political and culture divisions driving U.S. politics…

A federal appellate court on Thursday invalidated the racial and gender preferences in President Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act as unconstitutional. The Cincinnati-based Sixth Circuit of Appeals ruled that provisions of that law, designed to grant preferences to minority-owned small-restaurant owners for COVID relief, violate the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection under the law:

No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

The specific provision struck down was part of the law’s $29 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund grant program for small, privately owned restaurants struggling to meet payroll and rent due to the COVID crisis. The law, which was passed almost entirely by a party-line vote in March, grants priority status to restaurants that have 51% ownership or more composed of specific racial and ethnic groups as well as women. By effectively relegating struggling businesses owned by white males or ethnicities and nationalities excluded from a priority designation “to the back of the line,” the COVID relief program, ruled the court by a 2-1 decision, ran afoul of core constitutional guarantees.

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

George Floyd Anniversary Rioters Face Multiple Felonies in Portland

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against four out of the five suspects arrested when hundreds of Antifa rioted in downtown Portland for the anniversary of George Floyd’s death.

On Tuesday night, more than 200 people gathered outside the Justice Center in response to a pre-announced direct action by Antifa. Most of the people were dressed head to toe in black. The mob proceeded to attempt to light the Justice Center on fire by pushing a large dumpster against the building and setting it alight.

[Comment: Andy Ngo tweeted: Who are the #antifa arrested at the violent George Floyd anniversary riot in Portland? There’s a wanted fugitive, a journalist, a transsexual witch, a serial riot arrestee & more. This is why they wear masks.]

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

Idaho Governor Repeals Mask Mandate Ban Issued by Lieutenant While He Was Out of State

Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) on Friday repealed Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s (R) executive order that banned statewide mask mandates one day earlier, calling her action an “an abuse of power.”

The big picture: While Little — who is expected to seek re-election — never issued a statewide mask mandate, some were put in place in counties, cities and schools. McGeachin, who recently announced her own gubernatorial campaign, issued the order on Thursday without informing Little’s office.

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

Man Claimed to be Andy Ngo Chased Away From Portland Protest

PORTLAND, Ore. (Portland Tribune) — Left-wing protesters chased down, attacked and unmasked a man they believe to be the right-wing author Andy Ngo in disguise during a downtown Portland protest on Friday, May 28.

The Portland Tribune has not independently confirmed the fleeing man’s identity, and Ngo did not immediately issue any public statements on the matter.

One longtime protest observer told the Tribune he saw Ngo working out at a gym in a southeast Portland neighborhood one week ago, with gym staff reportedly greeting Ngo by name.

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

Movie Theaters Across the United States End Mask-Mandate for Vaccinated Movie-Goers

The three largest movie theater chains in the country announced that fully vaccinated guests no longer need to wear masks, but those who are not must still don a face covering.

On Saturday, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, and Regal Cinemas all lifted their mask-mandates for those who are fully vaccinated. This decision comes two weeks after the Centers for Disease Control announced that “fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”

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

Northwest Side Protests Urging Justice for Anthony Alvarez Met With Pro-Police Demonstrators

CHICAGO — Two crowds gathered in front of the 16th District Chicago police station on Saturday with two different reasons.

On one side at the intersection of Northwest Highway and Milwaukee Avenue, protesters were screaming for justice following the police killing of 22-year-old Anthony Alvarez in Portage Park in March.

On the other side, demonstrators gathered to show support for Chicago police, as well as the officer who fatally shot Alvarez.

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

Radical Soros-Backed Group Supporting Legal Bail Fund for Violent Pro-Palestinian ‘Activists’

The radical Soros-funded Alliance for Global Justice (AFGJ) is a “fiscal sponsor” of the newly-created Palestine Freedom Fund, a project of the rabid anti-Israel NY4Palestine Coalition which “as a first initiative” has raised nearly $20,000 to fund legal expenses for Palestinian protesters who participated in antisemitic demonstrations that descended into violence against Jews in Midtown Manhattan last week.

The fund is aligned with three supporting radical anti-Israel organizations including the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, which process the donations of the fund.

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

Rep. Crenshaw and Sen. Cotton Announce Launch of Military Whistleblower Form

On Friday, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) announced the launch of a web form military service members can report their stories without fear of reprisal.

“Enough is enough. We won’t let our military fall to woke ideology. We have just launched a whistleblower webpage where you can submit your story. Your complaint will be legally protected, and go to my office and @SenTomCotton,” tweeted Crenshaw on Friday.

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

Ron DeSantis Vows to Stand Against Vaccine Passports: ‘You Don’t Pass Laws’ and ‘Not Enforce Them Against Giant Corporations’

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) vowed to enforce the law on vaccine passports in the wake of Celebrity Cruises, which will set sail from Port Everglades next month after gaining approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), requiring guests to show proof of vaccination prior to boarding.

“We are going to enforce Florida law,” DeSantis said Friday, days after Celebrity Cruises announced its clearance from the CDC to set sail. However, all guests 16 and over will not be permitted to board the Celebrity Edge unless they are “fully vaccinated.” Celebrity Cruises plans to lower the age threshold to 12 and over beginning August 1, 2021.

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

Rumble Continues Challenge YouTube With New Live Chat and Live Stream Archiving Features

After a record quarter and securing investment from several conservative venture capitalists, YouTube alternative Rumble has announced two new features — live chat and live stream archiving.

Live chats appear next to all active live streams on desktop and below them on mobile. Signed in users can post to the live chat at any time.

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

San Jose Shooter Had 25,000 Rounds of Ammunition in His Home, Sheriff Says

SAN FRANCISCO — The gunman who nursed a seething hatred of his California workplace amassed an arsenal and 25,000 rounds of ammunition at the home he tried to burn down before killing nine co-workers at a rail yard, authorities said after searching the residence.

Samuel James Cassidy’s home in San Jose was a hoarder’s nest of clutter and weaponry that included 12 firearms, multiple cans of gasoline and suspected Molotov cocktails, Santa Clara County sheriff’s officials said Friday.

The cache was in addition to the three 9 mm handguns that Cassidy, 57, brought Wednesday to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in San Jose, authorities said. He also had packed a duffle bag with 32 high-capacity magazines and fired 39 shots before killing himself as law enforcement closed in.

While witnesses have said Cassidy appeared to target certain people, the Sheriff’s Office said Friday that “it is clear that this was a planned event and the suspect was prepared to use his firearms to take as many lives as he possibly could.”

Cassidy also rigged his home to burn down before leaving for his workplace several miles away by putting bullets in a cooking pot on a stove that apparently detonated, igniting fire accelerants that were placed in the kitchen, sheriff’s officials said…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Ted Cruz Follows Suit From Red States and Introduces a Bill to Ban the Federal Government From Using Vaccine Passports

Three Republican senators have introduced a bill to ban the federal government from establishing COVID-19 vaccine passports, following in the footsteps of at least 10 GOP-led states.

Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Braun of Indiana, and Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming introduced the legislation to the Senate Friday. The bill would also prevent the government from working with third parties, such as airlines, on setting up their own vaccine passport systems.

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

Texas Republicans Finalize Voting Bill to Preserve Election Integrity

A draft of the bill was circulated Saturday around the state’s House and Senate. The legislature is expected to be sent to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk soon.

Bill 7 began as two separate bills: one in the House and one in the Senate. While both aimed to deal with election integrity, the methods suggested by each varied. Following weeks of negotiations, the two chambers have compromised.

The bill would curtail the use of drop boxes, would ban drive-thru voting and 24-hour voting, and would require voters to request absentee ballots rather than allowing election officials to send applications to all voters. Early voting hours would also be set from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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

Texas Passes Bill Requiring Sports Teams to Play National Anthem

Lawmakers in Texas passed a bill on Tuesday which will penalize professional sports teams that don’t play the national anthem before games, according to Fox News.

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

The First American City to Authorize “Reparations” is Already Regretting It

Evanston, Illinois made headlines earlier this year by becoming the first city in the US to authorize “reparations” in the form of payments to compensate Black Americans for abuses done to family members. The Chicago suburb’ City Council voted back in March to distribute $400K to eligible black households, with each qualifying family receiving up to $25K for homeownership and or improvement grants, as well as mortgage assistance.

But while proponents on the left praised the move as unprecedented, it turns out that those who designed the proposal were careful to ensure the word “reparations” was nowhere near it. In fact, a lengthy Bloomberg piece telling the story of how the proposal came to be shows that its backers were simply hoping to put new revenue from cannabis legalization to use righting historical wrongs in Evanston.

For starters, only 16 people will initially be eligible for the money (only $400K was approved and it will be doled out in increments of $25K). And what’s more, instead of receiving cash payments, the money must go directly to a bank or a contractor to prevent the recipient from incurring a state or federal tax penalty.

In essence, this shows the futility of making ‘reparations’ a reality via a series of local or municipal movements: there are myriad boundaries at the federal level that make it unrealistic.

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

Times Square Shooting Suspect Charged With Attempted Murder

A man accused of injuring three people, including a child, when he opened fire in New York City’s Times Square faces numerous charges, including attempted murder.

Farrakhan Muhammad, 31, was captured May 12 in a Florida McDonald’s parking lot after police say he shot Wendy Magrinat, 23; M?rcela Aldana, 43; and Skye Martinez, 4.

He made his initial court appearance virtually in Florida and requested a court-appointed attorney to help him through the extradition process, NBC New York reported.

The New York City Police Department confirmed Friday that Muhammad was in their custody. He’s been charged with attempted murder, three counts of assault, four counts of criminal use of a firearm and three counts of reckless endangerment…

           — Hat tip: JW [Return to headlines]
 

71 Tickets Issued for Illegal Gatherings at Private Residences in Ottawa During Current Stay-at-Home Order

OTTAWA — Ottawa Bylaw officers have issued dozens of tickets for illegal private gatherings, non-essential businesses staying open and for violations in Ottawa parks during the current COVID-19 shutdown and stay-at-home order.

Since the Ontario government imposed the shutdown on Ottawa April 3, Ottawa Bylaw officers have issued 163 tickets for contraventions of Provincial Orders and the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

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

Alberta Health Services Drops Contempt of Court Application Against Calgary Pastor

CALGARY — Alberta Health Services says it has withdrawn its contempt of court application against a Calgary pastor who was arrested earlier this month on allegations of violating COVID-19 laws.

Tim Stephens was arrested May 9 for allegedly organizing a church service that was held earlier in the day at Fairview Baptist Church, which police said did not comply with public health orders.

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

Anti-Lockdown Rally Held in Pembroke

PEMBROKE — Upwards of 150 people gathered in Riverside Park in Pembroke Saturday for an anti-lockdown rally, calling for businesses and communities to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are anti-lockdown, we want to help the lockdown end,” says Jack Lapierre, one of the speakers at the rally, to CTV News Ottawa. “The businesses are essential services. The people need their businesses to be open.”

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

Canadian Soldier Who Spoke at Anti-Lockdown Rally, Called COVID-19 Vaccine a ‘Killer’ Charged With Mutiny

A member of the Canadian Armed Forces has been charged with mutiny for speaking out against the COVID-19 vaccine and urging colleagues not to help with vaccine distribution.

Officer Cadet Ladislas Kenderesi has been charged with one count of persuading another person to join in a mutiny and one count of behaving in a scandalous manner unbecoming of an officer, according to the Ottawa Citizen.

In December, Kenderesi was filmed at an anti-lockdown rally in Toronto, wearing his Canadian Forces uniform and a nametag.

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

Lawyer Update: Here’s What You Need to Know From Pastor Artur Pawlowski’s Trial on Wednesday

Thanks to supporters of our SaveArtur.com campaign we have been able to secure top legal defence for Pastor Artur Pawlowski.

The fruits of your generosity were on full display in court on Wednesday when Sarah Miller of JSS Barristers mounted an exceptional defence that even garnered the praise from the presiding judge in Artur’s case, Justice Adam Germaine.

Rebel News had Sheila Gunn Reid live-tweeting court proceedings on Wednesday, while Adam Soos provided regular video updates throughout the day.

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

Protesters Gather at Forks Against Public Health Orders, Minus Chris Sky

Around 150 people gathered near the Canadian Museum for Human Rights at The Forks on Friday evening to protest ongoing pandemic public health orders.

The group, minus Ontario anti-lockdown rally leader Chris (Sky) Saccoccia, who is allegedly out of province avoiding arrest in Manitoba, stood around a smoking barbeque listening to speaker Lynne Nelson. From a microphone positioned next to the parkade at The Forks, Nelson chastised news media and the government. At one point, several non-participants lobbed bottled water at the crowd.

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

Timmins Police Charge 11 People Following Anti-Lockdown Protest

SUDBURY — The Timmins Police Service said Wednesday it has charged 11 people following an anti-lockdown rally May 15 at Hollinger Park.

Following a “comprehensive investigation,” they are charged with breaching the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, police said.

“The Timmins Police Service was aware of the demonstration and deployed its officers in such a way as to preserve public safety,” police said in a news release.

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

Victory: Vancouver Family’s Quarantine Fines Dropped

A family of four who fled from Canada to Mexico after becoming concerned with the government increasingly using COVID-19 to impede on citizens’ rights has recently had a big win for freedom!

After five months in Mexico, and noticing that strict COVID measures were not all that different than Canada’s, this family decided to return to Canada, to come back and fight. And fight they did.

Upon entry to the country, the family refused both the invasive PCR test and refused being forced to stay in a COVID hotel at their own expense.

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

We’ll be There, North Bay Police Warn Organizers of Anti-Lockdown Rally

SUDBURY — The North Bay Police Service said Friday it will have officers at an anti-lockdown protest scheduled to take place at the waterfront in North Bay on Monday at noon.

Police learned about the rally from information circulating on social media. Similar gatherings took place on March 20, April 3, April 17, May 1, and May 15, police said.

“There is currently a declaration of emergency and provincial stay-at-home order in effect,” police said in a news release. “Indoor and outdoor gatherings are prohibited except for weddings, funerals or religious services where attendance is limited to 10 people. The organizers of gatherings can be fined a minimum of $10,000 and attendees can receive a $750 ticket.”

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

Austria to Launch Terrorism Offenders Registry for ‘Islamist’ And ‘Right-Wing’ Terrorists

The biggest threat facing the EU is jihad terror, driven by supremacism and fueled by ambitions of a global Islamic caliphate. The threat grows in the face of neglect. By supporting open-door, unvetted immigration, many EU leaders have neglected their duties to protect the security of their nations, as well as the rule of law. Jihadists have found a way to infiltrate the EU because of the lack of immigration controls. Austria remains one of the few countries to protect its borders and deal with the jihadist threat from within.

Last year:

Islamist terrorist Kujtim Fejzulai had fooled Austrian officials running a deradicalisation programme he was attending before his early prison release that he was reformed — similar to London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan.Twenty-year-old Fejzulai, who killed four and injured 22 during a shooting spree in Vienna on Monday, was later confirmed to have been convicted of terrorism offences in April 2019 after he attempted to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State.

In 2015, Austria passed reforms to a little-known bill, the 1912 Islam law, which was partly “aimed at tackling Islamist radicalism.” It banned foreign funding for mosques and imams, and was “widely held up as a model for Europe in dealing with Islam.” Foreign Policy published an article entitled Austria, Not France, Is the Model for Europe’s Crackdown on Islamists, although, in recent times since the beheading of school teacher Samuel Paty for insulting Islam, France has been doing its own bit by introducing a bill designed to curb “Islamist separatism bill.” Then last year, Austria criminalized “political Islam,” which led to the closing of associations with any links to “radicalism.” As could have been expected, there were complaints from Muslim groups.

The key question here will be how a “terrorist offense” is defined, and whether or not Austria will avoid the hazard of using this designation as a means to silence political opponents

“Austria gets a ‘terrorist register,’“ translated from “Österreich bekommt ein ‘Terroristen-Register,’“ Wiener Zeitung, May 26, 2021.

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

Four French Students Sentenced, Pay Over $1,000 Fines for Anti-Asian Tweets About COVID-19

A Paris court convicted four young adults of “public insult of racist nature and incitement to commit a crime” after they blamed Chinese people for COVID-19 on Twitter.

What they did: The French students, aged 19-24, posted the racist tweets after President Emmanuel Macron announced a second round of home quarantine rules last October.

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

French Police Officer Seriously Wounded in Knife Attack by Radicalized Ex-Prisoner

A radicalised French ex-prisoner on a watch list of potential terrorist threats stabbed a policewoman inside her station in western France on Friday and died following a shoot-out with police, a government minister said.

A radicalised French ex-prisoner on a watch list of potential terrorist threats stabbed a policewoman inside her station in western France on Friday and died following a shoot-out with police, a government minister said.

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

Germany: Knife-Wielding Muslim Screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ Threatens Motorists, Attacks Cops, Motive ‘Not Determined’

This willful ignorance will be the death of the West.

“Police shoot knife man,” translated from “Polizei erschießt Messer-Mann,” by Thomas Röthemeier, Bild, May 28, 2021 (thanks to Medforth).

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

Popularity of Far-Right Topics on CNews in France Sparks Electoral Concern

CNews, the Paris-based news channel whose heated debates over crime and immigration have led critics to call it “French Fox News,” reached record audiences this month, sparking concerns on the left about his interest in law, order and national identity could revive far-right Marine Le Pen in next year’s presidential election.

The free-to-air news channel, part of French industrialist Vincent Bolloré’s Canal + group, has more than doubled its viewers over the past two years with its unique brand of raucous, where — well-known right-wing commentators grapple with political figures from all walks of life and newsletters often led by articles on crime and immigration.

The channel’s star — who appears on the talk show every night Faced with Info, which sometimes peaks at more than a million viewers — it is Eric Zemmour, essayist, polemicist and journalist for the newspaper Le Figaro, whose rowdy speech strewn with historical references saw him qualified as a far-right ideologue the most famous in France.

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

Revealed: Chinese Weapon Scientist Has Been Working at the Heart of Cambridge University’s Crucial Research Into New Battlefield Material

Dr Junzong Feng, 38, has been working as a ‘visiting fellow’ with Cambridge’s NanoEngineering Group on graphene, despite being photographed wearing a People Liberation Army uniform.

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Scotland: Protesters Gather at Glasgow Green for Anti-Lockdown Rally Amid Level 3 Restrictions and Say Vaccine is ‘Clinical Trial’

PROTESTERS gathered at Glasgow Green for an anti-lockdown rally this afternoon amid the city’s Level 3 restrictions, with speakers branding the vaccine programme a “clinical trial”.

Two events in the city were set up by the Scotland Against Lockdown group.

A small gathering could be seen at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games sculpture where speakers were talking to the crowd.

The group announced the speakers on their Facebook page.

Protesters branded the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, which have been in place across much of Scotland since last spring, “illegal and unethical”.

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

Tesla Blaze: Far-Left Activists Claim Responsibility for German Factory Site Fire

German police are investigating whether the fire had a political motive after far-left activists claimed responsibility for it. The fire at Gruenheide in the eastern state of Brandenburg early on Wednesday morning damaged several power cables leading to the Tesla site and an area of around 3 square metres, said a spokesman for the LKA state criminal investigation office.

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

UK: 18-Year-Old Cameron Deriggs Charged in Connection to Shooting of BLM Activist Sasha Johnson

A man has been charged with conspiracy to murder in connection to the shooting of Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson, who was shot in the head last Sunday.

In a statement released late Friday night, London’s Metropolitan Police said that 18-year-old Cameron Deriggs of Bromley Hill, in Lewisham, has been charged with conspiracy to murder.

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UK: Failure by MI5, Police, And Probation Services Contributed to London Terror Killings, Inquest Finds

An inquest has found that London Bridge terror attack victims Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt were unlawfully killed and that failures by probation services, police, and British domestic intelligence agency MI5 contributed to their deaths.

Radical Islamic terrorist Usman Khan fatally stabbed Jones and Merritt in November 2019 at Fishmongers’ Hall in London Bridge while the Oxford University graduates were facilitating a prison rehabilitation event that the convicted terrorist was attending.

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UK: London Anti-Lockdown Protest Draws Hundreds

Hundreds of protesters marched through London against Covid-19 restrictions in the U.K., as well as the country’s vaccine rollout and the possibility of introducing vaccine passports. The protesters say the pandemic has resulted in a huge infringement on their human rights.

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UK: London Protest: Anti-Lockdown and No Vaccine Passport Protesters Storm Westfield Shopping Centre

Protesters against lockdown, Covid vaccines and vaccine passports tried to invade Westfield shopping centre in London, as hundreds more gathered in Parliament Square.

Videos on Twitter show a crowd taking over a Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush — despite initial attempts by police to block an entrance.

But the invasion inside the shopping centre appeared short-lived. Journalist Damien Gayle reported the No Vaccine Passports protest was cleared from the shopping area after about 20 minutes by police with batons. He said he did not see anyone get hit or arrested.

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UK: Police Step Up Patrols in Rivington After Illegal Rave Plans Leak

Staff at Rivington Heritage Trust became aware of plans to host an ‘illegal rave’ in the Lever Park area near Rivington — after spotting it on an ‘underground’ Facebook page.

The police were informed and have now released a statement.

Sgt Harrison from Chorley Police said: “This evening and over the weekend you will see an increased presence from Police and Partner agencies in the Rivington area.

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UK: This is How Many COVID Fines Were Handed Out by Police and for What

GREATER Manchester Police (GMP) has handed out more than 5,200 fines for alleged coronavirus breaches.

Data published by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) shows that the force has dished out 5,247 fixed penalty notice (FPN) fines between March 27, 2020 and May 16 this year.

Only the Metropolitan Police in London (17,347), Merseyside Police (7,360) and Northumbria Police (6,712) have issued more FPNs.

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UK: Watch: ‘You White Mother F*****!’ — No Jail for Anti-White Racists Who Assaulted Council Worker

Raja Malik and Mohammed Nawaz escaped time in prison despite committing an anti-white racist assault against a council worker who confronted their group for littering.

West Midlands Police said that a local council worker witnessed a woman flicking a cigarette from a car window on August 12th in the Kates Hill area of Dudley.

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Turkey: Muslim Stabs His Wife 46 Times, Killing Her, Gets Sentence Reduced Because She ‘Provoked’ Him

In Islamic law and the culture that results from it, the onus is on women in so many ways. Most notably, women must cover everything except their face and hands because it is their responsibility to keep men from being tempted. If men are tempted anyway, it’s the woman’s fault for failing to prevent this. Consequently, as even the far-left propaganda organ the Guardian has admitted, “up to 80 per cent of women in Pakistan’s jails are charged under rules that penalise rape victims.” And this clown gets his sentence reduced because his wife “provoked” him to stab her forty-six times. The idea that a Muslim man could be responsible for any wrongdoing he has done is virtually inconceivable. Think about all the deflection that we have seen over the years from Islamic supremacists. Jihad terror is the West’s fault, jihad against Israel is the Zionists’ fault, everything is someone else’s fault. This is just one individual example of that mindset.

“Man gets sentence reduced for ‘good behavior, unjust provocation’ after stabbing wife 46 times,” Duvar English, May 25, 2021 (thanks to The Religion of Peace).

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Russia Refused Entry to 2 Airlines From France and Austria Because They Planned to Avoid Belarusian Airspace

Russia blocked two European airlines from entering the country after they tried to fly there while avoiding Belarusian airspace.

The BBC and CNN reported that Russia refused entry to Air France and Austrian Airlines after they requested flight paths that avoided Belarus, forcing the airlines to cancel services Wednesday and Thursday.

The European Union asked airlines to avoid Belarusian airspace after the country diverted a Lithuania-bound Ryanair plane to the Belarusian capital, Minsk, and arrested the dissident Roman Protasevich, who was on board.

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Pakistan’s Khan to Islamize School Curriculum, Denigrating Christians, Jews and Hindus

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is Islamizing Pakistan’s school curriculum. The “current Pakistani curriculum already contains bigoted and hateful material and makes derogatory references to various religious minority communities in Pakistan. Critics also claim that the recent move to radicalize the education system will only further embolden radicals to oppress Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, and other religious minorities.”

Yet the current curriculum does not represent Islam enough, at least not according to Khan.

Khan, despite the contempt and hatred for minorities that he is now hammering into Pakistani children, is one of the loudest voices globally in advancing the “Islamophobia” canard. Christians already suffer under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Conditions will worsen for Christians and all minorities with the implementation of this new curriculum.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan Seeks to Islamize Pakistan’s Curriculum,” International Christian Concern, May 24, 2021.

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Exclusive: COVID-19 ‘Has NO Credible Natural Ancestor’ And WAS Created by Chinese Scientists Who Then Tried to Cover Their Tracks With ‘Retro-Engineering’ To Make it Seem Like it Naturally Arose From Bats, Explosive New Study Claims

An explosive new study claims that Chinese scientists created COVID-19 in a Wuhan lab, then tried to cover their tracks by reverse-engineering versions of the virus to make it look like it evolved naturally from bats.

The paper’s authors, British Professor Angus Dalgleish and Norwegian scientist Dr. Birger Sørensen, wrote that they have had ‘prima facie evidence of retro-engineering in China’ for a year — but were ignored by academics and major journals.

Dalgleish is a professor of oncology at St George’s University, London, and is best known for his breakthrough creating the first working ‘HIV vaccine’, to treat diagnosed patients and allow them to go off medication for months.

Sørensen, a virologist, is chair of pharmaceutical company, Immunor, which developed a coronavirus vaccine candidate called Biovacc-19. Dalgleish also has share options in the firm.

The shocking allegations in the study include accusations of ‘deliberate destruction, concealment or contamination of data’ at Chinese labs, and it notes the silencing and disappearance of scientists in the communist country who spoke out.

The journal article, exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com and slated for publication in the coming days, is set to make waves among the scientific community, as the majority of experts have until recently staunchly denied the origins of COVID-19 were anything other than a natural infection leaping from animals to humans.

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Media Outlets Try to Deflect From Lab Leak Theory and Censorship

Mainstream media, now embarrassingly forced to follow President Biden’s policy and abruptly reverse course on the Wuhan lab leak theory — after branding and ridiculing it as a conspiracy theory for months — are working to downplay the importance of censorship around the topic that was enforced until just a few days ago.

One would think it would be hard to find a single person who has been through more than a year of lockdowns and myriads of restrictions who would not be interested to learn what the virus is and where it came from — but apparently, such people exist, in media outlets like The Verge.

An article that could easily be described as a distraction in its own right from the topic of why the lab leak theory was suppressed and censored so vigorously, now claims that the origin of coronavirus doesn’t really matter and suggests that it should be swept under the rug as a distraction from truly important topics.

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Twitter Refuses to Say if it Will Censor Coronavirus Lab Leak Theory

When former US President Trump spoke about it, the Wuhan lab leak explanation of the origin of coronavirus was dismissed by mainstream media and then heavily censored by major social media platforms as a fringe conspiracy theory, and those talking about is as spreaders of misinformation.

But now that President Biden has allowed for the possibility that the virus originated in the Chinese lab and ordered his intelligence agencies to investigate and report, both Big Tech and traditional media supportive of him are starting to make a U-turn on the subject.

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Wuhan Lab Worker’s Wife ‘Died From COVID in 2019’ — Bombshell US Intelligence Report

The wife of a Wuhan lab researcher working on deadly viruses apparently died of Covid in December 2019, according to a bombshell US report. The leader of a State Department investigation under the Trump administration made the shock claim amid renewed interest in the lab-leak origin theory of Covid. David Asher, who led an investigation on COVID-19’s origins, told the Daily Caller an employee at the Wuhan Institute of Virology provided US intelligence with the information on the lab researcher’s wife dying from a mysterious virus.

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Before Dan Andrews Slipped and Suffered Serious Injury, He Was One Australia’s Most Prominent Politicians. But He’s Only Been Seen Twice Since… And it’s Fuelling Sinister Conspiracies About What Really Happened

Before the Labor leader slipped down stairs at his holiday house on the Mornington Peninsula on March 9 he was one of the most prominent politicians in not just Victoria, but Australia.

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Dozens of ‘No Lockdown’ Protesters Are Arrested During Violent Clashes With Cops on Horseback Using Pepper Spray — as Empty Melbourne Streets Become a Warzone — in Second Demonstration in 48 Hours

Mask-less demonstrators determined to snub Melbourne’s lockdown descended onto the streets of the city’s north for an illegal protest — and clashed violently with police.

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Melbourne’s Anti-Lockdown Protesters Face Lengthy Stints Behind Bars

Some anti-lockdown protesters are facing six months behind bars after being charged with assaulting police.

Police arrested 14 people and pepper sprayed several others in connection with an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne on Saturday.

Charges laid include affray and assaulting police, which carries a six-month mandatory minimum jail term in Victoria.

Protesters charged with assaulting police if found guilty could go to prison for up to five years, the maximum jail term for that offence.

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Muslim Migrant City Councillor Starts Fight Outside Gay Club, Screams ‘Allahu Akbar, ‘ ‘I Will Make Sure These Faggots Die’

Celebrate diversity! You have a problem with this? What are you, some kind of Islamophobe?

“Greens councillor accused of starting fight, launching homophobic tirade,” by Cameron Houston, The Age, May 20, 2021.

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Why is Victoria Locking Down 7 Million People Again for Only 41 Cases When UK Restrictions Are Lifting With 3,500 Cases a Day?

Seven million people, most in Melbourne, have been ordered to stay indoors in a ‘circuit-breaker’ that started on Friday morning amid concerns that the new Indian Covid variant is more infectious.

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Chechen Migrants Arrested in France for Allegedly Plotting Terror Attack

French police have arrested four people aged 16 to 18, at least three of whom are believed to be of Chechen heritage, on charges of plotting a terrorist attack.

The arrests took place in Strasbourg and its suburb of Schiltigheim on Wednesday morning after an investigation by France’s domestic intelligence agency, the Directorate General of Internal Security (DGSI), as part of an investigation by the National Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office (PNAT).

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Germany: Instead of Supporting Limits on Mass Migration, Politicians From Merkel’s Party Want More Migrant Centers

While Europe endures the economic downturn caused by coronavirus lockdowns, illegal Muslim migrants are crowding into European countries in large numbers. They are being supported once they arrive, courtesy of infidel taxpayers, but existing accommodations are insufficient for the massive numbers of arrivals: the Spanish enclave of Ceuta saw 8000 arrive in less than three days. Two German politicians from Angela Merkel’s party have a solution: not to try to stop the migrant influx, but to build more migrant camps. And this is despite the fact that they themselves admit that in the vast majority of cases they are not war refugees, but economic migrants.

Deja vu: In 2019, Angela Merkel demanded that EU states resume the illegal Muslim migrant naval pickup mission.

Aside from the threat of jihad and criminal activity arising from unvetted open-door immigration, the worsening global climate of antisemitism, particularly since the recent Hamas attacks on Israel, puts Jews more at risk. Violent Islamic antisemitism has been rising in Germany — correlated with the surge of Muslim migration — and instead of confronting it, a government official warned Jews to avoid wearing kippahs in public

“Politicians from Merkel’s party call for more migrant detention centers in Italy and Spain,” translated from “Politicos del partido de Merkel piden mas centros de internamiento de migrantes en Italia y España,” Europa Press, May 23, 2021.

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Italy: Pro-Migration NGOs Accused of Exploiting Dead Child Photos

Italian media have accused pro-migration non-governmental organisations (NGOs) of exploiting photographs of dead children to increase public support for migrant “taxi” operations in the Mediterranean Sea.

A photograph of a dead toddler on a Libyan beach published on social media by Oscar Camps, the founder of the Spanish migrant transport NGO Open Arms, has been called “unacceptable” by Italian prime minister Mario Draghi.

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Watch: Farage Travels to U.S. Border to Expose Illegal Immigration ‘Emergency’

Brexit leader Nigel Farage said that the illegal immigration crisis at the United States’ southern border has turned into a “real emergency” that could spell political disaster for the Democrats following a trip to the Mexican frontier in Arizona.

Mr Farage, who following the successful Brexit campaign has worked to uncover the growing boat migrant crisis in the English Channel, said: “What I’m looking at here, in particular, are those that don’t get caught, those that finish up directly going into the drug trade and other criminal actions.

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Scotland Announces Record High Abortions in 2020

Scotland’s department of public health has announced the highest abortion rate since records began in 1968, thanks to a jump in at-home chemical abortions.

In 2020, Scotland registered a record 13,815 abortions, which represents a rate of 13.4 abortions per thousand women aged 15 to 44, up from 13.2 the previous year, the Christian Institute reported Saturday.

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Virginia County’s Schools Warned to Revoke Teacher’s Suspension for Declining to Use Students’ Preferred Pronouns

Authored by Mark Tapscott via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

In Virginia, Loudoun County Public Schools officials were warned Friday to revoke their suspension of a teacher for declining to use students’ preferred pronouns or face further legal action.

Tanner Cross, who taught at Leesburg Elementary School, was suspended after speaking publicly May 26 during a school board meeting in opposition to the system’s proposed policy that teachers must use the pronouns preferred by students rather than the pronouns consistent with their biological sex.

Cross was informed May 28 that he was being suspended “pending an investigation of allegation that [he] engaged in conduct that had a disruptive impact on the operations of Leesburg Elementary School.”

On Friday, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel Tyson Langhofer told school officials in a letter that they must either revoke the suspension and excise all records of it from Cross’s personnel file or he will take further legal action.

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Watch: Blue’s Clues Hosts Pride Parade Targeting Children With Sing-Along Drag Queen

In the latest Blue’s Clues music video, drag queen Nina West leads children in a sing-along pride parade, featuring gay, transgender, and non-binary animals.

The episode is intended to celebrate June as “Pride Month,” showcasing songs about progressive families with two mothers and other LGBT imagery.

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