The incident at the central station in the northeast German town of Magdeburg, 156 kilometers (97 miles) west of Berlin, had started on Saturday late afternoon with the arrest of a 32-year-old man for an attack on a pedestrian. The victim sustained head injuries.Police said they were hindered in making the arrest by several, partially-masked individuals who had taken part in a demonstration of right-wing extremists in Dessau-Rosslau, 60 kilometers to the south east.The suspect had resisted arrest, attempting to take a baton from one of the officers. Magdeburg police said he had only been arrested by using “considerable effort and with the use of pepper spray.”Eleven of the man’s associates tried to get to the arrested man but had been pushed back by police before being expelled from the station.There were also reports that the extremists were calling on a further 50 of their number to recover the man from custody.A total of nine men and two women between the ages of 15 and 33 were arrested.Right wing violence on the riseThe number of violent crimes with a right-wing political motive has been rising substantially in Germany. Figures from the interior ministry for 2015 recorded 1,485 violent far-right crimes, up from 1,029 in 2014.The ministry reported a large increase in the broader category of “hate crimes” such as offences of a racist or antisemitic nature, or targeting people because of their religion. They rose 72 percent in 2015 to 10,373 from 5,858 the previous year.At the time, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said, “The rise in right-wing politically motivated crime is above all evident in xenophobic incidents.””That is unacceptable and will be met with strong measures by the police and justice system,” the interior minister said.
In each case, the person with the gun was a customer who was licensed to carry a concealed weapon, saw store employees chasing shoplifters and fired as they drove off. In the Michigan case, the Oakland County prosecutor, Jessica R. Cooper, charged Tatiana Duva-Rodriguez with one count of reckless use, handling or discharge of a firearm.“If this is proven, I find it very disturbing that someone would take out their gun in a busy parking lot and shoot at the tires of a passing car,” Ms. Cooper said. “Once fired, the bullet could have easily ricocheted or fragmented and injured or killed someone else.”
??? Export chicken to China, have them “cook” it and send back to US to be sold as Buffalo wings or nuggets???
American consumers need USDA “on station” to inspect chicken processing as it occurs in China, and a “labeling gap” is putting U.S. food safety at risk, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) suggests in a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
Brown also raised numerous questions with Vilsack about Chinese chicken processors being approved to process chicken raised in the U.S., Canada or Chile and then export the cooked chicken back here.
Since the news leaked (just before USDA announced it on Aug. 30) that four Chinese chicken processors are being green-lighted for exporting cooked chicken to the U.S., it’s become one of this nation’s hotter discussion topics.
“Given the well-documented shortcomings of the Chinese food safety system, we shouldn’t allow unmarked meat into our markets that is processed in Chinese facilities that are not subject to food safety inspections,” Brown stated in a press release accompanying his letter to Vilsack. “This action could endanger the health and safety of American consumers and potentially undermines confidence in our nation’s food safety standards.”
Meat and poultry imported to the U.S. is subject to inspection by the foreign country, which must maintain a food-safety inspection system that is equivalent to USDA’s. “Equivalence” was originally established in 2006 for the People’s Republic of China’s food-safety inspection system for processed poultry after a two-year review by a USDA audit team.