Showing posts with label Violence. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Violence. Show all posts

February 26, 2020

10 People Die On Trump's Visit to India, No Empathy from Him But To Say is India's Problem




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Ten people have been killed in Delhi amid clashes over a controversial new Indian citizenship law during US President Donald Trump's first official visit to the country. 
This is the deadliest violence the Indian capital has seen in decades.
The clashes first broke out on Sunday, ostensibly between protesters in favor of the law and those against it. 
But they have since taken on religious overtones, with Hindu and Muslim mobs clashing violently.
The clashes are happening in Muslim-majority neighborhoods in north-east Delhi - about 18km (11 miles) from the heart of the capital, where Mr. Trump has been holding meetings with Indian leaders, diplomats, and businessmen.
The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) - which critics say is anti-Muslim - has sparked massive protests since it was passed last year, and some of those have turned violent. But the demonstrations in Delhi have been peaceful until now. 
When asked about the violence during a press briefing, Mr. Trump evaded the issue, saying that although he had "heard about it," the incident was "up to India" to handle. 
However, he said he had brought up the issue of religious freedom in the country and was impressed by the government's response. 
Correspondents say the current unrest is an embarrassment to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as it has taken the spotlight away from Mr. Trump's visit. 
Policemen stand on a vandalised road following clashes between supporters and opponents of a new citizenship law, at Bhajanpura area of New Delhi on February 24, 2020, ahead of US President arrival in New Delhi.Image copyrightAFP
Further clashes are feared, say BBC reporters in the area. They saw mobs throwing stones and shouting slogans, with some in the crowd shouting "shoot the traitors".
"We have seen a tyre market that's been set on fire, plumes of smoke are coming up. Journalists, including us, are being heckled and warned against filming," our correspondent Yogita Limaye says. 
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Where is the violence?

It broke out in three Muslim-majority areas in north-east Delhi on Sunday and has continued since. 
Protesters are firmly split along religious lines, BBC reporters at the scene say, and both sides blame each other for starting the clashes.
A man supporting a new citizenship law throws a petrol bomb at a Muslim shrine during a clash with those opposing the law in New Delhi India, February 24, 2020Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionThe violence in the Muslim-majority areas in north-east Delhi began on Sunday
But the violence has been linked to a BJP leader, Kapil Mishra, who had threatened a group of protesters staging a sit-in against the CAA over the weekend, telling them that they would be forcibly evicted once Mr. Trump left India.
Delhi police spokesman MS Randhawa told reporters that the situation was under control and a "sufficient number of policemen" had been deployed. 
However, BBC reporters in the area said that mobs continued to chant slogans and throw stones. 
Mr. Randhawa said they had registered a number of complaints and that they were deploying drones and scanning CCTV camera footage. He warned people that trouble-makers would be identified and action would be taken against them.
He added that senior officers were monitoring the situation. Prohibitory orders - which limit the gathering of four or more people - have been imposed in the area.
Eyewitnesses said they saw charred vehicles and streets full of stones in areas like Jaffrabad and Chand Bagh on Tuesday morning. Police were allowing people to enter only after checking their identity cards. 
Some metro stations have also been shut.

Who are the dead and injured?

Nine civilians - Muslim and Hindu - and one policeman, a constable named Ratan Lal, have been killed so far, according to Sunil Kumar Gautam, the medical director of GTB hospital where most of the casualties have been taken. 
Mr Gautam also told BBC Hindi that the toll is likely to rise. 
Two journalists belonging to the NDTV news channel were badly beaten while they were out reporting on Tuesday morning.
Another reporter from a local channel called JK24x7 was injured when he was shot at.
Shahid Alvi, an auto-rickshaw driver, died because of a bullet injury he suffered during the protest. His brother, Rashid, told BBC Hindi that Shahid was married just a month ago.
"He was shot in the stomach and died while we were taking him to the hospital," he said.
Another victim has been identified as Rahul Solanki.
His brother, Rohit, told BBC Hindi that he died after being shot as he tried to escape from a mob.
"He had gone out to buy groceries when he was suddenly surrounded. He was shot at point-blank range. We tried taking him to four hospitals but we were turned away," he said.

What are officials doing?

Delhi's newly re-elected chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, called on the federal government to restore law and order.
"There are not enough police on the streets [in the affected areas]. Local police are saying they are not getting orders from above to control the situation, and they are not able to take action," he told reporters.
The capital's police force reports directly to Mr. Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government, rather than to Mr. Kejriwal's administration.
Protesters seen during clashes between a group of anti-CAA protestors and supporters of the new citizenship act, near Maujpur and Jaffrabad metro station on February 24, 2020 in New DelhiImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThe police and protesters fought pitched battles on the streets of Delhi

What is the citizenship act about?

The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) grants amnesty to non-Muslim immigrants from three nearby Muslim-majority countries - Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.  It has raised fears that India's secular status is at risk, and critics say it discriminates against Muslims. 
Mr. Modi's government denies this and has said it only seeks to give amnesty to persecuted minorities.
But hundreds of thousands of people across India, both Muslim and Hindu, have taken part in protests against the law. Some of the most high-profile protests, such as a continuing sit-in in Delhi's Shaheen Bagh area, have been led by Muslims.

August 15, 2019

ChristChurch Shooter is Allowed to Write a Letter from Prison on Which He Calls for More Violence


 


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Wednesday that prison officials screwed up by allowing Brenton Tarrant, the man accused of the country’s worst act of terrorism, to send a letter to an admirer, expressing his hateful beliefs.
The six-page handwritten letter — addressed to “Alan” in Russia — was posted to 4chan, a message board popular with white supremacists, this week. 
Many commenters expressed skepticism that the letter was genuine, but on Wednesday, New Zealand’s Corrections Department, which oversees the nation’s prisons, admitted that the letter “should have been withheld.”
Speaking to reporters at the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu, Ardern said the incident “just should not have happened.”
“I think every New Zealander would have an expectation that this individual should not be able to share his hateful message from behind bars,” she said.
“This is an offender who has a very specific goal in mind, in terms of sharing his propaganda, so we should have been prepared for that.”
Ardern has declared her intention to take all necessary steps to deny Tarrant, accused of murdering 51 people at two Christchurch mosques in March, of a platform to spread his hateful ideology, to the extent of pledging she will never speak his name. The circulation of the letter online — on a forum associated with white supremacists, no less — represents an embarrassing blunder for her government, particularly in the aftermath of recent shootings in which the suspects have cited the Christchurch terror attacks as inspiration. 
Since the massacre, at least three suspected far-right gunmen have cited Tarrant as an inspiration for their actions: at a synagogue in Poway, California in April; a Walmart in El Paso, Texas earlier this month; and most recently a mosque in Baerum, Norway last Saturday. Much of Tarrant’s letter, dated July 4, focused on his memories of a 2015 trip to Russia. He thanked his correspondent for postage stamps he had sent, saying they were the only piece of color in his gray cell, and said he could not “go into any great detail about regrets or feelings as the guards will confiscate my letter if I do.” Despite this, the letter ended with a statement that could be read as inciting his supporters to violence.
The Corrections Department said it was permitted to withhold prisoners’ mail in a limited range of circumstances, and that, on review, the letter in question should have been seized.
“We have made changes to the management of this prisoner’s mail to ensure that our robust processes are as effective as we need them to be,” said the statement. Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis said that Tarrant should not have been able to send the letter, but suggested a review of Corrections laws may be necessary to tighten and clarify guidelines in order to prevent a similar letter from being posted from a New Zealand prison.
“We have never had to manage a prisoner like this before — and I have asked questions around whether our laws are now fit for purpose and asked for advice on what changes we may now need to make,” Davis said.
Before the shootings, Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, posted a 74-page white supremacist screed on the website 8chan, in which he outlined his racist and violent views. Authorities in New Zealand and Australia swiftly moved to outlaw possession or distribution of the document, and banned video from a Facebook livestream of the massacre.  Tarrant has pleaded not guilty to 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and a charge of terrorism, and is due to stand trial in May.
Cover: New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern talks to the media on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in Wellington, New Zealand. Ardern spoke about the El Paso massacre, the latest attack in which the gunman appears to have praised the March shootings in Christchurch, where an Australian white supremacist is charged with killing 51 worshippers at two mosques. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)

February 26, 2019

Two People Stabbed At Ft. Lauderdale First Gay Pride Festival



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Two individuals were stabbed at the Fort Lauderdale Gay Pride Festival on Sunday.
The stabbings occurred at 6:30pm near the main stage, and two people have been taken into custody in connection with the attack, said Officer Casey Liening, a spokeswoman for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, WPLG Local 10 reports.
“We believe this was an isolated incident, which began as an altercation between two parties,” said Leining. “This was not an attack or an active killer situation.”
One of the victims was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, while the other’s wounds were superficial, according to police. The investigation into the motives behind the incident are still under investigation.
“There is no indication this was a premeditated act of terrorism designed to cause harm or fear to the South Florida LGBTQ community. All indications are that this was a dispute between disagreeing parties,” said Norman Kent, a spokesman for Pride Fort Lauderdale.
“Fortunately, at the time of this incident, law enforcement officers were on site, successfully intervened and took the accused suspects into custody immediately. We are incredibly grateful for the swift response by the officers on duty and their ability to prevent further injury,” the group said in a statement.

April 11, 2018

Sinclair TV Host is Fired After Tweeting to Violently Do Harm to David Hogg






Jamie Allman, who hosted a nightly show at a Sinclair-owned ABC affiliate in St. Louis, had tweeted that he was "getting ready to ram a hot poker up David Hogg's ass," sparking widespread outrage and an advertiser boycott.
When you say Sinclair TV Networks you can substitute Sinclair for Fox. They serve the news as they want it to be not as it happens but there is a limit when one of their people is talking about violence act about someone they don't like or agree with. These talking head went too far but losing his job is what he should get but also an arrest warrant should also go as a prescription for his foot in mouth disease.🦊
A conservative commentator in St. Louis has resigned and his show with a Sinclair-owned ABC affiliate was canceled amid widespread outrage over a violent, vulgar tweet he sent about Florida school shooting survivor David Hogg.
Last month, Jamie Allman, who hosted a nightly news show called The Allman Report on KDNL, as well as a morning radio talk show, tweeted, "When we kick their ass they all like to claim we're drunk. I've been hanging out getting ready to ram a hot poker up David Hogg's ass tomorrow. Busy working. Preparing."

Although Allman tweeted the crude remark on March 26 and later deleted it before making his account private, screenshots recently spread across Twitter, sparking a backlash online and prompting several companies to pull advertisements from his show.
On Monday night, Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns the St. Louis ABC station, confirmed that Allman had resigned and that his program had been terminated.
"Yes, his show is canceled and he is off the air immediately," Ronn Torossian, a PR representative for Sinclair, told BuzzFeed News.
Allman is the latest example of the growing feud between conservative personalities and teen activists that has spread across cable news and social media platforms since Valentine's Day school massacre in Parkland, Florida, launched a national, student-led movement for gun control.
His tweet came just two days before Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham mocked Hoggfor not getting into college, igniting a similar media firestorm and advertiser boycott.
Ingraham later apologized after dozens of advertisers ditched her and she subsequently took a week-long break from her show. She returned to the air Monday night and spent much of her show attacking "the bullies on the left aiming to silence conservatives."
She did not directly address the controversy over her remarks about Hogg, and did not repeat her tweeted apology.
Though Allman had criticized Hogg before, his violent tweet caught the attention of Missouri Democratic state Rep. Stacey Newman, who called on advertisers to boycott Allman's show. The Riverfront Times, which first drew attention to the tweet, reported that Allman had previously accused the teenage gun control activist of not being a "grown-up" when it came to handling criticism.
As his tweet gained national attention, several companies, including Ruth’s Chris Steak House, announced that they would pull their ads from his show.
Allman has not yet publicly addressed the backlash to his tweet. As of Monday night, it was not clear whether he would continue to host his radio show. Jeff Allen, the program director for FM NewsTalk 97.1, did not respond to request for comment.
Sinclair, a sprawling, conservative media conglomerate, owns and operates about 200 TV stations across the US — the largest in the country — and is trying to take over more markets.
The company recently came under fire for forcing its news anchors to read promos about "one-sided news stories plaguing our country."
Sinclair's ongoing attempt to purchase the Tribune Media Company has also come under intense scrutiny because the deal would, critics argue, enable the broadcaster to influence dozens more local news stations with conservative-leaning coverage. The deal still requires the approval of federal regulators.
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A conservative commentator for a St. Louis television station owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group has resigned after backlash over a tweet in which he threatened to violently assault 17-year-old Parkland shooting survivor and gun control advocate David Hogg.
Jamie Allman, who hosted a nightly show on Sinclair’s ABC-affiliate station KDNL, tweeted on March 26 that he was “preparing” to assault Hogg with “a hot poker,” the Washington Post reports. Allman also hosts a conservative talk radio show.
“We have accepted Mr. Allman’s resignation, and his show has been canceled,” Ronn Torossian, a PR representative acting as Sinclair’s spokesperson, told the Post.
The since-deleted tweet rapidly drew criticism, prompting several advertisers to withdraw their support for the show, The Allman Report.

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January 21, 2018

If You Are Already in Jamaica Stay in Your Room, British Gov Warns



This blog has warn torurist but particularly Gay Men, Lesbians and Trans many times to stay away from Jamaica. Now the warning comes to all British Tourists from their government and that should go for Americans also.




 


British tourists are being warned they should stay inside their resorts in Montego Bay, Jamaica. 
The Jamaican government has declared a state of emergency in the St James parish, after a number of "shooting incidents". 
The Foreign Office has told British tourists to stay in the confines of their hotels as a "major military operation" takes place. 
About 200,000 British tourists visit Jamaica every year. 
A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: "[Tourists] should follow local advice including restrictions in selected areas, and exercise particular care if travelling at night. 
"[They] should stay in their resorts and limit travel beyond their respective security perimeters."
Jamaican prime minister, Andrew Holness
Image captionJamaica PM Andrew Holness says the government had been planning the operation "for some time"
On Thursday the country's prime minister, Andrew Holness, said the state of emergency was "necessary" in order to "restore public safety" in the St James area. 
Chief of defence, Major General Rocky Meade, said forces were targeting gangs, with "particular focus on those that are responsible for murders, lotto scamming, trafficking of arms and guns, and extortion".
He added: "We ask that you co-operate with the troops." 
State of Emergency declared in St James Parish which includes Montego Bay, in response to recent violence including shooting incidents. Follow local advice including restrictions in selected areas, exercise particular care if travelling at night. http://ow.ly/fu4A30hRMc5 
Simon Calder, the Independent newspaper's travel editor, said gang crime in the area had been "intensifying".
He told Radio 5 live: "Last year there were an average of six killings a week - and since the start of the year it has got even worse."
It also estimated there had been 38 killings across the country in the first six days of 2018, compared with 23 over the same period last year.
Montego BayImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionTourists are drawn to Montego Bay's white sandy beaches
As the UK Foreign Office has not warned against travel to Jamaica, Mr Calder said holiday firms have no obligation to offer customers alternative destinations. 
He added: "I've never seen Foreign Office advice quite like this before. Normally the UK government says either 'it's OK' or 'don't go'."
A military checkpoint in Montego BayImage copyrightBECKS PALOU
Image captionBecks Palou says the military told her group it was fine to travel around the country

 Bristol-based Becks Palou is part of a group of friends on holiday in Montego Bay.

They left their hotel early this morning to drive to Kingston, the capital, after staff said it was safe to travel. 
Ms Palou, who is originally from Spain, said they were delayed by stops at military checkpoints but were able to reach their destination.
She said: "When we went out on the road, we arrived at the checks and we were let through. Soldiers felt it was fine to travel. 
"It feels safe, more than usual because the roads are quieter."
Sean Tipton, from the Association of British Travel Agents, said that hotels in Montego Bay have "very strict security" which means tourists can feel safe.
He told the BBC: "If you look at the incidents that have occurred, they have been directed at local people. 
"It's obviously terrible for them, but in terms of instances affecting tourists, I haven't actually come across one in Jamaica for quite some time."
He also stressed the importance of following the advice from tour operators and the Foreign Office and not leaving resorts unless on an organised excursion.

Are you in Montego Bay? Have you been affected by recent events? If it is safe to do so, you can share your experience by emailing haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk.

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