Daily Archives: December 7, 2014

Anonymous calls for march of millions over police brutality

Protesters walk through Times Square during a march for Eric Garner in New York December 5, 2014. Protesters in New York and other cities staged a third night of rallies on Friday, denouncing use of deadly force by police against minorities.

Protesters walk through Times Square during a march for Eric Garner in New York December 5, 2014. Protesters in New York and other cities staged a third night of rallies on Friday, denouncing use of deadly force by police against minorities.

The hacktivist collective Anonymous has called for a nationwide ‘march of millions’ next Saturday to demand justice for Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and other African Americans who have died as a result of police violence.

The ‘Day of Anger’ event, carried under the burgeoning #Blacklivesmatter social movement, is set to take place on December 13. Although tentatively scheduled to kick off in New York City, the hacktivists call for protests all across the nation.

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“We must not only show our power, but show that there is still hope for humanity, we must show the world these deaths are not in vain,” the group said in a Facebook post.

Police officers scuffle with protesters during a protest against police violence in the U.S., in Berkeley, California December 6, 2014

Police officers scuffle with protesters during a protest against police violence in the U.S., in Berkeley, California December 6, 2014

Protests have broken out across the country after a grand jury decision that acquitted a white New York City police officer of any wrongdoing in the death of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old black Staten Island resident, on July 17.

Police officers scuffle with protesters during a protest against police violence in the U.S., in Berkeley, California December 6, 2014

Police officers scuffle with protesters during a protest against police violence in the U.S., in Berkeley, California December 6, 2014

The incident, ruled a homicide by the medical examiner, was videotaped by a passer-by and put online. In it, the officer can be seen placing Garner in an illegal chokehold while a group of other officers force Garner to the ground. Garner, who reportedly suffered from asthma, died after repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe” – a phrase that has become a rallying cry for the protesters.

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The Garner decision came shortly after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown, 18, who was shot multiple times following a confrontation with police in Ferguson, Missouri despite being unarmed.

On Saturday, protests against police brutality turned violent in Berkley, California. Police deployed tear gas and smoke canisters to disperse the protesters after being pelted with bricks, rocks and pipes.

 

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Israeli airstrikes hit near Damascus airport – Syrian state TV

Damascus international Airport

Israeli airstrikes have hit targets near Damascus International Airport and in the town of Dimas near the Lebanon border, Syrian state TV reports. “The Israeli enemy committed aggression against Syria by targeting two safe areas in Damascus province, in all of Dimas and near the Damascus International Airport,” the report said, adding that there were no casualties.

Israeli jets bomb near Damascus airport

The airstrikes targeted an arms depot, a source in Syrian army’s Joint Staff told Sputnik news agency on Sunday. “The Israeli Air Force have conducted airstrikes on an arms depot, which caused huge blasts near the [Damascus] International Airport,” the source said in a phone conversation. Residents in the Syrian capital said they heard loud explosions.

According toLebanon’s Al-Manar television, the Israeli jets bombed areas near the smaller airport at Dimas. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said that 10 explosions were heard near Dimas, Reuters reported. The town of Dimas is located northwest of Damascus near the border with Lebanon. A spokesman for Israel Defense Forces told Reuters he would “not relate to the foreign reports.The Israeli Air Force has carried out several airstrikes in Syria since the beginning of the civil war there. The Israelis targeted what they claimed were sophisticated weapons systems destined for Damascus’ ally, the Hezbollah militant group in Lebanon.