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June 18, 2018

IN Kiev Police Detained Ultra Right Anti Gay Demonstrators During Pride

Kiev police detain far-right protesters against gay pride march
  
 Ukrainian police said they had detained 56 members of far-right radical groups in Kiev on Sunday after scuffles before the capital’s gay pride march.

Otherwise, the annual rally of several thousand supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights took place without serious incident.
Early in the morning, more than 150 far-right protesters had sought to block off the route of the march through central Kiev. Small clashes broke out when police in riot gear moved to clear the street.
“Several men who resisted and used gas canisters against law enforcement officers were detained,” the police said in a statement.
Far-right group C14 said police had surrounded its protesters, attacking them with batons and tear gas. “Look at how they protect ‘sexual minorities’ and violate the rights of regular Kiev citizens,” it said in a post on Facebook.
More people were detained in a subsequent altercation near the Opera House, police said. Kiev’s 2015 pride march was disrupted by violent attacks, but a substantial police presence kept the events in 2016 and 2017 largely peaceful.
Last week, however, leading human rights organisations rebuked the authorities for police inaction in response to rising violence against ethnic minorities, women’s rights activists and LGBT people.
The government has increased support for LGBT rights since a Western-backed leadership came to power in 2014, but critics say homophobic attitudes remain relatively widespread.
KIEV (Reuters) 

March 25, 2018

This Generation of Students Are Fighting For Their Lives Because NO One Has







Organizer Cameron Kasky of the March for Our Lives was the first survivor to address an emotional and fierce crowd in Washington, D.C. today, warning government officials, “Stand for us or beware. The voters are coming.”
The highly anticipated rally started at noon near the National Mall in D.C., to support survivors and the 17 faculty members and students who died during a Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Singer Andra Day along with students from the Baltimore middle school Cardinal Shehan kicked it off by singing “Rise Up” as the crowd danced. 
After that, Kasky, who was among five leaders of the movement featured on the cover of Time Magazine this week, spoke to the eager crowd.
“The march is not the climax of this movement, is it the beginning,” Kasky said. “Today is a bad day for tyranny and corruption … Today we take the streets in over 800 marches around the world”
The survivors’ plight and ability to express it has resonated with people around the country and world, evoking international support that has been compared to Vietnam War-era resistance. 
People rallying for a March for Our Lives in solidarity of Parkland massacre survivors in Washington, D.C. on Saturday morning. Photo by Michael Rios 
There are sibling marches in Mumbai, Paris, Buenos Aires, Tokyo as well as throughout the country, from a Safeway parking lot in Burns, Oregon, to Wright Square in Savannah, Georgia, Los Angeles and New York.  
Kasky read the names of the people who lost their lives “in less than 7 minutes” and also noted that Saturday is the shooter’s birthday.
Nikolas Cruz, a 20-year-old who had attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, confessed to the shooting and has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. He used the same AR-15 rifle, which is designed to fire dozens of rounds in seconds for combat situations, that killed 58 people at a concert in Las Vegas, 49 at a nightclub in Orlando, 26 a church in Texas and 26 at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
A young girl signs a wall at in Washington, D.C. during the March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24. Photo by Michael Rios

A young girl signs a wall at in Washington, D.C. during the March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24. Photo by Michael Rios
Organizers are advocating to ban the sale of assault rifles, to prohibit the sale of high-capacity magazines that enable multiple rounds at a time and also enforce more rigorous background checks ahead of gun sales.
The next organizer to address the crowd was Alex Wind, who joined Kasky on Time’s cover. 
“People believe that the youth of this country are insignificant,” Wind said. “When Mozart wrote his first symphony, he was 8 years old.” 
MaMaureen Glover made a line of obituaries of more than 200 people who have been victims of school shooting victims dating to the 1960s for the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Photo by Michael Riosureen Glover made a line of obituaries of more than 200 people who have been victims of school shooting victims dating to the 1960s. Photo by Michael Rios

Maureen Glover made a line of obituaries of more than 200 people who have been victims of school shooting victims dating to the 1960s for the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Photo by Michael Rios
His voice crackled as he shouted into the microphone that more than 250 political officials have yet to take a stance on gun rights. 
“Now we need to educate ourselves on which politicians are truly working for the people and which ones we need to vote out,” he yelled. 
For some, the march has demanded of them a level of poise and concentration rarely expected of youth, even as they continue schoolwork and process grief and trauma.
While sipping a banana strawberry smoothie at Panera in Florida this week, organizer Jaclyn Corin, a 17-year-old junior class president who has six essays to write for her Advanced Placement language and composition class, told the Los Angeles Times, “It’s very hard to juggle.” 
It has also provoked more than a dozen businesses including Hertz, Avis and MetLife to cut ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA), one of the country’s biggest lobbies. Major companies such as WalMart and Dick’s Sporting Goods have also taken steps to limit sales of firearms by raising the purchasing age to 21.
The NRA has called the corporate backlash, a “shameful display of political and civic cowardice.” It had not made any statements on Saturday, but in the lead up to the march tweeted a USA Today story about high school students who support gun rights and feel left out. 
Day was among a long list of pop stars including Ariana Grande — whose concert at the Manchester Arena last year was attacked by an Islamic State suicide bomber that killed 23 people — performing. 
“Thank you so much for fighting for change,” Grande said after her performance, before heading into the crowd to take selfies with supporters. “I love you, thank you.”
Day was among a long list of pop stars including Ariana Grande — whose concert at the Manchester Arena last year was attacked by an Islamic State suicide bomber that killed 23 people — expected to attend. 
Other celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and Steven Spielberg gave thousands of dollars in donations, adding to more than $3 million raised on GoFundMe. 
The attention has invigorated young activists who have been fighting against gun violence for years. But it has also brought into question societal contradictions, particularly related to the support and reception to the Black Lives Matter movement. 
“When black youth were asking for a donation, where was Oprah’s money or where was George Clooney’s?” 11-year-old Basil Mann asked her classmates in Washington, D.C., during a school walkout on March 14 to commemorate the Parkland survivors. 
Washington Post analysis on Wednesday also found that mass shootings at predominantly white schools draw the most attention from journalists, yet 62.6 percent of students exposed to gun violence at school since 1999, the year of the Columbine massacre, were children of color.  “Are they going to arm the person in the mickey mouse costume at Disney?… This is what the NRA wants and we will not stand for it.” – Alex Wind, organizer

Marjory Stoneman Douglas is a predominately white school in an affluent suburb that is not prone to gun violence. And while those privileges do not invalidate the community’s trauma, the movement’s leader Emma Gonzalez has implied that they have contributed to the attention she and other survivors are receiving.
Wind also encouraged supporters on Saturday to be inclusive.
“It’s not about race. It is not about your sex. It is not about ethnicity. It is not about gender. It is not about how much money you make,” he said. “What it comes down to is life or death.”
And the speeches included many young, black people who have also been affected by guns. 
“I am here to represent the African American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper, whose stories don’t lead on the evening news,” said 11-year-old Naomi Wadler. “I represent the African American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls full of potential.”
Yolanda Renee King, 9, who is the granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, also had the crowd chanting with her, “We are going to be a great generation.”
“I have a dream that enough is enough and that this should be a gun free world, period,” King said.
Since the shooting, laws have changed in Oregon, Rhode Island, Florida and Washington. They range from banning bump stocks to raising the age for purchasing rifle to 21-years-old. 
Other actions, like a federal bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on the day of the national walkout, are less connected to the movement’s goals.
The “Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018” would authorize $50 million annually in grants to strengthen school security as well as train students and teachers to be more aware of potential threats. 
But the survivors do not support increased security, which youth of color can perceive as a direct threat to their safety.
“Are they going to arm our pastors and rabbis?” Wind asked. “Are they going to arm the person in the Mickey Mouse costume at Disney?… This is what the NRA wants and we will not stand for it.” 
This is a developing story and will be updated.

 
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December 29, 2017

Iran Hit by Anti Goverment Demonstrations




Large numbers reportedly turned out in Rasht, in the north, and Kermanshah, in the west, with smaller protests in Isfahan, Hamadan and elsewhere.
The protests began against rising prices but have spiralled into a general outcry against clerical rule and government policies.
A small number of people have been arrested in Tehran, the capital.
They were among a group of 50 people who gathered in a city square, Tehran's deputy governor-general for security affairs told the Iranian Labour News Agency.
The US State Department condemned the arrests and urged "all nations to publicly support the Iranian people and their demands for basic rights and an end to corruption".

How did the protests start?

The demonstrations began in the north-eastern city of Mashhad - the country's second most-populous - on Thursday.
People there took to the streets to express anger at the government over high prices, and vented their fury against President Hassan Rouhani. Fifty-two people were arrested for chanting "harsh slogans".
The protests spread to other cities in the north-east, and and some developed into broader anti-government demonstrations, calling for the release of political prisoners and an end to police beatings. 
On Friday, despite warnings from authorities, the demonstrations spread further to some of the biggest cities in the country.
They represent the most serious and widespread expression of public discontent in Iran since mass protests in 2009 that followed a disputed election, correspondents say.

What are people complaining about?

What began as a protest against economic conditions and corruption has turned political.
Slogans have been chanted against not just Mr Rouhani but Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and clerical rule in general.
Demonstrators were reportedly heard yelling slogans like "The people are begging, the clerics act like God". Protests have even been held in Qom, a holy city home to powerful clerics.
There is also anger at Iran's interventions abroad. In Mashhad, some chanted "not Gaza, not Lebanon, my life for Iran", a reference to what protesters say is the administration's focus on foreign rather than domestic issues. 
Other demonstrators chanted "leave Syria, think about us" in videos posted online. Iran is a key provider of military support to the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
It is also accused of providing arms to Houthi rebels fighting a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, which it denies, and is an ally of Lebanon's powerful Shia movement Hezbollah. Iran's Fars news agency, which is close to the elite and powerful Revolutionary Guards security force, reported that many protesters who turned out over economic grievances decided to leave rallies after others yelled political slogans.
President Rouhani promised the 2015 nuclear deal that Iran signed with world powers would boost the economy. However despite the lifting of international sanctions, the unemployment rate is 12.4%.

How big are the protests?

There have been calls on social media for protests up and down the country, despite warnings from the government against illegal gatherings.
Demonstrations of varying sizes are reported to have occurred in at least seven cities. 
Overall, the numbers said to be taking part range from a less than 100 in some places to thousands in others - but demonstrations do not appear to be taking place on a massive scale.
Map showing cities in Iran where protests have occurred

How have the authorities reacted?

Videos posted on social media appear to show clashes between security forces and some demonstrators in Kermanshah. 
Fars news agency reported that protesters there destroyed some public property and were dispersed.
The governor-general of Tehran said that any such gatherings would be firmly dealt with by the police, who are out in force on main intersections.
Officials in Mashhad said the protest was organised by "counter-revolutionary elements", and video online showed police using water cannon.
BBC

'Seething discontent'

Analysis by Kasra Naji, BBC Persian
The demonstrations have taken the Iranian authorities by surprise. Impromptu anti-government demonstrations are rare in a country where the Revolutionary Guard and numerous intelligence agencies have a strong grip on the population.
Predictably they are blaming anti-revolutionary elements and foreign agents. But the protests clearly stem from seething discontent in Iran, mainly because of the worsening economic conditions faced by ordinary Iranians. 
A BBC Persian investigation has found that Iranians, on average, have become 15% poorer in the past 10 years alone. 
Many believe that money that should be used to improve their lives is being spent by Iran's leaders on conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq. Billions are also being spent on spreading religious propaganda and Shia Islam around the world. 
But it seems that the hardliners opposed to President Rouhani may have triggered the unrest by holding a demonstration that quickly grew out of control and spread to cities and towns across the country.

August 14, 2017

Trump Sees 'Many Sides' in Charlotte but Many GOP's Saw Terrorism and White Supremacy





As events in Charlottesville, Va., unfolded Saturday, political leaders used Twitter to respond to the violent confrontations that began Friday night — at a "Unite the Right" rally that pitted members of the alt-right, Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi groups against anti-racism counter-protesters — and turned deadly the next afternoon when a car plowed into a group of pedestrians.
Republican officials, from the president to members of the House and Senate, went online to speak out against bigotry and violence — with President Trump coming under criticism from some members of his own party for not speaking out forcefully enough.
A White House spokesman has defended the president's statement.
"The President said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred and of course that includes white Supremacists, KKK, neo-nazi and all extremist groups. He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together." 
While the president remained silent on the white nationalist march across the University of Virginia campus Friday night, he reacted to the street brawls, fist fights and homemade pepper spray attacks of the next day in a broadly-worded tweet Saturday afternoon.
"There is no place for this kind of violence in America," Trump said, "Let's come together as one!"
Others weighing in included Vice President Mike Pence, who is heading Sunday on a six-day trip through Central and South America. "U.S is greatest when we join together & oppose those seeking to divide us. #Charlottesville," Pence tweeted.


The first official statement on Charlottesville came out of the East Wing of the White House, however. First lady Melania Trump tweeted nearly an hour before the president or vice president on Saturday. "...[L]et's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence. #Charlottesville," she tweeted.
But the president's initial response quickly appeared outdated when a Dodge Charger plowed into pedestrians, killing one woman, and injuring at least nine others.
Just over an hour later, during televised remarks about a bill signing that had already been on his daily schedule, Trump addressed the intensifying situation in Charlottesville, which had been steadily covered on cable news outlets throughout the day.
But he did not specifically address the vehicular attack. And he did not condemn the white nationalist and white supremacist groups that had arrived to protest the city's decision to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, a hero of the Confederacy — and the president did not call out any of those groups by name. Instead, the president alluded to shared blame between protesters and counter-protesters for failing to maintain peace in Charlottesville.
"We condemn in the strongest most possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides," Trump said.
As the afternoon progressed, some members of his own party began to call out the president for his generic remarks and to criticize him for not calling the vehicular attack a terrorist attack — like those that have occurred in recent years in European cities.
"Mr. President - we must call evil by its name," Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., tweeted, "These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism." Gardner's sentiments were echoed in tweets by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.; and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
Late Saturday, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, specifically called on Trump's Justice Department "to immediately investigate and prosecute this grotesque act of domestic terrorism."
Later on Saturday night, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a statement on the opening of a federal investigation into today's incident in Charlottesville, Va. The statement said in part:
"The Richmond FBI Field Office, the Civil Rights Division, and the US Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia have opened a civil rights investigation into the circumstances of the deadly vehicular incident that occurred earlier Saturday morning. The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence, and as this is an ongoing investigation we are not able to comment further at this time." 
Prominent Democrats also used Twitter to comment on the racially charged events and their deadly outcomes.
Invoking the torch-lit march of mostly young, white men through Charlottesville Friday night, House Democrats tweeted a photo of the Statue of Liberty with the message "The torch of liberty out-shines darkness and hate."
Onetime Trump rival Hillary Clinton unleashed a tweet storm Saturday almost immediately after Trump's televised remarks ended. "Now is the time for leaders to be strong in their words & deliberate in their actions," Clinton saidadding "We will not step backward. If this is not who we are as Americans, let's prove it."
Riffing on Trump's controversial "many sides" comment, former Vice President Joe Biden had a simple message: "There is only one side. #charlottesville"
Finally, former President Barack Obama weighed in Saturday evening, as the events of the day appeared to have calmed down both in Charlottesville and online. "'No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion,'" Obama tweetedadding "'People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love ...'"
Obama attributed the quote, which he'd posted for his more than 90 million followers, to Nelson Mandela. It is reportedly from the South African leader's 1994 autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.

NPR


February 28, 2014

NYC and Boston Mayors Will Skip Anti Gay St.Pat’s Parades



                                                                          


 Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is threatening to boycott the St. Patrick's Day parade unless organizers allow a group of gay military veterans to march, joining New York's mayor in protesting parade policies on gay groups.
Walsh, the son of Irish immigrants, said Thursday he's been trying to broker a deal with the city's parade organizers to allow a gay veterans group sponsored by MassEquality to march in this year's parade. He said allowing gay groups to participate is long overdue.
"It's 2014 — it's far beyond the time where we should be even having this discussion because they're veterans who fought for this country just like any other veteran," Walsh said.
"I made a commitment during the campaign ... that I would fight for equality and that's what this is all about."
But parade planners appeared unwilling to budge.
Lead parade organizer Philip Wuschke Jr. said gay people are not prohibited from marching with other groups. But he said organizers do not want the parade to turn into a demonstration for a particular group.
"The theme of the parade is St. Patrick's Day. It is not a sexually oriented parade," he said. "All we want to do is have a happy parade. The parade is a day of celebration, not demonstration."
In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will skip the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parade in Manhattan because participants are not allowed to carry signs or banners identifying themselves as gay.
"I will be participating in a number of other events to honor the Irish heritage of this city," de Blasio said during a press conference earlier this month. "But I simply disagree with the organizers of that parade."
The parade dates from 1762, more than a century before the five boroughs linked to form modern New York City. The traditional event draws more than 1 million people every year to watch about 200,000 participants, including marching bands and thousands of uniformed city workers. It has long been a mandatory stop on the city's political trail.
Since the 1990s, the event's ban on pro-gay signs has sparked protests and lawsuits and led to the creation of an alternative, gay-friendly St. Patrick's Day parade in Queens. In recent years, some elected officials — including de Blasio when he was a public advocate — attended the alternative parade and boycotted the traditional parade.
Michael Bloomberg, de Blasio's predecessor, was a staunch supporter of same-sex marriage rights, but still marched in the traditional parade all 12 years he was in office.
New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton was asked Thursday at an unrelated press conference in Manhattan if he planned to march in the parade and confirmed that he was. He did not elaborate.
Judges have said the private organizers of New York's parade have a First Amendment right to choose participants in their event. The organizers have ruled that some groups, such as colleges or civic organizations, can identify themselves, but LGBT groups cannot.
The Boston parade, sponsored by the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, has had a long and torturous history on the question of whether gay groups can march.
State courts forced the sponsors to allow the Irish-American GayLesbian and Bisexual Group of Boston to march in the parade in 1992 and 1993. In 1994, the sponsors canceled the parade rather than allow the group to participate.
In 1995, the sponsors made participation by invitation only and said the parade would commemorate the role of traditional families in Irish history and protest the earlier court rulings. But several months later, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Massachusetts courts had previously violated the parade sponsors' First Amendment rights when they forced them to allow the gay group to participate.
Walsh's predecessor, Mayor Tom Menino, boycotted the parade after the Supreme Court ruling.
The parade has traditionally honored Irish-Americans and also celebrates "Evacuation Day,"George Washington's victory that forced British troops out of Boston in 1776.
In Savannah, Ga., where Irish immigrants and their descendants have been celebrating St. Patrick's Day for 190 years, openly gay groups have long been absent from the city's parade.
Local gay business leaders began lobbying for a slot in the parade in the 1990s, but were told by the private committee that organizes the parade that its applications were denied because they were "pushing a political agenda," said Savannah gay rights activist Kevin Clark.
Clark said the group stopped applying about 10 years ago, deciding that issues such as domestic partner benefits and gay marriage were more important.
"In the big scheme of things, participating in a St. Patrick's Day parade just doesn't rise to the level of being worth exerting a lot of energy," Clark said.
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Associated Press writers Jonathan Lemire in New York and Russ Bynum in Savannah, Ga., contributed to this report.

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