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Sweden: Church in Migrant Heavy Area Targeted With Explosion For Second Time

Police say attack suggests there is “a motive against the church”.

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A church in a migrant-heavy area of Sweden was targeted for a second time by a loud bomb blast that woke up shocked residents in the middle of the night.

Police were called to the site of the Syrian Orthodox Church St. Afrem in Södertälje after residents reported hearing a huge explosion at 3am.

According to reports, authorities quickly concluded that a device had been detonated in a building adjacent to the church which is rented out as a party room.

Having established that there were no victims, the National Bomb Guard was called to carry out an investigation.

Police say the fact that this is the second time the church has been targeted – there was another explosion last fall – means there is probably “a motive against the church”.

Authorities said such attacks are difficult to investigate because “the perpetrators disappear quickly from the site”.

Sodertalje, a city 30 kilometers southwest of Stockholm, has a large immigrant population which was swelled by the most recent “refugee” wave. More than 50 per cent of the population now hail from migrant backgrounds.

According to a Radio Sweden report, Sodertalje received “the largest percentage of refugees and this in turn has caused major problems.”

As we highlighted yesterday, grenade attacks and deadly shootings in Sweden – concerns over which were once derided as a conspiracy theory by the media – now represent a “national emergency” according to a new report.

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Protesters Beg Trump: “Please Liberate Hong Kong”

Demonstrators display banners asking for U.S. intervention.

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After flying American flags and waving Pepe banners, protesters in Hong Kong are now carrying signs asking President Donald Trump to “liberate” them.

The image shows protesters displaying signs that say ‘President Trump – Please Liberate Hong Kong – Defend Our Constitution’ and ‘President Trump Please Liberate Hong Kong!’

Demonstrators have been flying British flags and American flags for weeks, but their latest icon appears to be Pepe the frog, a meme associated with the far-right and more moderate Trump supporters.

Now they’re calling for Trump to directly intervene.

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Trump has tried to stay neutral on the whole issue, asking that the crisis be de-escalated and that both sides come to an agreement without further violence.

While protesters assert that their demonstration against further encroachment on the region by Beijing is organic, China claims that the U.S. is covertly encouraging a color revolution.

As we previously reported, tens of thousands of China’s People’s Armed Police (PAP) troops are massing inside a sports stadium just a few kilometers away from Hong Kong.

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Chinese Banks Activate Contingency Plans to Prepare For Hong Kong Bank Run

But say they have plenty of cash to deal with demand.

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Chinese banks have activated contingency plans to prepare for a possible bank run by protesters in Hong Kong but say they are confident they can deal with any problems.

As we reported yesterday, activist leader Chen Haotian called on fellow protesters to target Chinese banks by simultaneously withdrawing all their money.

A viral post also appeared on the Hong Kong version of Reddit encouraging demonstrators to withdraw their money and convert it to U.S. dollars in order to sabotage Beijing’s financial autonomy.

In response, Bank of East Asia, DBS, OCBC Wing Hang Bank, and Hang Seng Bank have all reportedly activated contingency plans and are monitoring large withdrawals.

However, the banks, seeking to avoid a panic, all assert that they can deal with any planned bank run, arguing that Chinese New Year season is much worse.

HSBC said it “has sufficient supply of banknotes” to deal with demand.

“I don’t think it will be a problem,” George Leung Siu-kay, an adviser to HSBC, told the South China Morning Post.

OCBC Wing Hang Bank also said that Friday was a “normal banking day” and that no problems were encountered.

Hong Kong residents are allowed to withdraw from HK$20,000 (US$2,548) to HK$40,000 from ATMs.

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Analyst: Hong Kong Protests Will be Settled or “Crushed” Before October 1

Endgame drawing near.

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Strategist David Roche says the months long protests in Hong Kong will be settled or “crushed” before October 1, the 70th anniversary of China’s National Day.

Roche said the crisis was a huge issue for China’s economy because “any intervention (from Beijing) to Hong Kong will be immediately, umbilically, linked to what happens to trade talks and international relations globally.”

The analyst also predicted that the escalating crisis in Hong Kong would negatively impact trade talks between the U.S. and China, noting that Beijing was already irritated by the U.S. telling them “how to run their country.”

As we reported earlier this week, pro-independence political activist Chen Haotian called for a run on Chinese banks to take place today, encouraging Hong Kong citizens to withdraw all their money.

Tens of thousands of China’s People’s Armed Police (PAP) troops are also massing inside a sports center just a few kilometers away from Hong Kong.

Beijing asserts that the protests are part of a color revolution aimed at sabotaging Chinese influence over the territory, although protesters insist this is not the case.

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