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Australian woman dragged from car by 4 policemen at 'lockdown check point'

australia woman lockdown check point
© YouTube / Natalie Bonett
Victoria Police say they plan to charge a Melbourne woman with assaulting police after she posted a video of her arrest to social media showing her being dragged from a car by officers.

Police arrested 29-year-old Natalie Bonner after she allegedly refused to provide her details and driver's licence at a checkpoint in Kalkallo just before 6pm on Saturday.

Ms Bonner was stopped at the checkpoint because her mobile phone was mounted on a charger on her windscreen.

Things escalated when she refused to get out of the car and also refused to provide her name to the officer.

The video shows the police officer reaching into the vehicle and undoing her seatbelt.

Comment: RT provides more details:
"I am shaking and my blood is boiling," she wrote, promising to release a further video "when my head is in the right headspace."

For some reason, the footage has been scrubbed from her Facebook page, but was widely shared elsewhere on social media.

Victoria Police have been prompt to give their take on the video. Bonett had refused to remove the phone from the windscreen and would not provide her name and address, which is punishable under road safety laws, the authorities insisted.

Bonett was later released and "is expected to be charged on summons with driving with obscured vision, fail to produce license, fail to state her name and address, resist arrest, assault police and offensive language," the statement revealed. It did not say anything about the officers' conduct, however.


Local police have already taken heat online for heavy-handed tactics used to enforce the lockdown rules. Weeks ago, officers arrested a pregnant mother for alleged "incitement" of an anti-lockdown event, despite her pleas to let her undergo a scheduled ultrasound scan. Footage of her being handcuffed sparked outcry on social media.

On a separate occasion, officers used brute force to serve an arrest warrant on a Melbourne-based leader of the anti-lockdown protest, hammering on his door and putting him in handcuffs.

Police chiefs have repeatedly warned that they will be out in full force to enforce the quarantine in Melbourne and Victoria state, the two coronavirus hotspots in Australia. The region recently extended the lockdown until late September, just as the country reported more than 26,600 Covid-19 cases and over 800 deaths.
Officers routinely use discretion but, for some reason, this officer, like those in a number of other recent disturbing incidents, chose not to. This totalitarian behavior is becoming worryingly commonplace for the Australia police force, and perhaps it's not surprising when their chief commisioner encourages the disdain towards citizens protesting the lockdown by referring to the situation as a 'dog returning to eat his own vomit':

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Fire

Facebook removes posts linking Oregon wildfires to activist groups

Obenchain Fire in Eagle Point, Oregon
© REUTERS/Adrees Latif
Vehicles lie damaged in the aftermath of the Obenchain Fire in Eagle Point, Oregon, U.S., September 11, 2020.
Facebook has started removing false claims that the deadly wildfires in Oregon were started by various left-wing and right-wing groups, a spokesman for the social media company said on Saturday, after the rumors left state officials inundated with queries for information.

Since early this week, state officials have been attempting to debunk misinformation on social media that has blamed both left-wing and right-wing groups for the fires that have killed at least six people in Oregon this week.

Facebook, which earlier was attaching warning labels to such posts, decided to move to the stricter approach after "confirmation from law enforcement that these rumors are forcing local fire and police agencies to divert resources from fighting the fires and protecting the public," the spokesman, Andy Stone, said in a statement on Twitter.

Comment: Is it really untrue? From RT:

However, reports of arson have not come solely from anonymous Twitter accounts and conspiracy cranks. Hours after the FBI's tweet was posted, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office announced that deputies had discovered spent fireworks next to a bush fire in Corbett, a few minutes' drive from Portland.


Multiple suspects have been arrested and charged with arson within the city itself, with the arrestees usually linked to the ongoing protests and riots. Previously, Molotov cocktails have been thrown at police officers, buildings set on fire, and powerful fireworks launched at federal agents protecting the city's Justice Center and courthouse.

However, law enforcement officers have caught several arsonists outside Portland too. A man was charged on Friday with multiple counts of arson after allegedly setting a wildfire near Phoenix in southern Oregon on Tuesday. Officers arresting the man found him standing near a large blaze that was threatening several houses, and discovered two ounces of methamphetamine on his person. His political leanings are unknown.

In central Oregon, a 44-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of arson, with deputies accusing him of torching nearly 400 acres of land west of the city of Eugene.

While law enforcement officials say they've been flooded with false calls blaming the fires on Antifa arsonists, a fire that began in Ashland is under criminal investigation after human remains were found at its origin point. The fire quickly spread, and merged with the same blaze that the alleged Phoenix arsonist was arrested and charged for starting.

Further north in Washington state, a man was charged on Friday with starting a fire alongside a rural highway two days earlier. The suspect, identified as 36-year-old Jeffrey Acord, live-streamed his arrest on Facebook, but denied starting the fire. Acord had professed support for Black Lives Matter on Facebook, and had previously been arrested with a cache of weapons at a protest in Seattle in 2014.

It is not known, however, if his alleged fire-starting on Wednesday was politically motivated.
And more from Gateway Pundit:
Oregon Fisherman Shares Video of Suspected Arsonists in Black Hoodies, Black Pants and with Gas Cans
By Jim Hoft
Published September 12, 2020 at 9:40am

Oregon and Washington State police continue to arrest alleged arsonists as fires continue to burn on the West Coast.

At least two arsonists including a transient were arrested in Oregon late this week.

A woman in Oregon posted video a local man took of alleged arsonists wearing black clothing setting a fire near Elk Rock.
The video shows a man in a black hoodie, black pants and a gas can.

...

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Attention

More than a dozen Georgia families buy land to create safe city for people of color

black masks man girl
© Getty Images
A group of 19 Black families in Georgia has purchased nearly 97 acres of land to create a "safe haven for people of color," CNN reported Saturday.

The land, which was purchased by the families in August, is located just east of Macon in rural Wilkinson County, Ga. The purchase was organized by the Freedom Georgia Initiative, a group that co-founder and Vice President Ashley Scott said is necessary to promote a strong community among Blacks following the civil unrest prompted by the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.

"Watching our people protesting in the streets, while it is important, and I want people to stay out in the streets, bringing attention to the injustices of Black people. We needed to create a space and a place where we could be a village, again, a tribe, again," Scott told CNN.

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Light Sabers

In a war on restaurants, media tout the lockdown narrative

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Just when the fear starts to subside, and growing public skepticism seems to push governors into opening, something predictable happens. The entire apparatus of mass media hops on some new, super-scary headline designed to instill more Coronaphobia and extend the lockdowns yet again.

It's a cycle that never stops. It comes back again and again.

A great example occurred this weekend. A poll appeared on Friday from the Kaiser Family Foundation. It showed that confidence in Anthony Fauci is evaporating along with support for lockdowns and mandatory Covid vaccines.

The news barely made the headlines, and very quickly this was overshadowed by a scary new claim: restaurants will give you Covid!

It's tailor-made for the mainstream press. The study is from the CDC, which means: credible. And the thesis is easily digestible: those who test positive for Covid are twice as likely as those who tested negative to have eaten at a restaurant.

"Eating and drinking on-site at locations that offer such options might be important risk factors associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection," the study says.

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Vader

How the Government is wading into the swamp of despotism - one muzzle at a time

london police
© REUTERS/Hannah McKay
The Government has no legal right to impose the severe and miserable restrictions on our lives with which it has wrecked the economy, brought needless grief to the bereaved and the lonely and destroyed our personal liberty.

This is the verdict of one of the most distinguished lawyers in the country, the retired Supreme Court Judge Lord Sumption.

He said last week in a podcast interview:
'I don't myself believe that the Act confers on the Government the powers that it has purported to exercise.'
He was referring to the Public Health Act of 1984, the basis for almost all the sheaves of increasingly hysterical decrees against normal life which the Health Secretary Matt Hancock has issued since March. I promise you that it is not usual for a retired senior judge to use such language in public.

This 1984 Act was drawn up mainly to give local magistrates the power to quarantine the sick.

Nothing in it remotely justifies these astonishing moves - house arrest, travel restrictions, harsh limits on visiting family members, interference with funerals and weddings, closure of churches, compulsory muzzles, bans on assembly and protest.

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Arrow Up

Communists & Nationalists poised to make gains in Russian regional elections, but Western-leaning liberals unlikely to prosper

russia election
© AFP / Alexander NEMENOV
Those hoping for liberal politicians to make gains in this weekend's Russian local elections are set to be disappointed. While the pro-Putin United Russia may suffer losses, it will likely benefit nationalists and communists.

Over the weekend, some 35 million Russians will have the opportunity to vote in local elections in about a third of the country's regions. Electors will vote for 22 city councils, 18 regional governors, and 11 regional parliaments. Pundits are watching carefully to see if the results provide any indications of a shift in the popular mood.

This year, online voting is permitted and the contests are spread out over three days. Officially, the reason is to avoid overcrowding in polling stations in the midst of the Covid pandemic, but some see the changes as a means of giving the government more opportunities to commit electoral fraud. This reflects a common perception that Russian elections hold little meaning due to widespread manipulation by the authorities.

Comment: See also: More Duma, Less Prezident: Putin Announces Democratic Changes to Russian Constitution


Black Magic

Is America heading for a race war? Unless Democrats stop protecting criminals, it is inevitable

BLM protest
© AFP / Jose Luis Magana
Is the US really a land teeming with 'white supremacists', or are malicious forces working to crowbar the racial divide for their own ulterior motives? Whatever the case, America needs to get a handle on the issue, and fast.

Watching the video of George Floyd dying on the street under the knee of Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, forced many people to ask themselves: is this yet another case of police brutality that has become so prevalent on the streets of America, or is it symptomatic of something even worse? Without any debate, the mainstream media had a ready-made answer for mass consumption: America is racist to the core and deserves whatever it gets. It was a simplistic, knee-jerk response at a time when America was already suffering under a lockdown due to a pandemic.

Footprints

Montreal Canada: 100K march for freedom, chant 'USA', fly 'Trump 2020' flags, protest COVID-19 policies

Montreal rally
© h/t SailingOnSound
Montreal rally
The number of people marching and chanting U-S-A stun onlookers.

Organizers estimate 100,000 people rallied in Montreal Canada on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 to "fight for freedom" and protest overbearing COVID-19 restrictions. Several speakers panned fake news and downplayed the seriousness of the virus. Some speakers said the virus is similar to a bad flu. They explained how the Canadian government killed thousands of people by sending COVID-19 patients to senior residences. There were scores of Trump 2020 flags with the slogans "No More Bullshit." There were a handful of signs that read: "Better to die free than to live without freedom."

Many marchers chanted U-S-A for the duration of the march. Watch:


A photo journalist remarked, "It really was crazy how many American and Trump 2020 flags were there for a Canadian protest."

Padlock

Quebec City to isolate 'uncooperative' citizens in secret corona facility, visit homes to remove those who violate quarantine

Isolation
© Anthony Devlin/Getty Images
Isolation
Authorities in Quebec City, Canada have announced they will isolate "uncooperative" citizens in a coronavirus facility, the location of which remains a secret.

During a press conference, Dr. Jacques Girard, who heads the Quebec City public health authority, drew attention to a case where patrons at a bar were ordered to wait until their COVID-19 tests came back, but disregarded the command and left the premises before the results came back positive. This led to them being deemed "uncooperative" and forcibly interned in a quarantine facility.

Girard remarked during the press conference:
"[W]e may isolate someone for 14 days. And it is what we did this morning...forced a person to cooperate with the investigation...and police cooperation was exceptional."

Sheriff

Citations issued to 9 of 300 people who demonstrated near McCloskey home

Mark/Patricia McCloskey
© Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/AP
Mark and Patricia McCloskey confront protesters and issued trespassing citations.
Nine protesters have been issued trespassing summonses for marching onto a private St. Louis street in June, a demonstration that prompted a couple to emerge from their home with guns to confront the demonstrators.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey were both charged in July with unlawful use of a weapon in a polarizing case that landed them a spot at the Republican National Convention last month. Police spokeswoman Evita Caldwell on Friday confirmed that nine protesters have been issued summonses but said the St. Louis City Counselor's office is still deciding whether to issue charges on the citations.

The Rev. Darryl Gray, who led the protest, called the citations an attempt to intimidate peaceful protesters:
"We're not going to be threatened, and that's what's happening across this country. You've got local governments and states who are trying to charge protesters, financially charge them, wanting them to pay costs. You've got others who want to make it a law against exercising our First Amendment right."
Gray was not issued a summons.