From the Gates of Vienna
The migrant-ferry ship Sea Watch 3 ignored a police order and continued on to the port of Lampedusa, where Italian carabinieri were lined up waiting for it on the quay. Meanwhile, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has proposed that a border barrier be constructed in northeastern Italy to counter the renewed flow of migrants along the Balkan Route.
In other news, French authorities now believe the catastrophic fire at the Notre Dame cathedral was caused by negligence, and may possibly have involved a cigarette.
No cigarette ever set a 600-year old oak beam on fire. This claim is outrageously stupid. It is an insult to anyones intelligence.
Edwin Wagensveld is the leader of the Dutch chapter of Pegida. Last weekend, when they were preparing for a demonstration in front of a mosque, he and his colleagues were pelted with eggs and bricks. In the end, however, it was only the Pegida demonstrators — including Mr. Wagensveld — who were arrested.
Long-time readers will remember Edwin Wagensveld as the man who was arrested three years ago for wearing a pig hat at a demonstration.
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
China: ‘we are saving Moslems from Islam’
More on this below the fold.
UNHRC gives platform to China's Vice-Governor of Xinjiang to justify detaining 1 million Muslims in camps.
"We aim to save those influenced by religious extremism. Many graduated from the centers, got better jobs, and live a happy life with better quality."
[UNHRC applauds] pic.twitter.com/ihbtEzbGP0
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) June 27, 2019
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China is waging a global campaign against the Uighurs, a Muslim ethnic minority concentrated in its western frontier of Xinjiang. In the last two years, the country has ordered tech companies to spy on their phones, outlawed Muslim practices like wearing a beard or going to prayers, and detained at least one million Uighur Muslims in prison-like detention centers.
Business Insider Though Beijing has cracked down on Uighur activity in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang since 2009, when a series of terrorist attacks and ethnic riots took place across the country, it only recently started ramping up its high-tech surveillance operation, and handing out sterner punishments to the people.
China’s government has for years blamed the Uighurs for terrorism, and say they saying the group is importing Islamic extremism in Central Asia.
Beijing characterizes all Uighurs as terrorists, and has routinely cites national security concerns to justify its actions in the region.
Authorities have imposed a variety of oppressive laws in the region, including asking tech companies to block and report the transfer of any content that might seem unsavory to the regime. It has also been reported that authorities have arrested people for refusing to sell pork products and alcohol in their shops.
Uighur Muslims – who refer to Xinjiang as East Turkestan – believe that China is trying to eradicate their culture. Beijing says it is unifying the Chinese nation. Authorities in the region have also started detaining Uighurs even if they haven’t committed a crime. They say it’s to prevent them from doing so.
Zhang Zhisheng, a top official at the Xinjiang Foreign Affairs Office, told the BBC in a recent interview: “Some people, before they commit murder, already show they’re capable of killing. Should we wait for them to commit the crime? Or should we prevent it from happening?”