Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/9/2022

The Ambassador Bridge from Windsor, Ontario to Detroit has been closed down by protesting truckers on the Canadian side. Meanwhile, tow truck companies in Ottawa are refusing city government requests to tow away the rigs blocking Parliament Hill.

In other news, French President Emmanuel Macron said that mass migration from Africa will make France even greater.

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

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USA
» 9-Year-Old Girl Shot in Apparent Houston Road Rage Incident
» CNN ‘Doctor’: “The Science Has Changed” So Lift COVID Restrictions
» Connecticut Students Protest at Capitol Over School Masks
» DHS Issues Terrorism Bulletin Over “Conspiracy Theories” And “Misleading Narratives”
» Fact Checkers Are the Ministry of Truth
» Growth of ‘Climate Therapy’ For ‘Eco-Anxiety’ Labeled “Rational” By NY Times
» Human Rights Org Applies Middle East Anti-Radicalism Strategy to Combat Critical Race Theory in US
» Los Angeles Deputy DAs Slam George Gascon for Declining Their Invitation to Defend Himself Against Recall
» More Lewis County Students Join Protests Over School Mask Mandate
» Ohio State University Tells Students to “Replace Your Mask Between Bites and Sips”
» Parents, Students at Warren Township and Mundelein High School Protest for Option to Go Maskless
» Ridgefield High Students Stage Anti-Mask Walkout
» States One Step Closer in Uphill, Unconventional Approach to Amend Constitution, Limit Federal Govt Power
» Va School District Seeks ‘Social Media Listening’ on ‘Hate Speech’ To Deter ‘Negative Actions’ Towards Staff
» Video: Rogan Dicusses “Political Hit Job” Against Him
 
Canada
» Alberta Roundup: Coutts, Milk River and Kenney’s Big Announcement
» Ambassador Bridge Protest: Detroit to Windsor Off-Ramp Blocked!
» Another Liberal MP Speaks Out Against Trudeau’s Pandemic Response
» Anti-Mandate Protestors Descend on Quinte West City Hall
» Auto Plants Start Halting Production Following Border Protests
» Breaking: Police Say Enforcement is Imminent on Border Blockade
» Breaking: Trudeau Claims ‘Canada Has Never Been So Strong and Together as We Are Now’
» Breaking: Ford Calls for End of ‘Illegal Occupation and Blockade’ at Ambassador Bridge
» Breaking: Freedom Protesters Turn to Crypto, GiveSendGo After GoFundMe Seizure
» Breaking: Windsor Requests Additional Personnel be Deployed to Clear Ambassador Bridge Blockade
» Cantin-Nantel: Quebecers Are Rallying Behind the Freedom Convoy
» CBC Reporter Live Tweets Rebel Reporter on Fox News: Our Tax Dollars at Work
» Convoy Supporters: ‘This is How You Beat the Globalists — With Love’
» Exclusive Video — Canadian YouTuber Viva Frei: ‘Legacy Media’ Are ‘Outright Lying’ About Freedom Convoy
» Freedom Convoy Crowdfund Tops $7 Million on GiveSendGo Just Days After Launch
» GiveSendGo Error Exposed User Data, Report Says
» House of Commons Votes Narrowly to End Public Health Surveillance
» How Anti-Vaccine Protests in Ottawa Sparked Windsor Demonstrations
» Hysterical Left on Peaceful Canadian Freedom Convoy: ‘Occupation, ‘ ‘Siege, ‘ ‘Terrorism’
» Jailhouse Interview: Pastor Art Pawlowski Arrested on Way to Border Blockade Speaks From Behind Bars
» Must Watch: Canadian Freedom Protester Slams CBC Journalist for Suggesting His Kids be Taken Away
» Ontario Health Minister Says No Plans to Drop Vax Passports or Masks
» Ottawa Police Say Presence of Children in Freedom Convoy ‘Complicates’ Efforts to End Demonstration
» Pierre Poilievre Taps Jeremy Liedtke as Campaign Director
» Pierre Poilievre Tells Trudeau ‘The Rest of the World is Moving on’ From COVID While He ‘Hunkers Down’
» Special Forces Soldier Faces Scrutiny for Alleged Support of Convoy Protesters
» Special Meetings at Winnipeg’s City Hall to Address Ongoing Protest Concerns
» The Democracy Fund Will Fight Your Ottawa Freedom Protest Ticket for Free!
» Toronto Police Closing Queen’s Park Circle ‘Immediately’ Ahead of Potential Vehicle Protest
» Tow-Trucking Companies Refuse to Tow Freedom Convoy
» Trudeau Slams ‘Unacceptable’ Protests as Police Warn Truckers
» Watch: Dr. Jordan Peterson Joins Dr. Julie Ponesse to Talk Truckers’ Freedom Convoy
» Watch: Psaki Says Canadian Freedom Convoy is More Disruptive Than the Vaccine Mandates They’re Protesting
» What it’s Like Reporting From the Ground at the Alberta Truckers’ Border Blockade
 
Europe and the EU
» Britain’s Schools, Towns, And Police Forces Are Filled With Uyghur-Linked Surveillance
» COVID in Europe: Sweden Joins Denmark and Norway in Lifting Most Restrictions
» Dozens of Czechs Demand Financial Compensation for Vaccine Side Effects
» German Court Rules Anti-Lockdown Protest Ban Illegal
» Hungary: PM Orban Rated as Better Leader Than Opposition Candidate, Polling Shows
» Inspired by Canadian Protests, French ‘Freedom Convoy’ Gets Underway
» ‘Like a Battlefield’ — Turkish Suspect Slams Truck Into 30 Cars During Fiery Rampage in Germany
» Scottish Politician Julie McKenzie Wants Comedian Jimmy Carr Prosecuted for Netflix Special
» Secularists Demand Removal of Virgin Mary Statue in French Village
» UK: PM Expects End to All Remaining COVID Restrictions, Including Self-Isolation Orders, By End of This Month
» Video: Hidden Camera Reveals Extent of Islamic Radicalization in French School
 
Russia
» Russian Teen Sensation Kamila Valieva Believed to Have Failed Drug Test at 2022 Olympics
» Russian President Warns That Escalation Over Ukraine Could Lead to Nuclear War
 
South Asia
» India: Non-Muslim Students Are Vehemently Opposing ‘Hijab Pollution’ in the Educational Sphere in Karnataka
 
Far East
» China’s TikTok Partners With Apple’s Siri, Who Was Just Caught Recording Interactions Without Permission
» China Scrubbed Hashtags for Figure-Skater Zhu Yi After She Falls During Contest
» DeSantis Slams Big Tech and Media for ‘Whitewashing’ The ‘Genocide Olympics, ‘ Says Biden is Weak on China
» ‘Early Version of COVID-19’ Is Discovered in Chinese Lab, Fuelling Fears That Scientists Were Studying the Virus Prior to Outbreak
 
Australia — Pacific
» Furious Jacqui Lambie Slams Evangelical Christian Scott Morrison as ‘Selfish’ For Pushing ‘Disgusting’ Religious Freedom Laws as His Top Priority
» Police Arrest Convoy Protesters at New Zealand’s Parliament
» Watch: Perth Mum and Daughter’s Dramatic Cafe Arrest
 
Immigration
» Austrian Police Find Migrants in ‘Horror Box’ Under Truck
» British Hotel Shuts Down to House Asylum Seekers, Canceling Weddings and Telling Staff They Must Reapply for Their Jobs
» German Interior Minister Plans Massive Migrant Influx
» Mass Migration From Africa and the Middle East ‘Can Make France Greater,’ Macron Claims
» Over 4,100 Migrants Reached Spain in January
» Spain Charges People Smugglers Using Boats to Avoid North African City Walls
 
Culture Wars
» Disclaimer on Bible Quote at Berlin Palance Earns Praise From Germany’s Far-Left Culture Minister
» Polish Court Acquits Ikea Manager Who Fired Employee for Quoting the Bible in Response to LGBT Community Event
» Spain to Teach Children 6 and Under That Gender is a ‘Construct’ Rather Than Biological
 

9-Year-Old Girl Shot in Apparent Houston Road Rage Incident

A 9-year-old girl is in critical condition after she was shot in the head on Tuesday night during an apparent road rage incident in Houston, Texas.

The girl was traveling with her father, mother and 12-year-old brother to the grocery store around 9 p.m. when their Chevy Tahoe was caught in the middle of two cars that appeared to be racing, the Houston Police Department said in a statement to The Hill.

A white GMC Denali cut off the family several times before the driver of the pickup truck swerved behind the Tahoe and someone in the Denali fired a gun directly at the family’s vehicle before fleeing, police said.

The girl was struck in the head but the rest of the family members were not injured, police said. The family pulled over to a local gas station and the girl was transported to the Texas Children’s Hospital, where she had surgery overnight. She is still listed in critical condition as of the latest police update on Wednesday evening…

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

CNN ‘Doctor’: “The Science Has Changed” So Lift COVID Restrictions

Despite nothing changing at all, CNN’s resident ‘doctor’ Leana Wen claimed this week that “the science has changed” and so COVID restrictions including mask mandates should now be rescinded.

Wen failed to cite any studies or data that shows the science has changed.

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

Connecticut Students Protest at Capitol Over School Masks

HARTFORD — A group of about a dozen suburban children and their parents held a small anti-mask protest outside the State Capitol Wednesday morning as lawmakers arrived for the first day of the 12-week legislative session.

A small footprint on the site of last year’s protest of thousands of people opposed to vaccine and mask mandates, the school students complained about being disrespected and disciplined by teachers in an atmosphere that has prevented them from learning, socializing and even seeing the facial expressions of their fellow students.

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

DHS Issues Terrorism Bulletin Over “Conspiracy Theories” And “Misleading Narratives”

The Department of Homeland Security has issued a new terrorism bulletin in response to concerns over “conspiracy theories” and “misleading narratives.”

Yes, really.

“The United States remains in a heightened threat environment fueled by several factors, including an online environment filled with false or misleading narratives and conspiracy theories, and other forms of mis— dis— and mal-information (MDM) introduced and/or amplified by foreign and domestic threat actors,” the DHS bulletin stated.

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

Fact Checkers Are the Ministry of Truth

Snopes claimed a report about the Biden administration funding crack pipes for drug addicts was “mostly false,” even though it was literally true and Snopes admitted it was true in their own article.

At this point, there’s very little to distinguish ‘fact checkers’ from a modern day Ministry of Truth.

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

Growth of ‘Climate Therapy’ For ‘Eco-Anxiety’ Labeled “Rational” By NY Times

The New York Times reports on the growth of ‘climate therapy’ for leftists suffering from ‘eco-anxiety’, including people who are having panic attacks over perceived environmental catastrophes and their friends going on holiday.

In an article titled ‘Climate Change Enters the Therapy Room’, the newspaper reports, “Eco-anxiety, a concept introduced by young activists, has entered a mainstream vocabulary. And professional organizations are hurrying to catch up. Though there is little empirical data on effective treatments, the field is expanding swiftly.”

According to Portland psychologist Dr. Thomas J. Doherty, who has built an entire practice catering for the treatment of climate anxiety, people are being triggered into mental breakdowns by things as simple as their friends discussing future vacations.

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

Human Rights Org Applies Middle East Anti-Radicalism Strategy to Combat Critical Race Theory in US

Hardwired Global, a human rights organization based in Richmond, Virginia, that has crafted curricula to promote peace and pluralism in the Middle East and North Africa, is launching a new effort to combat “divisive curriculums and teacher training programs” based on critical race theory (CRT).

“Divisive curriculums and teacher training programs based on CRT and similar frameworks that are currently being sold to schools are rooted in Marxism and discriminatory ideas,” Tina Ramirez, president and executive director of Hardwired Global, told Fox News Digital. “From my work around the world and my extensive human rights background, I’ve seen firsthand that this only leads to more division and hate, and worsens existing problems.”

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

Los Angeles Deputy DAs Slam George Gascon for Declining Their Invitation to Defend Himself Against Recall

A group representing more than 800 Los Angeles prosecutors invited their boss to defend himself from a petition seeking to oust him in a recall election. He declined.

Democratic L.A. District Attorney George Gascon’s own deputies slammed him for blowing them off at a virtual town hall event at which they’d asked him to explain why he shouldn’t be recalled Wednesday. They also wanted to ask him questions about “his policies and decisions.”

They had invited him last week and asked for a response by 1 p.m. Wednesday — which they received at 12:23 p.m. The deputies also accused Gascon of rarely actually showing up to work and of violating the public’s trust.

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

More Lewis County Students Join Protests Over School Mask Mandate

Student protests against the state’s mask requirement in schools have picked up steam in Lewis County, with students from multiple school districts initiating their own walkouts this week.

The mandate for Washington schools was initially issued in early August 2021 as a requirement to resume in-person learning.

The state issued a statewide indoor mask mandate on Aug. 23, 2021 as the delta and omicron variants caused COVID-19 case rates to rise.

Several state governors — including Oregon Gov. Kate Brown — recently announced plans to lift masking requirements in schools.

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

Ohio State University Tells Students to “Replace Your Mask Between Bites and Sips”

Ohio State University is ordering students to “wear a mask and replace your mask between bites and sips.”

Yes, really.

The draconian mandate was highlighted by the Libs of Tik Tok account, with messages apparently being posted around campus reminding students of their duty to perform the humiliating ritual.

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

Parents, Students at Warren Township and Mundelein High School Protest for Option to Go Maskless

CHICAGO (CBS) — More protests against wearing masks in the classroom Wednesday as students at both Mundelein High School and Warren Township High School rallied outside school buildings.

CBS 2’s Mugo Odigwe details what they are asking for.

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

Ridgefield High Students Stage Anti-Mask Walkout

RIDGEFIELD — A crowd of a few dozen Ridgefield High School students gathered at the school’s campus entrance on Wednesday morning after walking out of class to protest mask mandates set by the state.

Similar protests were reported in Amboy, Battle Ground and Hockinson.

Drew Harteloo, a Ridgefield senior, helped to organize the walkout after deliberating with fellow students and seeing similar protests last week in Washougal.

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

States One Step Closer in Uphill, Unconventional Approach to Amend Constitution, Limit Federal Govt Power

A state senator calling for constitutional amendments said that “overreach on the part of the federal government” has forced states to attempt reform in a way never accomplished before.

The Nebraska Legislature passed a resolution Jan. 28 calling on states to begin the formal process to pass constitutional amendments that would limit the federal government’s spending and jurisdiction, as well as set term limits for members of Congress.

“What’s driving this as much as anything is overreach on the part of the federal government,” Nebraska state Sen. Steve Halloran, who sponsored the resolution, told Fox News.

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

Va School District Seeks ‘Social Media Listening’ on ‘Hate Speech’ To Deter ‘Negative Actions’ Towards Staff

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is seeking a social media monitoring service that will track hate speech as well as purported harassment and threats against employees, students, or racial groups — resurfacing concerns about First Amendment rights and school safety.

A request for proposal (RFP), which closed last week, showed the Virginia school district offering $200,000 to “detect help deter any negative actions or consequences coming from social media which may be directed to racial groups or any student or teacher within FCPS.”

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

Video: Rogan Dicusses “Political Hit Job” Against Him

Joe Rogan further addressed the campaign to have him booted off Spotify and silenced Tuesday, labelling it a “political hit job” and stating that he doesn’t believe he should “apologize for nonsense.”

Speaking with fellow comedian and podcaster Akaash Singh about out of context edited videos of his old shows online, Rogan stated “You know, in a lot of ways, like, all this is a relief, because it’s like, just because that that video it always been out there. It’s like, this is a political hit job.”

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

Alberta Roundup: Coutts, Milk River and Kenney’s Big Announcement

It can be tough to keep up with the plethora of related headlines and announcements as the days and weeks of the great Canadian freedom convoy roll by! Rebel continues to have reporters in locations countrywide, including in the rural regions of Coutts and Milk River, Alberta where reporters Kian Simone, Syd Fizzard and Adam Soos are currently embedded in the action there.

If you’re unfamiliar with the situation there, this Rebel report provides a good summary up to this point.

Last weekend, the Coutts border crossing tracked 10,000 truckers!

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

Ambassador Bridge Protest: Detroit to Windsor Off-Ramp Blocked!

As Justin Trudeau and his useful idiots in the mainstream media continue to vilify and demonize the Freedom Convoy truckers and their supporters in Ottawa, the line is being held. Indeed, other trucker demonstrations are now popping up all over our great dominion.

From Toronto and Quebec City to Alberta, truckers have assembled, demanding an end to the myriad useless COVID-19 lockdown mandates that are making all our lives miserable.

The latest trucker protest is now taking place in Windsor, Ont.

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

Another Liberal MP Speaks Out Against Trudeau’s Pandemic Response

The day after Quebec Liberal MP Joel Lightbound broke rank with his own government over its handling of COVID-19, Liberal MP Yves Robillard is also raising questions about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s response to the pandemic.

“He [Lightbound] said exactly what a lot of us think,” said Robillard in an interview with the Hill Times on Wednesday. “I agree with everything that Lightbound said.”

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

Anti-Mandate Protestors Descend on Quinte West City Hall

No, there wasn’t an accident, the traffic and honking Trenton motorists experienced early Wednesday afternoon was a convoy of protestors making their way through the community in protest of vaccine mandates.

Hundreds of protesters made their way from Centennial Park to Quinte West city hall flying Canadian flags and carrying signs denouncing COVID-19 vaccine mandates. While many in the group were not vaccinated, those who were vaccinated also participated, like co-organizer Curtis Chamberlain.

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

Auto Plants Start Halting Production Following Border Protests

The anti-vaccination trucker protest that has paralyzed the Canadian capital, Ottawa, has spread to Michigan’s border and threatens to create chaos in an auto industry already struggling to cope with what industry experts have described as a “fragile supply chain.”

Demonstrators have been setting up blockades at the two bridges linking Ontario and Michigan since Monday. The Blue Water and Ambassador bridges together serve thousands of trucks every day, many of them carrying automotive parts and finished vehicles.

Traffic over the Ambassador Bridge has come to a virtual halt. Only a small number of trucks moved from Canada to Michigan on Wednesday. The situation at the Blue Water Bridge connecting Sarnia, Ontario, to Port Huron, Michigan, isn’t much better, with reported delays of at least 41/2 hours.

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

Breaking: Police Say Enforcement is Imminent on Border Blockade

UPDATE: An earlier version of this story said enforcement was likely in Coutts. That enforcement action is related to Milk River.

Truckers and farmers have been intermittently blocking the border since Sunday, January 30, after they began protesting public health restrictions at the Coutts border crossing on January 29.

The protest is part of a nationwide movement of truckers and their supporters that have banded together for freedom from COVID-19 restrictions, including an end to cross-border vaccine mandates for truck drivers.

Rebel News reporter Adam Soos has been on the ground in Milk River since Monday night where a crowd has amassed to show support for the blockade in Coutts. Supporters are being obstructed by police from travelling to Coutts, which is 20km away.

Police have said the blockade of the main crossing between Alberta and Montana is illegal.

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

Breaking: Trudeau Claims ‘Canada Has Never Been So Strong and Together as We Are Now’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Canadians were as stronger and more together than during Question Period on Wednesday, despite increasing pressure from protestors, the official opposition, and members of his own caucus.

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

Breaking: Ford Calls for End of ‘Illegal Occupation and Blockade’ at Ambassador Bridge

Ontario Premier Doug Ford called for an end to the “illegal occupation and blockade happening in Ontario,” as the Ambassador Bridge remains blocked by protestors.

“The ongoing illegal occupation and blockade happening in Ontario must stop. The Ambassador Bridge is one of the most vital trade corridors in our country. The damage this is causing to our economy, to people’s jobs and their livelihoods is totally unacceptable. We cannot let this continue.

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

Breaking: Freedom Protesters Turn to Crypto, GiveSendGo After GoFundMe Seizure

Organizers of the freedom convoy that has gridlocked Ottawa for the last two weeks held a press conference on Wednesday, where they provided updates on the movement’s financial situations following the seizure of $9 million by fundraising site GoFundMe.

JCCF lawyer representing the truckers Keith Wilson spoke of a “couple very important things happened,” including news on the injunction by Ontario Supreme Court Justice Hugh McLean ordered that protestors stop honking for ten days.

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

Breaking: Windsor Requests Additional Personnel be Deployed to Clear Ambassador Bridge Blockade

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens addressed media today, as blockades on the Ambassador Bridge related to the Ottawa truckers Freedom Convoy continues to halt an estimated $450 million worth of goods, each day.

[Comment: I find the photo with news article incredible.]

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

Cantin-Nantel: Quebecers Are Rallying Behind the Freedom Convoy

I have been on the ground covering the Freedom Convoy protests in Ottawa for the last two weekends, and I noticed that about half the protesters are Quebec francophones.

Despite having one of the highest vaccination rates among provinces, Quebec has the strictest COVID-19 restrictions in Canada. Its government response to the latest Omicron wave was also one of the harshest in the Western world.

Some of the restrictions the Quebec government has imposed on its people include hospitality and fitness lockdowns, vaccine mandates that limit access to groceries, and a harsh, police-enforced curfew.

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

CBC Reporter Live Tweets Rebel Reporter on Fox News: Our Tax Dollars at Work

A few days ago, Rebel News reporter Lincoln Jay made an appearance one of Fox News’ top-rated shows, Hannity. Earlier in the night, Rebel boss Ezra Levant appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight, the highest-rated news show in the U.S.

On last night’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show, Ezra expanded on a lengthy Twitter thread he’d written earlier in the day focusing on the Media Party’s coverage of the Freedom Convoy.

Speaking about a CBC reporter who was breathtakingly live-tweeting Rebel News figures appear on Fox News, Ezra said:

A CBC reporter, paid an enormous sum of money, was sitting watching Fox News and rage tweeting about it, including Rebel News being on Fox News. So you had CBC watching Fox News talking to Rebel News and tweeting about it.

I didn’t know that’s why we’re paying a billion-and-a-half dollars a year to the CBC.

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

Convoy Supporters: ‘This is How You Beat the Globalists — With Love’

Last Friday morning, the Ottawa Police Service announced that they were going to employ an initiative against the Freedom Convoy and their supporters, something they called a “surge and contain” strategy.

It seemed to many observers that law enforcement was about to flex its muscles and somehow shut down the Ottawa protest.

Alas, it looks like when it comes to the Ottawa Police Service, its bark is worse than its bite (not that demonstrators are complaining, mind you.)

In any event, there was no “surge” by law enforcement; there was no “containment.”

Indeed it’s business as usual in Ottawa when it comes to the protest: big rigs are everywhere in the downtown core — and if you’re in an area of the city where you can’t see them, rest assured you can certainly hear them.

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

Exclusive Video — Canadian YouTuber Viva Frei: ‘Legacy Media’ Are ‘Outright Lying’ About Freedom Convoy

Canadian YouTuber David Freiheit, who operates under the name Viva Frei, told Breitbart News on Tuesday in Ottawa, ON, that the “legacy media” and “politicians” are “outright lying” about the Freedom Convoy in Canada’s capital city.

Freiheit has done hour-long livestreams from Ottawa across recent days, documenting events at and around Parliament Hill in the city’s downtown core.

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

Freedom Convoy Crowdfund Tops $7 Million on GiveSendGo Just Days After Launch

Just days after it was launched, the Freedom Convoy 2022 campaign on GiveSendGo has topped $7 million in donations.

The GiveSendGo page reads: “To our Fellow Canadians, the time for political over reach is over. Our current government is implementing rules and mandates that are destroying the foundation of our businesses, industries and livelihoods. Canadians have been integral to the fabric of humanity in many ways that have shaped the planet.”

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

GiveSendGo Error Exposed User Data, Report Says

GiveSendGo, an alternative crowdfunding platform that came to the rescue after GoFundMe pulled the plug on fundraising for the Freedom Convoy, has suffered a vulnerability that exposed private data, TechCrunch reports.

The company has since fixed the vulnerability.

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

House of Commons Votes Narrowly to End Public Health Surveillance

The House of Commons has narrowly voted to put an end to the Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) surveillance program that spied on 33 million mobile devices.

173 MPs voted to end the program while 155 MPs wanted it to continue.

“There was no consent given by users to allow the telecom companies to collect this data,” said Conservative MP John Brassard. “(Canadians) are becoming increasingly concerned about the expansive overreach by the government.”

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

How Anti-Vaccine Protests in Ottawa Sparked Windsor Demonstrations

What started as a protest against vaccine mandates morphed into something else. It turned into a traffic jam, a trade blockade of pickups and semi-trucks driven by their anti-mandate owners, shutting down truck traffic at the Ambassador Bridge for another day.

CBC Windsor News reporter and anchor Chris Ensing says the protests at the Ambassador Bridge builds off of the protests in Ottawa as well as a culmination of events that’s happened in Windsor Essex the past couple of weeks. Convoys and drivers have been honking their horns, demonstrating their disapproval of vaccine mandates and other COVID-19 restrictions.

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

Hysterical Left on Peaceful Canadian Freedom Convoy: ‘Occupation, ‘ ‘Siege, ‘ ‘Terrorism’

OTTAWA, Ontario — Canadian leftists this week began using war terms such as “occupation,” “siege,” and “terrorism” to describe the ongoing Freedom Convoy demonstration in Ottawa, alongside calls inviting authorities to consider the use of military intervention to end the protest.

During an “emergency debate” in the House of Commons on Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said demonstrators in Canada’s capital city “are trying to blockade our economy, our democracy, and our fellow citizens’ daily lives.” He framed the demonstrations as characterized by Nazi symbolism and confederate flags.

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

Jailhouse Interview: Pastor Art Pawlowski Arrested on Way to Border Blockade Speaks From Behind Bars

Calgary’s renegade pastor, Artur Pawlowski, was taken into custody — the fifth time in less than two years — for the very serious criminal charges of mischief over $5,000 and interfering with critical infrastructure.

He’s also in trouble for not keeping the peace related to conditions of a prior arrest. He didn’t blow up any pipelines, not that he ever would. He didn’t block an ambulance from going to a hospital. He didn’t call in a bomb threat to the airport.

Art’s crime, according to the vindictive Calgary Police Service, was attempting to travel to the border blockade in Coutts, Alberta, some three hours south of Cowtown.

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

Must Watch: Canadian Freedom Protester Slams CBC Journalist for Suggesting His Kids be Taken Away

On Tuesday, video was posted to Twitter of a protestor ripping into a CBC reporter for suggesting that his children, who have traveled with him to Ottawa for the truckers’ convoy, should be taken away and are in danger.

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

Ontario Health Minister Says No Plans to Drop Vax Passports or Masks

Despite announcements from Alberta, Saskatchewan and PEI, Ontario health minister Christine Elliott has said the Ford government does not plan on ending its vaccine passport system or mask mandate any time soon.

“We have no plans currently to drop the passport vaccination situation or masking,” said Elliott at a press conference on Wednesday. “We believe that masking is going to be important for some time to come.”

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

Ottawa Police Say Presence of Children in Freedom Convoy ‘Complicates’ Efforts to End Demonstration

Ottawa police (OPS) have reportedly raised concerns with child protective services about the safety of the children living with their parents who are part of the Freedom Convoy truck protest, stating that the presence of the children “complicates” efforts to end the demonstration, which has been going on for over a week.

According to estimates produced by the police in a briefing on Tuesday, more than 100 of the trucks participating in the protest in downtown Ottawa have children living in them.

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

Pierre Poilievre Taps Jeremy Liedtke as Campaign Director

Pierre Poilievre has hired a long-time staffer and former manager of his local campaigns to run his bid for the Conservative leadership, True North has learned.

A source from Poilievre’s campaign said Jeremy Liedtke, who has worked for Poilievre since 2016, will run the leadership campaign.

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

Pierre Poilievre Tells Trudeau ‘The Rest of the World is Moving on’ From COVID While He ‘Hunkers Down’

Pierre Poilievre expressed his frustrations with ongoing COVID restrictions, urging the government to repeal COVID restrictions and return to Canadians their freedom.

On Wednesday, Carlton MP and prime-ministerial hopeful Pierre Poilievre delivered a passionate speech in the House of Commons wherein he implored Prime Minister Trudeau and other members of the government to do away with COVID restrictions.

His remarks come amid ongoing protests across Canada, and recent news that some provinces have begun eliminating certain safety measures.

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

Special Forces Soldier Faces Scrutiny for Alleged Support of Convoy Protesters

The Canadian military is looking into whether a special forces soldier whose house allegedly has a large banner supporting convoy protesters displayed outside has violated any rules.

Canadian Forces members complained that the soldier, who is with the Joint Task Force 2 counter-terrorism unit, should not have such a symbol displayed outside his home in Stittsville.

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

Special Meetings at Winnipeg’s City Hall to Address Ongoing Protest Concerns

Special meetings at City Hall are taking place Wednesday and Thursday as Winnipeg politicians figure out the next steps in dealing with the ongoing anti-COVID-mandate protest at the Manitoba Legislature sparked by the so-called “Freedom Convoy.”

The Winnipeg Police Board met with police chief Danny Smyth Wednesday morning. According to a release from board chair Coun. Markus Chambers (St. Norbert — Seine River), the result of that meeting appears to be that the board is satisfied the protest is being handled appropriately by law enforcement, despite complaints by Winnipeggers.

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The Democracy Fund Will Fight Your Ottawa Freedom Protest Ticket for Free!

Not to blow our own horn, but it was a good thing that several Rebel News reporters were in Ottawa last weekend to witness firsthand what was really taking place vis-à-vis the Freedom Convoy. After all, if one were to receive their “news” from the Trudeau Liberals and the mainstream media, one would’ve likely have choked on the copious quantities of propaganda and outright falsehoods.

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Toronto Police Closing Queen’s Park Circle ‘Immediately’ Ahead of Potential Vehicle Protest

Police say that they are closing Queen’s Park Circle in response to a number of social media posts regarding a potential demonstration involving “a large number of vehicles.”

The precaution comes after one of the organizers of the ‘Freedom Convoy’ in Ottawa posted a video to Tik Tok on Tuesday night, in which he claimed that some participants would be travelling to Toronto to continue their demonstration.

There has so far been no indication of truckers involved in the Ottawa protest actually leaving the nation’s capital and many involved have previously indicated that they plan to stay in the area around Parliament for a prolonged period.

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Tow-Trucking Companies Refuse to Tow Freedom Convoy

The city of Ottawa’s tow-truck companies are, for the second week in a row, refusing to tow semi trucks that are participating in the freedom convoy currently gridlocking the downtown core.

10 companies all declined, with Ottawa city manager Steve Kanellakos saying that the companies that are refusing “don’t want to do the work because the heavy truck industry is such a large part of their livelihoods and they don’t want to damage that part of their businesses,” reports The Canadian Press.

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Trudeau Slams ‘Unacceptable’ Protests as Police Warn Truckers

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has hit out at protests by truckers around the country as “unacceptable”.

Speaking to parliament in Ottawa, he defended the Covid restrictions that have prompted truckers to converge on the nation’s capital.

Ottawa police meanwhile warned protesters could be arrested, and a conviction might cost them their jobs.

The protests in Ottawa and at two Canada-US border crossings have been going on for two weeks.

“Blockages, illegal demonstrations are unacceptable, and are negatively impacting businesses and manufacturers,” Mr Trudeau said on Wednesday.

“We must do everything to bring them to an end.”

He said the protesters are “trying to blockade our economy, our democracy and our fellow citizens’ daily lives”.

“It has to stop.”

Mr Trudeau returned to parliament on Monday following a week-long isolation after he caught coronavirus.

Since Monday drivers have been blocking the largest international suspension bridge in the world at a border crossing that makes up around a quarter of US-Canada trade…

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Watch: Dr. Jordan Peterson Joins Dr. Julie Ponesse to Talk Truckers’ Freedom Convoy

The Democracy Fund’s Pandemic Ethics Scholar Dr. Julie Ponesse sat down with Dr. Jordan Peterson to discuss the Canadian Trucker Freedom Convoy 2022, cancel culture, power, racism and much more. You won’t want to miss this interview!

Be sure to check out ConvoyReports.com for all of Rebel News‘ Freedom Convoy coverage, as the story of Canada’s protesting truckers continues to unfold.

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Watch: Psaki Says Canadian Freedom Convoy is More Disruptive Than the Vaccine Mandates They’re Protesting

After a week in the half into the Canadian trucker convoy protests against vaccine mandates, the closest the Biden administration has in response is acknowledging the situation to the north as it stands, rather than having concrete solutions readily available.

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What it’s Like Reporting From the Ground at the Alberta Truckers’ Border Blockade

On last night’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show, Sydney Fizzard joined Ezra to discuss his experience so far covering the border blockade in Coutts, Alberta.

Rebel News reporters Sydney Fizzard and Kian Simone have been embedded with the truckers to report on the blockade from the inside and offer authentic, “fly-on-the-wall” coverage for all the world to see.

Rebel News is also helping to crowdfund a lawyer to represent the truckers at the Alberta/Montana border as they continue negotiations with the federal RCMP. You can help cover the cost of their legal fees at TruckerLawyer.ca.

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Britain’s Schools, Towns, And Police Forces Are Filled With Uyghur-Linked Surveillance

The UK has long been leading the way with the mass use of mass surveillance, such as CCTV cameras, but it is now emerging that much of the technology enabling this policy and trend is not manufactured at home.

In fact, the use of Chinese surveillance cameras is widespread in the UK, including equipment manufactured by two Chinese state-owned companies, Hikvision and Dahua, which the US government previously blacklisted, preventing the purchase of their products by that country’s federal bodies.

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COVID in Europe: Sweden Joins Denmark and Norway in Lifting Most Restrictions

Sweden is lifting almost all of its anti-Covid restrictions from Wednesday, as the pandemic enters what’s described as a “new phase” with the dominance of the contagious but apparently less severe Omicron variant.

Among the changes, bars and restaurants are longer required to close at 11 pm and the rules on gatherings will be eased.

Also, requirements for vaccination passes to enter public venues are being removed, as is the recommendation to wear a mask on public transport during busy periods.

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Dozens of Czechs Demand Financial Compensation for Vaccine Side Effects

Close to 30 Czech residents have already applied for financial compensation due to health problems after being vaccinated against Covid-19, it has emerged.

The requested amounts of compensation range from 90,000 korunas (€3,700) to 100 million korunas (€4.1 million). The Covid-19 vaccine is the only optional one covered by the 2020 Compensatory Act, however, the Ministry of Health has not yet granted compensation to anyone.

On Jan. 20, the ministry stated it had received 27 claims for health damage and responded to seven of these, rejecting them for various reasons. Those who reject the ministry’s decision are free to file legal proceedings but, according to the ministry, no one has done so yet.

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German Court Rules Anti-Lockdown Protest Ban Illegal

A court in Germany has ruled that a ban on anti-lockdown walks implemented by a local authority was illegal and that the federal powers involved had not provided enough evidence to adequately justify the restrictions on public gatherings.

A blanket ban on so-called anti-lockdown “walks” implemented by the Brandenburg State Assembly Authority has been ruled illegal over the fact the authority has not been able to adequately justify it.

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Hungary: PM Orban Rated as Better Leader Than Opposition Candidate, Polling Shows

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is a more credible, and a better and fairer leader than the opposition candidate Péter Marki-Zay, according to the latest polling conducted by the Nézopont Institute.

The institute’s latest survey compares the current prime minister with his left-wing challenger based on three characteristics. In each of the features, the opinion of Hungarians who are likely to vote about Orban is more positive than his electoral rival.

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Inspired by Canadian Protests, French ‘Freedom Convoy’ Gets Underway

NICE, FRANCE — Protesters gathered in southern France on Wednesday for what they say will be a “freedom convoy” that will converge on Paris and Brussels to demand an end to COVID-19 restrictions, inspired by protesters who have blocked a Canadian border crossing.

About 200 protesters assembled in a parking lot in Nice, on France’s Mediterranean coast, with many displaying Canadian flags in a nod to the truckers in Canada who are protesting their government’s COVID-19 restrictions.

The protesters in Nice said they planned to head first to Paris, then on to Brussels — headquarters of the European Union — to demand, among other things, the scrapping of rules barring people from public venues if they don’t have a COVID-19 vaccination.

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‘Like a Battlefield’ — Turkish Suspect Slams Truck Into 30 Cars During Fiery Rampage in Germany

A Turkish man was arrested in Germany after he allegedly plowed a cargo truck into more than 30 cars, injuring at least three people and leaving a trail of destruction that has been likened to a ‘battlefield’ by police.

The shocking rampage unfolded at around 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening in Fürth, a city in northern Bavaria.

The driver of a large delivery truck blew through a red light, hitting a car in the intersection before speeding onwards, Nord Bayern reports.

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Scottish Politician Julie McKenzie Wants Comedian Jimmy Carr Prosecuted for Netflix Special

On Christmas Day, Netflix released comedian Jimmy Carr’s special “His Dark Materials,” where the comedian made a controversial joke. You can read about that here.

A Scottish Nationalist Party councilor has now weighed in, suggesting Carr and anyone in the audience that applauded him during the Netflix special should be prosecuted.

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Secularists Demand Removal of Virgin Mary Statue in French Village

A statue of the Virgin Mary located in the middle of a crossroads in a small French village has become the subject of controversy after secularist association, La Libre Pensée, took legal action citing a historic law which prohibits the installation of religious monuments on public property.

The statue sits enthroned at the entrance to the small village of La Flotte-en-Ré, situated on the western coast of France, but the statue of the Virgin Mary is the subject of legal action in the name of secularism. The controversy dates back to May 2020 when a motorist hit and severely damaged the statue. The Town Hall subsequently decided to rebuild it identically.

When the statue was restored to its original condition, La Libre Pensée filed a complaint at the regional Poitiers administrative court. The president of the association relied upon a law dating back to 1905 which prohibits the installation of monuments of a religious nature in public places.

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UK: PM Expects End to All Remaining COVID Restrictions, Including Self-Isolation Orders, By End of This Month

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told parliament that he expects all remaining COVID restrictions in England to be lifted by the end of the month.

Britain’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has said that he expects all remaining Chinese Coronavirus restrictions in England — including those to do with self-isolation — to be lifted by the end of the month, provided current “encouraging trends” continue regarding the disease.

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Video: Hidden Camera Reveals Extent of Islamic Radicalization in French School

A recent broadcast of Zone Interdite, a program devoted to Islamism across France, has sparked fury after it showed a classroom at a private school in Marseille in which girls are seated separately from boys and must wear the hijab.

The report, broadcasted on French television channel M6, revealed that the school has been open for nine years and currently has 143 registered students with no less than a dozen teachers.

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Russian Teen Sensation Kamila Valieva Believed to Have Failed Drug Test at 2022 Olympics

The darling of the 2022 Olympics is at the center of a brewing drug controversy.

Kamila Valieva, the 15-year-old Russian skating sensation, failed a drug test taken before the team competition, according to reports from the website Inside the Games and a Russian newspaper.

The news came after Valieva led the Russian team to gold on Monday, when she twice landed a historic quad jump. The teen figure skater became the first woman to land a quad jump at the Olympics.

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Russian President Warns That Escalation Over Ukraine Could Lead to Nuclear War

It appears that British and American hawks would like to drive Europe into a hot war with Russia. In a statement by the permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the OSCE, Alexander Lukashevich, NATO’s intentions were made clear.

Lukashevich, reminded the OSCE that NATO’s expansion violated the various OSCE Security Treaties that promise indivisible security because it poses a threat to Russian security. At a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday, French President Macron as well as his host President Vladimir Putin also reminded the audience that NATO was not a defensive organization. Especially Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan could testify to this.

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India: Non-Muslim Students Are Vehemently Opposing ‘Hijab Pollution’ in the Educational Sphere in Karnataka

Karnataka hijab row: CM Bommai orders closure of schools and colleges for 3 days.

The Karnataka high court will resume at 2:30pm on Wednesday a plea against denial of entry to hijab-clad students in schools and colleges.

B Upendran | HENB | Bengaluru | Feb 8, 2022:: Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday announced all high schools and colleges in the state will remain closed for the next three days as controversy over students wearing hijab on campus intensified, with violence reported from several districts. Hindu students are demonstrating in school and colleges at various places wearing saffron shawls to allow it or to stop hijabs in the educational institutions. There is a major escalation in Karnataka over Hijab row as protests and counter-protests have spread across the state.

This is the first time, when non-Muslim students are vehemently opposing ‘Hijab pollution’ in the educational sphere in Karnataka.

“I appeal to all the students, teachers and management of schools and colleges as well as people of Karnataka to maintain peace and harmony. I have ordered closure of all high schools and colleges for the next three days. All concerned are requested to cooperate,” Bommai tweeted.

“We’re awaiting directions from the Karnataka high court. I appeal to students to maintain peace and harmony. I’ve directed school administration to see there’re no clashes among students. Appeal to all persons concerned from outside not to make provocative statements,” Bommai was earlier quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

The opposition Congress, too, had requested the Karnataka government to shut educational institutes to restore law and order. “The situation in some Karnataka educational institutions has gone so out of hand that in one case the National flag was replaced by a saffron flag. I think the affected institutions should be closed for a week to restore law and order. Teaching can continue online,” DK Shivakumar, the Karnataka Congress president, tweeted.

The Karnataka high court, meanwhile, took up the petition challenging denial of entry to hijab-clad students in schools and colleges, observing that students indulging in violence ‘is not a good thing.’

Expressing full faith in the wisdom and virtue of the public at large, the court said it will resume hearing at 2:30pm on Wednesday.

The controversy of Hijab Row in Karnataka involved many. When Bollywood pimp Swara Bhasker and Nobel winner Malala Yousafzai supported the cause of Hijab, many in the social media protested the Islamic excesses in the Educational field all along.

In a tweet eminent Hindu interlocutor and Hindu Existence Editor, Upananda Brahmachari conveyed, “Islamists try to camouflage themselves in many ways. Hijab wearing and Namaz offering in schools and colleges are nothing but an attempt to Islamize the Educational campus under a radical design. That must be stopped. Karnataka HC must take a strong step”.

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China’s TikTok Partners With Apple’s Siri, Who Was Just Caught Recording Interactions Without Permission

Apple’s strong commitment to the Chinese market — often at the expense of its image and standing at home, as the US giant doesn’t shy away from cooperating with the Chinese authorities by complying with some questionable internet rules — seems to be bearing more and more (monetary) fruit.

ByteDance, China’s giant behind the massively successful app TikTok, has picked Apple and its Siri to partner with, in providing voice search for TikTok’s Chinese market doppelganger, Douyin.

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China Scrubbed Hashtags for Figure-Skater Zhu Yi After She Falls During Contest

US-born figure-skater Zhu Yi fell during the women’s figure skating event at the Winter Olympics in Beijing on Sunday. China’s censors appear to have removed hashtags used to criticize her for the fall on Chinese social media.

Zhu Yi, who was raised in the US as Beverly Zhu, fell twice during her Olympic debut. She came last and nearly caused the team to not qualify for the next round.

“I’m upset and a little embarrassed,” Zhu said after the event, wiping away tears.

“I felt a lot of pressure because I know everybody in China was pretty surprised with the selection for the women’s singles and I just really wanted to show them what I was able to do it, but unfortunately I didn’t.”

The hashtag #ZhuYiFellOver had more than 230 million views on Weibo soon after the event.

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DeSantis Slams Big Tech and Media for ‘Whitewashing’ The ‘Genocide Olympics, ‘ Says Biden is Weak on China

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — EXCLUSIVE: Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., dove into numerous foreign policy matters involving the U.S., from heightening tensions between Russia and Ukraine, which has the Florida National Guard caught in the middle, to Big Tech and the Biden administration’s handling of China and the controversial Beijing Olympics.

During an interview with Fox News Digital in Tallahassee, Florida, on Monday, the governor said that it is a “mistake” that American athletes are competing in the 2020 Winter Olympic Games, underway in Beijing, China. The Biden administration and its international allies are enacting a diplomatic boycott of the games over the genocide of Uyghur Muslims by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). But DeSantis said it does not go far enough to stand up to America’s “number-one geopolitical foe.”

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‘Early Version of COVID-19’ Is Discovered in Chinese Lab, Fuelling Fears That Scientists Were Studying the Virus Prior to Outbreak

Scientists in Hungary found traces of a unique variant of coronavirus while examining DNA from soil from Antarctica that had been sent to the firm Sangon Biotech in Shanghai.

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Furious Jacqui Lambie Slams Evangelical Christian Scott Morrison as ‘Selfish’ For Pushing ‘Disgusting’ Religious Freedom Laws as His Top Priority

The Tasmanian senator is furious that Scott Morrison’s Religious Discrimination Bill, which passed the lower house early on Thursday, will override existing state laws.

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Police Arrest Convoy Protesters at New Zealand’s Parliament

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Police on Thursday began arresting dozens of protesters who were camped out on the grounds of New Zealand’s Parliament on the third day of a convoy protest against coronavirus mandates.

The arrests came after Parliament Speaker Trevor Mallard took the rare step of closing the grounds.

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Watch: Perth Mum and Daughter’s Dramatic Cafe Arrest

Police in Perth have dragged an owner and her daughter out of their cafe for the crimes of ‘working while unvaccinated’ and ‘serving unvaccinated customers’.

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan’s health mandates essentially have left the unvaccinated without access to their jobs or businesses.

In scenes that are difficult to watch, half a dozen police put the mother and daughter in handcuffs in front of their customers at the Topolinis Caffe.

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Austrian Police Find Migrants in ‘Horror Box’ Under Truck

Austrian police say they found eight migrants in life-threatening conditions hidden inside a narrow wooden pallet box that had been attached to the underside of a truck.

Police said the people from Turkey had been trafficked from Romania via Hungary to Austria. Several of them suffered from hypothermia during the trip in freezing temperatures, and some had fainted because they were exposed to the truck’s exhaust fumes for hours, police said in a statement Wednesday.

The migrants described their hiding place as a “horror box,” police said.

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British Hotel Shuts Down to House Asylum Seekers, Canceling Weddings and Telling Staff They Must Reapply for Their Jobs

A hotel in the northwest of England shut down indefinitely on Monday after its new owners secured a government contract to house asylum seekers, it has emerged.

The Park Hall Hotel in Charnock Richard, Preston, only informed its staff of the sudden closure on Sunday evening, confirming to them via a text message that the hotel would soon be used to accommodate asylum seekers and that they would need to reapply for their jobs, with no guarantee that they would remain in employment.

All pre-booked events at the hotel for the next few months have been canceled.

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German Interior Minister Plans Massive Migrant Influx

German security authorities have warned against the migration plans of the Federal Minister of the Interior, Nancy Faeser. The minister’s announcement that she wants to forge a “coalition of the willing” among the EU states to take in more regular migrants, worries the security establishment.

According to an internal paper obtained by the German daily Bild newspaper, the security officials shared their assessments with the Chancellor’s Office warning against Faeser’s migration plans.

Her plans would have a noticeable impact on the flow of asylum seekers

Besides political developments in Turkey, Greece, Afghanistan and other states, German policy would be decisive for the pressure on refugee and smuggling routes

Faeser’s “coalition of receptive member states” would directly influence illegal migration. The experts warned against this, citing the “Joint Analysis and Strategy Centre on Illegal Migration”

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Mass Migration From Africa and the Middle East ‘Can Make France Greater,’ Macron Claims

Immigrants from across the Mediterranean are an opportunity for France to make France even greater, French President Emmanuel Macron claimed at the opening of the Forum of Mediterranean Peoples in Marseille on Monday.

Macron praised the “richness” of the French, which he said was due to those from southern Europe, the countries of North Africa, and the Middle East, and criticized his anti-mass migration presidential rivals “who have doubts about those from elsewhere.”

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Over 4,100 Migrants Reached Spain in January

Over 4,115 migrants reached Spain in an unlawful way in January, marking a 42.3 per cent increase compared to the same period 2021 figures.

A total of 4,202 migrants entered Spain illegally by land and sea in January 2022, or 30.6 per cent compared to the same period 2021 figures.

Spain’s Interior Ministry’s data showed that the majority of people who reached Spain landed on the Canary Islands or a total of 3,194.

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Spain Charges People Smugglers Using Boats to Avoid North African City Walls

Five suspects in a migrant smuggling ring in the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla have been charged for helping smuggle migrants around the city’s border barrier by sea.

The five suspects were charged on Monday, three of which were arrested aboard a boat last month, another arrested in Morocco and a final suspect who is still wanted by police.

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Disclaimer on Bible Quote at Berlin Palance Earns Praise From Germany’s Far-Left Culture Minister

German State Culture Minister and former Green Party leader Claudia Roth was pleased that a quotation from the Bible on the Berlin Palace is to be remade and placed in “context.”

“The inscription is now to be contextualized in the Humboldt Forum. I think that it is the bare minimum. The Humboldt Forum is not the Vatican,” the politician told the FAZ in an interview.

The quote currently stands under the Berlin Palace on Museum Island in the neighborhood of Mitte. The palace was destroyed during the Second World War and only recently reconstructed in 2020, and the quote that historically stood at the famed landmark read:

“There is salvation in no other way, no other name is given to men, but in the name of Jesus, to the glory of God the Father. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, which are in heaven and on earth and under the earth.”

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Polish Court Acquits Ikea Manager Who Fired Employee for Quoting the Bible in Response to LGBT Community Event

The manager of an IKEA store who stood accused of religious discrimination was acquitted on Friday by a Polish court.

Katarzyna N., the manager of the HR department for the IKEA store in Kraków, had been charged with restricting the rights of Janusz Komenda, an employee who was dismissed in May 2019 for posting Bible quotations on an internal forum in response to an article about the LGBT community.

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Spain to Teach Children 6 and Under That Gender is a ‘Construct’ Rather Than Biological

A controversial, government-approved curriculum in which gender is described as a social construct that young children discover, rather than a biological fact at birth, will be rolled out across Spain in the next school year, it has emerged.

The country’s Council of Ministers approved an amended version of the new curriculum for Early Childhood Education on Tuesday, which for the first time creates state-regulated guidance for children aged six and lower.

The evaluation criteria will only be guidance, at least, and thus autonomous communities are not mandated to comply with its suggestions.

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10 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/9/2022

  1. The giant distances Canadian truckers are covering deserve recognition.
    Vancouver to Ottawa is further than London UK to Aleppo, Syria.

  2. 1- This trucker protest is a desperate move by Canadians to get their Freedom and country back. It is a way of telling the truth. It goes deeper than just lifting corona virus mandates.

    2. Western media are just part of the current cabinet. They facilitate their respective country’s policies. They are spokesmedia for falsehoods and lying politicians. They gloss over their faults and crimes. They dare not expose their employers even if marines get killed in Benghazi.

    3. Vaccines are not only useless but they kill. Proven by now. Even a layman can discern that. Plus many virologists ( Daniel Negase, and many others have explained things that even laymen can understand):

    https://biblescienceforum.com/2021/10/06/dr-daniel-nagase-a-courageous-doctor-speaks-out/

    4. UN … instead of creating peace among western countries, it creates conditions for war by invading naïve western countries (which are without any will or govs. ) by muslims, who have overwhelmed UN by sheer number of their control of UN and petrol money buying the weak, unprincipled west.

    5. Western hypocrisy: The west is doing something about the climate change, pollution, … etc. At the same time they are bringing millions of muslims to the west , that is millions of cars and other pollution( sewage, toilets, rape, crimes and their concomitant problems ( more garbage, less houses for natives, housing soaring prices as in BC, more mosques, more attacks on Jews, more expenses on prisons housing jihadis, more churches demolished to be replaces by mosques, more greenlands usurped and covered by jihadi cemeteries, more ilhans at the helms of western stupidity.

    6. Bill Gates predicted in 2015 that viruses will appear at will, when required.

    7. Western rulers work against their people’s interests. They take their clues from Klus Scwab, Aoros, … We thought Davos meeting were conducted to solve western problem not to destroy the west by muslim envisions.

    8. UN was established to keep peace esp. in Europe. Now it’s the instrument to destroy it. Ironic.

    • The entire policy of the West is saturated with lies, demagogy, meanness and cynicism. They have full confidence in their impunity.
      All American ambitions, like the entire economy, are built on trust in the US. If trust ends, West World economy will be blown away.

    • Can anybody clarify this situation ? Regards from Poland !

      Clarification is easy: half of those Jews are self-haters. The other half have high ranking positions because they are qualified. But they cannot act without permission from those around them even if they are junior in rank. That’s the bitter fact.

      The real actors and shakers in the American policies are are Ilhan Omar and Rachida Tlaib. Ilhan sends mollions of $$$ to Somalia every year. USA takes its orders from Pakistan, Turkey … their masters . Go figure!

      Have asked yourself why Poland’s population was33 million in 1939 and 30 million in 1945?

      Did you read the above articles about the beautified Italian woman? Did the Jews tell the Italiano Politicians to invite those jihadis to italy?

      Did ask yourself why Brussels is 54% muslim? and they are hostages in a country that used to be their own?

      Do you know why Brussels was called cockpit?

      Do you ask yourself why Sweden the progressive is the capital of rape?

      Have you heard about Kristallnacht?

      Do you know that countries on the Mediterranean couldn’t sleep from the corsairs? clarify : muslim pirates the follower of the greatest Pirate of other religion’s doctrines.

      Just go to Britain’s Oxford Station and Piccadilly Plaza . Are you in Britain or Afghanistan?

      No, I am not a Jew.

    • Leftist marxist jews or as I call them, box car jews are the reason why everywhere they rear their ugly leftist insanity, they all end up in camps, pogroms, inquisitions and purges. Even that evil bastard Beria and his boss before him(all communist jews) got what they richly deserved. I don’t hate Jews as a people or Israel as a country, in fact I admire them for their sucess. However, the marxist left amongst them makes it hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.

  3. And now we are having fun and even getting hot. Yesterday, 3 Tajiks and one Kyrgyz robbed a store and killed a female cashier. Recently in Samara, three Tajik larvae kicked an 8-year-old girl for being Russian. And a lot more that happens – every day some resonant case.

    Now there is a huge wave of hatred against migrants. And sometimes at the level of the highest politicians. Some deputies even call for expulsion of migrant children from schools.

    The population disperses to the barricades. Everyone glows with hatred, like tea with Polonium. History is being made.
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    By the way, the other day there was an article (translated from Swedish) about the alleged “abduction” of Muslim children by special services.

    Here is a very extensive analysis on the subject… in Norwegian. Well, if Google perfectly translated it into Russian, then it will translate it into English even better. I think so.

    https://www.document.no/2022/02/10/de-tok-barnet-mitt-da-han-var-fem-minutter-gammel/

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