How hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters are using encrypted messages to plan a new 'freedom day' rally and stay hidden from police

The crowds were calling for an end to the strict Stage Four lockdown in the state...

Anti-lockdown protesters are now using encrypted messaging for their 'freedom day' rallies in Melbourne. 

Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters headed to the streets over the past two weekends in Melbourne calling for an end to the strict Stage Four lockdown. 

The encrypted messages are being used to plan the 'flash protests' and to attempt to prevent police from finding out the location of the planned rally.

'If you're keen on big numbers, Saturday is the one for you,' the encrypted poster said in a group chat, according to the Herald Sun.

 

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Le Pen backs Macron’s support for Greece against Turkey

France’s National Rally leader Marine Le Pen has expressed her support for President Emmanuel Macron in France’s dispute with Turkey’s aggression against European Union members Greece and Cyprus.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s “threats” target France, Le Pen said on French LCI TV channel.

Le Pen said she “resolutely backs’’ Macron against Turkey despite having “millions of issues’’ between them.

Turkey has not only been threatening and violating Greece and Turkey, but finds itself at odds with France over Libya and Syria too.

Macron said days ago that the Turkish people “deserve more than the Erdoğan government” and that the EU needs to adopt a “united and clear voice” towards Turkey.

 

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Chinese Tech Company Surveilled the Queen, Boris Johnson, and Top Military and Business Leaders: Report

High profile British politicians, members of the Royal Family, and British military have been surveilled by a Chinese tech company, in a global scheme to bolster Chinese Communist Party’s intelligence’s ability to embark upon the “great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation”, a report has found.

At the behest of the Ministry of State Security, China’s equivalent to the CIA or Britain’s MI6, Shenzhen-based tech company Zhenhua Data harvested data on high profile members of the British establishment, as well as their family members and close friends.

The list of figures in the UK that were swept up in the Chinese dragnet includes Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter, and members of the Royal Family, including Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex, Prince William and Kate Middleton.

According to documents seen by The Telegraph, Zhenhua Data amassed files on over 40,000 people in the UK. The data is now reportedly being stored in a secure server within the Chinese state.

The documents were reportedly stolen by an anti-China activist, who shared the key to the database with the Five Eyes security network of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

 

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UK Minister: Snitch on Your Neighbours If They Break Coronavirus Rules

Policing minister Kit Malthouse has said that people should snitch on their neighbours if they think they are breaking the new coronavirus rules. He said he also hopes to roll out “COVID-secure marshalls” across the country to help enforce public “compliance”.

From Monday, it is illegal for Britons to gather in groups of more than six in public or private, indoors or outside. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last week when he announced the measures that people breaking the law would be told to disperse, fined, or even arrested.

BBC Radio 4’s Today host Mishal Husain asked Mr Malthouse today whether people should snitch on their neighbours if they suspect they are breaking the law.

The policing minister responded: “If people are concerned, if they do think there has been a contravention, then that option is open to them.”

“It’s open to neighbours to do exactly that through the non-emergency number. If they are concerned and they do see that kind of thing, then absolutely they should think about that,” Malthouse added.

 

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Chicago Weekend Violence: 9 Killed, 34 Wounded So Far In Shootings Since Friday Evening

CHICAGO (CBS) — At least 43 people have been shot, nine of them fatally, so far this weekend across Chicago, including one deadly shooting at a party in the South Austin neighborhood and another on a porch in Englewood.

The Englewood shooting happened at 3:58 p.m. in the 6200 block of South Bishop Street, police said. The victims were on a porch on the block when a vehicle passed by and two assailants got out and opened fire striking them all.

A 35-year-old man was shot in the head and was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital of Cook County. A 17-year-old boy was shot in the right hip and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in good condition.

A 60-year-old man was suffered a graze wound to the lower back and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in good condition, and a 26-year-old woman was shot in the right hand and was taken to St. Bernard Hospital in good condition.

In West Rogers Park, a shooting left a woman with a graze wound to the head, and left a firehouse and several other buildings riddled with bullets.

 

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Chinese Government Combines ‘Track and Trace’ Corona System With Social Credit Score

The Communist government of China has combined its coronavirus ‘track and trace’ system with the country’s notorious social credit score.

As the Epoch Times’ Joshua Philipp explains, fears that the new COVID surveillance system would be used for “totalitarian social monitoring” are being realized in China.

“The local government of China’s Jiangsu province has launched a new social control system that combines the CCP’s health code program with the regime’s social credit system to create what they’re calling a civilization code,” Philipp reported.

The new system ranks each citizen via a “civilization score” and then places them in a category which determines whether they get priority access to services or are punished and restricted.

The new system represents an expansion of the social credit score and is being initially rolled out in the city of Suzhou and will apply to everyone over the age of 18.

 

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Spain: Citizens Stop Police From Arresting a Woman For Not Wearing a Mask

A video out of Spain shows citizens preventing police from arresting a woman for not wearing a face mask.

The clip shows officers attempting to pull the older woman away from the crowd, but they manage to wrestle her away from the cops.

“In Spain, police tried to arrest a woman for not wearing a mask. Dozens of people took off their masks and then helped the woman,” states the description accompanying the video.

As we highlighted yesterday, Spanish authorities are using low-flying helicopters fitted with loudspeakers to enforce COVID-19 curfew rules on beaches.

We also previously reported on the case of two women in Spain who were beaten by police for not properly wearing their masks.

 

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Sweden: The Violence Is "Extremely Serious"

"The police must ensure that the criminals are arrested and can be prosecuted. The criminals need to disappear from our streets and squares so that no more ruthless crimes are committed... We work intensively, around the clock, despite this, the severe violence continues." — Sweden's National Police Chief Anders Thornberg, August 29, 2020.

Things in Sweden have now deteriorated to such a degree that on August 29, the Swedish police published a statement titled "The trends in violence are extremely serious." It said:

"Recently, there have been serious incidents and serious acts of violence linked to criminal networks, in which several people have been murdered and others seriously injured...

"In Stockholm, two people were murdered in the past week, and in Gothenburg, criminal groups have tried to demonstrate power by controlling vehicles entering certain districts. Earlier in August, an innocent 12-year-old girl was murdered... [during a gang incident], and in other parts of the country there are conflicts between various criminal networks and other ruthless crime, as well. On Friday night, a violent riot also occurred in Malmö where several police officers were injured..."

 

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Victoria records 55 new COVID-19 cases and eight deaths as experts say Dan Andrews' 'unrealistic' target numbers to end lockdown are impossible to reach

Victoria reported 55 new coronavirus infections and eight deaths on Tuesday

Victoria has reported 55 new coronavirus cases and eight deaths as Premier Daniel Andrews is slammed over his 'unrealistic' target to end lockdown. 

The additional fatalities recorded on Tuesday take the state's toll to 683 and the national figure to 770. 

The new infections come after the state recorded 41 new cases on Monday - its lowest daily figure since June 26. 

Mr Andrews unveiled his long-awaited four-step roadmap on Sunday, revealing Melbourne will continue under strict curfew and lockdown until the end of September. 

 

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Melbourne, Australia, Extends Strict Coronavirus Lockdown

(AFP) — Australian officials on Sunday extended a strict virus lockdown of the country’s second-biggest city by two weeks, saying new cases had not dropped enough to prevent another spike.

Melbourne residents were due to exit a harsh six-week lockdown next weekend but face continued restrictions for months to come, with Victoria state premier Daniel Andrews saying the current lockdown would remain in place until September 28th.

“If we open up too fast then we have a very high likelihood that we are not really opening up at all — we are just beginning a third wave,” he told a press conference.

“And we will be back in and out of restrictions, coming in and out of lockdown, before the end of the year.”

Just 63 new cases and five deaths were recorded in Victoria on Sunday, after peaking above 700 at the height of the outbreak, but health officials are taking a cautious approach.

 

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Polish-backed Baltic Pipe is catching up with Russian-backed Nord Stream 2

The Baltic Pipe gas pipeline from Norway to Poland is on schedule and will be ready in October 2022

The Baltic Pipe, which is promoted by Poland and other European countries as a rival to the Russian-German Nord Stream 2 pipeline, is catching up with its rival.

Tomasz Stępień, the CEO of Polish firm Gaz-System, explained at the European Economic Congress that when the Polish-Danish investment was initiated in May 2016, Baltic Pipe was 26 months behind Nord Stream 2.

He added that in the case of Nord Stream 2, that pipeline is mostly constructed but it has not been given a permit from the Danish government, which means that Baltic Pipe is slowly catching up with that project.

“Today, this distance has been decreased dramatically,” said Stępień.

 

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The New Normal: UNC Develops “Health Greeter Kiosk” To Enforce Mask Wearing

In a story that flew under the radar last month, the University of North Carolina unveiled a system that will enforce the wearing of face masks by using facial recognition cameras to track all students entering campus facilities.

CBS News reported that the UNC developed the “Health Greeter Kiosk” to display an alert every time a student passed through without wearing a mask and ask them to comply with the mandate.

Steven King, an associate professor at the UNC School of Media and Journalism told CBS that the university teamed up with Hong Kong-based Lenovo’s artificial intelligence department to develop the system.

The system was also designed to trigger if students fail to comply with social distancing measures.

“It uses computer vision to see if there is a person there, and if that person is wearing a mask or not and if they are outside of six feet of another person,” King said.

 

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Small anti-mask protest in Paris ends with mass fines

An anti-mask demonstration in Paris this weekend (Saturday August 29) attracted just 200 - 300 people and ended with 123 people being fined by police for not wearing masks.

Somewhere between this number attended the protest, which began at Place de la Nation in the capital, said the Agence-France-Presse.

Despite - or perhaps because of - the nature of the event, the police prefecture did not hesitate to fine people who were not wearing a mask, and announced that 123 - around half - of the group were given the standard €135 punishment.

In a Tweet, the prefecture added that one person was arrested for “outrage and rebellion”.

The protesters were accusing the government of “manipulating people with fear” and imposing mandatory masks on the population “without any scientific justification”. Placards read: “Stop the lies and corruption” and “the deep State will not pass”.

 

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40 years ago, Poland's famed Solidarity trade union was born

Poland's trade union movement helped set in motion the fall of the Soviet Union

Multiple articles concerning Poland's Solidarity have appeared in press around the world as part of the “We tell the world about Poland” project commemorating the 40th anniversary of the famous strikes in Gdańsk, including one from Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

“Solidarity must become a project for all of Europe – it is our proposal for the upcoming decade of development,” Morawiecki wrote in an article which appeared in new outlets such as Italy's La Repubblica, France's L’Opinion, Spain's ABC, Sweden's Goeteborgs-Posten, and Czechia's Lidovych Novinach.

Other participants in the “We tell the world about Poland” project included professor Wojciech Roszkowski, who wrote for L’Opinion that between August 1980 and December 1981, when “Solidarity” was born, processes which decided the fate of Poland and the world were initiated.

 

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Tanks Move Into Minsk As Police Hold Back Massive Protest At Gates Of Lukashenko Residence

Defying a security services crackdown, tens of thousands of protesters demanding that Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko step down engulfed the center of Minsk once again.

This time on the occasion of the now 66-year old leader's birthday on Sunday, tens of thousands were seen marching on the presidential residence. 

Riot police, armored vehicles, and even tanks were seen defending Lukashenko's residence. Military tanks and personnel carriers were seen pouring into the area, based on activist footage on the ground.

Multiple correspondents observing the protests said tanks were en route to protect the residence.

Specifically Belarusian military BMP-2 Infantry Fighting Vehicles were spotted rolling down highways, making their way toward Independence Palace.

 

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Czechia refuses to withdraw soldiers from Mali but fears grow about the EU's training mission

In mid-August, rebellious Malian soldiers seized power in the country and installed a military junta

The Czech soldiers who are on a European Union training mission in Mali are safe, Magdalena Dvořáková, the head of the communication department of the Czech General Staff, said on Monday in response to political upheaval that is engulfing the country.

In mid-August, rebellious Malian soldiers seized power in the country after capturing President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, who resigned shortly afterward.

"Our soldiers are fine," said Dvořáková, but it is not yet clear what the future of the mission will be."It is an EU mission, so the EU must be the one to decide," she added.

As for the deployment of foreign troops in Mali, German Chancellor Angela Merkel assured last Wednesday that the current situation in the country will not affect the peacekeeping mission.

 

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(VIDEO) A powerfull Sister Dede Byrne’s speech at the 2020 Republican National Convention: Donald Trump is the most pro-life president this nation has ever had, defending life at all stages. Thank you, Mr. President, we are all praying for you

Sr. Deirdre “Dede” Byrne, POSC, was among the speakers at the 2020 Republican National Convention. Now a Catholic religious sister, Byrne Previously served as a surgeon, retired army officer, and missionary. The full text of her speech, delivered August 26, is below:

Good evening. I am Sister Dede Byrne, and I belong to the Community of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Last Fourth of July, I was honored to be one of the president's guests at his Salute to America celebration. I must confess that I recently prayed while in chapel, begging God to allow me to be a voice, an instrument for human life. And now here I am, speaking at the Republican National Convention. I guess you’d better be careful what you pray for. My journey to religious life was not a traditional route, if there is such a thing.

In 1978, as a medical school student at Georgetown University, I joined the Army to help pay for my tuition, and ended up devoting 29 years to the military, serving as a doctor and a surgeon in places like Afghanistan and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. After much prayer and contemplation, I entered my religious order in 2002, working to serve the poor and the sick in Haiti, Sudan, Kenya, Iraq and in Washington, D.C. Humility is at the foundation of our order, which makes it very difficult to talk about myself. But I can speak about my experience working for those fleeing war-torn and impoverished countries all around the world.

Those refugees all share a common experience. They have all been marginalized, viewed as insignificant, powerless and voiceless. And while we tend to think of the marginalized as living beyond our borders, the truth is the largest marginalized group in the world can be found here in the United States. They are the unborn. As Christians, we first met Jesus as a stirring embryo in the womb of an unwed mother and saw him born nine months later in the poverty of the cave. It is no coincidence that Jesus stood up for what was just and was ultimately crucified because what he said was not politically correct or fashionable. As followers of Christ, we are called to stand up for life against the politically correct or fashionable of today. We must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb. Keep in mind, the laws we create define how we see our humanity.

We must ask ourselves: What we are saying when we go into a womb and snuff out an innocent, powerless, voiceless life? As a physician, I can say without hesitation: Life begins at conception. While what I have to say may be difficult for some to hear, I am saying it because I am not just pro-life, I am pro-eternal life. I want all of us to end up in heaven together someday. Which brings me to why I am here today.

Donald Trump is the most pro-life president this nation has ever had, defending life at all stages. His belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics. President Trump will stand up against Biden-Harris, who are the most anti-life presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide. Because of his courage and conviction, President Trump has earned the support of America’s pro-life community. Moreover, he has a nationwide of religious standing behind him. You’ll find us here with our weapon of choice, the rosary.

Thank you, Mr. President, we are all praying for you.

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Beijing fires 2 missiles into South China Sea as warning after U.S. surveillance flight

International tensions over the South China Sea escalated Wednesday as China fired two medium-range missiles into the sea as a warning to the U.S.

The move came the day after China accused the U.S. of flying a Lockheed U-2 spy plane over a live-fire drill the Chinese navy was conducting in the region.

In recent weeks, the U.S. has deployed ships and aircraft to the region to keep a close eye on Chinese military activity.

The first missile, categorized as a DF-26B, was launched from the northwestern province of Qinghai. It has a range of 2,485 miles and can be equipped with nuclear warheads.

The second missile, a DF-21D, came from Zhejiang province in eastern China. While it only has a range of 1,118 miles, the Chinese government has claimed it is an advance anti-ship weapon capable of destroying an aircraft carrier.

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VMRO and other parties walked out of the Parliament after SDSM and DUI violated the rules

VMRO-DPMNE members of Parliament and those from several other parties withdrew from the institution today after the representatives of the ruling majority violated the rules. SDSM members of Parliament were voting to accept the resignations of three of their members of Parliament – Zoran Zaev, Radmila Sekerinska and Ljupco Nikolovski, who expect to be named to the next Government.

Sweden: Vandals Profane Christian Church 7 Days in Row

Vandals desecrated the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malmö (southern Sweden) seven days in a row this month, breaking windows and demolishing a statue of Jesus.

The attentive folks at L’Observatoire de la Christianophobie reported Monday that for the week ending August 18, the church — located in the district of Västra Skrävlinge — was repeatedly profaned and is now protected by a nightly patrol.

Among the damage, a statue of Jesus was destroyed inside the church building and over the course of the week some 30 church windows were smashed with stones. The perpetrators also hurled other objects into the church through the broken windows.

In the aftermath of the incidents, the church suspended religious services to allow the building to be cleaned of the large amount of broken glass that had accumulated on the pews. In the meantime, the church was obliged to hold Sunday services outdoors, but this past Sunday the church managed to return to holding worship indoors again.

The Västra Skrävlinge church’s supervising priest, Mikael Göth, said that the escalating destruction has caused concern among his congregation. “People are distraught, anxious, and worried for their safety,” Göth said. “We are grieving.”

 

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