Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/19/2021

According to Frontex, 184,000 migrants have crossed the EU’s external borders so far this year. Also, 500 illegal migrants landed on the Italian island of Lampedusa in the space of 48 hours. Meanwhile, the French presidential candidate Eric Zemmour said in a TV interview that the level of legal migration into France should be reduced to zero.

In other news, the Austrian government announced that certain limited rights would be granted to unvaxed citizens on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day.

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USA
» “A Global Coup Has Been Carried Out Across the World — Has Destroyed the Very Foundations of the Rule of Law” — Archbishop Vigano’s Message to America (Transcript and Audio)
» “I Don’t Think So” — Dr. Fauci Asked if He Ever Thinks Americans Will be Able to Fly Without Face Masks Again (Video)
» 2 Arrested After Suspects Drove Car Into Crowd at Christmas Parade in Florida
» Authorities Investigating After Explosion at Bank in Centralia
» Cory Booker Tests Positive for COVID
» DeSantis Slams Federal Court’s ‘Terrible’ Ruling on Vaccine Mandates as ‘Massive Expansion of Federal Power’
» Elizabeth Warren Tests Positive for COVID-19
» Emails Expose Fauci, Collins Collusion to ‘Smear’ Anti-Lockdown Scientists
» Hate Hoax: Police Say No Hate Crime in Viral High School Hijab Incident
» Kamala Harris Snaps When Asked Who the ‘Real’ President is
» Man Thrown Off United Flight After Using Red Thong as a Mask
» Project Veritas-Affiliated Twitter Account Suspended After Exposing CNN Producer Involved in Pedophilia Scandal
» Satanic Temple to Install ‘Baby Baphomet’ Statue Among Illinois Capitol Holiday Display on Monday During Christmas Week
» Texas School Board Doubles Down on Efforts to Censure Two Mothers Who Objected to District Policies
» The 16 US Cities That Hit All-Time Homicide Records This Year
» ‘This is a No’: Manchin Says He Can’t Vote for Biden’s Build Back Better Act
» Thousands Turn Out to See President Trump in Houston — Amazing Video!
» Trucker’s 110 Year Sentence for Colorado Pile Up Sparks Intense Backlash: ‘Miscarriage of Justice’
» White House to Unvaxx’d: “You’re Looking at a Winter of Severe Illness and Death”
» With ‘Shoe Drop’ Protests, Parents Preemptively Oppose a School Vaccination Mandate
 
Canada
» Dance Parties and Protests in Quebec on Eve of COVID-19 Restrictions Taking Effect
» It’s Illegal in BC to Invite More Than 10 People to Your NYE Party This Year
» NHL Postpones All Cross-Border Games Through Dec. 23 Due to COVID-19 Concerns
 
Europe and the EU
» 1940s Calling: German Politicians Propose National Vaccine Registry
» Austrian Govt to Grant Gift of Freedom to Unvaccinated at Christmas and New Year
» EU Leaders Fail to Agree on ‘Green’ Nuclear Power Despite Push From Czechia and Poland
» Former Prime Minister of Slovakia Arrested on Live TV for Backing COVID Protest
» Germany: Hamburg’s Mayor Caught Using Fake Data About Unvaccinated to Justify 2g
» Germany: Muslim Brotherhood-Linked Organization Buys €4 Million Property in Berlin
» Germany’s Primary School Students Fail to Reach Minimum Standards in German and Math
» Ireland: Grandma Who Violated Mask Mandate to Spend Christmas Behind Bars
» Italian Island Sees 500 Illegal Migrants Land in 48 Hours
» Leftist Scottish Govt Ramps Up COVID Restrictions, Then Demands UK Bail Out Businesses
» More Evidence the EU is Trying to Cancel Christmas?
» New COVID Measures and Restrictions Spark Protests Across Europe, Inciting Anger
» Thousands in Brussels Protest Renewed COVID-19 Restrictions
» UK Health Secretary: Unvaxed ‘Must Really Think About the Damage They Are Doing to Society’
» UK: Jeremy Corbyn’s Brother Piers Arrested Over Call to ‘Burn Down’ Offices of Pro-Lockdown Politicians
» UK: Met Currently Prosecuting Alleged Illegal Gathering on December 18th — in a House in Ilford
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Minister to Probe Police Violence After Cops Seen Whipping Anti-Vaccine Protesters
» Protest at Bennett’s House: ‘No to Green Pass, No to Coercion’
 
Russia
» EU Extends Sanctions on Russia, Threatens ‘Massive Consequences’ in the Case of an Attack on Ukraine
 
Far East
» Chinese Tennis Star Now Denies Ever Making Sexual Assault Allegations
 
Immigration
» 184,000 Migrants Illegally Crossed EU Borders This Year
» Belgium: Almost Half of New-Born Babies Have a Foreign Mother or a Mother With Foreign Roots
» Fogbound for Britain: RNLI Help Another 45 Migrants Ashore on Misty Morning in Kent After Their Boat Was Found in Channel — as Total to Make Perilous Crossing This Year Nears 27,000
» France: Zemmour: Let’s Reduce Legal Immigration to Zero
» Italy: Salvini Trial for Stopping Migrant Ship Hears First Witness Testimony
» Nearly 27,000 Migrants Have Crossed the Channel So Far This Year, After More Than 900 Completed the Crossing on Thursday and Friday
 
Culture Wars
» Czech Court Still Refuse to Recognize Adoption of Children by Same-Sex Couples
» Parents Erupt at California School Board Meeting Over Alleged ‘Coaching’ Of Students Into LGBTQ Club
 

“A Global Coup Has Been Carried Out Across the World — Has Destroyed the Very Foundations of the Rule of Law” — Archbishop Vigano’s Message to America (Transcript and Audio)

Italian Archbishop Vigano shared with The Gateway Pundit his transcript and audio message to the American people this week.

Italian Archbishop Vigano sent a message to the American people. He continues to speak out against the globalist threat this Christmas season.

He shared his message below:

DEAR AMERICAN PEOPLE, DEAR FRIENDS, for two years now, a global coup has been carried out all over the world, planned for some time by an elite group of conspirators enslaved to the interests of international high finance. This coup was made possible by an emergency pandemic that is based on the premise of a virus that has a mortality rate almost analogous to that of any other seasonal flu virus, on the delegitimization and prohibition of effective treatments, and on the distribution of an experimental gene serum which is obviously ineffective, and which also clearly carries with it the danger of serious and even lethal side effects. We all know how much the mainstream media has contributed to supporting the insane pandemic narrative, the interests that are at stake, and the goals of these groups of power: reducing the world population, making those who survive chronically ill, and imposing forms of control that violate the fundamental rights and natural liberties of citizens. And yet, two years after this grotesque farce started, which has claimed more victims than a war and destroyed the social fabric, national economies, and the very foundations of the rule of law, nothing has changed in the policies of Nations and their response to the so-called pandemic.

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“I Don’t Think So” — Dr. Fauci Asked if He Ever Thinks Americans Will be Able to Fly Without Face Masks Again (Video)

Dr. Fauci hit the cable news morning shows once again on Sunday to promote the experimental vaccine and, of course, rail on Americans to keep their masks on.

In an appearance on ABC’s This Week, Fauci was questioned about the recent comments earlier in the week by the heads of two major airlines who questioned the need for masks to be worn by passengers while flying.

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

2 Arrested After Suspects Drove Car Into Crowd at Christmas Parade in Florida

Terryous Jorelle Baker, 27, and Elizabeth Chavez, 24, have both been arrested when a car the male suspect was allegedly driving crashed into a crowd at a Winter Garden parade in Florida, on the outskirts of Orlando, last Sunday.

Baker has been charged with multiple counts in connection with the incident. Police also arrested Chavez, a passenger in Baker’s car, on an outstanding warrant.

Local police told local outlet WFTV 9 that law enforcement was just starting to block the streets to be used for the route of the Golf Cart Christmas Parade when the car traveling at a high rate of speed came careening toward the gathered crowd. A police officer trying to slow the driver down was almost hit.

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

Authorities Investigating After Explosion at Bank in Centralia

CENTRALIA, Wash. — Law enforcement is investigating after an explosion occurred at a bank in Centralia Sunday morning.

The explosion occurred at approximately 6:40 a.m. in an ATM at the First Security Bank located in the 600 block of S. Tower Avenue.

Two unidentified suspects used an unknown improvised explosive device to gain entry to the ATM. After the explosion, the suspects took the contents of the ATM and fled from the scene.

The suspects were driving a late 1990s or early 2000s light-colored four-door Honda Accord.

One of the suspects is a white male adult. A description was not provided for the second suspect.

The Centralia police department is working with the FBI and Washington State Patrol bomb squad to investigate the incident.

Anyone who believes they have information about the incident or the suspects involved are asked to call the Centralia police department at 360-330-7680 or Lewis County communications at 360-740-1105.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Cory Booker Tests Positive for COVID

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., announced on Sunday night he has tested positive with a breakthrough case of the coronavirus.

In the statement posted to Twitter, Sen. Booker said that he has received two doses of the coronavirus vaccine and has received the booster shot. He first began feeling symptoms on Saturday, according to the tweet.

“I learned today that I tested positive for COVID-19 after first feeling symptoms on Saturday. My symptoms are relatively mild,” Sen. Booker tweeted.

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DeSantis Slams Federal Court’s ‘Terrible’ Ruling on Vaccine Mandates as ‘Massive Expansion of Federal Power’

In a Sunday interview on Fox News show “Sunday Morning Futures,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stressed the importance of not allowing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration vaccine mandate to stand.

“Governor, a federal judge, an appeals court on Friday allowed President Biden’s vaccine mandate for private employers to take effect as New York and California are reimposing these mask mandates. It looks like this is going to the Supreme Court. You recently talked about that monoclonal treatment from AstraZeneca, right?” said show host Maria Bartiromo.

“Well, first of all, on the OSHA mandate, I thought it was a terrible decision,” responded DeSantis. “Now, this is just a three judge panel. I thought the whole circuit in the 6th would certainly have struck this down. I do think we’re going to get positive relief from the U.S. Supreme Court on that,” he continued.

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

Elizabeth Warren Tests Positive for COVID-19

Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren tested positive with a breakthrough case of COVID-19 Sunday despite testing negative earlier in the week.

The Massachusetts senator announced via social media that she is experiencing mild symptoms from the virus and is thankful that she had been fully vaccinated and received the booster shot. She recommended that all Americans receive their three shots in the near future to “save lives.”

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

Emails Expose Fauci, Collins Collusion to ‘Smear’ Anti-Lockdown Scientists

Authored by Phillip Magness via The American Institute for Economic Research

From October 2-4, 2020, the American Institute for Economic Research hosted a small conference for scientists to discuss the Covid-19 lockdowns. Just four days later, Dr. Francis Collins, the retiring Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), would call the three of the scientists in attendance “fringe epidemiologists,” in a directive he sent to Anthony Fauci and other senior staff of his agency.

They were “fringe epidemiologists” because they had the temerity to ask whether the lockdowns of 2020 were effective. Those three, Martin Kulldorff of Harvard, Sunetra Gupta of Oxford, and Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford were simply doing what any good scientist would do: They were following the evidence.

They wrote the Great Barrington Declaration [GBD] as they parted company at AIER, posting it for all to see.

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

Hate Hoax: Police Say No Hate Crime in Viral High School Hijab Incident

Following a viral altercation involving a hijab that occurred at Fairfax High School on Dec. 14 that prompted CAIR-backed student protests, the Fairfax Police Department have concluded that there is no evidence of a hate crime.

On Dec. 14, student Ekran Mohamed said she was called racist slurs, was pushed by two male classmates, and had her hijab pulled, revealing her hair.

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

Kamala Harris Snaps When Asked Who the ‘Real’ President is

Vice President Kamala Harris got visibly angry during an interview on Friday on Comedy Central’s “Tha God’s Honest Truth,” while the vice president and TV host Charlamagne Tha God were on the subject of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV).

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

Man Thrown Off United Flight After Using Red Thong as a Mask

A Cape Coral man has been banned from flying by United Airlines after using a red thong as a mask.

Passenger Adam Jenne was flying from Fort Lauderdale to Washington D.C. but was escorted off of his flight before it took off. He was officially asked to leave the flight for “failing to comply with the federal mask mandate”.

Jenne wasn’t shy about his reasoning for using the thong as his mask. “I think the best way to illustrate absurdity is with absurdity,” he said, according to NBC 2.

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

Project Veritas-Affiliated Twitter Account Suspended After Exposing CNN Producer Involved in Pedophilia Scandal

Following last week’s exposing of a CNN producer embroiled in a pedophilia scandal, the investigateCNN twitter account that the story was posted from has been suspended.

On Wednesday, Project Veritas published explicit texts and videos of a CNN producer, later revealed to be Rick Saleeby, a producer on “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”

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

Satanic Temple to Install ‘Baby Baphomet’ Statue Among Illinois Capitol Holiday Display on Monday During Christmas Week

The Satanic Temple is installing a “Baby Baphomet” statue among the Illinois Capitol Rotunda holiday display.

The statue will be installed on December 20th at 1 pm.

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

Texas School Board Doubles Down on Efforts to Censure Two Mothers Who Objected to District Policies

Two conservative Texas school board members are embroiled in a legal battle against their fellow trustees fighting their attempts to investigate and censure them, they told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Mary Bone and Danielle Weston are up against the other five members of Round Rock Independent School District’s (RRISD) Board of Trustees, who are attempting to investigate and censure them for opposing their COVID policies and use of its police force to keep the public out of a Sept 14. board meeting, the two women told the DCNF. If the censure resolution passed, it would strip them of their powers and duties, restrict their access to school property and hinder their ability to do their job.

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

The 16 US Cities That Hit All-Time Homicide Records This Year

As we’ve observed over the past days and weeks, murder records are being shattered all over America, which many major cities seeing all-time murder highs for 2021, and others hitting three decade peaks.

According to data collected by Fox News based on local police departments and local media tracking, no less than 16 cities have set new homicide records in 2021. This still with a couple weeks to go before the close of the year.

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

‘This is a No’: Manchin Says He Can’t Vote for Biden’s Build Back Better Act

Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin has effectively doomed President Joe Biden’s pricy social spending plan, telling “Fox News Sunday” that he will not vote for the legislation.

Manchin has been a thorn in Biden’s side with regards to the president’s $2 trillion Build Back Better Act, repeatedly raising questions about its cost amid inflation problems, but never officially announcing whether he’d back the bill. On Sunday, Manchin appeared to give his final answer on whether he’ll vote for the House-passed version of Biden’s bill, telling Fox News’ Bret Baier that he’s “a no.”

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

Thousands Turn Out to See President Trump in Houston — Amazing Video!

Tens of thousands of Trump supporters turned out to see President Trump with Bill O’Reilly on their History Tour tonight in Houston, Texas.

The Tokyo Center in Houston holds over 19,000 at capacity.

Who else can get this type of crowd today?

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

Trucker’s 110 Year Sentence for Colorado Pile Up Sparks Intense Backlash: ‘Miscarriage of Justice’

Millions of people are outraged after a Houston truck driver was sentenced to 110 years in prison for a deadly 2019 car pile-up in Colorado.

“Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, 23 has nothing on his driving record, or on his criminal history. He had complied with every single request by the Jefferson County courts, and investigators on the case. Hes [sic] passed all of the drug and alcohol tests that were given including a chemical test. This accident was not intentional, nor was it a criminal act on the drivers [sic] part,” a petition on Change.org with more than 4 million signatures reads.

Rogel Aguilera-Mederos was sentenced in Colorado last Monday to 110 consecutive years in prison after he was found guilty on 27 counts in the 2019 crash that killed four people and injured others.

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

White House to Unvaxx’d: “You’re Looking at a Winter of Severe Illness and Death”

Authored by Nick Ciolino via The Epoch Times

White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients predicts a winter of severe illness and death for Americans who decide to not take the vaccination for the CCP virus, which causes the disease COVID-19.

“For the unvaccinated: you’re looking at a winter of severe illness and death,” said Zients during a White House COVID-19 update Friday.

“For yourselves, your families and the hospitals you may soon overwhelm.”

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With ‘Shoe Drop’ Protests, Parents Preemptively Oppose a School Vaccination Mandate

The empty pairs of shoes outside Ridgefield Park Junior-Senior High School provided arresting imagery.

Work boots, sandals, soccer cleats and a toddler’s aqua shoes — each pair representing a child who would be absent from school if a COVID-19 vaccination mandate were put in place.

Jennifer Schmitt, standing amid the rows of shoes on Wednesday night, said she’s all for protecting others — she herself is vaccinated — but won’t vaccinate her child.

“If we’re weighing the risks and benefits on their own, why would I vaccinate her? Either she gets the sniffles from COVID-19, or I could give her the shot. But she’s got a rare genetic disorder. How can you tell me you know enough about that to give her the shot that just came out a year ago?”

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

Dance Parties and Protests in Quebec on Eve of COVID-19 Restrictions Taking Effect

MONTREAL — Infectious disease specialist Dr. Matthew Oughton is unimpressed that multiple bars and nightclubs in Quebec have decided that this weekend is the time to dance.

“The best way I can describe this is that there’s a viral fire going on in the streets of Montreal, and across other parts of Quebec as well, and all of us, unfortunately, are kindling,” said Oughton. “I would ask people, don’t throw yourself on the fire that you’re in to help us keep the flame down.”

Some bars in Montreal and Quebec City have held or are planning dance parties this weekend before new restrictions come into effect Monday.

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It’s Illegal in BC to Invite More Than 10 People to Your NYE Party This Year

British Columbians planning to host Christmas and New Year’s Eve house parties will need to take a closer look at their invitation list this year as new COVID-19 restrictions take effect Monday.

The province is limiting indoor private gatherings to the host household plus ten guests as long as everyone is vaccinated. Instead of choosing 10 guests, a host household could choose to invite one other household — regardless of how many people live there.

The limits only apply to people 12 and older, so families can bring their children without adding to the total. People who are unvaccinated should not be gathering with people outside their household at all, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said during her news conference December 17.

This announcement means house parties will limited this year to combat spread of COVID-19, especially as cases of the Omicron variant spike.

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

NHL Postpones All Cross-Border Games Through Dec. 23 Due to COVID-19 Concerns

The NHL and NHLPA announced on Sunday that they will continue the regular season amid the increased spread of COVID-19 through the league.

Although there is no official league-wide pause, cross-border games between Canadian and American teams will be postponed through Dec. 23. A total of 12 games will be postponed to a later date as a result of this change.

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1940s Calling: German Politicians Propose National Vaccine Registry

Leading political figures in Germany have signalled that they would support the country creating a vaccine registry to collect a list of those vaccinated as the new left-wing government has backed imposing a nationwide vaccine mandate.

Germany may once again follow the lead of Austria, which announced last month that it would be mandating vaccines against the Chinese coronavirus vaccine and crafting a database to track those who have complied with the government order. While the decision to implement such a mandate has yet to be agreed upon in Germany, incoming chancellor Olaf Sholz of the left-wing Social Democratic Party (SPD) has already backed the measure.

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

Austrian Govt to Grant Gift of Freedom to Unvaccinated at Christmas and New Year

The Austrian government has announced that it will allow unvaccinated people to enjoy Christmas and New Year’s Eve without being under lockdown restrictions — but some limitations will still apply.

Lockdown restrictions for the unvaccinated will continue until December 24th through to the 26th, when the federal government will allow unvaccinated people to temporarily exit lockdown and meet up to ten people without needing proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from the Wuhan virus.

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

EU Leaders Fail to Agree on ‘Green’ Nuclear Power Despite Push From Czechia and Poland

For several hours, leaders of European Union countries led a debate on nuclear energy and emission allowances at Thursday’s summit in Brussels, however, they did not reach an agreement.

The group of states pushing for nuclear power, including the Czech Republic, proposed that the final statement of the negotiations should say that the European Commission agrees with putting nuclear power on the list of green investments. However, Austria, along with Germany and Luxembourg, opposed this. The presidents and prime ministers also disagreed on the regulation of emission allowances trading, demanded in particular by Poland and Czechia.

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

Former Prime Minister of Slovakia Arrested on Live TV for Backing COVID Protest

Former Slovakian prime minister Robert Fico was arrested on live television this week after attempting to give a statement ahead of a planned protest that would defy the country’s Wuhan virus restrictions.

The arrest of the former Prime Minister of Slovakia, who leads the left-populist Direction — Slovak Social Democracy (SMER-SD) party, came on Thursday evening as he was making an attempt to give a statement to Slovakian television cameras.

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

Germany: Hamburg’s Mayor Caught Using Fake Data About Unvaccinated to Justify 2g

Hamburg mayor Peter Tschentscher spread patently false information on November 16 maintaining that 90 percent of the infected people in the Hanseatic city were “unvaccinated”. With this lie, the mayor justified his draconian Corona policy.

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Germany: Muslim Brotherhood-Linked Organization Buys €4 Million Property in Berlin

The Europe Trust, a UK-based organization with close ties to the radical Muslim Brotherhood organization, has acquired a €4 million property in the Berlin district of Wedding, an area that is already home to several associations that are being monitored by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV).

The supporters of The Europe Trust, which is regarded as the primary financial vehicle of the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe, are regarded as adherents to so-called “legalistic Islamism” — a strain of political Islam that’s outwardly law-abiding, but aims to establish Islamic states via infiltration of a society’s institutions instead of waging violent jihad to realize its goals, Die Welt reports.

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Germany’s Primary School Students Fail to Reach Minimum Standards in German and Math

The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (SWK) has complained about a large number of primary school students who, when comparing education levels, fall short of expectations, according to German media outlet Junge Freiheit.

According to the Standing Conference work program for the coming year, a considerable and increasing number of children do not achieve the minimum professional standards in German and mathematics.

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

Ireland: Grandma Who Violated Mask Mandate to Spend Christmas Behind Bars

An Irish Grandma who violated the nation’s mask mandate is to spend Christmas behind bars after being sentenced to a year in prison.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Italian Island Sees 500 Illegal Migrants Land in 48 Hours

In a period of just 48 hours, the Italian island of Lampedusa is said to have seen around 500 migrants arrive on its shores after a brief break from arrivals in recent weeks.

On early Friday morning, there were four migrant vessels that landed on the Italian island, which lies between Tunisia and the island of Sicily.

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

Leftist Scottish Govt Ramps Up COVID Restrictions, Then Demands UK Bail Out Businesses

The left-separatist Scottish government, which ramped up COVID restrictions on Friday, is now demanding that the British government provides funds to bail out the nation’s businesses.

Scotland’s devolved government — roughly equivalent to a state government in the United States — implemented further restrictions on Friday in hopes of curbing the Omicron variant of the Chinese coronavirus.

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More Evidence the EU is Trying to Cancel Christmas?

Following news that the EU was trying to remove the word “Christmas” from all official text — a move condemned by Pope Francis — more information is rolling in about attempts to keep reference to the Christian day of celebration out of European Parliament.

Polish news outlet Dorzeczy.pl has published a controversial email that was sent out to the assistants of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from Adam Mouchtar, who is a special political advisor to the European Parliament.

In the email titled “No Christmas greetings please,” Mouchtar asked MEPs’ assistants to persuade their MEPs to not send out Christmas greetings and wishes. The advisor outright stated that the wishes were “treated like spam” and were a “nuisance.”

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

New COVID Measures and Restrictions Spark Protests Across Europe, Inciting Anger

Thousands of protesters rallied across Europe this weekend, as nations were moving to impose tougher measures to stem a new wave of COVID-19 infections spurred by the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

On Sunday, it was Brussels, where the marchers, some with placards reading “free zone,” “I’ve had my fair dose” and “enough is enough,” came to protest the government’s strong advice to get vaccinated.

The crowd gathered included Belgian health care workers who will have a three-month window in which to get vaccinated against the coronavirus from January 1 or risk losing their jobs

A strong police presence was deployed on the streets in anticipation of the protest, given how previous demonstrations had descended into violence, arrest, and injury.

In a Brussels demonstration last month, small fringes spiraled into violence as several hundred people started pelting police, smashing cars, and setting garbage bins ablaze. Police responded with tear gas and water cannons.

What started out as peaceful protests again erupted in violence, with all too familiar scenes of clouds of smoke and demonstrators arrested repeating once more.

On Saturday, protesters marched in the streets of Paris and other cities throughout France to protest new government restrictions.

A larger-than-usual crowd had people chanting against the vaccine pass that the government was planning, with some carrying signs with freedom slogans or comparing the measures to a “dictatorship”.

The French government proposed requiring proof of vaccination for those entering restaurants, cafes, and other public establishments.

Also, vaccination of children ages 5 through 11 begins on Wednesday — another gripe the protesters voiced during the march.

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

Thousands in Brussels Protest Renewed COVID-19 Restrictions

BRUSSELS — Thousands of peaceful protesters demonstrated in Brussels on Sunday for a third time against reinforced COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the Belgian government to counter a spike in infections as the omicron variant sweeps across Europe.

The marchers — some with placards reading “free zone,” “I’ve had my fair dose” and “enough is enough” — came to protest the government’s strong advice to get vaccinated. They also included Belgian health care workers who will have a three-month window in which to get vaccinated against the virus beginning Jan. 1 or risk losing their jobs.

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UK Health Secretary: Unvaxed ‘Must Really Think About the Damage They Are Doing to Society’

Britain’s health secretary, Sajid Javid, has railed against the unvaccinated for the “impact” he says they are having on fellow citizens, guilt-tripping them to “really think about the damage they are doing to society”.

“People have had over a year — almost a year now, to get vaccinated. There’s still ten per cent of our population that have chosen, for whatever reason, not to get vaccinated… five million-plus,” Javid seethed during an interview with Comcast-owned Sky’s Trevor Phillips, a former Labour politician and chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality and its Tony Blair-created successor, the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

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UK: Jeremy Corbyn’s Brother Piers Arrested Over Call to ‘Burn Down’ Offices of Pro-Lockdown Politicians

Piers Corbyn, the brother of former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, has reportedly been arrested after footage emerged on social media in which he apparently called for people to “burn down” the offices of pro-lockdown politicians.

On Sunday morning, the Metropolitan Police announced they had arrested an unnamed man in his seventies on suspicion of encouragement to commit arson, in relation to a “video posted online in which people were encouraged to burn down MPs’ offices”.

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UK: Met Currently Prosecuting Alleged Illegal Gathering on December 18th — in a House in Ilford

The Met Police are currently prosecuting an alleged illegal gathering on December 18th last year — the same day Downing Street staffers reportedly celebrated when London was under Tier 3 Covid restrictions.

Restrictions in place at the time mandated the closure of pubs and restaurants except for takeaways, banned indoor social gatherings and limited outdoor socialising to no more than six people.

But reports in The Mirror suggest between “40 to 50 people” people were crammed “cheek by jowl” into a room in Number 10 for an event that has been described as a “Covid nightmare” by one source.

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Minister to Probe Police Violence After Cops Seen Whipping Anti-Vaccine Protesters

Public Security Minister Omar Barlev held a meeting Sunday evening with top police officials after cops were accused of using violence against protesters in two separate demonstrations over the weekend.

Anti-vaccine protesters said they were whipped by mounted officers near the prime minister’s private home in Ra’anana, while right-wing demonstrators were blasted with water cannons in Jerusalem.

Barlev, whose ministry is responsible for police, was to be briefed on what happened at both locations, according to earlier Hebrew media reports.

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Protest at Bennett’s House: ‘No to Green Pass, No to Coercion’

‘Professionals and the general public are coming to understand that the existing restrictions do not contribute to public health.’ rge protest against Green Pass regulations took place Saturday night in Ra’anana in front of Prime Minister Bennett’s house.

Flyers advertising the event emphasized the backing of “medical teams” and read, “No to the Green Pass, no to coercion.”

Reports on social media cited thousands in attendance amid harsh police force.

Senior Israeli doctor Yoav Yehezkeli, who was present, praised the turnout by medical professionals. “I was last night at a demonstration by medical teams against discrimination and vaccine coercion in the form of the Green Pass. The awakening among medical professionals, who understand that the narrative of the epidemic being marketed to them is mistaken, is heartwarming,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

He noted the protest also saw the attendance of “a diverse general audience” comprising “an intelligent public, parents, teachers not opposed to vaccines, who demonstrated for principles and for the benefit of the public and not out of selfish interest, seeking the freedom of the individual and the people.”

“I hope the voices reached the Prime Minister’s House.

“I hope he will sober up realizing that he has embarked on a path that has already failed, a destructive and dangerous path for public health, the economy and society, out of panic that his seemingly professional advisers are sowing in their lack of understanding.

[At last, whilst he may brazen it out, the political turncoat is past the stage of being able to claim ignorance, indeed, maybe he was “just obeying orders” like Hoess and Eichmann]

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EU Extends Sanctions on Russia, Threatens ‘Massive Consequences’ in the Case of an Attack on Ukraine

A summit of the European Council was held in Brussels on Thursday during which EU leaders came to a decision concerning a potential Russian attack against Ukraine.

“Any further military aggression against Ukraine will have massive consequences and severe cost in response, including restrictive measures coordinated with partners,” leaders said in their final summit statement referring to United States and United Kingdom allies. According to Bloomberg, the Biden administration is pushing for the EU to hit Russia’s banking and energy sectors hard, as a set of “options” to implement in the scenario of any future attack on Ukraine.

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Chinese Tennis Star Now Denies Ever Making Sexual Assault Allegations

Tennis star Peng Shuai denied she ever made sexual assault allegations on Sunday, addressing the matter for the first time since her initial post in early November, Reuters reported.

“First, I need to stress one point that is extremely important, I have never said or written that anyone has sexually assaulted me, I have to clearly stress this point,” Peng said from the sidelines of a cross-country skiing event in Shanghai, Reuters reported.

“People have many misunderstandings” about the post, she said, which was taken down within 30 minutes, and she called it a “private matter” without elaborating, Reuters reported. The video of her remarks was released by Lianhe Zaobao, a Singapore media outlet.

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184,000 Migrants Illegally Crossed EU Borders This Year

In the first eleven months of this year, 184,000 people illegally crossed the European Union’s borders, which is 60 percent more than in the same period last year. Frontex, the EU border agency, reported the troubling data in its regular report on border conditions.

The agency stressed that the situation is especially tense at the eastern border of the EU, which has been crossed by 8,000 migrants this year. That is 13 times more than in the previous year.

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Belgium: Almost Half of New-Born Babies Have a Foreign Mother or a Mother With Foreign Roots

Figures released by the Planning Bureau show that almost half of all babies born in Belgium in 2020 had either a foreign mother or a mother with foreign roots. The figures also show that on average women that are foreign nationals or have roots abroad have more children than women from a Belgian background.

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Fogbound for Britain: RNLI Help Another 45 Migrants Ashore on Misty Morning in Kent After Their Boat Was Found in Channel — as Total to Make Perilous Crossing This Year Nears 27,000

At least 45 more migrants have been pulled from British waters this morning pushing the total number closer to 27,000 just days before Christmas.

The migrants were spotted being helped ashore by Border Force officials in Dungeness, Kent, after making the journey across the English Channel from France during heavy fog.

Tired and freezing from the winter cold, the migrants were seen without lifejackets stepping on to dry land Dungeness in Kent at around 7am after being picked up in the English Channel by the RNLI.

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France: Zemmour: Let’s Reduce Legal Immigration to Zero

Social benefits should be limited to French nationals and immigration should be brought to zero, presidential candidate Éric Zemmour said on Wednesday on the RTL France television channel’s election program.

“National solidarity must again become national,” Zemmour said. “It must be what it was before the 1990s: the RSA, family allowances, minimum old-age pensions, and housing subsidies must be limited to the French and no longer available to foreigners.”

The RSA is a benefit introduced in 2009, aimed at helping the jobless find new employment.

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Italy: Salvini Trial for Stopping Migrant Ship Hears First Witness Testimony

The first witnesses in the trial of former Italian deputy prime minister and minister of the interior Matteo Salvini have been heard, with Admiral Sergio Liardo claiming that Salvini was not alone in responsibility for blocking an NGO migrant taxi in 2019.

Senator Matteo Salvini, the leader of the League (Lega) party, is currently on trial for kidnapping because he denied a vessel of the migrant taxi NGO Open Arms permission to dock in an Italian port in August of 2019, leaving the ship stranded for around three weeks.

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Nearly 27,000 Migrants Have Crossed the Channel So Far This Year, After More Than 900 Completed the Crossing on Thursday and Friday

Nearly 27,000 migrants have crossed the English Channel so far this year, after more than 900 more completed the crossing on Thursday and Friday last week.

The Home Office revealed that Border Force intercepted or rescued 29 boats, carrying 917 people, from the freezing waters.

French authorities also prevented another 560 migrants from making the trip.

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Czech Court Still Refuse to Recognize Adoption of Children by Same-Sex Couples

The upper house of the Czech Parliament refused to approve the amendment, which would have seen Czech courts officially recognize the adoption of children abroad by same-sex couples. According to critics, amending private international law would interfere with the Czech Civil Code. Therefore, Senator Vaclav Laska, the proposal’s author, pledged to submit a comprehensive amendment to Czech law by the spring of next year.

Laska wanted the amendment to achieve recognition of the factual and legal relationship of adopted children of same-sex couples, which depends on the decision of a foreign court. According to the senator, the change could also help unmarried heterosexual couples adopt a child abroad. The matter would regard tens of Czech couples a year.

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Parents Erupt at California School Board Meeting Over Alleged ‘Coaching’ Of Students Into LGBTQ Club

Authored by Brad Jones via The Epoch Times

A mixed crowd of more than 150 people packed a school board meeting in Salinas, Calif., on Dec. 15 as frustrated parents clashed with supporters of two teachers accused of subverting parents and recruiting middle school students into a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club.

Jessica Konen, one of about 30 people who spoke during an extended public comment period, told the board that school staff indoctrinated her child and usurped her parental authority.

Konen blasted the board and accused teachers and staff of coaching her gender dysphoric daughter through the Equality Club, an LGBTQ+ support group now called the You Be You (UBU) Club at Buena Vista Middle School.

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6 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/19/2021

  1. “Polish news outlet Dorzeczy.pl has published a controversial email that was sent out to the assistants of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from Adam Mouchtar, who is a special political advisor to the European Parliament.

    In the email titled “No Christmas greetings please,” Mouchtar asked MEPs’ assistants to persuade their MEPs to not send out Christmas greetings and wishes. The advisor outright stated that the wishes were “treated like spam” and were a “nuisance.”

    Makes me wonder if it’s possible to flood their inboxes with Christmas greetings…

  2. “Meanwhile, the French presidential candidate Eric Zemmour said in a TV interview that the level of legal migration into France should be reduced to zero.”

    That’s nice isn’t it?.

    I really do hate to say it but anyone who is in the public space who says they will fix matters cannot be trusted. “Controlled opposition” and all that. Just so I know, what does this Zemmour chap think about the level of illegal immigration?

    Words matter.

    In my view, the individual who will come (in the future) and say, in a truly principled manner, that they will eliminate all the corruption that has led our civilisation to this point will likely get voted in (depending on who counts the votes of course).

    Let’s see where all this goes…..

    • Oh, by the way, when we see major MSM players allowing things that we already know should be seen by the “masses” (do look up the work by Edward Bernays) then we should only view this as them saying (implicitly) that they are showing how much they are really really truly are on our side.

      Honest.

      When the time comes we shall thank them kindly for their (dis)information and gently lead them up the steps for them to demonstrate their penitence.

      We all thank you in advance.

  3. Here in the Covid Compliant People’s Republic of the New York Gulag, Empress Hochul has decided to override our many County Executives who have said they will not enforce her illegal “mandates”.

    The so called “mandates” are not even executive orders, let alone laws. All of the edicts are based on a “Determination” by our temporary commissioner of the Health Dept.

    Florida will not be able to hold all of us who will be moving there.

    https://nypost.com/2021/12/20/mask-revolt-spurs-hochul-to-have-state-enforce-business-mandate/

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