Updated 3:03 pm CDT, Thursday, July 11, 2019 ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian police fired tear gas Thursday to disperse anti-government demonstrations by Shiite Muslims in the capital, Abuja, and the northwestern city of Kaduna. The protesters were demanding the release of Shiite leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been jailed since 2015. The protests have been gaining momentum this week following reports that Zakzaky is in failing health. In Abuja, about 50 demonstrators at Eagle Square were dispersed after tear gas was fired. In Kaduna the demonstration was also broken up by police firing tear gas and gunshots were heard. Earlier this week protesters invaded Nigeria's parliament building to demand the release of Zakzaky. Many demonstrators were arrested and 38 appeared in court Thursday and were charged with unlawful assembly and destruction of public property. All pleaded not guilty. … [Read more...] about Nigerian police disperse anti-government protests by Shiites
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Ahead of a preliminary hearing next week, defense attorneys for the 54-year-old woman charged with hitting and killing a Chattanooga police officer have asked the courts to consider reducing her $300,000 bond to $35,000. In a six-page motion filed Tuesday that detailed how Janet Hinds turned herself in, attorneys Ben McGowan and Marya Schalk said prosecutors inadvertently portrayed their client as a flight risk by telling a judge that she struck and killed officer Nicholas Galinger on Friday when the fatal incident on Hamill Road happened on Saturday. "Thus, in setting the $300,000 bond [Judge Christie Sell] was left with the false impression that Ms. Hinds delayed reporting all day Saturday, sought legal counsel Sunday and finally turned herself in Monday," the attorneys wrote in the motion. Read more about deadly hit-and-run of Chattanooga police officer Escort for fallen Chattanooga police officer to begin Wednesday morning Funeral for fallen Chattanooga police officer will be … [Read more...] about Defense attorneys for woman charged in fatal hit-and-run of Chattanooga officer ask for bond reduction ahead of hearing
0 Have your say Sunderland City Council could join a band of local authorities calling for a public probe into the infamous clash between striking miners and police at Orgreave. Next week, Labour councillors will call on Home Secretary Sajid Javid to hold a probe into the policing of picket lines at the Yorkshire coking plant during the 1984 Miners’ Strike. The motion will be presented for debate at the authority’s full council meeting on Wednesday, January 30.It calls for “meaningful discussions” with the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, the National Union of Mineworkers and MPs on the issue.If approved, Sunderland City Council will join a group of councils already backing the campaign, including Barnsley, Chesterfield, Salford, Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Rotherham, Doncaster, Derby, Durham and more.The strike was one of the most violent clashes during the period of industrial unrest, with scores of miners charged with riot … [Read more...] about Sunderland could join councils demanding inquiry into Battle of Orgreave policing during Miners’ Strike
Republicans used to shut down the federal government with the intention (generally) of curbing public spending. Donald Trump's GOP, in contrast, shuts down the federal government with the goal of constructing a continent-long wall of dubious utility that will require (by one estimate) three times the concrete poured in building the Hoover Dam. The era of limited government is emphatically over in the only political party where it once had some appeal. The GOP's non-negotiable demand is now a monumental public works project. Somewhere in New Deal heaven, Harry Hopkins is smiling a mocking smile. This is the strange case of a political metaphor slipping off the page and trying to break into reality. The images and symbols of political rhetoric can assume an importance beyond language. Ronald Reagan's evocation of a "shining city on a hill" rooted his appeal in the American exceptionalism of our Pilgrim parents. John F. Kennedy spoke inspiringly of a torch of leadership passing … [Read more...] about Trump’s wall is a symbol of ruin
0 Have your say ONLY four months remain before we walk arm-in-arm to the sunlit uplands where the easiest Brexit deal in history will have been made and everybody will be happy – except we know that this is not the case. Others will concentrate on the details of the deal – a word I loathe because it reduces an existential question simply to a matter of trade and transaction – and the position in which it leaves us. I want to pick up on one line of the Prime Minister’s statement to the House of Commons last week: “If we get behind a deal, we can bring our country back together and seize the opportunities that lie ahead.”I asked in the short debate in the Lords if the promise to bring our country back together was credible and achievable and, if so, how it was to be done. The answer from the Minister was simply a repetition of mantras about the deal.I thought I was being helpful to the Government by inviting a response such as … [Read more...] about Nick Baines: Brexit and questions of honesty with the people of this nation.