Posts Tagged ‘riots’

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Joe Giambrone
June 1st, 2020

At Dissident Voice, Activist Post

 

In a blizzard of destruction, assaults on peaceful demonstrators, provocateurs, lies, cover-ups, and fascist proclamations, America teeters at a tipping point. The murder, by police, of George Floyd, has sparked a jaw-dropping response across America. Police in many locations have behaved as instigators and perpetrators of savage violence against citizens attempting to exercise their First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and to assemble to demand a redress of grievances.

African-Americans have over 400 years of grievances to fall back upon. The video footage is undeniable, outrageous, and the crime perpetrated with the complicity of other officers acting under color of authority. The murder of George Floyd will go down in history, but the end results remain unclear and desperately in need of political leadership to turn this into a positive push for justice reform.

Many police have also targeted and maimed journalists, who are also supposed to be protected under the First Amendment. We are now living in a chaotic military occupation, under a militarized police army that behaves as if the Constitution no longer exists.

The most dangerous development yet has been the fascistic Trump junta’s attempt to label “Antifa” as a terrorist organization, vowing to scapegoat them and persecute any members they are able to track down. This is classic fascism in action, another opportunity to seize power, divide the population, demonize, and declare new emergency measures—as the Nazis did repeatedly throughout the 1930s.

In 18 USC §242, all the officers involved in the killing of George Floyd could be charged with “Deprivation of rights under color of law,” but Trump’s Attorney General Barr has instead announced an arguably illegal war against U.S. protesters, labeling them as “outside radicals” and then deliberately failing to define “outside” of what exactly? Right-wing conspiracists have already gotten much mileage from spreading paranoia about alleged “outsiders” coming into small towns such as my own.

This divide and conquer strategy, demonization, and the emergency-measures agenda is exactly what Trump has been waiting for. He studied his Hitler.

Unfortunately for us, his predecessors had already empowered the state with police militarization and the 2012 repeal of Posse Comitatus, by none other than Barack Obama. The US empire has long considered the USA a potential “battle space” to be controlled by the military, should the servant class attempt to disrupt the status quo. This past weekend it finally happened.

We are seeing a complete failure of politics to bring accountability to violent, criminal police officers. Numerous complaints had been lodged against the murdering officer over the years but predictably ignored. The pattern nationwide is to protect police from citizen complaints, rather than to protect citizens from dangerous, violent police offenders. An undercover investigation by CBS News revealed repeated intimidation of citizens who try to file police misconduct complaints.

Trump, Barr, big city mayors, and governors have all jumped on the “law and order” bandwagon, thereby placing the blame onto protesters and thus circumventing the very issue they are out in the streets to protest. This is the state’s playbook: distraction, changing the tune, changing the game. Even those like Bernie Sanders, who Tweeted about the need for police reform have entered no legislation on the matter into Congress. Where’s your bill, Bernie?

That’s the red flag that nothing will change. The public is to be terrorized and literally beaten into submission, sent back to work, and examples made of a few unfortunates. This is state terror. It happens with the approval and complicity of far too many citizens. Too many don’t oppose tyranny until it kicks in their own door.

 


Joe Giambrone publishes Political Film Blog and more.

 

Things are double-plus ungood in the Reich.

I used to try and give cops the benefit of the doubt.  The job is difficult; there are a lot of assholes in the world to deal with; armed and dangerous population; etc.

But, their response has overwhelmingly been to attack US citizens who are upset about police murdering people in cold blood in broad daylight. They are as bad as any occupying army.

This shit will not stand.

Police Erupt in Violence Nationwide

 

 

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France’s deadly and growing protests, in 17 pictures

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Race and Terror

 

 

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Albuquerque Chaos: Anti-Tump rally explodes in hectic street battles (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

 

The right-wing demagogues are loving the chance to paint protesters as the problem. Alex Jones has been on a Jihad for months trying to smear Bernie Sanders with guilt by association. Jones has gone off the deep end and become a frothing hate-monger.

What’s more these incidents allow right wingers to paint themselves as VICTIMS, if you can believe it. Armed, ranting, raving, racist assholes are the true victims in America, so they claim.

The lurch toward fascism is very real. Many millions of Trump supporters are fed a constant diet of victim complex garbage in this bid to seize power.

We may be facing some seriously dark times ahead, no matter what happens in November.

 

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The Real News:

The shock troops of Urkaine’s Maidan revolution were violent right wing extremists who brutally attacked police, injuring hundreds with gunshots and fire bombs. If this had happened in any other Western capital city, it would have been called terrorism by the corporate media. Not so when the target government fell out of favor with Western imperialists. Double standards and hypocrisy; it’s what empire is made of.

More:

10 dramatic videos from Ukraine’s Maidan riots in 2014

2014: The Year in Protests

Posted: December 31, 2014 in -
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Protesting across the globe: What took people to the streets in 2014

The US State Department has a keen interest, and involvement, in most if not all of these.

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Evidence from last Friday’s massacre, riots, street battles, provocateurs and general anarchy…

 

Police ordered not to intervene, young girls joyfully filling Molotov cocktails, murder in the streets.

See:

Odessa Provocateurs: More Evidence
Odessa Massacre Planned in Kiev

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US and NATO sponsored uprisings in Ukraine have exploded into violence and arson.  Mother Jones shows its true colors by ignoring the Western covert role in the violence, and the US record in causing mischief across the region.

So-called “alternative media” in the US, connected to shady foundation funding, continually press the empire’s geoppolitical agenda.

Why Kiev Is Burning, Explained

Paul Craig Roberts responds:

As I reported on February 12, “Washington Orchestrated Protests Are Destabilizing Ukraine.” Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, a rabid Russophobe and neoconservative warmonger, told the National Press Club last December that the US has “invested” $5 billion in organizing a network to achieve US goals in Ukraine in order to give “Ukraine the future it deserves.” Nuland is the Obama regime official who was caught red-handed naming the members of the Ukrainian government Washington intends to impose on the Ukrainian people once the paid protesters have unseated the current elected and independent government.

US and EU Are Paying Ukrainian Rioters and Protesters

Empire is covert as well as overt.