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Island Shuts Schools Amid 'Very Explosive' COVID Riots

French territory of Guadeloupe trashed during days of protests turned violent

(Newser) - Schools closed across the French Caribbean territory of Guadeloupe on Monday, and France's president warned of a "very explosive" situation in the island territory, after protests against COVID-19 rules and vaccinations descended into days of rioting and looting. France's central government sent in police special forces to...

Mom Throws Child From Burning Building During South Africa Riot

Death toll hits 72 in some of the worst violence since the end of apartheid

(Newser) - Days after Jacob Zuma turned himself in to start serving a 15-year-sentence, South Africa is being shaken by some of the worst violence since the end of apartheid. At least 72 people have been killed in rioting in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, many of them trampled in stampedes during looting,...

DeSantis: Nothing Close to as Tough as New 'Anti-Riot' Law

It includes stricter punishments, and protections for drivers who hit protesters

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a controversial anti-riot bill Monday that will more strictly punish people who take part in protests that turn violent. The timing coincides with the wrapping up of Derek Chauvin's trial in the death of George Floyd, and DeSantis referenced that case, saying the Minnesota...

After Police Fatally Shoot Man, a Nighttime 'Riot' in Portland

Authorities say Ore. protesters smashed windows, stole from businesses after officer-involved shooting

(Newser) - Police in Portland, Ore., declared a riot Friday night after authorities say protesters smashed windows and burglarized businesses during demonstrations that started earlier in the day after police fatally shot a man while responding to reports of a person with a gun. The vandalism downtown came after the Friday morning...

Police Attacked in Northern Ireland
Flares in

Unrest Flares in Northern Ireland

Police say petrol bombs were thrown at officers

(Newser) - Police in Northern Ireland have appealed for calm after officers were attacked with petrol bombs and cars were set on fire during a second night of unrest. Three cars were hijacked and set on fire Saturday night in Newtownabbey, an area on the outskirts of Belfast, police said. North Area...

3 Nights of Curfew, and the Riots Are Getting Worse

Netherlands police stretched thin as authorities blame violent people for hijacking protests

(Newser) - The Netherlands put a coronavirus curfew into effect on Saturday, and police have had their hands full with rioters for three consecutive nights now, reports the Guardian . Nearly 200 were arrested in cities large and small Monday night, though authorities say the demonstrations have become more about young people causing...

New Video Shows Inside Look at Siege of Capitol

'New Yorker' contributor Luke Mogelson filmed with his phone

(Newser) - Luke Mogelson is a war correspondent who has written dispatches from Afghanistan and Syria. But his latest hits much closer to home. Mogelson entered the US Capitol (as a journalist) when rioters took it by storm on Jan. 6. He wrote a first-person account for the New Yorker , and the...

Dem Lawmaker Claims Capitol Raid Was an Inside Job

Mikie Sherrill says she saw lawmakers leading people through Capitol on 'reconnaissance' mission

(Newser) - Rep. Mikie Sherrill is claiming that members of Congress led people through the Capitol on a "reconnaissance" mission a day before last week's riot. Sherrill, a New Jersey Democrat, took to Facebook Live on Tuesday to explain why she voted in favor of a resolution asking Vice President...

Lawmaker Who Let Rioters Into State Capitol Faces the Music

Oregon Rep. Mike Nearman was seen letting in demonstrators during special legislative session

(Newser) - Another lawmaker is facing heat for a Capitol breach, this time in the Pacific Northwest. When far-right protesters descended on the Oregon Capitol on Dec. 21 during a special legislative session, surveillance video (available here via the Oregonian ) showed GOP Rep. Mike Nearman exiting through a side door, and...

In Month Before Riot, One Ominous Phrase Dominated
In Month Before Riot, One
Ominous Phrase Dominated
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In Month Before Riot, One Ominous Phrase Dominated

'Storm the Capitol' was mentioned 100K times online

(Newser) - Many big outlets are taking deeper looks into the violence that wracked Washington. Some of the highlights:
  • The New York Times reports that the phrase "Storm the Capitol" was mentioned 100,000 times in various online forums in the month preceding Jan. 6, according to media firm Zignal Labs.

Lucy Lawless Slams 'Hercules' for Antifa Conspiracy Theory

'Xena' had some words for Kevin Sorbo on Twitter regarding the Capitol Hill riot

(Newser) - Xena the Warrior Princess doesn't mess around in battle, even on Twitter. That's where Lucy Lawless, the actor who played the ancient Greek fighter in the '90s TV series, ended up on Thursday, embroiled in what Fox News calls a "clash of superheroes" over a conspiracy...

Death of Capitol Officer Now a Murder Investigation
Troubling Details Emerge
in Death of Capitol Officer
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Troubling Details Emerge in Death of Capitol Officer

'New York Times' reports Brian Sicknick was assaulted with a fire extinguisher

(Newser) - The inquiry into the death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick is now a federal murder investigation, reports CNN . The exact circumstances surrounding his death are still being fleshed out, though some disturbing details have emerged. Coverage:
  • In a news release , the Capitol Police says Sicknick was injured "while

A 'Day of Reckoning' for Social Media

Trump banned from FB, IG 'indefinitely,' while social media sees a 'reckoning' in general after DC riots

(Newser) - On Wednesday, Twitter and Facebook locked down President Trump's social media accounts after inflammatory posts he made during a day marked by chaos and violence on Capitol Hill. On Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took things further. "The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that...

Looter in Viral Pic in Pelosi's Office Left Profane Note

Richard Barnett of Gravette, Ark., says he also took a souvenir but that he paid for it

(Newser) - Amid the pro-Trump riot that left four dead in the nation's capital Wednesday was plenty of looting, and per the New York Times , House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office was an especially popular target. One man in particular—seen in a picture that's now gone viral, lounging in...

USMS: We Sent a Plane Over Portland to Surveil Protesters

Meanwhile, violent clashes between protesters and federal officers in the Oregon city start up again

(Newser) - Thursday night marked the 84th night of protests in Portland, with clashes between protesters and federal agents once more emerging after weeks of nonviolence. The Oregonian reports that police declared the demonstration in the Oregon city a riot around 11pm local time, with a couple hundred protesters initially gathering around...

Another Riot Declared in Portland
Another Riot
Declared in Portland

Another Riot Declared in Portland

Police are seeking a man suspected of assaulting a driver on Sunday

(Newser) - Police have declared a riot in Portland amid ongoing protests over racial injustice. The riot was declared Tuesday night outside a county building, police said. They ordered people to leave the area, per the AP . People were smashing windows on the first floor, and threw "burning material" inside, the...

In Portland, a Riot Declared
Riots Declared
in Portland, Seattle

Riots Declared in Portland, Seattle

It's another tense night between law enforcement and protesters

(Newser) - Authorities declared a riot early Sunday in Portland, Ore., as protesters breached a fence surrounding the city's federal courthouse where US agents have been stationed. The move came after police declared a riot Saturday afternoon in Seattle. Portland police described via Twitter the “violent conduct of people downtown”...

Police: 'This Event Has Been Declared a Riot'

Violence breaks out in Portland, Oregon

(Newser) - Things got ugly in Portland on Saturday night when protesters set a police union building ablaze and authorities told them to move on—or else. "This event has been declared a riot," the Portland Police Bureau tweeted , per CNN . "Move to the east now. If you do...

Cops Napped, Made Popcorn Amid Rioting: Officials

Rep. Bobby Rush says they kicked back in his Chicago office

(Newser) - Chicago cops are in hot water after lounging around a politician's office while looters plundered in the very same strip mall, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. That politician, Rep. Bobby Rush, had video of the officers kicking back in his South Side campaign office earlier this month. "One was...

We've Seen the Rage. Now What Do We Do?
America Is on Fire.
Here are Solutions

America Is on Fire. Here are Solutions

Cornel West is among those proposing policy changes

(Newser) - Protests have rocked the country and left a trail of smoldering ruin, but to what end? That end—in terms of specific policy demands—is finding a voice on media and activist websites. Writing at the Guardian , Cornel West decries "another black person killed by the US police" and...

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