Authorities in Hong Kong are considering whether to impose draconian martial law powers in a bid to crush pro-democracy protests.
According to a report in the South China Morning Post, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor is not ruling out invoking the Emergency Regulations Ordinance for the first time in half a century.
The ordinance would grant the government sweeping powers, including authorizing the entry and search of properties, censoring the media and imposing maximum terms of life imprisonment.
Lawmaker Au Nok-hin warned that imposing emergency powers would lead to the “total destruction” of Hong Kong’s capitalist system, while law professor Simon Young of the University of Hong Kong said the ordinance meant “basically a state of martial law.”
With the government refusing to meet the five demands of the protesters, which includes withdrawing a bill that would allow suspects in Hong Kong to be extradited to China, escalation seems inevitable.
Beijing still has troops massing nearby, but experts agree that they are unlikely to be deployed inside Hong Kong.
As we previously highlighted, riot police deployed water cannons for the first time during violent demonstrations on Sunday, protesters also being hit with tear gas and rubber bullets.
By Paul Joseph Watson in Hong Kong.
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Videos: Madrid Explodes As Police Violently Crackdown On Anti-Lockdown Protesters
Over a million residents of Spanish capital are now living under curfew
Anti-lockdown protesters in Madrid were met with violence at the hands of police this past weekend, after the local government enacted restrictions in more areas of the capital city.
Restrictions on movement, gatherings of more than six people, and 10pm curfews have been mandated, mostly targeting poorer neighbourhoods where, it is argued, sanitary conditions are worse.
In affected areas, residents are allowed to leave their homes only for work, medical or educational purposes and must carry papers proving that they have been granted permission to do so by the government.
Over a million residents of Madrid are now living under such lockdown conditions, with police having support from the Spanish army in scores of districts.
The political situation in Madrid is somewhat complex.
Many protesters in the locked down low income areas are angry with the conservative regional government, with those more on the left (some extremely leftist) adamant that the localized government lockdown represents class-based discrimination.
Meanwhile other centrist and conservative protesters are just generally against the stripping away of basic freedoms by the central Spanish government, no matter where it is focused.
Footage revealed the chaos after police stormed protesters this past weekend:
Madrid hoy Caravanchel pic.twitter.com/GzCnzoF3mn
— Angela Comanchera (@AComanchera) September 27, 2020
— Álvaro Casares (@comex25) September 24, 2020
Policía sin número de identificación dando un cabezazo con el casco a un detenido esposado e inmovilizado.
El delegado del Gobierno debe ser cesado inmediatamente.@conJoseMFranco
Lo llaman democracia y NO LO ES. pic.twitter.com/fhgTyr79bL
— Matsi♀️✊ (@Vicky_Taibo) September 25, 2020
¡Sánchez culpable, Gobierno culpable, Ayuso culpable! Luego vendréis al barrio a haceros foto en campaña.
¡Esto no lo hacéis en el barrio de Salamanca! pic.twitter.com/0OO3SvzaJc
— Vallekas se Defiende (@VKseDefiende) September 24, 2020
The most disturbing thing about last night's unwarranted police violence in the working-class Madrid district of Vallecas is that when there were protests in the upscale Salamanca district, the cops stood back and did nothing. https://t.co/xE6vAMJY8h
— C.S. Blennerhassett (@CSBlenner) September 25, 2020
Peaceful protest in Madrid against segregation measures.
A Spanish police hits a girl in the head with a baton, boy who defends her is thrown to the floor, hit and arrested, and once in handcuffs police hit him again in the head with a helmet 👉🏻#SpainIsAFascistState https://t.co/QTqqjgesQh
— ANC England (@ANCEngland) September 27, 2020
Health advisors from the leftist central government are pushing the local conservative government in Madrid to impose the restrictions on the entire inner city, which would restrict close to 3.5 million people.
So far, however, the conservative regional leader Isabel Diaz Ayuso has resisted a second total lockdown, saying that the economic impact would be too devastating.
“We’re destroying ourselves … I don’t know how many companies continue to lose jobs and opportunities every single day,” Ayuso told reporters Sunday.
Madrid s regional president Isabel Diaz Ayuso has refused to implement the unnecessary #covid lockdown measures ordered by the Spanish gov health minister amid scenes of unbelievable police brutality. #Resistance #SwedenWasRighthttps://t.co/12yd1ebcyphttps://t.co/68b5pRkQLm pic.twitter.com/LHvSHrTzJq
— Jane Burgermeister (@JaneBurgermeis2) September 27, 2020
Psychiatrist: Julian Assange Is ‘Preparing To Kill Himself In Prison’
Professor of neuropsychiatry testifies that Wikileaks founder is suffering from deep depression and auditory hallucinations
A disturbing testimony from a psychiatrist outlines that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is in such a bad state in prison that he should be considered at ‘high risk’ of suicide.
The Daily Mail reports that Professor Michael Kopelman testified during an extradition hearing in London that Assange has “begun making preparations to end his own life including confessing to a Catholic priest, drafting farewell letters to his family and drafting a will.”
Kopelman, emeritus professor of neuropsychiatry at King’s College London, also said that Assange told him he experienced hearing voices in his head saying “we’re coming to get you.”
“He reported auditory hallucinations, which were voices either inside or outside his head, somatic hallucinations, funny bodily experiences, these have now disappeared,” Kopelman said.
“He also has a long history of musical hallucinations, which is maybe a separate phenomenon, that got worse when he was in prison,” the psychiatrist added.
“The voices are things like, “you are dust, you are dead, we are coming to get you”. They are derogatory and persecutory,” he continued, adding “They seem to have diminished. Subsequently the musical hallucinations have also reduced, and the somatic hallucinations have disappeared.”
Kopelman even noted that Assange “reported a near-death experience and wondered if the CIA would find a way to get him or mess with his head” noting that this “may or may not” be paranoia.
Kopelman warned that “The risk of suicide arises out of clinical factors…but it is the imminence of extradition and or an actual extradition that would trigger the attempt, in my opinion.”
Assange is languishing in Belmarsh, a notoriously horrid maximum security prison housing murderers and terrorists. For much of the time since being arrested on leaving the Ecuadorian embassy, Assange has been kept in solitary confinement. He is also heavily medicated.
The wikileaks founder faces extradition to the US, where he would be charged with an 18-count indictment related to hacking computers and conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defence information.
Professor Kopelman also noted during the hearing that Assange has been depressed “certainly throughout the time I’ve been seeing him.”
“It’s fluctuated a bit, his appetite has fluctuated, he’s had persistent problems with sleep and his mood state is worst in the early hours of the morning and that’s stayed consistent,” Kopelman added.
“Mr Assange was very reluctant to talk about his suicidal ideas and plans because he feared he would be put on constant watch or isolation,” the psychiatrist further explained.
The report notes that the QC for the US government argued that Assange is ‘exaggerating’ his psychiatric symptoms and ‘self reporting’ suicidal ideas, and that Kopelman is an ‘advocate’.
“I’m a psychiatrist, you’re a lawyer. I make my diagnoses on my criteria,” the professor is said to have replied.
Assange’s QC reportedly read out a list of multiple times, at least ten, that Assange had requested the Samaritans suicide prevention helpline number between August and November 2019.
Assange has been in the prison since April of last year:
Since much of the media is now centred around generating outrage and deplatforming dissent, “journalists” don’t have to worry about being targeted by the establishment because they no longer do actual journalism.
That’s why they’re all cheering Assange’s arrest today.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) April 11, 2019
Hillary Clinton responded to the arrest of Julian Assange by laughing and joking about it. https://t.co/xCDg5MjtAh
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) April 12, 2019
Julian Assange is now so ill he can barely talk. This is how society treats its transgressors.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) May 29, 2019
Julian Assange is still isolated, medicated and silenced in Belmarsh prison. Don't forget about him.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) September 12, 2019
Julian Assange is literally dying in solitary confinement and no one really cares. Everyone who helped Trump get elected was targeted and virtually destroyed, and has there been an adequate response?
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) November 26, 2019
Julian Assange is still dying in prison for the crime of doing journalism and virtually no journalist on the planet cares.
They’re too obsessed with defaming and deplatforming their ideological enemies because journalism is dead.
And so might Julian Assange be pretty soon.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) November 30, 2019
Julian Assange: "I’m slowly dying here."
He is sedated, in solitary 23 hours a day.
He's in a prison meant for dangerous criminals & terrorists.
All for the crime of journalism.
If the Chinese had done this to a dissident, there'd be outrage.
Where are the protests?
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) December 31, 2019
Kim Jong-un Orders North Koreans to Hand Over Pet Dogs So They Can be Eaten
Communism strikes again.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has ordered citizens to hand over their pet dogs so they can be killed and eaten as a new famine threatens the country.
Heavy rain, widespread flooding and crop damages have left the country short of food supplies, leading the Stalinist regime to demand more wealthy North Koreans give up their dogs, which are considered “decadent” luxury and “a ‘tainted’ trend by bourgeois ideology,” according to South Korean news outlet Chosun Ilbo.
“Authorities have identified households with pet dogs and are forcing them to give them up or forcefully confiscating them and putting them down,” a source told the newspaper.
The pets are rounded up, with some of them being sent to zoos and others being sold directly to the restaurant trade.
What’s next, cannibalism?
Back in 2017, North Korean defector Gim Gyu Min claimed that the famine became so chronic in the late 90’s that he witnessed people being forced to eat each other, including a mother who was arrested for cooking her own son in a cauldron.
“It was a common thing at the time. It was not surprising,” said Min.
Yet another reminder that Communism, wherever it is tried, always leads to starvation and brutality.
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