1. Man investigated by police for retweeting transgender limerick
A docker from Humberside has been investigated by police over a limerick he posted on Twitter after an officer claimed it constitutes a “hate incident” against transgender people.
Harry Miller, 53, from Lincoln was contacted on Wednesday by a community cohesion officer following a complaint that had been made about the plant and machinery dealer’s social media posts.
Citing 30 potentially offensive tweets, the PC singled out a limerick Mr Miller had retweeted which questioned whether transgender women are biological women. It included the lines: "Your breasts are made of silicone, your vagina goes nowhere.”
#Brexit won't mean a thing if you don't fix the crazy PC dictatorship you have in your parliament.— BasedPoland (@BasedPoland) January 27, 2019
The British police are now persecuting people who haven't even committed any crimes but have conservative views and share them on social media. #Orwell would be proud.#UKisAjoke pic.twitter.com/Kbp8JJKb3i
Miller's tweets discussing the investigation have been restricted but were screen-capped.
2. New Danish asylum curb could restrict refugee access to medicine and dental care
A proposed tightening of immigration rules could have a significant impact on refugees' ability to pay unforeseen costs of vital services like medicine and healthcare.
The Danish government’s projected “paradigm change” in asylum policy could reduce the access of refugees to vital economic support in paying for medicines and other necessary one-off costs.
Several organisations have advised against changing a current scheme which enables municipalities to provide subsidies for specific, often unforeseen costs incurred by hard-up refugees, newspaper Jyllands-Posten reports.
The Danish Refugee Council (Dansk Flygtningehjælp) has said that the proposal, which underwent the first round of political process in parliament on Thursday, would “limit individual refugees’ ability to get help” with the costs of medicine, dental care and other “necessary one-off costs.”
The bill also provides for a 2,000-kroner reduction in benefits payments to refugees who provide for dependents.
3. Italian police to investigate migrant transport vessel
Populist Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has announced that law enforcement will be conducting an investigation into the Sea Watch migrant transport NGO whose vessel is moored off the coast of Syracuse with 47 migrants on board.
The Italian authorities are said to be investigating whether or not the German-based NGO vessel Sea Watch-3 has been complying with international regulations while it remains unable to access Italian ports, Il Giornale reports.
“Law enforcement is underway to look at the correct or incorrect behaviour of this NGO which seeks to impose its own legislation on a country like Italy, which instead has rules that must be respected,” Salvini said.
4. Gilets jaunes leader hit in eye during protest “will be disabled for life”
A gilets jaunes (yellow vests) demonstrator injured in the eye at a demonstration in Paris will be disabled for life, his lawyer has said.
Jérôme Rodrigues, a high-profile member of the protest movement, claims he was struck by a “flash-ball”, a launcher used by French riot police to fire large rubber pellets. They have been blamed for dozens of injuries, some serious, including the loss of an eye.
Investigators are looking into the incident after police reportedly insisted Rodrigues’s injuries were caused by a crowd-control grenade that exploded near him, a version of events his lawyer “categorically” denied.
Graphic video captures moment Jerome Rodrigues suffers severe eye injury
5. Violence at French Yellow Vest Protests prompts new rallies
PARIS (AP) — French police are investigating how a prominent yellow vest protester suffered a dramatic eye injury in Paris, as well as other protest-related injuries.
Violence by protesters and the sometimes-aggressive police response have prompted a national debate since the anti-government movement kicked off two months ago.
A counter-demonstration is planned Sunday in Paris by groups calling themselves the “red scarves” and “blue vests” to protest the violence.
6. Journalist David Dufresne discusses police violence and yellow vests
Yellow Vest demonstrations have been taking place every Saturday for two months. Sometimes violent clashes take place, causing injuries among police, but also to demonstrators. Journalist David Dufresne has been collecting video footage of police attacks and posting everything to Twitter. Watch as Dufresne is interviewed about the violence and explains why he’s calling for a ban on the flashball weapon used by police.
7. Elderly Swede on trial for calling Somali migrants “lazy” online
A Swedish man in his 70s faced a court in the town of Uddevalla this week after social justice activists reported him to the police for labelling Somali migrants “lazy” on social media.
The court appearance took place after the man was reported to police by the left-wing activist group Näthatsgranskaren, Swedish for “Network Examiner,” for posting on Facebook that he believed Somali migrants to be “lazy people,” Nyheter Idag reports.
The man’s comments were made in response to an article by Swedish public broadcaster SVT which pointed out that around 20 percent of Somalis in Sweden were out of work, saying the article was a lie and that “no Somalis can work they are the lazy people in this world.”
Though the man posted the comment last year, police have only now picked up the case thanks to the activist group which has claimed responsibility for an increase in hate crime reports and prosecutions since they began their operations. In February of last year, they said they had reported at least 800 people to the police.
8. US calls to “stand with freedom” in Venezuela as EU gives ultimatum
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The United States pressed all nations Saturday to “stand with the forces of freedom” in Venezuela, encouraged by a tougher European line as Russia stood in the minority in backing embattled leader Nicolas Maduro.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a forceful case at a special session of the United Nations Security Council, where he described Maduro as part of an 'illegitimate mafia state' responsible for Venezuela's economic collapse.
With mounting protests over Venezuela's crisis in which more than two million have fled shortages of basic food and medicine, Pompeo asked all nations to follow the US in recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president.
“Now it is time for every other nation to pick a side. No more delays, no more games. Either you stand with the forces of freedom, or you're in league with Maduro and his mayhem,” Pompeo said.
9. Venezuela crisis: White House “will respond to threats against diplomats”
US National Security Adviser John Bolton has warned Venezuela that any threats against American diplomats or opposition leader Juan Guaidó will be met with “a significant response.”
Mr Bolton tweeted on Sunday that any such "intimidation" would be "a grave assault on the rule of law.”
His warning comes days after the US and more than 20 other countries recognised Mr Guaidó as interim president.
They accuse President Nicolás Maduro of rigging last year's election.
President Maduro was sworn in for a second term earlier this month after an election marred by an opposition boycott and allegations of vote-rigging, triggering large protests.
10. Muslim police officers, others beat and arrest Christian in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Muslim policemen on Saturday (Jan. 19) beat and arrested a Christian man on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya in retaliation for refusing to recant Christianity, sources said.
Accompanied by two Muslims of Somali descent who had attacked him previously, the policemen arrived at the home where Hassan (surname withheld for security reasons) lives with his widowed mother, and the officers along with the two others punched, kicked, trampled and struck him with blunt objects, relatives said.
“The police arrived and carried Hassan away with blood flowing from his body,” his mother told Morning Star News, adding that one of the officers was a Muslim relative of Somali descent who has habitually joined other Somali Muslims resident in Nairobi in attacking her son. In Saturday’s attack, Hassan lost teeth and suffered leg, chest and back injuries, she said.