A Chilean police major who shot two students during a school protest has been arrested as a wave of political unrest enters a third week and the number of injured in street violence topped 2,000. Maj Humberto Tapia was arrested by detectives on Thursday and charged with illegally discharging his shotgun inside a public school that had been occupied by students on Tuesday. A call by the beleaguered principal led to a confrontation with students in which Tapia fired into the floor, sending buckshot ricocheting into the legs of students.
His body language hints at betrayal and his eyes display the silent terror of a man who fears he’s in the process of being found out. Kidding himself that he actually believes in the thing that he knows to be untrue. Brexit is corroding what’s left of his integrity from the inside. He is the hollow man, bellowing against the dying of his sense of self. No longer capable of looking himself in the eye.
Vandals attacked a Gandhi memorial and may have stolen some of his ashes. They also scrawled “traitor” on his picture, placing suspicion on Hindu nationalists.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2019/10/04/world/asia/gandhi-memorial-ashes.html
Anger over Brexit was almost inevitable, but the government failed to keep a lid on it
— Read on www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/29/it-is-open-season-for-political-thugs-and-the-tories-gave-them-the-pass
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is abandoning all inhibitions in the battle for Brexit. His hostile and antagonistic rhetoric dismays civil Britons, but provides catnip for those eager to leave the EU. Many fear he has opened a Pandora’s box.
— Read on m.spiegel.de/international/europe/he-the-people-the-inverse-correlation-of-power-and-civility-in-britain-a-1289009.html
Right-wing violence is on the rise in many EU states, according to a confidential Europol report cited by German media. The extremist groups seek to boost their “combat skills” by recruiting military and police members.
It can often seem like high-level officials in the Trump administration are competing over who can be be the biggest transphobic asshole. While Betsy DeVos appeared to be carrying the title for a time, noted bigot and Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is right up there with her. Lest we need a reminder, during a recent internal HUD meeting in San Francisco, Carson described trans women as “big, hairy men” and voiced concerns that they are trying to “infiltrate” women’s homeless shelters.
Björn Höcke halts interview after German state broadcaster draws parallel to Nazi rhetoric
— Read on www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/16/afd-politician-threatens-journalist-hitler-comparison-bjorn-hocke
Richard Bertinet felt betrayed when he was wrongly given pre-settled status by Home Office
— Read on www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/aug/30/french-chef-richard-bertinet-settled-status-uk
A national union for the judges said the post “directly attacks sitting immigration judges with racial and ethnically tinged slurs.”