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Stacks of BRICKS mysteriously appear near riot hotspots all over US, journalists demand answers

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Stacks of bricks left seemingly unattended in riot hotspots across the US - as if begging to be snatched and thrown by unruly mobs - have protesters and journalists wondering whether the violent street clashes are orchestrated.

It's not every day one sees a stack of bricks just lying around unattended, especially when there's no construction to be seen - but a rash of reports of pallets of bricks turning up as if by magic in over half a dozen cities over the weekend has investigators trying to get to the bottom of who's seemingly giving would-be rioters the tools they need to turn what began as peaceful protests violent.

A group of protesters in Dallas called attention to the unexpected bounty of construction materials near the city's courthouse on Saturday. "Ain't no damn construction around here!" a savvy demonstrator says in the clip, while another urges his fellow protesters to "do better."

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Attention

95% of the 400 individuals arrested in Santa Monica traveled to the city, police say

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© Mario Tam
Police stand guard as firefighters work to extinguish a fire at a section of shops looted amid demonstrations in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death on May 31, 2020 in Santa Monica, California.
Over 400 individuals were arrested Sunday night in Santa Monica after a night filled with looting and unrest, but officials say 95% were individuals who traveled to the city in order to cause chaos.

Santa Monica Police Chief Cynthia Renaud announced the number of arrests Monday morning during a press conference, stating that the actions did not represent the city itself or its residents.


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Red Flag

NYPD's terrorism official says unnamed groups planned protest violence in advance

Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller

Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller
New York's top terrorism official says there's evidence that members of anarchist groups from outside the city intentionally planned to incite violence at protests calling for justice in the death of George Floyd.

Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller said there is a high level of confidence within the NYPD that these unnamed groups had organized scouts, medics, and supply routes of rocks, bottles and accelerants for breakaway groups to commit vandalism and violence. There are strong indicators they planned for violence in advance using at times encrypted communications, he said.

One out of every seven arrests, of 686 so far since May 28, has been people from out of state, according to Miller. He said those arrested came from Massachusettes, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Iowa, Nevada, Virginia, Maryland, Texas and St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Fire

'There was a child inside!' Rioters torched house & blocked firefighters, Richmond police chief says, promising arrests

Protests in Richmond
© Twitter / @AustinDMarshall
Protests in Richmond, May 30, 2020.
The head of police in Richmond, Virginia choked up describing how rioters set a building on fire and wouldn't let a fire truck get to the scene, requiring officers to forcefully intervene to save a child trapped inside.

Peaceful protests in Richmond escalated into violence on Saturday, with a radical mob setting ablaze a police cruiser, a bus and several buildings, including the United Daughters of the Confederacy headquarters. One of their targets was a building in Broad Street, in which there was a child, Richmond Police Chief Will Smith told journalists on Sunday.

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Fire

USA 2020 = Kiev 2014?

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In the United States, riots that began due to the death of African American George Floyd are gaining strength.

On May 25, an African American, George Floyd, was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis. The white policeman Derek Chauvin pressed his neck with his knee and held it like this for more than 7 minutes while George was lying face down on the road.

Suspected of paying for a pack of cigarettes purchased in a store, with fake notes, Floyd repeatedly said: "I can't breathe", but the policeman did not stop pressing his neck. Officer Chauvin has repeatedly committed unjustified detention violence.

Attention

The Minneapolis putsch

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Well, it looks like the Resistance's long-anticipated "Second Civil War" has finally begun ... more or less exactly on cue. Rioting has broken out across the nation. People are looting and burning stores and attacking each other in the streets. Robocops are beating, tear-gassing, and shooting people with non-lethal projectiles.

State National Guards have been deployed, curfews imposed, "emergencies" declared. Secret Servicemen are fighting back angry hordes attempting to storm the White House. Trump is tweeting from an "underground bunker."

Opportunist social media pundits on both sides of the political spectrum are whipping people up into white-eyed frenzies. Americans are at each other's throats, divided by identity politics, consumed by rage, hatred, and fear.

Things couldn't be going better for the Resistance if they had scripted it themselves.

Actually, they did kind of script it themselves. Not the murder of poor George Floyd, of course. Racist police have been murdering Black people for as long as there have been racist police. No, the Resistance didn't manufacture racism.

USA

Battlefield America: As the COVID story falls apart, a new crisis takes over

Battlefield America
For months the global health pandemic known as the coronavirus or COVID-19 has been dominating the headlines while drastically changing the lives of billions of people around the world. With unprecedented restrictions of people's fundamental human rights, while simultaneously destroying the global economy, what is really going on?

Many have questioned the response from governments and global institutions such as the World Health Organization from the very beginning. Now, the CDC admits the mortality rate of the virus is much lower than previously projected, but the question remains why are we all still on lockdown?

Although the question for the need of continued lockdowns is now more important than ever, it seems to be lost as we are witnessing massive civil unrest spread across the US just as quickly as we were told the virus was spreading.


Comment: See: Twenty unanswered questions to the George Floyd protests, how did we get here?


Broom

Neighbors from all walks of life hit Minneapolis streets to help clean up after days of unrest

Minneapolis clean up
The volunteers appeared to be from all demographics, with Black, brown, white and Muslim residents all seen participating in the collective clean up effort.

Volunteers have flocked to the streets of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area to help clean up the shattered glass, graffiti, and other debris left behind in the aftermath of huge protests and widespread unrest resulting from the brutal killing of George Floyd.

Residents from across Minnesota and neighboring states flooded into neighborhoods in the Twin Cities that saw some of the most massive protests and skirmishes with police to help mop and sweep affected areas, MPR News reports.

The volunteers appeared to be drawn from the same diverse demographic groups as those who took the streets throughout the week, with Black, brown, white and Muslim residents all seen participating in the collective clean up effort.

Comment: Perhaps a good reminder that - in the midst of all the chaos - exist a number of people of good will out there who are seeking to be constructive and finding solutions - instead of exacerbating the problems.


Stock Down

Australia attempts to stimulate lockdown damaged economy with giant construction projects and home renovations

Sydney
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A building site in Sydney. Scott Morrison has signalled the next round of federal stimulus for the coronavirus-hit economy will involve construction and be targeted rather than economy-wide interventions.
The federal government has opened the door to providing cash grants for home renovations as part of a new round of economic stimulus aimed at propping up Australia's construction sector.

The government has also hinted it is looking at helping the struggling arts and entertainment sector, which has been pleading for assistance for months because many workers have missed out on the $1,500 fortnightly jobkeeper wage subsidy.

It is understood the support for home renovations is on the table - but the bigger focus of the forthcoming package is likely to be new construction and larger-scale work.

Comment: See also: UK's small businesses face mounting lockdown debt, insolvencies increasing, warn accountancy experts


Attention

Two US airmen dead in shooting incident at North Dakota Air Force Base

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© AP Photo / Dave Kolpack
Two US airmen have died during a shooting incident at the Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota on Monday morning, according to an official press release on the incident.

"A shooting incident at approximately 4:30 a.m. today has left two 319th Reconnaissance Wing active duty military members dead", the release said.

The incident is contained and there is no ongoing risk to other personnel at the base at this time, the incident also said.

The incident is currently under investigation, the release added.