The mainstream-media across the West would have us all believe peaceful protest is taking place in many of our cities across the globe, this is not true. The constant bombardment of conflicting, facts, alternative truth and downright lies is becoming the symbol of 2020. What we are witnessing in the West at the moment is a carbon copy of the Arabian Spring, when a series of anti-government protests, uprisings, and armed rebellions spread across much of the Arab world in the early 2010s. The Arab Spring began in response to oppressive regimes and a low standard of living, starting with protests in Tunisia. From Tunisia, the protests then spread to five other countries: Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria and Bahrain, where either the ruler was deposed (Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Muammar Gaddafi, Hosni Mubarak, and Ali Abdullah Saleh) or major uprisings and social violence occurred, including riots, civil wars or insurgencies.
The West is going the same way and is heading for its own unprecedented"boogaloo" (civil war), "Western Spring." The American George Floyd murder sent seismic ripples all the way from California to London and Berlin to Sydney three weeks ago, causing the BLM, Antifa and left-wing militants to rise up against police brutality, inequality and racism in what is surely morphing into a Western Spring. White Supremacists are expected to join in this weekend threatening to lock horns and start bustin' heads.
This weekend could go down in history as the start of an unprecedented "boogaloo" when the threat of wild protesting which is sure to ignite riots in cities across the US, Europe, Canada and Australia. In the UK the government is furious after the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan boarded up monuments and statues of political and historical heroes including Sir Winston Churchill in anticipation of rioting in London this weekend.
A senior Black Lives Matter organiser has called for Winston Churchill's statue to be removed from Parliament Square - ahead of today's protest which is under threat of violence from the BLM, Antifa movements, football hooligans and far-right thugs. The bizzies, (English street name for the police) are going to be very busy indeed and could be the biggest protest since the London riots of 2011 when, yes you guessed, the cops gunned down an unarmed black man Mark Duggan.
Protesters are demanding an investigation after a young Black man was found hanging from a tree in Palmdale, 50km north of Los Angeles, the police are treating his death as suspicious. Police could have stirred the hornet's nest after a 27-year-old unarmed African-American man was shot in the back and killed by Atlanta police Friday night after someone complained he was sleeping in his car at a Wendy's drive-thru.
As in the UK and other European cities, monuments and statues are coming down across the US. Confederate monuments are being removed and statues of Christopher Columbus are being toppled as Americans grapple with the ghosts of the country's racial history in the wake of George Floyd's death. This weekend's seismic epicentre will be if White Supremacists unite to protect the Confederate monuments from the hands of the far-left, BLM and Antifa movements trying to knock them down, it will be interesting to see how the cops handle that scenario along with their British colleagues in the UK. Meanwhile, Seattle bound outlaws and Hells Angels with the #BikersForTrump movement are on their way to Seattle grab back the area Antifas annexed earlier last week.
As George Floyd outrage spreads, France confronts its own demons. The global outrage triggered by George Floyd’s killing in the US has reignited a debate about policing in France’s ethnically diverse suburbs, where protesters say it is time the country wakes up to its own unspoken legacy of abuse and impunity. The difference in France and the US is, here in France we pretend it doesn't happen. The Police in Paris is expecting trouble this weekend.
NL Times reported, vandalizing statues and monuments built in honour of Dutch historical figures is not a solution in the debate around racial equality. Prime Minister Mark Rutte contested on Friday. Instead, he believes, statutes offer an opportunity to reflect on both the positive and the negative aspects of history. The Prime Minister's statements come after a group of activists defaced the statues of Piet Hein and Pim Fortuyn and on the Witte de With art centre in Rotterdam on Friday. The action was intended to criticize the "glorification of Dutch colonialism" as well as the "martyrdom" of Pim Fortuyn, the activists said. More protests are expected in Amsterdam and Rotterdam this weekend.
Demonstrators have defied a court order banning their rally on Saturday and turned out to protest against the government’s treatment of refugees. Police wearing face masks stood on the steps of Town Hall on Saturday afternoon as small groups of protesters marched past with placards.
Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees
Pastoral scene of the gallant South
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth
The scent of magnolia, sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh
Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck
For the sun to rot, for the tree to drop
Here is a strange and bitter crop