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Gardaí use batons and handcuffs to quell anti-lockdown protest in Dublin

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Violence flares as anti-lockdown protesters clash with gardaí on Grafton Street in Dublin.
Intelligence gathered by gardaí shows that far-right groups planned to try to disrupt key State institutions and infrastructure, says Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.

Nine people have been arrested following clashes between gardaí and anti-lockdown protesters in Dublin on Thursday afternoon have been charged with public order offences.

In total 11 arrests were made during an incident in which a number of gardaí used batons to overpower protesters before pinning them on the ground and handcuffing them.

Comment: Protests against the lockdowns are erupting all over Europe:

Arrow Up

Norwegian police 'apologize' for ordering local to take down drawings of Prophet Mohammed he put up in defense of free speech

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FILE PHOTO: A police vehicle in Norway. 2017.
Norwegian police have admitted they were wrong in asking a local man to tear down cartoons of Prophet Mohammed which he had hung around the town in response to the gruesome murder of a teacher in France.

A man in his 40s, who wished to remain anonymous, printed out cartoons of Prophet Mohammed and hung them around the town of Kongsberg last week. He chose popular places like the local mall and cinema, as well as bus stops, to make sure the cartoons would be seen by as many people as possible.

The man explained to the public broadcaster NRK that he wanted to highlight the importance of freedom of expression and that "Islam cannot have any special protection in a free society." He added that he wanted an "honest conversation about Islam without people getting labeled as racists and fascists."

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Yellow Vest

"Libertà!": Protests erupt all over Italy amidst new lockdown restrictions

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The protests began shortly after the national government's order took effect. Smoke billows as clashes broke out during a protest against the government restriction measures
Protesters turned out by the hundreds in Turin, Milan and other Italian cities to vent their anger, sometimes violently, at the latest pandemic restrictions.

In the northern city of Turin, some demonstrators broke off from a peaceful protest, smashing store windows on a shopping street, setting off smoke bombs and hurling bottles at police in a main city square where the Piedmont regional government is headquartered, RAI state TV said.

A photographer was injured by a hurled bottle, RAI said. Police fired tear gas to clear the protesters in Piazza del Castello.

Comment: RT has collected some Tweets from the protests:

And it's not just Italy that has seen a surge of lockdown protests, it's happening across Europe:

Stock Up

Is the NHS really in danger of being 'overwhelmed'?

Morten Moreland in yesterday’s Times

Morten Moreland in yesterday’s Times
Just how great a risk is there of the NHS being overwhelmed? We're constantly being told by Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock and others that unless we observe the traffic light restrictions in our area, we will witness the kind of scenes we saw in Lombardy back in March, with Covid patients dying in hospital corridors. But is that true? Not according to my friend who's worked as an NHS doctor for the past 30 years. Here is his guest post for today's Lockdown Sceptics.

The last three weeks have seen much speculation about the numbers of COVID patients in intensive care units, particularly in the North West and London. Further local lockdowns have been enforced by the Government in the North West, London and yesterday in the Midlands on the grounds that the NHS risks being overwhelmed. But how close is the system to being swamped, and what can we reasonably conclude from publicly available information?

NHS data released to the public to date is incomplete and usually a week in arrears. Carl Heneghan and Tom Jefferson point out in their recent Spectator article that this crisis has been characterised by sequential data inadequacy from the Government's scientific advisors, Public Health England and the NHS. As they say "a look back at the figures issued shows that the track record, eventually validated against the facts, is abysmal. This is important because major decisions continue to be taken on the strength of such data".

Some of these mistakes relate to crass errors of basic management, others more disturbing over-exaggeration or over-extrapolation of the size of the threats to public health. It is known that more granular data exist - for instance around the cause of death statistics and in-hospital Covid infection rates. But these figures are not being released to the public by the NHS despite requests for more transparency - seemingly at odds with Freedom of Information obligations.

The data we do have throw up some interesting patterns.

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Tens of thousands stage anti-France rally in Bangladesh capital

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© Munir Uz Zaman, AFP
Supporters of the Islami Andolon Bangladesh, an Islamist political party, at an anti-France protest in Dhaka on October 27, 2020.
Tens of thousands of protesters marched through the Bangladesh capital on Tuesday calling for a boycott of French products and burning an effigy of President Emmanuel Macron after he defended cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

Police estimated that more than 40,000 people took part in the march organised by an Islamist party, which was halted before it could get close to the French embassy in Dhaka.

Hundreds of officers used a barbed-wire barricade to stop the protesters who broke up without violence.

The French leader has been the target of protests in several countries over his comments, made after a teacher was decapitated for showing the cartoons to his pupils.

The rally was organised by Islami Andolon Bangladesh (IAB), one of the country's largest Islamist parties, and started at Bangladesh's biggest mosque.

Protesters chanted "Boycott French products" and called for Macron to be punished.

Comment: Rival nations Iran and Saudi Arabia joined in their condemnation of Macron.
The Saudi Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said it rejects "any attempt to link Islam and terrorism" and denounced the cartoons as "offensive," adding that it condemns any act of terrorism, "whoever committed it." "We reject all practices and actions that generate hatred, violence and extremism and violate the values of coexistence and mutual respect among the peoples of the world."

French officials are warning their citizens abroad to exercise caution.


UK child abuse inquiry refuses to investigate Pakistani grooming gangs

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Britain's national inquiry into child sex abuse has been blasted for 'cowardice' over race as it refused to look at grooming gang scandals carried out by mostly Pakistani gangs, or to hear from key witnesses.

Victims of the grooming gangs and their advocates blasted the public probe, which was launched in 2015 and has so far cost taxpayers £143 million, after it emerged it would not be examining any of the notorious cases in which 'Asian' gangs have preyed on thousands of mostly white, working class girls.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) in England and Wales has so far looked at organisations like the Church of England and the Armed Forces to investigate "what went wrong and why" with regards to "institutional failure to protect children from abuse".

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Dollar Gold

Rapper Lil Pump endorses Donald Trump, says 'f**k Sleepy Joe'

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Rapper Lil Pump seems to be a big fan of President Donald Trump.

The star rapper posted a message on his Instagram story late Sunday night, and loudly endorsed Trump for president because he doesn't want to pay higher taxes if Joe Biden wins.

He also said, "F**k Sleepy Joe." You can watch the absurd video below.

Comment: You win some, you lose some: Rapper 50 cent, who had previously endorsed the president, has apparently walked back his endorsement. From Sputnik:
'Fu*k Donald Trump': 50 Cent 'Comes to His Senses', Withdraws Support For POTUS After Ex's Critique
00:47 GMT 26.10.2020 by Muhammad Osman

Over the past week, 50 Cent made headlines by criticizing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's tax plans, urging fans to vote for Trump because the rapper doesn't want to "go from '50 Cent' to '20 Cent'". In response, ex-girlfriend and comedienne Chelsea Handler promised to pay his taxes "in exchange for you coming to your senses."

US rap superstar Curtis James Jackson III, aka 50 Cent, on Sunday walked back his earlier endorsement of Republican President Donald Trump, after a former girlfriend, American actress Chelsea Handler, reminded him that "he was a Black person" and called on him to "come to your senses".

The New York musician said that he "never liked" Trump, and claimed that the president "had me set up".

"Fu*k Donald Trump, I never liked him. for all I know he had me set up and had my friend Angel Fernandez killed but that's history. LOL," 50 Cent tweeted, responding to remarks made by Handler during her interview on NBC's 'The Tonight Show' with Jimmy Fallon on Friday night.

On Friday, 50 Cent's ex-girlfriend told Fallon that she was prompted to remind her "favorite ex-boyfriend" that "he can't vote for Donald Trump" because he is African-American, arguing that the rapper's support for the GOP candidate "shouldn't be influencing" American people because the rapper is only "worried about his own personal pocketbook".
"So he doesn't want to pay 62 percent in taxes because he doesn't want to go from '50 Cent' to '20 Cent' and I had to remind him that he was a Black person, so he can't vote for Donald Trump and that he shouldn't be influencing an entire swath of people who may listen to him because he's worried about his own personal pocketbook," Handler said during the Friday night interview.
The comedienne's comments came after the Grammy Award winner on Tuesday slammed Democratic candidate Joe Biden's tax plans, which suggest an increase on taxes above an annual $400,000, calling on fans to "vote for Trump". The rapper later defended his remarks, arguing that he doesn't "want to be 20 Cent" under a Biden tax plan.


He later told fans that he "just remembered I'm bankrupt", so Biden's tax plans would not affect him.

In response to the artist's remarks, Handler commented on his tweet saying, "You used to be my favorite ex-boyfriend". Responding to the comedienne, 50 Cent tweeted: "I love ya Gator, don't let Trump and Joe Biden come between us girl."

Following that statement by 'Fiddy', Handler reminded the artist of the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of an African-American resident of Minnesota's city of Minneapolis by a white police officer. Trump has continued to be heavily criticized for his response to the protests triggered by the incident.
"Hey f--ker! I will pay your taxes in exchange for you coming to your senses. Happily! Black lives matter. That's you, f--ker! Remember?" the actor responded to one 50 Cent's tweet.
Trump is seeking re-election against the Democratic candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden. The election is set for 3 November.
It's rather surprising that, despite all the machismo Jackson puts into his image, he'd so quickly back down from the pressure, specifically his ex-girlfriend Handler (a rather ironic name, given the circumstances). Guess 50 Cent is all talk when he raps about how little he cares about what other people think of him.


Facebook deploys aggressive measures to combat election unrest

As the U.S. braces for election-related unrest next month, Facebook executives are implementing emergency measures reserved for "at-risk" countries in a company-wide effort to bring down the online temperature.

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the social media giant plans to limit the spread of viral content and lower the benchmark for suppressing potentially inflammatory posts using internal tools previously deployed in Sri Lanka and Myanmar.

The tools, now a key component of Facebook's strategy to prepare for the contentious U.S. election, would only be activated in "dire circumstances" and instances of violence, people familiar with the matter told the Journal.

Comment: In other words, once the election is over the need to censor anti-Dem, anti-Biden content will decrease and therefore FB won't have to be as tyrannical. We wait with baited breath.

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Daughter blasted for 'manipulating dying Republican dad into voting for Biden after intense exchanges on death bed'

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She explains how her father is 'dying of Aplastic Anemia' and had weeks or months or live.
Social media users fumed over a video that shows a woman revealing how she convinced her terminally ill conservative father to vote for Joe Biden in his final days.

The video, which was uploaded on TikTok by @Erleepen, explains how the woman's 55-year-old conservative father had never voted for a Democrat in his life.

She revealed they had clashed in "intense exchanges" over his decision to vote to Trump - while he was dying of aplastic anemia.


'Shove your new world order up your *ss!' — London erupts in protest against lockdown

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Thousands of protesters descended on the British capital on Saturday to call for an end to coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions on businesses in the UK, which they described as a form of "tyranny".

In a Breitbart London exclusive video, protesters were seen singing: "I would rather be a human than a slave", "We are the 99 per cent", and "You can shove your New World Order up your ass".

The 'Stop the New Normal' march was organised by the anti-lockdown activist group Stand Up X and was one of the largest rallies against the government's coronavirus restrictions since the beginning of the lockdowns in March.

The large scale act of civil disobedience followed more restrictions being imposed on the people of Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland, as well as the introduction of a 'tier system' by Prime Minister Boris in England, in which local regions and cities are placed under lockdown if spikes in coronavirus cases are recorded.

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