Republican, other sexual abuse scandals in the USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

9 November 2017

Republican candidate for the US Senate Roy Moore has been accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old in 1979. John Iadarola, Jayar Jackson, and Mark Thompson, the hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

“Leigh Corfman says she was 14 years old when an older man approached her outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Ala. She was sitting on a wooden bench with her mother, they both recall, when the man introduced himself as Roy Moore.

It was early 1979 and Moore — now the Republican nominee in Alabama for a U.S. Senate seat — was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney. He struck up a conversation, Corfman and her mother say, and offered to watch the girl while her mother went inside for a child custody hearing.

“He said, ‘Oh, you don’t want her to go in there and hear all that. I’ll stay out here with her,’ ” says Corfman’s mother, Nancy Wells, 71. “I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl.”

Alone with Corfman, Moore chatted with her and asked for her phone number, she says. Days later, she says, he picked her up around the corner from her house in Gadsden, drove her about 30 minutes to his home in the woods, told her how pretty she was and kissed her. On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.”

Read more here.

ALABAMA GOP SENATE CANDIDATE USED HIS SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS IN FUNDRAISING EMAIL Judge Roy Moore not only denied accusations of sexual misconduct with minors, but used the reports as fodder for a fundraising email. A number of Alabama election officials dismissed the reports, and one even used the Bible to justify his support of Moore. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also weighed in, saying the president believes that if the accusations are true, Moore would “do the right thing and step aside.” Here’s what could happen for Moore on the Alabama ballot. [HuffPost]

RNC RETURNS TO ROY MOORE CAMPAIGN, DESPITE SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CLAIMS The RNC plans to reinstate its financial support of the Alabama candidate for Senate following Trump’s ringing endorsement. This decision came as one of his alleged victims produced a graduation card written by Moore. And an ex-RNC chair is finding it hard to believe that the RNC is unable to find a “backbone” on this issue.[HuffPost]

Roy Moore: Trump-endorsed Senate nominee says US was last ‘great’ during period of slavery. Comments resurface amid accusations former judge sexually abused teenage girls: here.

This 9 November 2017 video from the USA is called Five Women Accuse Louis C.K. Of Masturbating In Front Of Them.

COMEDIAN LOUIS C.K. ACCUSED OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT Five women detailed allegations against the comedian, which mirror the rumors that had swirled around him for years. His latest film release is now under review. [HuffPost]

This 9 November 2017 video from the USA is called Terry Crews Reports Alleged Hollywood Groper To Police.

IT’S NOT JUST ALLEGATIONS AGAINST LOUIS C.K. Matthew Weiner, the creator of “Mad Men,” has been accused of sexual harassment by a former assistant and writer. Charlie Sheen denies he reportedly sexually assaulted the late child actor Corey Haim. Actor Ed Westwick says sexual assault accusations against him are “provably untrue.” A grad student levied claims of sexual harassment against a Princeton professor. Terry Crews has filed a police report against a Hollywood executive, claiming he was sexually assaulted. Another woman has come forward to say actor Jeremy Piven sexually assaulted her. Nicki Minaj’s brother has been convicted of predatory sexual assault on a minor. Restauranteur Eddie Huang spoke out about being sexually assaulted as a teen on a Baptist ski trip. And legendary swimmer Diana Nyad opened up about her sexual assault at 14. [HuffPost]

Britain: Tory MP says female journalists are fuelling Westminster sex scandal and behaving like ‘wilting flowers’: here.

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Dutch sexually abused soldier interviewed


This 6 April 2010 video from Schaarsbergen in the Netherlands shows the Dutch Airmobile Brigade marching behind the Dutch Military Pipes and Drums.

Unfortunately, not everything about this military unit is as musical and innocent as on the video.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today, about an interview in De Volkskrant daily with sexually abused soldier ‘Mike’ (a pseudonym):

He does his best to lead his life, but very much has been broken. Former soldier Mike was systematically maltreated and abused as a soldier of the Airmobile Brigade in the Oranje barracks in Schaarsbergen.

“We were forced to stand with our hands against the vehicle and lower our pants. At that time, two of our colleagues put latex gloves on and stood behind us, then they abused me anally with their fingers, while the corporal told a story about manliness, group bonding, and belonging. That because of that we were hazed and that we had to undergo that ritual.” …

One of the soldiers has repeatedly been raped. He subsequently attempted suicide. …

“The goals with which I went into the army, those dreams were smashed to bits, like happened to many others. There are many boys who have immediately resigned, who were bullied, humiliated. There have been cases that boys had spoons turned around in their anuses until they bled. There were rapes, boys were forced to use drugs“. …

“With the form [with complaints about the abuse] we went to the office of the Sergeant Major in the evening.”

But the Sergeant Major – who was also the army ombudsman – damaged the trust of the boys. “I can remember that I was at the coffee machine with my colleague. And that same person was laughing in the bar with our senior officer telling him what we had written and what had happened.”

“At that moment, you’re afraid, you’re no longer sure whom you can trust and who you are. You’re already damaged, but at that moment your trust is damaged even more.”

Eventually there was a hearing. “At that moment, we also had to sign a form that what happened at that hearing, that we would not tell third parties [like police or media] about it and that it had to be confidential. That scared the three of us. I slowly started drinking, big quantities.” …

“The boys who are now 17, who are now training, who are now in good spirits to start the training, the boys now aiming to get these berets, first of all I want to remind them that all is not well and that you will always see things that are hard.”

“But I want to prevent [non-commissioned officers] saying to them: I will fuck you, pissing on them, calling them chai boys ….

Four non-commissioned officers involved in the incidents were released from their duties after the hearing and were transferred to other units.

Where they might start all over again, like pedophile priests transferred by bishops to other parishes.

Ban hazing, Dutch military trade unions say.

Sexual abuse in Dutch army


This 2013 video is about a military march being played at the Schaarsbergen Dutch army barracks, at an open day to get goodwill for the military among civilians. From this, civilians may get the impression all is fine and musical. However, these civilians don’t know what happens behind the scenes.

At Schaarsbergen barracks, there is the 11th Airmobile Brigade. A military unit especially for neocolonial wars far away from the Netherlands; wars for humanitarianism oil and other Big Business interests.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Schaarsbergen unit soldiers systematically abused and ill-treated

Today, 05:37

Modified today, 07:06

Three Dutch soldiers left their unit in Schaarsbergen in 2014 after being victims of, eg, sexual assault, bullying, extortion, maltreatment and rape, reports daily De Volkskrant. Four soldiers from the same unit have been punished internally for some of the misconduct. One of the victims still reported the crimes to police two weeks ago. …

Piss

In an interview with the Volkskrant, one of the soldiers

abused from 2011-2014

says, “If there is a whole group pissing on you and a sergeant laughs about that then you just do not know anymore.” The soldiers are also said to have been forced to use drugs and have been “threatened with loaded weapons” several times.

The soldier who suffered the worst abuse said in the newspaper that he was lying on the ground once after forced drug use, and noticed that they were kicking his head. Then he was picked up by a few men and laid on a bed on his stomach after a car ride. While several men held him, he was repeatedly raped anally by a corporal.

A second victim tells they were forced to put their pants down, after which a corporal assaulted them anally. The victims also speak of drug trafficking, ammunition theft and illegal firearms possession in the barracks.

Public prosecutor

The abuse was mainly by non-commissioned officers, according to the Volkskrant report. When the abused privates complained to senior officers there was a cover-up.

An investigation only started after a chaplain mediated. A Commission of Home Research (CvHO) examined the complaints, but did not consider all of them proven. About the part of the complaints that were considered punishable, the defense department went to the police in 2013.

The Public Prosecutor decided not to have a criminal investigation. …

That was because the defense department had forbidden the abused soldiers to talk to the public prosecutor, De Volkskrant says.

Re-declaration

In the meantime, one of the soldiers who had been most abused and humiliated reported after all to the military police of indecency, sexual assault, maltreatment, extortion, threats, drug use and drug trafficking, theft of ammunition and illegal possession of weapons.

All three victims were or are being treated for the psychological damage they have incurred. …

One of these soldiers attempted suicide, according to the Volkskrant report.

Chlorine water

It is the second time in a short time that there is publicity about abuse in the armed forces. In August, after a soldier reported it, there was news about an incident which occurred in 2015.

Three soldiers during a hazing threw chlorine water on newcomers. One person got burns injuries. The three were not prosecuted because it could not be proven that they knew that there was chlorine in the buckets.

Dutch soldiers’ trade unions want a hazing ban in the armed forces. The new junior minister of Defence, Barbara Visser of the VVD party, is against such a ban, though she opposes the Schaarsbergen sexual abuse.

USA: OTHERS COME FORWARD WITH KEVIN SPACEY SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS Several men shared stories of groping and other advances. And elsewhere in Hollywood, six woman accused producer Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct, and Dustin Hoffman was accused of sexually harassing a 17-year-old intern. [HuffPost]

British ‘defence’ secretary resigns in sexual harassment scandal


This TV video from Britain says about itself:

Breaking News: Sir Michael Fallon resigns over past behaviour claims- BBC News

1 November 2017

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has resigned following allegations of past behaviour.

He said his behaviour may have “fallen short” of the standards expected by the UK military and said it was right that Parliament was now taking this issue seriously.

Dutch NOS TV reports tonight that Sir Michael Fallon, the Secretary of ‘Defence’ War in the British Conservative-Irish fundamentalist terrorist coalition government, has resigned.

He was named in one sexual harassment case involving a woman journalist. But suspicions are that this was just the tip of the iceberg which ultimately caused the resignation.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Michael Fallon quits over ‘inappropriate behaviour’

Wednesday 1st November 2017

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has quit amid allegations of “inappropriate behaviour.”

Mr Fallon is the first to resign Prime Minister Theresa May’s Tory government following a wave of sexual abuse claims in Westminster over recent days.

In his resignation letter, he said: “A number of allegations have surfaced about MPs in recent days, including some about my previous conduct.

“Many of these have been false but I accept in the past I have fallen below the high standards that we require of the armed forces that I have the honour to represent.

“I have reflected on my position and I am now resigning as defence secretary.”

He apologised earlier this week for repeatedly touching journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer‘s knee in 2002. And, although Ms Hartley-Brewer says now that “no-one was remotely upset or distressed,” she admitted that at the time she threatened to “punch him” if he did it again.

However friends of Mr Fallon’s have said that in recent months he would concede that “some of his flirtation has been inappropriate.”

Fallon’s resignation means May’s government risks being tainted by ‘sleaze’: here.

Fall of Fallon leaves May’s government a scandal away from losing power: here.

More Westminster sexual assault allegations emerge as Tory aide says her drink was spiked with a ‘date rape drug’ in Commons bar. Woman claims Tory MP grabbed her by crotch from behind: here.

Sir Michael Fallon resigned after Andrea Leadsom accused him of sexually inappropriate language. Mr Fallon was accused of making a series of lewd comments while on the Treasury Committee: here.

USA: ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER WAVE OF REVELATIONS AND ACCUSATIONS A second woman has accused “Gossip Girl” star Ed Westwick of sexual assault. Portia De Rossi says movie star Steven Seagal unzipped his pants during an audition. Jeffrey Tambor has denied acting improperly with a former assistant. “Prison Break” star Robert Knepper has been accused of sexual assault while filming a 1992 movie. And Kevin Spacey has been accused by a former news anchor of sexually assaulting her son. [HuffPost]

USA: SENATOR: I USED TO AVOID ELEVATORS AS AN INTERN TO AVOID SEXUAL HARASSMENT “Because elevators were when you were captured,” Sen. Claire McCaskill said. Here’s what the Hill is doing on top of mandating sexual harassment training after Rep. Jackie Speier said at least two members of Congress are sexual harassers. [HuffPost]

FRANKEN UNDER FIRE: THE FALLOUT FROM THE SEXUAL ASSAULT ACCUSATION Anchorwoman and sportscaster Leeann Tweeden said Thursday that then-comedian Al Franken kissed and groped her at a 2006 USO event, and she shared a photo of one of the incidents. Senate Democrats have been swift to condemn the junior senator from Minnesota and call for an ethics investigation. Tweeden said she spoke up now as the “tide is turning.” President Donald Trump also denounced the senator, but did not voice an opinion on Senate candidate Roy Moore. And Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers piled on. [HuffPost]

Another woman has accused former president George H.W. Bush of groping her.

USA: Over 200 women in national security signed an open letter about sexual misconduct.

Brigitte Bardot: sexual harassment protesters are ‘hypocritical’ and ‘ridiculous’: here.

British government jails raped women refugees


This video from Britain says about itself:

2 March 2015

The treatment of detainees inside the notorious Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre is revealed in exclusive footage obtained by a Channel 4 News investigation.

Warning: this film contains offensive language from the start.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Vulnerable women seeking asylum still being locked up

Wednesday 1st November 2017

VULNERABLE women seeking asylum in Britain are still being locked up in detention centres where they suffer further trauma, a charity warns today.

In January 2016, an independent review recommended that survivors of sexual and gender-based violence should not be held in immigration detention centres but, despite changes in government policy, such women are still being locked up.

Women for Refugee Women spoke to 26 women who claimed asylum and were detained at the notorious Yarl’s Wood centre since September 2016, when the Adults at Risk policy came in, and found that 85 per cent were survivors of domestic violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, forced prostitution or trafficking.

Nearly 90 per cent said their mental health had deteriorated while being detained while about half said they had thought about killing themselves. Two women said they had attempted suicide multiple times.

Home Office policy states that anyone who is vulnerable or “at risk” of harm from detention should not be detained — including survivors of sexual or gender-based violence.

But there is no screening process to identify whether someone is vulnerable.

Although doctors in detention centres are required to complete reports when they have concerns that someone is a survivor of torture, a report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons in 2015 said that at Yarl’s Wood, some reports were “among the worst that we have seen, providing wholly inadequate protection for some of the most vulnerable detainees.”

One woman from West Africa, who had been forced into prostitution in her home country and had now been kept in detention for six months, said: “I wasn’t really sleeping or eating at all and I was having flashbacks about what had happened to me.

“Sometimes it felt like I was suffocating, as if the walls were closing in.”

The charity said the government must introduce a monitoring system on the policy’s use.

It also wants to see such women identified before being detained and an exclusion on the detention of pregnant women: currently there is a 72-hour time limit.

Founder of Women for Refugee Women Natasha Walter said: “We need to move away from detention and build a fair asylum process in which cases are heard and resolved while refugees are living in the community so that they are able to start rebuilding their lives.”

Further measures called for by the charity include a 28-day time limit on detention and an end to holding people while their asylum claims are in progress.

Britain: Bijan Ebrahimi: Murdered disabled Iranian refugee failed by police and council’s ‘institutional racism’. Police officers told refugee ‘to go home’ when he attended station fearing for his life a day before being killed: here.

Girl abused, Pentecostalist church covered up


This Dutch video is about the House of Heroes, a fundamentalist Pentecostalist church, headquartered in Nijkerk, the Netherlands; led by senior preacher Mattheus van der Steen. He claims to be an ‘apostle’ getting messages from God Himself directly. The video shows a service in which Van der Steen and his wife Rebekah are declared to be anointed by God.

Two weeks ago, 38-year-old preacher of that church, self styled ‘prophet’, Michaël D., in charge of the church’s children’s department, was on trial for sexually abusing a girl member, his foster daughter, from when she was 15 till she was 21.

Married ‘prophet’ Michael and his wife justified the abuse saying that 15-year-old Lisa (a pseudonym) had supposedly ‘seduced’ him. Every time after the abuse, the ‘Reverend‘ Michael had Lisa pray with him, confessing ‘their’ sins to the Lord. The prophet claimed the girl was possessed by Satan and his demons, and he had to abuse her ‘in the name of Jesus’, while speaking in tongues, as usual by Pentecostalist preachers. Lisa hated the abuse, saying softly ‘Don’t’, but feared that resisting more strongly would be ‘against God’.

There was hardly a day without being abused.

Abused Lisa complained to apostle Mattheus van der Steen. The Reverend Michael D. admitted the abuse to the church leadership. There was an audio recording of that. But the Right Reverend Van der Steen had that proof against ‘prophet’ Michael D. removed, and did not go to the police, but covered up.

According to journalist Karel Smouter, who did much research on this, there is a pattern of covering up scandals in this church. Also in a child rape case in 2012 in Uganda, a miraculous discovery of gold in a bible, and fraudulent claims of faith healing by church missionaries in Burma (Myanmar).

In 2016, another House of Heroes church member, Marijn de V. was convicted for abusing five and six-year-old girls. The church leaders tried to cover up, telling the girls’ parents not to go to the police. After the parents did go to the police, the House of Heroes excommunicated them. If the mother now meets ex-coreligionists in the street, they look away from her. While Marijn de V. is once again a church member in good standing.

Rebekah, the Right Reverend Apostle Van der Steen’s wife, has filed for divorce. ‘I have discovered that my husband whitewashes predators’.

Clerical child abuse in Argentina


This 22 February 2017 video from Italy is called “We abused deaf children, we were at least ten”, the confession of Provolo’s priest.

From Associated Press today:

Clerical sex abuse disclosures skyrocket in pope’s Argentina

By LUIS ANDRES HENAO and ALMUDENA CALATRAVA

CASEROS, Argentina (AP) — Karen Maydana says she was 9 years old when the Rev. Carlos Jose fondled her at a church pew facing the altar. It was her first confession ahead of her first Holy Communion.

She blames the trauma of that moment in 2004 for a teenage suicide attempt. And yet she never spoke about it publicly until this year. After hearing that two women who attended her school in the Argentine town of Caseros were allegedly abused by the same priest, she joined them as complainants in a case that in July led to his arrest for investigation of aggravated sexual abuse.

“Unfortunately, there are many of us. But speaking about it now also gives you strength to carry on,” Maydana, 22, said. “I have a 9-year-old niece who’s receiving her Communion this year, and this is not going to happen to her.”

The allegations are part of a growing trend: While Pope Francis struggles to make good on his “zero tolerance” pledge to fight clerical sex abuse worldwide, victims in his native Argentina are denouncing abuses in unprecedented numbers. An analysis by The Associated Press shows that the number of clerics publicly identified as alleged sexual abusers has increased dramatically in the last two years.

Experts attribute the spike to a cultural shift as victims feel more emboldened to denounce abuse, prosecutors are more inclined to investigate complaints of even decades-old abuse, the media are increasingly aggressive about reporting them and courts are willing to hand down stiff sentences.

“It’s a domino effect,” said Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.org, a U.S.-based group that compiles a clergy abuse database.

In the U.S., confidential files on hundreds of pedophile priests have been released either through civil litigation, settlements or court order. The contents have revealed that top church officials worked behind the scenes to control the sex abuse scandal and keep it from authorities as well as parishioners.

“What is really remarkable here is that the survivors in Argentina don’t have the same powerful legal tools that we see in other countries,” Barrett Doyle said. “And yet, we’re still seeing the significant increase in cases.”

The AP compiled a list of 66 priests, nuns and brothers who have been accused since 2001 of abusing dozens of people, most of them children. The figures were gathered from testimonies by victims, judicial and church documents, and local media reports corroborated in conjunction with the BishopAccountability.org database. The number of new reports remained in the single digits each year from 2000 to 2015. But since the start of last year, victims have named 21 more, most accused of decades-old abuse.

“In Argentina, the abuse crisis is just beginning,” said San Francisco Bishop Sergio Buenanueva in Cordoba province, who leads a church council on clerical abuse. “I’m sure the Argentine church is going to face increasing numbers of these disclosures.”

To deal with the expected increased caseload, he said the church is planning to create its first comprehensive database of clerical abuse. Buenanueva also recently returned from the Vatican, where he met with members of Francis’ sex abuse advisory commission to discuss prevention policies for Argentina, including training of clergy to detect potential abusers and victims.

Abuse survivors are taking action too. Maydana, and her schoolmates Mailin Gobbo, 29, and Yasmin Detez, 25, recently visited the church and adjacent school they had attended to describe to journalists what had happened, saying they hoped it would help protect children. Four other women have joined their case since they reported the priest to law enforcement.

“I don’t care about exposing myself as long as it leads other people to talk,” said Gobbo, who decided to speak publicly after the birth of her daughter.

The priest is accused of abusing Gobbo and Detez at a pool and at their school.

“He’d make me sit on his lap and ask me if I had been naughty while he kissed my neck and fondled me,” Detez said while Gobbo shed tears next to her.

Jose has told the court he is innocent and said the statute of limitations has expired in any case. He is appealing the arrest order.

Some of the accused remain in the ministry. In several cases, no canonical or judicial investigation was carried out. Some were probed and dismissed. Others, especially in recent years, have led to arrests and convictions.

A court in Entre Rios province this year sentenced a Colombian priest, the Rev. Juan Diego Escobar Gaviria, to 25 years in prison for sexually abusing four boys, one of them 10 years old. It was one of the stiffest sentences handed down to date against a pedophile priest in Argentina.

“I feel satisfied with the sentence,” said Alexis Endrizzi, 18, who was molested by Escobar when he was 12. “It sided with the victims.”

Two other priests are awaiting trial on pedophilia charges after they were accused this year in the same small province.

In one of the most shocking cases, prosecutors say at least 20 children at the Provolo Institute for deaf and mute children in Mendoza province were abused. Some of the victims say they were molested by an Italian priest, the Rev. Nicola Corradi, who also had been accused by some of the dozens of abuse victims at the Provolo’s school in Italy but never faced justice there. Corradi, now elderly, was formally charged by Argentine prosecutors in November and is under house arrest awaiting trial in Argentina. Corradi’s attorney declined to comment on his client’s plea or any other detail of the case.

Advocates of priestly abuse victims question how Francis could have been unaware of the allegations against Corradi since he was publicly named by the Italian victims starting in 2009 and most recently in 2014.

One of the cases that has festered for years is that of the Rev. Hector Ricardo Gimenez, who had been detained after several abuse complaints in 1985 and 1996, but was freed by the courts.

In 2013, Julieta Anazco led other women in publicly confronting Gimenez as he celebrated Mass at a hospital chapel, accusing him of abusing her and many others as children decades before.

“He’d jump into the shower with the excuse of washing us,” said Anazco, who went on to become president of the Survivors’ Network of Ecclesiastical Abuse.

The Archbishopric of La Plata Archbishop said in a statement to the AP that the church had found Gimenez guilty of previous abuses and that he had been banned from ministerial duties, a common church sanction for elderly priests accused of abuse.

It also said that Archbishop Hector Aguer had met with Anazco in 2015, heard her complaints and “shared the cruelty of these crimes and the importance that no one guilty of them remains unpunished.”

Anazco’s criminal complaint initially was dismissed, but was later reopened and remains pending, according to her attorney.

The AP tried to reach Gimenez, who is in his eighties, at the nursing home where he now lives in the city of La Plata but he declined to comment.

No official numbers on clerical abuse have been published by Argentina’s church, government or its judicial system, and the issue is still something of a taboo.

But Pope Francis tried to break the stigma by phoning Rufino Varela after he revealed that he had been abused as a child by a priest at a school that Argentine President Mauricio Macri also attended. Other students at the school told the AP that they suffered abuse by the same priest, who has since died.

Francis has pledged “zero tolerance” for abuse, but he has also said he never had to confront the issue as archbishop of Buenos Aires, where he served from 1998 to 2013. Recently, he has acknowledged that the church was “late” in recognizing the scale of abuse and the damage it wreaked on victims, and said the practice of cover-up and moving pedophiles around was to blame.

Many Argentine victims of abuse say they feel abandoned by the church.

“You realize the complicity, the cover-up of the church hierarchy that goes all the way up to the Vatican,” Anazco said.

Associated Press writers Nicole Winfield at the Vatican and Paul Byrne and Victor Caivano in Buenos Aires contributed to this report.

The war against Pope Francis. His modesty and humility have made him a popular figure around the world. But inside the church, his reforms have infuriated conservatives and sparked a revolt. By Andrew Brown.