Saturday, May 2, 2020

On Police brutality and other forms of Nazism woken anew in the era of COVID-19

Every single day since mid March 2020,  I understand anew how deeply flawed and ugly happens to be the dregs of human nature within a large portion of my fellow human beings.  I used to wonder how those millions of  people living in Germany and the European countries the Nazis occupied, could let themselves be so stupidly docile and stand in queues to board trains taking them to the death camps or make them do the most inhumane things to other prisoners and go willingly into gas chambers or stand still against walls awaiting the Nazis' bullets.

After a few more months of this degradation that we are going through at this strange time, better known as "stay home stay safe" or "safe distance"  or "home quarantine" or whatever you want to call it, due to a virus that might kill probably a few thousand more than during the seasonal flu, many of us are going to be probably as docile as those who fell victims to the  Nazis.  You don't think so? 

Granted that this new disease is deadly ... you just have to look at the number of dead in New York State (whether those numbers are cooked or not).  We also know that by all accounts the disease is lethal to the senior population, especially those with a compromised immune system and especially to those in nursing home, but take a look at what the quarantine measures are doing to the rest of the population and to the economy of the world.  Is the lockdown and the destruction that is happening all around us justified?  IMO, definitely not.  

Below just some of the aspects of Nazism which are rising up round the world, emitting primarily from the Police Authorities and the Mayors, Governors, Premiers, doctors and other individuals holding power over common citizens.

I am firmly on the side of the anti-lockdown protests.  There are several such protests happening all over.  Thank goodness for these freedom loving people.  It's better to die free than be led willingly to a non-life because of some "models" and "tables" that the fearmongering academia "doctors" with ulterior motives have forced upon the politicians of the world.

From Al Jazeera
UN raises alarm on police brutality during lockdowns
 UN says countries flouting the rule of law in the name of fighting coronavirus risk sparking a 'human rights disaster'.

The United Nations human rights chief has warned that countries flouting the rule of law in the name of fighting the novel coronavirus pandemic risk sparking a "human rights disaster".
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called on countries to refrain from violating fundamental rights "under the guise of exceptional or emergency measures".
"Emergency powers should not be a weapon governments can wield to quash dissent, control the population, and even perpetuate their time in power," she warned in a statement on Monday.
"They should be used to cope effectively with the pandemic - nothing more, nothing less."
A top official from her office said about 80 countries have declared emergencies due to the new coronavirus, including 15 where the allegations were deemed most troubling.
They were: Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Honduras, Jordan, Morocco, Cambodia, Uzbekistan, Iran and Hungary.
However, Georgette Gagnon, director of field operations, added at a virtual briefing in Geneva "there are probably several dozen more we could have highlighted"..........

From AlJazeera on Kenya

...........The officers fired tear gas, shot guns in the air and beat people with canes and rubber hoses, residents said. Nyambura was hit while trying to flee the scene, breaking in the process one of her flasks that she uses to sell coffee.
"There was no warning, they just started to beat people," Nyambura said on the phone. "Everyone on the road - it didn't matter your age, even grandparents - all were being beaten."
According to Nyambura, many people in the area had no idea the 7pm-to-5am curfew was actually in place. "It was a surprise because most slum people don't have a TV; they get information from one another and don't always get the right information."......

From In South Africa
  Police brutality on the rise during lockdown
As South Africans acclimatise to life under lockdown, the security forces’ heavy-handedness has come under the spotlight, with many communities decrying how they carry themselves.
A week into the lockdown and already eight men have died allegedly the hands of the police.
The public outcry followed the killing of a Vosloorus man by a member of the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department and a private security guard.
Sibusiso Amos, who had recently been released from prison after serving a 15-year sentence, was gunned down last week Sunday in front of his two nieces after he was allegedly contravening the lockdown regulations by “drinking alcohol and being at a tavern”. Locals, however, denied the notion....

 From rfi on Mauritius
Mauritius Police brutality during lockdown
The Prime minister of Mauritius has announced an investigation into alleged cases of police brutality while the island remains under total lockdown to contain the rapid spread of Covid-19. This comes after two men, apprehended by the police, were subsequently hospitalised.  ....

from AllAfrica
Police shot and killed
Police shot and killed two people for defying lockdown orders imposed by the government to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to Bloomberg.
Rwanda National Police spokesperson John Bosco Kabera said the two young men "attempted to tussle" with officers.....

From CTV on India, Kenya, the Philippines
  Concerns raised about extreme measures and power abuse during lockdowns

....In India, a video showing men in protective suits spraying “disinfecting sanitizer” on a group of people at a bus station in the city of Bareilly has sparked nationwide outrage.
Local administrator Nitish Kumar said the men were sanitizing storefronts on Tuesday, when police ordered them to spray the crowd of people. Kumar said no one was injured, but The Indian Express reported that the spray was a bleaching agent, and several people suffered injuries......

...... a 13-year-old boy in Kenya was shot by police who were enforcing a curfew. The Associated Press also reported that Kenyan police have fired tear gas at a crowd of commuters in Mombasa before the first night of the country’s curfew started.
In the Philippines, an official is facing charges after five people, including two minors, were put in dog cages for allegedly breaking curfew. Municipal police told local media that the official allegedly threatened to shoot the victims if they did not stay in the cage for 30 minutes.......



 From the BBC on Nigeria
  Nigeria's police kill more people than the virus during lockdown

 Security forces enforcing the lockdown in parts of Nigeria have killed more people than coronavirus itself, a local rights group says.
Evidence of the killings comes from members of the public who rang their hotline or sent in videos, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) adds.
It says law enforcers have killed 18 people in Nigeria since lockdowns began on 30 March.
Coronavirus has killed 12 people, according to health ministry data.

From nzherald, New Zealand
New lockdown law bans swimming, fishing, hunting, surfing

There is now no doubt - fishing, swimming, surfing, hunting and tramping are banned under new lockdown laws.
Kiwis had previously been advised not to take part in these activities during the Covid-19 lockdown but the ban was made official in fresh laws released on the Government's Covid-19 website today.
People cannot leave home to hunt, tramp, swim, take part in other water-based activities, such as surfing and boating, or do anything that may put them in danger or require help from rescue services.....

From CrestAdvisory, UK
Lockdown and what the public thinks
Two weeks into the UK’s coronavirus lockdown the debate continues on how the public should interpret government guidance and how the police should enforce new laws designed to respond to the public health emergency.

This follows considerable criticism of some police tactics including the use of a drone to film ramblers in the Peak District and the arrest and £660 fine of a woman at Newcastle railway station. Former Supreme Court Justice Lord Sumption said that excessive measures were in danger of turning Britain into a “police state” and numerous legal figures have argued police officers have acted beyond their powers. Transport Secretary Grant Schapps has agreegd that there had been ‘teething problems’ and that some forces had been over zealous in enforcing the rules. In response, Martin Hewitt, Chair of the National Police Chiefs Council, has set out a clear strategy for officers to “engage, explain, encourage” and move only to “enforce” as a last resort and new guidance has been issued to officers stressing the need for a “consistent” level of service and a “inquisitive, questioning mindset” when dealing with the public outside their homes.......



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