Demonstration against murdering LGBTQ people in Turkey


Demonstrators against murdering transgender people in Istanbul, Turkey

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

In Istanbul on Sunday hundreds of people took to the streets to protest against the death of 22-year-old Hande Kader, a transgender whose severely burned lifeless body was found earlier this month.

The protesters shouted slogans and carried placards. Opposition members participated in the demonstration.

“We will not stop until we find those responsible for Hande Kader’s murder” said Ebru Kiranci, spokeswoman for a Turkish LGBTQ organization to the BBC. Still no one has been arrested for the murder. …

It was the second time in a short time that the LGBTQ community of Istanbul was shocked by a murder. In July, in the city the decapitated and mutilated body of the gay Syrian Muhammad Wasim Sankari was found.

From the Huffington Post today:

J.K. Rowling had to police the internet again.

The “Harry Potter” author called out the United Kingdom-based Christian Voice for a homophobic tweet about British Olympic diver Tom Daley.

The prayer and lobby group posted an anti-gay message after the 22-year-old, who is engaged to screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, failed to qualify for the 10-meter platform final at Rio 2016.

Turkish demonstration against murders of transgender people, tomorrow


This video shows Turkish police attacking the Istanbul Gay Pride parade in 2015. Two women try to stop a police water cannon by sitting down on the street. The one on the right is transgender woman Hande Kader.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Demonstration in Istanbul after transgender woman was murdered

Today, 08:56

The organization of the Gay Pride parade in Istanbul is organizing a demonstration tomorrow evening against the killing of a transgender person and against violence against women, transgender and gay people in general.

“We need to be seen, to be on the streets and to shout our demands in order to end hate crimes,” says the organization in their call.

Hande Kader

The murdered transgender woman, Hande Kader (23), was a well-known figure in the Turkish LGBTQ world. She was regularly seen at gatherings where was demonstrated for equal rights and against violence against LGBTQ people.

She is said to be one of the women who at the Gay Pride Parade in Istanbul last year sat in front of a water cannon when the police wanted to disperse the participants. …

Earlier this month she was last seen alive … Then she was for almost a week without a trace until the police found her burned body. She could be identified by dental examination.

The murder of Kader does not stand alone. According to a European transgender people’s organization not anywhere in Europe as many transgender people are killed as in Turkey.

The initiative of the Turkish Gay Pride organization is all the more striking because their demonstration was banned this year. The Turkish authorities said they could not guarantee the safety of participants and therefore did not give permission for the event.

In 2015, the participants were dispersed by police with water cannons and tear gas. The years before that the manifestation could proceed unhindered.

Hande Kader and police at Istanbul gay pride

British Conservative bullying scandal


This video from Britain says about itself:

Tory activist Elliott Johnson faced ‘inhuman and degrading treatment’

2 March 2016

Lawyers representing the family of a young Tory who killed himself have argued he was subject to “inhuman and degrading treatment” as they sought to widen the scope of an inquest into his death.

Elliott Johnson was found dead on railway tracks in Bedfordshire in September. Weeks earlier, he had raised allegations about the way he was being treated within Conservative Way Forward.

The Johnson family attended a hearing in Ampthill on Wednesday to argue for the scope of a full inquest be broadened to explore the culture in the Conservative Party at the time.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

‘Tatler Tory’ had list of complaints against him

Thursday 18th August 2016

A TORY activist was appointed to a key role in the party’s general election campaign despite warnings of his record of “aggressive and bullying conduct,” an inquiry found yesterday.

Law firm Clifford Chance found that complaints were made about the conduct of the so-called “Tatler Tory” Mark Clarke on seven occasions before the party finally mounted an investigation into his behaviour.

The law firm was finally brought in to investigate after the suicide of a young activist Elliott Johnson who complained about Mr Clarke’s behaviour.

In response to the report, the party said it was establishing new procedures for handling complaints by volunteers, including a dedicated hotline and training for relevant party employees

Mr Clarke was appointed to head up the party’s RoadTrip campaign — bussing young activists around the country in support of Conservative candidates — by Mr Shapps in June 2014.

The report said that 13 individuals had been identified who were alleged to have been victims of bullying and harassment or other “inappropriate conduct” by Mr Clarke between January 2014 and August 2015.

Tory Party chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin said: “The death of Elliott Johnson was a tragedy and our thoughts remain with his family and friends. As we address the findings of this report I want to make clear that there can be no place for bullying behaviour in our party and we all have a responsibility to act when it occurs.” Mr Clarke declined to be interviewed by the investigation team. …

Mr Johnson’s parents also did not wish to be interviewed by the inquiry as they felt “it did not appear to be independent or transparent,” their solicitors said.

German reptile smuggler caught


This 2016 video is called Exotic Animal Species Smuggled | Nature Documentary Films.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Dutch customs and the Food Safety Authority have found in a German man’s suitcase various reptiles, regional broadcasters NH Nieuws report. The customs officers found poisonous snakes, turtles and horned lizards. The animals have a combined value of 30,000 euros.

The animals were seized and handed over to an expert. The owner of the suitcase is prosecuted for illegal trade and torture of animals.

Racism and corporate media in Britain


This video from Britain says about itself:

The Sun Newspaper Is Racist With Rupert Murdoch At The Helm

12 August 2016

A break down of everything Murdoch owns and the front page of the worst rag in Britain.

From lies and cover ups about the Hillsborough disaster to forcing racist articles down your throat on a daily basis with no substance and very little thought.

Boycott the Sun.

Music ‘A piece for two fingers’ by Kevin Mcleod.

Additional narrative content James O Brien LBC Radio.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Corbyn: press fuel hate crime boom

Wednesday 17th August 2016

JEREMY CORBYN has let rip at the right-wing press for fuelling a rise in racism and hate crime.

The Labour leader said there had been an “orgy of xenophobia, racist remarks and attacks against minorities” since the EU referendum.

And he blamed some news outlets for “sowing division” that manifested itself in a spike in hate-crime reports.

Mr Corbyn made the comments as he addressed hundreds of black and ethnic minority supporters at a rally in Highbury Fields, north London, on Monday evening.

He said: “In Britain, hate crime is rising. More than half of all young black people are unemployed. Black people are a shocking 37 times more likely to be stop and searched.

“Labour must be a party that fights for black, Asian and ethnic minority communities — and a diverse and united Britain.

“Words matter. We must never pander to elements of the right-wing press, which sow division in our society and demonise Muslim communities.

“We must stand against anti-semitism, Islamophobia and all forms of racism, wherever they exist.

“But it also means going further and addressing the systematic disadvantage that so many people face.”

Unison assistant general secretary Roger McKenzie, shadow health secretary Diane Abbott and newly elected national executive member Claudia Webbe were among leading party figures who spoke in support of Mr Corbyn.

Ms Webbe said: “It is right that we seek a new political, social and economic world order that serves the many and not the few.

“I believe that with a Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn we can begin to see that change.”

BLACK people are three times more likely to be Tasered by police, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) campaign said yesterday, expressing its solidarity with the family of ex-football ace Dalian Atkinson, who died early on Monday after a stun gun was used against him: here.