Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/20/2021

Demonstrators took to the streets in Austria, Italy, Croatia, and other Europe countries to protest vaccine mandates and other Corona-related measures. Meanwhile, the Disney Corporation dropped its vaccine mandate for employees after legislation sponsored by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis restricted such measures.

In other news, more than 420 migrants were “rescued” in the Mediterranean by the Italian coast guard.

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Financial Crisis
» Most Poles Reduce Shopping Under Inflation
» Poland’s Average Corporate Wage Up 8.4 Pct y/y in Oct — Stats Office
 
USA
» “Kyle’s Law” Gains Steam — Which State Will be First to Protect Against Politically-Motivated Prosecutions of Self-Defense?
» After the Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict Could a Defamation Lawsuit or DOJ Investigation be Next?
» Anti-Rittenhouse Protesters Riot in Oregon, Shut Down Bridge in New York
» Disney Stops Employee Vaccination Requirements, Thanks to DeSantis Law
» Ex-Girlfriend of Nashville Christmas Day Bomber Files Lawsuit Over Reward Money
» FNC’s Carlson on Rittenhouse Verdict: Turns Out the American Media Aren’t in Charge of Our Country — ‘Most People Don’t Watch That Crap’
» Group Protests Vaccine Mandates Outside Portland Public Schools
» Group Protests Vaccine Mandate at UPHS-Marquette
» Horror! Biden Regime Sends FBI Jackboots to Break Down Door of School Board Activist Sherronna Bishop — Cuff Her and Abuse Her Children (Video)
» ‘If That’s Not Self Defense, Nothing is!’: Trump Congratulates Rittenhouse Following Acquittal
» In Rittenhouse Case, Americans See What They Want to See
» Jesse Jackson Leads Chicago March Against Rittenhouse Verdict — Protesters Chant for Communist Revolution (Video)
» Kyle Rittenhouse After Being Cleared of Charges: ‘Self-Defense is Not Illegal’
» Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict: Acquittal Sparks Scattered Protests; Updates
» Marco Rubio Calls Biden Bank Nominee a Flat Out ‘Communist’
» ‘My Son Hunter’ Movie Releases Photos Depicting Biden’s Son Smoking, Partying With Scantily Clad Women
» NBA Social Justice Coalition Blasts ‘Vigilantism’ After Rittenhouse Verdict
» NIH Director Calls for COVID Conspiracists to be “Brought to Justice”
» Police Officers Swarm Getaway Car, Drag Suspect Into Street After Thieves Completely Empty Out Louis Vuitton Store in San Francisco (Video)
» Protesters Gather Outside of Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center to Protest Vaccine Mandates
» Rittenhouse’s Lawyer Slams Biden for Suggesting Rittenhouse is a ‘White Supremacist’
» Ron DeSantis Invokes Kyle Rittenhouse, Pushes for Crackdown Against ‘Defamatory’ Media
» San Diego Police Officers, Firefighters and Other First Responders Protest Vaccine Mandate
» ‘This Isn’t Freedom’: Hundreds Gather in Mansfield Protest COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates
» University Forced to Apologize After Telling Students Jacob Blake Died, Continues to Offer Safe Spaces to ‘Process Rittenhouse Verdict’
 
Europe and the EU
» Austria: Thousands Protest Upcoming Lockdown in Vienna
» Eco-Activists Occupy London Bridges Over Jailing of Insulate Britain Protesters
» Huge: Protests Against Vaccine Mandates in Italy Reach Their 18th Week as the Rest of Europe Rises Up and Joins in (Video)
» Italian Epidemiologist Recommends People Shun Unvaccinated at Christmas
» Majority of Poles Want Restrictions for Unvaccinated People
» Northern Ireland: Anti-Vaccine Passport Protest Takes Place at Belfast City Hall
» Protests Erupt Over Virus Rules in Austria, Italy, Croatia
 
Australia — Pacific
» Climate Protestors Cause Chaos as They Glue Themselves to Princes Bridge
» Massive Freedom Rallies Held Across Australia Today — Huge Numbers of Australians Participate and March for Freedom (Video)
 
Immigration
» Belarus Border Crisis Could Continue for ‘Many Months, Even Years’, Warns Polish PM
» Chain Migration: Macron Suggests Illegals Should be Allowed Entry to UK for ‘Family Reunification’
» Estonia Sends Soldiers to Help Poland Stop Illegal Migrants Breaking Into EU
» EU Lawmakers Call for More Legal Migration to Supposedly Stop Illegal Immigration
» Ex-Chief Immigration Officer Warns Migrants ‘Know They’ve Won the Jackpot’ When They Arrive in Britain as Channel Crossings Hit a Record 4,000 and ‘Exasperated’ Boris Johnson Orders Review Into Crisis
» Finns Fear Migrants Will be Sent to Their Border With Russia
» Italy Rescues 420 Migrants in Rough Seas in Mediterranean
» Lukashenko: ‘Absolutely Possible’ Belarus Forces Undermining EU Border — ‘I Won’t Even Look Into This’
» Poland Says Belarus Has Changed Tactics on Migrant Crisis
» Two Hundred Migrants Storm Polish Border
 
Culture Wars
» Drag Queen Doxxes JK Rowling’s House, Then Takes Pic Down Lying About ‘Transphobic’ Comments
 

Most Poles Reduce Shopping Under Inflation

Nearly 70 percent of Poles have limited their spending due to inflation, showed a Friday-published survey by the UCE Research and Syno Poland pollsters.

Only one in five respondents said they were not planning to cut their shopping budgets.

Most of the spending cuts are on clothes, alcohol, condiments and snacks, less on coffee, tea, soft drinks and detergents. According to the authors of the survey, this shows that the cuts mainly concern non-first-need products.

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

Poland’s Average Corporate Wage Up 8.4 Pct y/y in Oct — Stats Office

Poland’s average corporate gross monthly wage rose by 8.4 percent year on year to PLN 5,917.15 (EUR 1,265 ) in October 2021, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Friday.

In monthly terms, the average wage increased by 1.3 percent.

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“Kyle’s Law” Gains Steam — Which State Will be First to Protect Against Politically-Motivated Prosecutions of Self-Defense?

Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted by a jury of all charges.

But the shameful efforts of the prosecution have many calling for a new law — “Kyle’s Law.”

“Kyle’s Law” would levy a serious penalty on prosecutors who bring politically-motivated prosecutions in self-defense cases.

Under “Kyle’s Law,” juries in self-defense cases would be asked if they believed the prosecution “failed to disprove self-defense by a majority of the evidence?”

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After the Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict Could a Defamation Lawsuit or DOJ Investigation be Next?

In the aftermath of the Rittenhouse verdict, figures on both sides of the case are threatening new filings and investigations.

It seems likely that the case will move into a new stage of litigation, particularly civil litigation. However, advocates on both sides may be overstating the basis for a Rittenhouse 2.0. These lawsuits can come with risks and considerable costs. That is why Voltaire once lamented “I was never ruined but twice: once when I lost a lawsuit, and once when I won one.”

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Anti-Rittenhouse Protesters Riot in Oregon, Shut Down Bridge in New York

Despite calm in Kenosha, Wisconsin, anti-Rittenhouse protesters rioted in Portland, Oregon, and shut down the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. The incident followed a Wisconsin jury finding Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on all five charges on Friday.

Portland Police Bureau officials declared a protest to be a riot after a group of people protesting the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case broke through a gate at the Multnomah County Detention Center. The rioters also attacked a vehicle parked on the street.

Sheriff’s Office officials reported that the crowd, measuring about two dozen in size, were chanting “burn it down” and they broke open the detention center gate.

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Disney Stops Employee Vaccination Requirements, Thanks to DeSantis Law

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis(R) continues to take on tyrannical COVID policies — and win.

Thanks to a recent law putting restrictions on companies that mandate the vaccine for employees, Disney has now dropped their vaccine requirement for employees.

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Ex-Girlfriend of Nashville Christmas Day Bomber Files Lawsuit Over Reward Money

The ex-girlfriend of the Nashville Christmas day bomber filed a lawsuit Friday, claiming she should receive the $284,000 in rewards offered in the aftermath of the blast.

The suit, filed by Pamela Perry, seeks the reward because she came forward “at great personal risk to aid law enforcement in identifying” Anthony Warner as the bomber.

Warner detonated a bomb in downtown Nashville around 6:30 a.m. on Christmas morning last year. The blast significantly damaged buildings in the Second Avenue and Commerce Street area, and damaged an AT&T switch facility, which crippled telephone and internet services across the state.

Warner was the only person killed by the bomb.

An investigation conducted in the months following determined Warner acted alone.

In the days following the explosion, Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis offered a $250,000 reward, and Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. offered $34,500 to anyone with information leading to the bomber or bomber’s identification.

Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp., Camping World and Marcus Lemonis are named in the lawsuit filed in Davidson County Chancery Court…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

FNC’s Carlson on Rittenhouse Verdict: Turns Out the American Media Aren’t in Charge of Our Country — ‘Most People Don’t Watch That Crap’

Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson reacted to Friday’s Rittenhouse acquittal with a scathing rebuke of the media for its portrayal of Kyle Rittenhouse, which based on the trial proceedings turned out to be incorrect.

Carlson also said it showed the diminished role the media play in America.

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Group Protests Vaccine Mandates Outside Portland Public Schools

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A large group of protesters gathered outside the Portland Public Schools main office to voice opposition to COVID-19 vaccine mandates for students Saturday.

KOIN 6 News also saw a group of counterprotesters gather nearby.

The Portland Police Bureau told KOIN 6 it was aware of a demonstration in the area.

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Group Protests Vaccine Mandate at UPHS-Marquette

MARQUETTE — UPHS — Marquette’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement was the focus of a gathering of individuals who protested the mandate on Friday in front of the hospital along Baraga Avenue.

Danielle Walin of Marquette, president of Stand Up Michigan Marquette County, organized the event.

“We stand up for our freedoms and our rights,” Walin said of the group.

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Horror! Biden Regime Sends FBI Jackboots to Break Down Door of School Board Activist Sherronna Bishop — Cuff Her and Abuse Her Children (Video)

This is very disturbing.

On Saturday morning Sherronna Bishop joined Steve Bannon on The War Room after the FBI busted down her front door and terrorized her family on Tuesday morning.

The FBI agents rammed down her door and terrorized her home-schooled children.

Sherronna Bishop helped flip 9 local school boards to the power of parents in recent elections. This was the thanks she got from the FBI jackboots.

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‘If That’s Not Self Defense, Nothing is!’: Trump Congratulates Rittenhouse Following Acquittal

Former President Donald Trump issued a statement Friday evening through his Save America PAC following the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial.

“Congratulations to Kyle Rittenhouse for being found INNOCENT of all charges. It’s called being found NOT GUILTY — And by the way, if that’s not self defense, nothing is!” Trump said in the statement.

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In Rittenhouse Case, Americans See What They Want to See

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — From the moment Kyle Rittenhouse shot three people on the streets of Kenosha during protests over the police shooting of a Black man, he’s personified America’s polarization.

The 17-year-old from Illinois who carried an AR-style rifle and idolized police was cheered by those who despised the Black Lives Matter movement and the sometimes destructive protests that followed George Floyd’s death. He was championed by pro-gun conservatives who said he was exercising his Second Amendment rights and defending cities from “antifa,” an umbrella term for leftist militants.

Others saw him as the most worrisome example yet of vigilante citizens taking to the streets with guns, often with the tacit support of police — a “chaos tourist,” in the words of the lead prosecutor, who came to Kenosha looking for trouble…

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

Jesse Jackson Leads Chicago March Against Rittenhouse Verdict — Protesters Chant for Communist Revolution (Video)

Jesse Jackson led the Chicago march and rally on Saturday against the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict.

A jury of his peers found Rittenhouse not guilty on Friday of all homicide charges.

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Kyle Rittenhouse After Being Cleared of Charges: ‘Self-Defense is Not Illegal’

Eighteen-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse declared following acquittal in his homicide trial that “self-defense is not illegal.”

In an interview with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson’s film crew after the Wisconsin jury’s verdict on Friday, the young man was asked how it felt to be cleared of the charges against him, the Hill reported.

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Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict: Acquittal Sparks Scattered Protests; Updates

Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty of all charges against him including of intentional homicide after he shot three men during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse sparked scattered protests in major cities Friday night and Saturday afternoon as demonstrators called the decision a miscarriage of justice symptomatic of larger failures in the criminal system.

The jury acquitted Rittenhouse, 18, on all charges, after his legal team argued he acted in self-defense when he shot three men, two fatally, during chaotic protests in summer 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Hundreds protested the verdict at several demonstrations across the country. While there were a few reports of property damage, authorities’ concerns of widespread unrest were not realized in the largely peaceful gatherings.

Many protesters have said the handling of the case would have been different if the defendant were Black…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Marco Rubio Calls Biden Bank Nominee a Flat Out ‘Communist’

Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio blasted President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, saying she supports communist policies on Friday.

“Saule Omarova supports abolishing private bank accounts, using govt to bankrupt energy companies & creating a Soviet style ‘National Investment Authority,’“ Rubio wrote on Twitter.

“She supports communist policies & a communist should not be our Comptroller of the Currency,” Rubio added.

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‘My Son Hunter’ Movie Releases Photos Depicting Biden’s Son Smoking, Partying With Scantily Clad Women

In new photos released from the upcoming biopic “My Son Hunter,” actor Laurence Fox, who depicts President Biden’s son Hunter Biden, is seen smoking, painting — and apparently asleep with a bevy of scantily clad women.

“My Son Hunter” will explore Hunter’s “dodgy business dealings, party/strip club lifestyle and addiction struggles,” noted a press release sent to Fox News.

According to The Guardian, the script is the fiction debut of Irish documentarians Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer. Robert Davi of “License to Kill” and “The Goonies” will serve as the director.

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NBA Social Justice Coalition Blasts ‘Vigilantism’ After Rittenhouse Verdict

News of Kyle Rittenhouse’s innocence traveled far and wide Friday afternoon, but apparently, the part about him being innocent didn’t make it to the NBA’s Social Justice Coalition.

James Cadogan, the executive director of the NBA’s social justice arm, released a statement which was posted by the league’s official Twitter account, in which he extended his “thoughts” to those killed while attacking Rittenhouse last summer, defended the right to “peaceful protest,” and called all forms of “vigilantism” unacceptable.

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NIH Director Calls for COVID Conspiracists to be “Brought to Justice”

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins has angrily called for anyone who spreads “misinformation” about COVID-19 online to be “brought to justice.”

“Conspiracies are winning here. Truth is losing. That’s a really serious indictment of the way in which our society seems to be traveling,” Collins told the Washington Post.

Citing an onslaught of angry messages directed at Dr. Anthony Fauci, who Collins appears to believe is above criticism, the bureaucrat demanded that those responsible for such behavior should be identified and “brought to justice.”

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Police Officers Swarm Getaway Car, Drag Suspect Into Street After Thieves Completely Empty Out Louis Vuitton Store in San Francisco (Video)

San Francisco — A Louis Vuitton store in Union Square was completely emptied out Friday evening after a dozen thieves smashed windows and ran off with stolen merchandise.

According to eyewitnesses, more than a dozen thieves were seen running out of the luxury retailer with stolen goods.

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Protesters Gather Outside of Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center to Protest Vaccine Mandates

About 15 protesters gathered outside of the Thomas E. Creek Veteran Affairs (VA) Medical Center to protest the recent federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate. They stood in the median across from the facility with various signs denouncing vaccine requirements. Some people who drove by in their cars showed support by beeping their horns.

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Rittenhouse’s Lawyer Slams Biden for Suggesting Rittenhouse is a ‘White Supremacist’

The lead defense attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse condemned President Joe Biden’s suggestion that his 18-year-old client is a “white supremacist” at a Friday press conference.

After four days of deliberation, the jury acquitted Rittenhouse on Friday of all five felony charges brought against him for the shootings that killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz at a riot responding to the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Two of the charges carried a maximum of 12.5 years imprisonment, two carried 60 years, and one could have sentenced him to life imprisonment.

“President Biden said some things that I think are so incorrect and untrue,” Defense Attorney Mark Richards said. “He’s [Rittenhouse] not a white supremacist. I’m glad that he at least respects the jury’s verdict. And if the government had any information regarding his cell phone or that he had been to any of those websites or been online doing that kind of stuff, it would’ve been introduced in evidence.”

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Ron DeSantis Invokes Kyle Rittenhouse, Pushes for Crackdown Against ‘Defamatory’ Media

The Governor wants state laws to allow for defamation suits against press, advertisers.

Gov. Ron DeSantis offered more thoughts about acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse Saturday suggesting that his ordeal should prompt lawmakers to look harder at allowing people to sue libelous media companies.

DeSantis, in an emailed essay from his re-election campaign, urged Rittenhouse “to sue every corporate media outlet and every moronic commentator who smeared him into oblivion.”

The Republican Governor’s email also calls for more restrictions on media — and advertisers — supporting “defamatory material,” specifically allowing civil lawsuits against both.

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San Diego Police Officers, Firefighters and Other First Responders Protest Vaccine Mandate

SAN DIEGO — Hundreds of demonstrators, including San Diego first responders and their supporters, rallied in Balboa Park Friday in defiance of the upcoming vaccine order for all San Diego city employees.

Dec. 1 marks the deadline the city of San Diego set for all city employees to be vaccinated. Any employee who does not get vaccinated and is not provided with an exemption will face termination of employment, according to the city.

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‘This Isn’t Freedom’: Hundreds Gather in Mansfield Protest COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

Haley Hall spoke for many at Saturday’s protest against vaccination mandates when she said she is willing to give up her job for her beliefs.

“I’m not afraid of losing my job. I’m afraid of losing my freedom,” she said.

More than 200 people lined Park Avenue West in Central Park for the event. Most of them held signs, while others carried flags.

The protesters urged passersby to honk their horns, adding to a raucous atmosphere.

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University Forced to Apologize After Telling Students Jacob Blake Died, Continues to Offer Safe Spaces to ‘Process Rittenhouse Verdict’

The Diversity Center at a public Massachusetts university apologized to students for falsely claiming that Jacob Blake, the man who was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, died and is offering safe spaces for students after the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict.

Fitchburg State University’s Diversity Center sent the email following the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial announcing that the school would offer race-based safe spaces for students and faculty. The email claimed that Rittenhouse “shot and killed two people protesting the wrongful death of Jacob Blake in 2020.”

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Austria: Thousands Protest Upcoming Lockdown in Vienna

VIENNA (AP) — Thousands of protesters gathered in Vienna on Saturday after the Austrian government announced a nationwide lockdown to contain the quickly rising coronavirus infections in the country.

The far-right opposition Freedom Party was among those who have called for the protest and vowed to combat the new restrictions.

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Eco-Activists Occupy London Bridges Over Jailing of Insulate Britain Protesters

Eco-activists gathered in central London today to rally against the jailing of nine Insulate Britain activists for blocking the M25 in defiance of a court injunction.

They sat down in the middle of both Lambeth and Vauxhall bridges, preventing traffic from getting through, after amassing outside the Royal Courts of Justice.

At around 7.40pm the Metropolitan Police said the final protesters had been removed from Vauxhall and the road reopened.

Lambeth Bridge, where around 250 protesters had gathered, was reopened at around 7pm after 30 people were arrested under the Public Order Act.

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Huge: Protests Against Vaccine Mandates in Italy Reach Their 18th Week as the Rest of Europe Rises Up and Joins in (Video)

As Australia goes to sleep, Italian protests against vaccine tyranny begin.

The New York Times reports:

Demonstrators prepared to gather in Milan and Rome on Saturday evening to protest Italy’s coronavirus health pass on the 18th consecutive weekend of such rallies. Organizers considered a strong showing necessaryto prove that they were a force to be reckoned with.

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Italian Epidemiologist Recommends People Shun Unvaccinated at Christmas

Italian epidemiologist Pier Luigi Lopalco has recommended that vaccinated Italians shun the unvaccinated at Christmas, saying they should not invite them to their homes for Christmas dinner.

Lopalco, who serves as a Professor of Hygiene and Preventive Medicine at the University of Pisa, stated that fully vaccinated Italians should privately enforce their own version of the country’s vaccine passport, known as the Green Pass, at Christmas gatherings.

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Majority of Poles Want Restrictions for Unvaccinated People

More than 50 percent of Poles favour tighter measures on people who are unvaccinated, a new poll has found.

According to the survey by the research firm IBRiS, published on the polsatnews.pl web portal on Friday, 53.8 percent of the respondents would welcome tougher restrictions on non-jabbed people in Poland, while 41.3 percent opposed such measures.

Poles were also asked whether Covid shots should be compulsory for medical staff. This idea was supported by 65.2 percent, whereas 30.7 percent opposed it.

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Northern Ireland: Anti-Vaccine Passport Protest Takes Place at Belfast City Hall

Hundreds of people have gathered outside Belfast City Centre to protest the introduction of the controversial vaccine passports to Northern Ireland.

The protest, which started around 3pm, comes as the popular Christmas market opened for the first time since the market was cancelled due to the pandemic in 2020.

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Protests Erupt Over Virus Rules in Austria, Italy, Croatia

VIENNA — Tens of thousands of protesters, many from far-right groups, marched through Vienna on Saturday after the Austrian government announced a nationwide lockdown beginning Monday to contain skyrocketing coronavirus infections.

Demonstrations against virus restrictions also took place in Switzerland, Croatia, Italy, Northern Ireland and the Netherlands on Saturday, a day after Dutch police opened fire on protesters and seven people were injured in rioting that erupted in Rotterdam. Protesters rallied against coronavirus restrictions and mandatory COVID-19 passes needed in many European countries to enter restaurants, Christmas markets or sports events, as well as mandatory vaccinations.

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Climate Protestors Cause Chaos as They Glue Themselves to Princes Bridge

Extinction Rebellion protestors have stopped trams and cars in Melbourne’s CBD around 7.30 am on Wednesday morning.

Dozens of Extinction Rebellion ‘rebels’ gathered near flinders street station with signs chants.

Extinction Rebellion protestors have stopped trams and cars in Melbourne’s CBD around 7.30 am on Wednesday morning.

Dozens of Extinction Rebellion ‘rebels’ gathered near flinders street station with signs chants.

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Massive Freedom Rallies Held Across Australia Today — Huge Numbers of Australians Participate and March for Freedom (Video)

Massive freedom rallies were held across Australia today, from Sydney to Melbourne Aussies were marching for freedom.

Today huge crowds were in attendance at peaceful marches for freedom. In Sydney, 100,000 participants were estimated in attendance.

Melbourne also had thousands in attendance.

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Belarus Border Crisis Could Continue for ‘Many Months, Even Years’, Warns Polish PM

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s leader plans to hold a series of talks around Europe about the pressure of migrants on the European Union’s border with Belarus, a crisis that he expects will continue.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said he was meeting Sunday with his counterparts from EU members Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, which have also been hit by the migrant pressure from Belarus. Next week he will travel to some other European countries, which he did not name Saturday.

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Chain Migration: Macron Suggests Illegals Should be Allowed Entry to UK for ‘Family Reunification’

Emmanuel Macron has suggested that the UK should allow illegal migrants, waiting in France to cross the English Channel, to enter freely under “family reunification” grounds.

The French president made the remarks after the UK has seen a series of record-breaking crossings of mostly Middle Eastern male migrants in the past few months, largely travelling from France, with some 24,500 reaching British shores already this year.

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Estonia Sends Soldiers to Help Poland Stop Illegal Migrants Breaking Into EU

Estonia is sending soldiers to help Poland secure its border against an onslaught of Middle Eastern migrants attempting to break into the European Union via Alexander Lukashenko’s Belarus.

“In the past, they wanted just political support, but now they need practical help. As far as I know, only Britain has provided practical assistance to Poland so far,” said the Baltic state’s defence minister, Kalle Laanet, in reference to an agreement between the NATO allies to deploy an approximately 150-strong force of Royal Engineers to help maintain Polish border fortifications and road infrastructure in the crisis zone.

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EU Lawmakers Call for More Legal Migration to Supposedly Stop Illegal Immigration

Several Members of the European Parliament have suggested that the European Union could reduce illegal arrivals by simply making it far easier for migrants to enter member states legally.

A report published this week by members of the European Union Civil Liberties Committee has demanded the EU allow more people to legally migrate to member states, which it claims would reduce the need for migrants to enter the bloc illegally.

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Ex-Chief Immigration Officer Warns Migrants ‘Know They’ve Won the Jackpot’ When They Arrive in Britain as Channel Crossings Hit a Record 4,000 and ‘Exasperated’ Boris Johnson Orders Review Into Crisis

The former chief immigration officer has warned that migrants ‘know they’ve won the jackpot’ when they arrive in the UK as the number of Channel crossings hit a record 4,000 for the month yesterday.

Kevin Saunders, former chief immigration officer for the UK Border Force, said the UK was ‘very attractive’ to migrants adding, ‘people know they’re not going to be removed’ once they arrive.

His comments came as dozens more migrants were pictured arriving into the UK today, escorted by Border Force at Folkestone Harbour this morning.

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Finns Fear Migrants Will be Sent to Their Border With Russia

The Finnish government will face a vote of no confidence in parliament, called by opposition parties over security concerns on the eastern border with Russia.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s opponents — led by the right-wing Finns Party, and centre-right parties Kokoomus, Christian Democrats and Movement Now — claim that her red-green coalition has done little to secure the border from potential “hybrid tactics” that they fear Russia might use against the Nordic nation.

Specifically, they want new legislation passed to allow crossings on the 1,340-kilometre border to be closed temporarily, even to asylum seekers.

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Italy Rescues 420 Migrants in Rough Seas in Mediterranean

ROME: The Italian Coast Guard rescued more than 420 migrants Saturday, including dozens of minors, from boats in difficulty in the Mediterranean Sea including using cargo ships to block the wind that was buffeting one of the overcrowded vessels.

A coast guard statement said 70 migrants were brought safely by one of its motorboats to the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, south of Sicily.

Meanwhile, a different coast guard vessel was headed to the port of Porto Empedocle on Saturday evening in Sicily with more than 350 migrants aboard after they were plucked to safety from a foundering fishing boat 70 miles (115 kilometers) from the Sicilian coast, the statement said. Among them were more than 40 minors.

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Lukashenko: ‘Absolutely Possible’ Belarus Forces Undermining EU Border — ‘I Won’t Even Look Into This’

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has told the BBC that it is “absolutely possible” that his forces are helping Middle Eastern migrants break through the eastern borders of the EU and NATO, and that he will not be looking into it.

“Our guys are helping the migrants get into Polish territory? It’s perfectly possible, I think that’s absolutely possible. Maybe someone helped them. I won’t even look into this,” he told BBC correspondent Steve Rosenberg.

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Poland Says Belarus Has Changed Tactics on Migrant Crisis

Poland said Saturday that Belarus has changed tactics in their border crisis by directing smaller groups of migrants to several points along the European Union’s eastern frontier.

Though there have been signs of the crisis easing, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said he expected the border showdown to be long drawn out while Belarus said the situation remained “tense”.

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Two Hundred Migrants Storm Polish Border

Several groups of migrants, including one consisting of some 200 people, carried out attempts to break through the Polish border from Belarus on Friday afternoon, Polish border guard have reported.

Anna Michalska, a border guard spokeswoman, reported on Saturday on the events that took place in the vicinity of Dubicze Cerkiewne, north-eastern Poland.

“The biggest group consisted of two hundred people, the other ones counted several dozen,” Michalska said. “As a result, 24 people managed to penetrate the Polish territory at a distance of a dozen or so metres,” she continued.

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Drag Queen Doxxes JK Rowling’s House, Then Takes Pic Down Lying About ‘Transphobic’ Comments

Holly Stars, a drag queen performer and activist, tweeted on Saturday the removal of a photo Stars took of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s home, with the address fully visible. Stars cited supposed “transphobic messages” the pic was receiving.

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5 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/20/2021

  1. One rat saw his neighbour outside and asked , ” Have you had the vax yet”?
    His neighbour answered , ” No , they are still testing it on humans. “

    • More likely the other rat responded “Don’t you remember? We’re in Congress so those mandates don’t apply to us.”

  2. Dr. Vernon Coleman has been hacked. I wonder if he runs the greatest OS in the world: Windows 10? 🙂

    https://vernoncoleman.org/videos/vernon-colemans-wednesday-review-episode-two

    …anyhow – He says that DNA samples acquired by the relentless PCR nose testing – are to be sold to whoever is interested.

    I always wondered why we could not just spit into a testube, so now we know.

    “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7

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