BBC journalist hobnobbing with Britain First deputy fuehrer


Pictures from Japanese neo-Nazi Kazunari Yamada’s website show him posing with Shinzo Abe’s internal affairs minister, Sanae Takaichi, and his party’s policy chief, Tomomi Inada. Photograph: Guardian

First, there were the Japanese Rightist government ministers posing for a photo-op with the fuehrer of the Japanese neo-nazi party, smiling happily.

UKIP ACTIVISTS POSE WITH BRITAIN FIRST CANDIDATE JAYDA FRANSEN

Then came the UKIP activists, posing for a photo-op with the deputy fuehrer of the Britain First neo-nazi party, smiling happily.

Britain First's deputy fuehrer and Nick Robinson

Now, a Right wing BBC journalist, posing for a photo-op with the same deputy fuehrer; again, smiling happily.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

Robinson under fire for Britain First snap

Media: BBC reporter Nick Robinson came under fire yesterday after being snapped with Britain First’s deputy leader.

The political editor faced an angry backlash after he posed with Jayda Fransen, the far-right group’s candidate in the Rochester and Strood by-election, during the count.

Mr Robinson, who once grabbed an anti-war placard [and] stamped on it during a live broadcast, apologised — claiming he agreed to the snap without knowing who she was.

This video is about Nick Robinson, so angry that so many people opposed the Iraq war, that he vandalized an anti-war placard.

Greek demonstrators remember military dictatorship


Greek demonstrators last Monday

From daily News Line in Britain:

Thursday, 20 November 2014

35,000 MARCH ON 41 ANNIVERSARY OF ATHENS POLYTECHNIC UPRISING! – MASSES CALL TO OVERTHROW GOVERNMENT

OVER 35,000 university and school students, youth and workers joined the 41st Anniversary March of the Athens Polytechnic Uprising in Athens on Monday.

They were chanting slogans against NATO, the EU and the Greek coalition government, against imperialism and war, for the victory of Palestine, and for occupations to fight the government’s savage austerity policies.

Tens of thousands took part in rallies and marches held in all Greek cities. But the marches in all the major Greek cities were viciously attacked with tear-gas by the armed riot police squads, MAT, and the DIAS riot police on motorcycles.

Many demonstrators were injured and there were over 100 people arrested in Athens in a major police operation involving at least 5,000 police of all kinds.

The Athens city centre was saturated by police literally on every corner, with armed riot police in paramilitary brown or blue uniforms, ordinary police, plus plainclothes police in groups of four, checking youth searching their bags.

Despite the previous week’s MAT attacks on university and school students and the build up of an atmosphere of fear by the police and government, this year’s Polytechnic March in Athens attracted tens of thousands who kept on chanting anti-imperialist and anti-government slogans throughout the march.

At the front of the march the large Athens Polytechnic banner proclaimed: ‘Youth will live free – against oppression and terror – on November’s road we are fighting for Academic Asylum – Democracy – Rights – BreadEducation – Freedom – We are overthrowing the government – European Commission and IMF!’

Behind the large banner a smaller one stated: ‘The Army murders in war and in peace – We are not fighting for USA-European Commission-Greek Oligarchy’.

Behind the students’ contingents marched large contingents of school teachers, university lectures, university administrative workers and technicians, sacked teachers and school guards, a delegation of the sacked women cleaners, delegation of the sacked ERT radio and TV workers, and then ministries and local government employees.

These were followed by contingents of private section trades unions, political exiles, refugees‘ and migrants‘ organisations and political parties.

At the main Athens Syntagma square the march had to pass through a corridor with hundreds of riot police on both sides along with police buses.

But marchers were not intimidated and shouted ‘MAT and the police out of the march’, ‘MAT must be disbanded’ and ‘MAT you are pigs and murderers’.

When the head contingents of the march reached the dark American Embassy compound, the MAT riot police unleashed a co-ordinated attack with noise and lighting bombs, tear-gas canisters and their truncheons against contingents about half a mile away from the American Embassy.

According to eye witnesses, broadcast on radio and television, MAT attacked, shouting obscenities, making indecent signs with their hands, threatening with death women, truncheon hitting and kicking everyone in sight.

The march was broken into two, but demonstrators regrouped and marched to the US Embassy despite suffering from the tear-gas.

Once past the US Embassy the students’ contingents, about 10,000 people, turned to march back to the Polytechnic.

They were once again attacked by MAT riot police and they had to set rubbish bins on fire to protect themselves against the tear-gas and the DIAS riot police motorcycle attacks.

When students reached the Polytechnic area they were attacked again by MAT riot police who had also surrounded the Polytechnic campus so that no-one could enter.

As students tried to make their way into the Polytechnic the whole district was transformed into a battleground as MAT and DIAS squads went wild.

They hit anyone around with their truncheons, including a German stranded student, and smashed their way into shops and apartment blocks.

Tens of thousands gathered in Athens and in cities throughout Greece on Monday to commemorate the anniversary of the student uprising at the Athens Polytechnic in 1973. The uprising was brutally crushed on November 17, 1973, by the military junta ruling Greece 41 years ago: here.

Dutch officer’s killing of Iraqi civilian whitewash condemned


Judgment in Iraqi civilian's death case

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

The Netherlands failed in investigation of death of Iraqi

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 11:49

The Dutch Public Prosecutor has made great mistakes in an investigation into a Dutch soldier who shot a man dead in Iraq in 2004. This is the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights.

The prosecution did not want to prosecute the lieutenant and the court in Arnhem agreed with that. The relatives of the dead Iraqi did not accept this, and went to the European Court. Which has now ruled that the Dutch investigation was no good.

Statements omitted

The European Court concluded that the Netherlands has breached Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The investigation into the shooting incident at different points was not any good. As the prosecution omitted witness statements. The preparation for the hearing of the soldier involved also was not good. The autopsy of the victim was incorrect as well and the bullets inside the body disappeared.

Because of this, the investigation into the fatal shooting was ineffective and The Netherlands failed, the Court finds unanimously. The Netherlands should pay the relatives of the victim 25,000 euros compensation.

Finally, good news

“We have been fully vindicated,” said lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld. “That is what you do it for. For ten years, I have every three months called the father of the victim. This afternoon I will do that again, but finally with some good news.”

According to Zegveld the ruling says that the prosecution deliberately tried to cover up the case.

Self-defense

The victim, Azhar Jaloud, was shot in April 2004 at a checkpoint near the Dutch base in Ar Rumaythah. The Iraqi was in a car driving at a roadblock.

A Dutch lieutenant shot 28 times at the car because he thought, in his own words, that shots were fired from the car and that Iraqi soldiers had opened fire. The prosecution did not prosecute him because supposedly it would have been a self-defense situation. Moreover, it supposedly would not have been clear whether the victim died by Dutch or by Iraqi fire.

The family of the victim started a so-called Article 12 procedure to force the prosecution to prosecute yet, but the court in Arnhem declined. According to the military chamber of the court it was understandable that the lieutenant thought he was being attacked.

Testimonies

In the proceedings before the European Court, unexpectedly testimony surfaced by eleven Iraqi soldiers. Who said they had not shot.

According to lawyer Zegveld the Public Prosecutor had deliberately omitted these statements. “Therefore, we have filed a complaint for perjury. The National Police is working on that now. The Court’s ruling adds additional arguments to our complaint.”