Nazi murders in Charlottesville, USA, many protests

This video from Arizona, USA says about itself:

Phoenix hold prayer vigil after Charlottesville violence

13 August 2017

Black Lives Matter Phoenix arranged the event on Sunday in downtown Phoenix.

By Isaac Finn in the USA:

Protests against Nazi violence, in support of Charlottesville victims held across US

14 August 2017

One day after the Nazi rampage in Charlottesville, Virginia—which left one dead and 19 injured—thousands of people participated in protests and vigils throughout the US to oppose fascist violence. Similar demonstrations are planned this week.

In Seattle, Washington, protests were held in opposition to a far-right demonstration that was scheduled to take place in Westlake Park. Joey Gibson—who is associated with the Oregon-based group Patriot Prayer—organized the so-called “Freedom Rally.” In the past, Gibson, a Trump supporter, has compared Islam with the Ku Klux Klan. He also organized two protests in Seattle earlier this year that resulted in fighting between anti-fascist groups and Patriot Prayer members.

Ferndale, Michigan protest

While the counter-protest yesterday was predominantly peaceful, Seattle police took advantage of minor skirmishes to retaliate against left-wing protesters. This included police in full SWAT body army using tear gas against protesters that used silly string.

Police also tweeted pictures of alleged weapons used by left-wing protesters and carried several arrests. As of Sunday night, however, police have not disclosed how many people were arrested.

The counter-protest in Seattle, at about 1,000 people, was roughly five times that of the right-wing demonstration.

The protests elsewhere in the US were mostly called by Democratic Party-affiliated organizations, but attracted a broader layer. Those attending expressed their solidarity with the victims in Charlottesville and voiced their opposition to the Trump administration.

Many expressed hostility to the entire political establishment.

Rick (left)

Rick, who attended a vigil in Ferndale, Michigan, said, “They have to have an enemy, and rather than having an enemy that’s wealthy and powerful, they pit us against each other.

“In the ‘70s they had social unrest and so there was democratization. The youth went out and said we need voting rights and want to oppose the war. Events since have eroded those gains, and we haven’t had a mass movement to claw things back from the rich and powerful. Maybe Trump’s actions will create that movement.”

Andrew Pilgrin with his wife

Andrew attended the protest in New York. “The events in Charlottesville are a really sad thing to see,” he said. “I was also surprised to see this in Virginia. That is where many of the Founding Fathers were from, and you would hope that it would uphold that democracy is for everyone.

The rhetoric in the last election clearly empowered these people to say what they would not normally let them say. The president has made them feel like they can do this now.”

Eliza, a production assistant in New York, said, “I felt the need to have my voice heard, and so I came out here. I’m really terrified at how separated the country has become. I really believe that there should be equality and freedom for everyone, and anything against freedom is the antithesis of America.

New York protest

“In this the two sides just don’t have equal weight for their arguments. I was glad to see a lot of Republican Congressman speaking out against the attack, but I wasn’t surprised by Trump’s response.”

Following some discussion about the mass dissatisfaction with the entire political system, she added, “I’ve always been a politically active person, but I see that a lot of people aren’t. There is a lot of corruption in politics and many areas of this country have been abandoned. We need politicians that are acknowledging the problems.”

Abei, who attended the rally in Ann Arbor, Michigan, said, “I am firm believer in equality. I have only been in the US for a week but I’m interested in this because similar things are happening everywhere. I come from India and have lived in Australia, and you see attacks on immigrants and racism there as well. Far-right parties too.”

After some discussion with a WSWS reporter, he added, “I suppose I support the Democrats, but only because there is no other choice really. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, other places, and even under the Obama regime. It just seems like even with all that, there is no way out of this, between those two war crime parties.”

This video from the USA says about itself:

Vigils held across NH in solidarity with Charlottesville

13 August 2017

Granite Staters are showing support for victims of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, with vigils across New Hampshire.

And according to CNN commentator Van Jones, the U.S. needs to pay attention to the fact that “an American citizen was assassinated in broad daylight by a Nazi.” [HuffPost]

#FIREBANNON TRENDS In light of the White House advisor’s ties to the white nationalist movement. [HuffPost]

Airbnb is reportedly kicking white supremacists off its platform while GoDaddy is no longer hosting a Neo-Nazi website.

This 1943 government film on fascism went viral over the weekend.

By Eric London in the USA:

The White House and the fascist rampage in Charlottesville

14 August 2017

After months of deliberate planning and coordination with the police, the Nazi “Unite the Right” rampage in Charlottesville, Virginia reached its deadly apogee Saturday afternoon when a 20-year-old Hitler admirer from Ohio drove his car through a crowd of counter-demonstrators, killing 32-year-old Bernie Sanders supporter Heather Heyer and wounding 14 more people.

The corporate press has focused on Trump’s failure to verbally condemn the violence of the far right. But the American media’s handwringing over Trump’s statements evades the fact that there is a political method to Trump’s madness.

As the Financial Times noted:

Donald Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville from his golf resort in Bedminster consisted of reassurances about law and order and a general rejection of hatred. Here is the crucial phrase: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence that’s on many sides, on many sides.” Those three final words, repeated for emphasis, unmistakably draw a moral equivalence between the counter-protesters and the armed white supremacists who had spent the previous night carrying torches and chanting the Nazi slogan “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us.”

Those words, along with the president’s decision not to cast the bigotry in racial terms, joins a long list of signalling by conservative American politicians that stretches back decades. But to describe Mr. Trump’s comments as a “dog whistle,” audible only to a target audience, is to give the president and his team more credit than they deserve. In the context in which it was offered, the statement had the subtlety of a billy club.

But how could Trump condemn the fascist operation when his own White House was deeply involved in encouraging and giving support to its organizers?

This Nazi riot is not an aberrational event in American politics. It is the product of Donald Trump’s strategy to build an extra-constitutional fascist movement outside the framework of the two parties, itself an expression of the putrefaction and collapse of American democracy under the weight of staggering levels of social inequality.

In the past three weeks, Trump and his advisors—Stephen Bannon, Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka—have escalated the administration’s efforts to whip up support among fascist elements who form the core of his political base.

Trump has attacked Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, challenging one of the most powerful legislative figures in his own party. He has made bellicose threats that the US is “locked and loaded” for war against North Korea and appealed to his billionaire constituents as well as the police, immigration and border officials, and the military to support his “tough on crime” and anti-immigrant policies.

In the process, he has emboldened the forces that took over the 22,000-student University of Virginia campus on Friday. The Nazis carried out a torchlight parade across the campus, founded and designed by the author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, while chanting “blood and soil,” “Sieg Heil,” and “one people, one nation, stop immigration.”

At dawn Saturday morning, dozens of uniformed fascist militiamen armed with assault rifles and shotguns deployed downtown, establishing military control over the heart of the 50,000-person city. After the militia had secured the area, without police interference, vans filled with people from across the country poured into the city center, unloading hundreds of Nazis armed with guns, knives, chains, metal poles, baseball bats and pepper spray.

What happened next can be described only as a fascist riot. Police withdrew from the scene and Nazis began attacking counter-demonstrators in the streets, shouting racial and homophobic slurs while chanting “Heil Trump.” Straggler counter-demonstrators were pulled into the Nazi melee and beaten mercilessly, while the police looked on.

Brian McLaren, a pastor who had traveled to Charlottesville as a counter-demonstrator, told the press that “the police hung back quite a distance” as the Nazis launched their attack. Then, in the early afternoon, James Fields Jr. of Maumee, Ohio sped through the crowd in his car, flipping bodies over the hood like bowling pins.

Virginia’s Democratic governor, Terry McAuliffe, responded to criticism by stating on Sunday that the police did “great work” over the weekend. McAuliffe, former head of the Democratic National Committee and prominent fundraiser for Bill and Hillary Clinton, said the murder of counter-protestor Heather Heyer could not have been prevented. “You can’t stop some crazy guy who came here from Ohio and used his car as a weapon,” he declared.

The purpose of this weekend’s violence was to send a message to Trump’s detractors in the Republican and Democratic parties that he has an alternative base to which he can appeal. Accordingly, the Nazis held their rally just two hours from Washington DC.

A timeline of the three weeks preceding this weekend’s rampage makes clear the systematic and calculated campaign of the Trump White House to mobilize the most backward and reactionary social forces in the country.

In the days that followed, Trump launched his war threats against North Korea and Venezuela and made new attacks on the top Senate Republican, Mitch McConnell.

This weekend’s Nazi violence is stamped with the political trademark of Bannon, Miller and Gorka. Nazi demonstration leader Jason Kessler acknowledged after the event that organizers had “networked with law enforcement” for months in advance of the “Unite the Right” provocation.

Kessler also met with several Republican officials in preparation for the Nazi mobilization. Shortly after Trump’s inauguration, Kessler held a press conference with Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Corey Stewart to denounce Charlottesville’s plans to remove the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

In March, Kessler traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with Virginia Congressman Tom Garrett, who represents the Charlottesville area. Kessler posted on Facebook that he had “a very productive meeting today with Congressman Tom Garrett,” and acknowledged that he was in discussion with Garrett over how Kessler’s Nazi groups could support Trump’s anti-immigration measures: “We talked RAISE Act and Stop Arming Terrorists: 2 great bills we support,” Kessler’s post read.

The events in Charlottesville and Trump’s drive to develop an extra-constitutional fascist movement are a warning to the working class in the US and internationally. The program of the fascists in the White House and on the streets of Charlottesville is for genocidal war abroad and the mass internment and murder of immigrants, LGBT people, Jewish people and socialists at home.

Fascism is the excrescence of the decaying social order of American and world capitalism, which, in the figure of Donald Trump, has vomited up a fitting expression. It will not be stopped through moralistic appeals to the political establishment, but only through the mobilization of the working class united across racial, national and ethnic lines and politically armed with a revolutionary program for the socialist reorganization of the US and world economy.

African American CEO Quits White House Council Over Trump’s Charlottesville Response — And Trump Attacks Him. Instead of denouncing neo-Nazis, Trump denounces a CEO criticizing him for not personally denouncing neo-Nazis: here.

US anti-fascist Heather Heyer murdered by nazi in Charlottesville

Murdered United States anti-racist Heather Heyer

By Dominique Mosbergen and Andy Campbell in the USA:

08/13/2017 11:46 am ET

Heather Heyer ‘Murdered While Protesting Against Hate’ In Charlottesville, Friends Say

“If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention,” read Heyer’s last public post on Facebook.

The woman who was killed in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday when a car plowed into a group of anti-racist demonstrators was “murdered while protesting against hate,” says a GoFundMe page set up by a family friend.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) confirmed her identity as Heather Heyer, 32, a paralegal who lived in Charlottesville. The GoFundMe page quotes Heyer’s mother as saying her daughter “died doing what was right. My heart is broken, but I am forever proud of her.”

Ms Heyer was a civil rights activist and a Bernie Sanders supporter.

As of late Sunday morning, more than $80,000 had been been pledged to the GoFundMe campaign. According to the page, Heyer was a graduate of Willam Monroe High School in Stanardsville, located about 25 miles north of Charlottesville.

A neighbor of Heyer’s, who declined to be named, said on Sunday morning that the woman was well known locally.

“All I can say is she lived her life like her path ― and it was for justice,” the woman told HuffPost as she getting into her car. Outside the neighbor’s home in the complex of duplex housing, a sign reads: “This is a welcoming household. We love our neighbors who are immigrants, LGBTQ, people of color, living with a disability, Muslim, women, and survivors of sexual assault. We love and respect our neighbors.”

Heather Heyer's home

Heyer was killed when a car careened into a crowd of hundreds of counter-protesters who had gathered in Charlottesville to oppose a white supremacist rally. A witness said people flew into the air “like they were just bowling pins.”

“It was just terrifying,” 23-year-old Thomas Pilnik told HuffPost.

The Associated Press reported that Heyer had been “crossing the street” when she was killed. At least 19 others were injured in the crash, some critically, said police.

Many took to Twitter to pay homage to Heyer. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), actress Janelle Monae and comedy writer Bess Kalb were among those who praised the young woman for her bravery and for standing up against hate.

Many also noted the poignancy of Heyer’s last public Facebook posting. 

“If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention,” Heyer shared in November.

James Alex Fields Jr., a 20-year-old Ohio man, is accused of driving the car that killed Heyer. He has been charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of failing to stop at a crash resulting in a death, police said.

A candlelit vigil is being planned for Heyer in Charlottesville on Sunday evening. Hundreds on Facebook have expressed their desire to attend.

Maybe it would be a good idea for the city of Charlottesville to replace the statue in Emancipation Park of slave owner, slave plantation manager, and warrior for slavery on American Civil War battlefields General Robert E. Lee with a monument for Heather Heyer?

Heyer memorial sign next to General Lee statue in Charlottesville

UPDATE: Someone in Charlottesville also had that idea.

Charlottesville Suspect Attended Rally With White Supremacists, Photo Shows. One of James Alex Fields Jr.’s former teachers recalled him being “infatuated with Nazis”: here.

By Eric London in the USA:

Nazi rampage leaves one dead, dozens injured in Charlottesville, Virginia

13 August 2017

Hundreds of American Nazis descended on Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend, unleashing a wave of violence that culminated in the death of a 32-year-old female counterdemonstrator whose name had not been made public as of Saturday night.

On Saturday afternoon, 20-year-old James Fields of Maumee, Ohio drove his car into a crowd of people protesting the “unite the right” gathering. Fields, who was subsequently identified as a Nazi, deliberately idled his car on a side street and repositioned his vehicle, waiting for the demonstration to approach before speeding into the crowd at 40 miles per hour. He is in custody and has been charged with murder.

Fields injured 19 other counterdemonstrators, sending bodies flying over the hood of his car before attempting to escape from the scene. Fourteen others were hurt during Saturday’s Nazi rampage.

American Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, the pro-Trump “Proud Boys” and other fascists organized the “unite the right” demonstration to prevent the city of Charlottesville—home to the University of Virginia—from removing a statue of Robert E. Lee, the commanding general of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, from a park.

Early Saturday morning, dozens of militiamen armed with assault rifles, shotguns and hunting knives deployed throughout the city to “protect” the Nazi demonstrators. Dressed in camouflage uniforms resembling the US Army’s combat fatigues as well as Confederate flag insignia, the militia established control of the city’s downtown like an occupying force without being confronted by the police. Throughout the day, Nazis armed with shields, pepper spray and metal poles attacked counterdemonstrators as police looked on. Others marched with official campaign signs from Trump’s 2016 presidential run.

The night before, hundreds of Nazis took over the University of Virginia campus and held a torchlight march, chanting “one people, one nation, end immigration,” “sieg heil” and “blood and soil,” an anti-Semitic chant used by the German Nazis.

President Donald Trump waited hours to make a public statement after Saturday’s attack before stating, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides.”

Trump’s attempts to blame peaceful anti-fascist demonstrators as complicit in the riot was greeted with praise by the Nazi press. The Daily Stormer said: “Trump comments were good. He didn’t attack us… He implied that there was hate on both sides! So he implied the antifa [anti-fascists] are haters. He said he loves us all.”

At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Trump repeatedly refused to answer questions from the press as to whether he would denounce the Nazi violence. The Daily Stormer noted, “When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him.” Vice President Mike Pence made similar statements failing to condemn the Nazi provocation.

Trump Is Criticized for Not Calling Out White Supremacists: here.

Nazi murder, other violence in Charlottesville, USA

This video from the USA today says about itself:

The Worst Part of Nazi Violence in Charlottesville

This video from the USA says about itself:

13 August 2017

TYT Politics Reporter Jordan Chariton responded to the Charlottesville terror attack while reporting in Atlanta, GA from the Netroots Nation conference.

Nazi terrorism kills, injures peaceful anti-racists in Virginia, USA

Peaceful anti-racist demonstrators injured by extreme right terrorism in Charlottesville, USA. AP Photo/Steve Helber

By Greg Evans in the USA:

Car Plows Plows Into Charlottesville Counter-Protesters – UPDATE

August 12, 2017 11:52am

UPDATE A car has crashed into a crowd of peaceful counter-protesters in Charlottesville, with the Associated Press reporting around 2 pm ET that at least one person on the ground received medical treatment but eyewitness reports on MSNBC saying at least nine people were hurt and bodies “were flying.” An MSNBC producer on scene said the badly damaged car drove away after the crash, with police in pursuit.

By Brennan Gilmore in the USA on Twitter today:

Video of car hitting anti-racist protesters. Let there be no confusion: this was deliberate terrorism. My prayers with victims.

Nazi and Confederate flags at racist rally in Charlotteville. Photo Andy Campbell / HuffPost


One person has died and 19 others have been injured after a car plowed into a crowd of people during a white supremacist rally Charlottesville, Virginia, where attendees clashed with anti-fascists and a state of emergency was declared.

From the Washington Post in the USA:

At least 10 pedestrians struck along route of white nationalist rally in Charlottesville

By Joe Heim, Ellie Silverman, T. Rees Shapiro and Emma Brown August 12 at 2:50 PM

CHARLOTTESVILLE — This picturesque college town devolved into a chaotic and violence state on Saturday as hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members — planning to stage what they described as their largest rally in decades to “take America back” — clashed with counterprotesters in the streets. …

By early afternoon, hundreds of [extreme right] rallygoers had made their way from Emancipation Park — where they had expected to protest the planned removal of a Confederate statue — to a larger park two miles to the north. …

There, white nationalist leader Richard Spencer urged them to disperse. But he promised that they would gather again for a future demonstration, blaming Saturday’s violence on counterprotesters.

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke also spoke, calling Saturday’s events “the first step toward taking America back.” …

They were met by equal numbers of counterprotesters, including clergy, Black Lives Matter activists and Princeton professor Cornel West.

“The worst part is that people got hurt and the police stood by and didn’t do a goddamn thing,” said David Copper, 70, of Staunton, Va. …

A group of three dozen self-described “militia” men, who were wearing full camouflage and were armed with long guns, said they were there to help keep the peace, but they also did not break up the fights. …

By 11 a.m., several fully armed militias and hundreds of right-wing rallygoers had poured into the small downtown park that was to be the site of the rally.

Counterprotesters held “Black Lives Matter” signs and placards expressing support for equality and love as they faced rallygoers who waved Confederate flags and posters that said “the Goyim know,” referring to non-Jewish people, and “the Jewish media is going down.”

“No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!” the counterprotesters chanted.

“Too late, f—–s!” a man yelled back at them.

Naundi Cook, 23, said she was scared during the morning protests. Cook, who is black, said she came to “support her people,” but she’s never seen something like this before.

When violence broke out, she started shaking and got goose bumps.

“I’ve seen people walking around with tear gas all over their face all over their clothes. People getting maced, fighting,” she said. “I didn’t want to be next.”

Cook said she couldn’t sit back and watch white supremacists descend on her town. She has a three-year-old daughter to stand up for, she said.

“Right now, I’m not sad,” she said once the protests dispersed. “I’m a little more empowered. All these people and support, I feel like we’re on top right now because of all the support that we have.”

After police ordered everyone to vacate the park, columns of white nationalists marched out, carrying Confederate and Nazi flags as they headed down Market Street in an odd parade. Counterprotesters lined the sidewalks and shouted epithets and mocked the group as they walked by. …

Tensions began Friday night, as several hundred white supremacists chanted “White lives matter!” “You will not replace us!” and “Jews will not replace us!” as they carried torches marched in a parade through the University of Virginia campus. …

Saturday’s Unite the Right rally was being held to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The city of Charlottesville voted to remove the statue earlier this year, but it remains in the Emancipation Park, formerly known as Lee Park, pending a judge’s ruling expected later this month.

Saturday marked the second time in six weeks that Charlottesville has faced a protest from white supremacist groups for its decision to remove the statue. On July 8, about three dozen members of a regional Ku Klux Klan group protested in the city.

Robert E. Lee was the commanding general of the army of the separatist slave states of the Confederate States of America during the 1861-1865 American Civil War. Before the war, he had been a slave plantation manager in his native Virginia; punishing runaway slaves by having them tied to trees to have them flogged or flogging thm himself.

Nazi in Charlottesville, USA

The caption of this photo on Twitter says:

To those demanding photographic evidence of Nazi regalia in Charlottesville, here’s what’s on display before breakfast. Be safe today

By Andy Campbell, Christopher Mathias in the USA today:

White Supremacists Show Up To A City That Didn’t Want Them, Chant ‘Blood And Soil’

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. ― A “Unite The Right” rally organized by white nationalist Richard Spencer descended into chaos and violence Saturday in Charlottesville, as thousands of “alt right” activists, Nazis, KKK members, other assorted white supremacists, and armed militia groups fought with anti-fascist groups and other counter-protesters. …

Tensions were high well before the scheduled noon rally. As they marched toward Lee Park, members of the so-called “alt-right” chanted the Nazi phrase “blood and soil!” and “white lives matter!”

Two fences and a line of cops helped to separate the supremacists and counter-protestors. The alt-right side, with their plethora of Confederate flags and Nazi memorabilia on full display, began chanting: “Fuck you faggots.”

Tunisian fishermen stop neonazi anti-refugee ship

Tunisian fishermen gather on August 6, 2017 in the port of Zarzis in southeastern Tunisia to protest against a possible berthing of the neonazi anti-refugee C-Star vessel (AFP Photo/FATHI NASRI)

From AFP news agency:

Tunisian fishermen stall ‘racist’ anti-migrant ship’s progress

Giovanni GREZZI

August 6, 2017

ABOARD the MS AQUARIUS – Fishermen at a Tunisian port on Sunday prevented a ship carrying far-right anti-immigration activists from docking, dealing a fresh blow to a controversial mission aimed at disrupting the flow of migrant boats from north Africa to Europe.

Faced with the prospect of being blocked by the fishermen in Zarzis, the ship, the C-Star, moved up the Tunisian coast, and was expected by opponents tracking its path to try to land at either Sfax or Gabes on Monday.

Chartered by extremist group “Generation Identity“,

“Generation Identity”, like “alt-right“, is just a new name for old Hitlerite nazism. These C-Star fascists who want violence against refugees fleeing from NATO’s wars to Europe are Holocaust denialists.

According to Dutch NOS TV today, canoeists and water cyclists helped the fishermen block Zarzis harbour for the racist ship.

the C-Star passed through waters off Libya on Saturday.

It briefly tailed the Aquarius, operated by French group SOS Mediterranee, one of several NGO boats conducting search and rescue operations in an area notorious for deadly migrant boat sinkings.

Having left Cyprus on August 1, the 40-metre (130-foot) C-Star needs to land in Tunisia for supplies but appeared to have been caught off guard by the strength of opposition among local fishermen, as well as rights groups.

“If they come here we’ll close the refuelling channel,” Chamseddine Bourassine, the head of the local fishermen’s organisation, told AFP.

“It is the least we can do given what is happening out in the Mediterranean,” he added.

“Muslims and Africans are dying.”

An official at the port, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “What? Us let in racists here? Never!”

– 10,000 dead –

The C-Star headed straight from Cyprus to Libyan waters after being discouraged from attempting to dock en route in Greece and Sicily, with authorities concerned about the prospect of protests.

The self-styled “Defend Europe” mission has not got off to the best of starts.

Their boat was held up for a week in the Suez Canal by Egyptian authorities looking for weapons.

Then, after it landed in the Cypriot port of Famagusta last month, several of its crew jumped ship and asked for asylum in Europe — exactly the kind of thing the mission was set up to prevent. …

Humanitarian groups say Generation Identity is engaged in a publicity stunt and that any attempt to turn migrant boats back to Libya would be potentially very dangerous and illegal under international law.

Since the start of 2014, some 600,000 people from Africa, the Middle East and South Asia have been rescued from traffickers’ boats and taken to Italy.

Over 10,000 have died en route and serial sinkings have resulted in privately funded or charity-run boats joining a multinational search and rescue operation coordinated by Italy’s coastguard.

NGO boats have rescued around one-third of the nearly 100,000 people picked up this year, but their relations with Italy have become strained as pressure to stem the flow of migrants has mounted. …

Rights organisations have voiced concern over the focus on sending boats back to Libya, where migrants who fail to get to Europe often end up in detention in squalid camps where they risk torture, sexual violence and forced labour. …

The crisis has also caused strains in Rome’s relations with its EU neighbours, who have blocked migrants landing in Italy from travelling further north.

See also here.

The latest news from today is that the neonazi ship does not sail any more, but has been, and still is, stranded for over a day, miles off the Tunisian coast.

German Holocaust-denying nazi Zundel dead

This video from Canada says about itself:

Ernst Zundel: “Gift to the World” (1993) – The Fifth Estate

His name has become synonymous with hate propaganda in Canada and around the world – and the Fifth Estate first told the story of Ernst Zundel back in 1993.

In the early ‘90s the neo-Nazi movement was growing in the newly unified Germany. Officials estimated there were over 40,000 extremists in the country. The resurgent movement got a lot of help from a person well known in Canada, notorious Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel. From his Toronto home Zundel became one of the biggest suppliers of propaganda to neo-Nazis in Germany. From 1993 Victor Malarek profiles the then booming career of Ernst Zundel.

In 2003 Zundel was deemed a security threat in Canada because of his links to hate groups and was deported to his native Germany in 2005. He was arrested upon his arrival and in 2007 a German court convicted him of 14 counts of incitement of racial hatred, sentencing him to five years in prison. Zundel was released from prison in 2010.

From CBC in Canada:

Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel dead at 78: wife

Zundel lived in Canada for decades before being extradited to Germany in 2005

Aug 06, 2017 11:06 PM ET

A notorious Holocaust denier who lived in Canada for decades before being deported to Germany to face prosecution has died, according to a statement from his wife Ingrid Zundel.

Ernst Zundel died Sunday at home in Germany after he was found unconscious by his sister Sigrid, the statement says.

Zundel was born in Germany, but later moved to Canada, where he operated a business and published Nazi propaganda

Zundel would go on to live in Toronto’s Cabbagetown neighbourhood for several years before a Federal Court ruled in 2005 that he was a national security threat, citing his connection with white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups. The move paved the way to his extradition.

In 2007, he was convicted in Germany of 14 counts of incitement of racial hatred and received a five-year sentence, the maximum allowable under the law.​ Having received credit for time served before trial, Zundel was freed in 2010.

Sunday’s statement said Zundel reportedly died of a heart attack at the home where he was born in Germany’s mountainous Black Forest region.

As news of the death broke, Bernie Farber, former chief executive officer of the Canadian Jewish Congress, told CBC News that Zundel had denied the genocide of “six million Jewish men, women and children.”

“He brought terrible anguish to those few who survived the evil of the Shoah,” Farber said, referring to the Holocaust. “Jewish tradition demands that we do not defame the dead.”

There is no need to ‘defame’ Zundel. Telling the truth about this racist and his lies is enough.

Berlin, Germany artists against nazi swastikas

This video says about itself:

Paintback‘: Berlin artists change swastikas into art

23 August 2016

No chance for Nazi symbols – German artists start campaign to transform swastikas.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV 3 August 2017:

Making art of a Nazi symbol. That might sound crazy, but in Berlin, more than twenty big swastikas have disappeared from the street scene. Armed with graffiti, a group of young street artists are hunting swastikas.

Ibo Omari, 37, is the leader of the group and devised the #Paintback initiative last year. “By not removing the swastika but changing them into something loving or funny, we try to make people aware of racism.”

According to the graffiti artist, awareness is needed. “I see that xenophobia in Germany has increased in recent years.”

#Paintback was originally intended as a local project for young street artists, but is currently attracting worldwide attention. “I get messages from Russia, Spain and Italy from people who support our action.” …

Under the leadership of Ibo, a young group of street artists now goes new ways to change swastikas into art. “For example, we have changed a swastika into a bunny or two kissing men.”

The action of Ibo is original, but not new. The 71-year-old German Irmela Schramm has been removing nazi symbols for thirty years. Ibo with #Paintback worked with her and called her the grandmother of the project.

The elderly activist was charged several times for vandalism.