1. Sweden PROTEST: Left-wingers clash with police at nationalist rally days before tense vote
Anger boiled over in furious scenes in Stockholm in the run-up to the vote, with violent confrontations being suppressed by police officers.
The latest clash took place earlier today in Kungstradgarden, one of the Swedish capital’s most famous parks.
Police intervened to avoid violence erupting as left-wing supporters organised a counter-manifestation to protest against the rally organised by Alternative for Sweden members.
The protests come just two days before the country’s election, scheduled for September 9.
Latest polls see Sweden Democrats, whose leader is populist Jimmie Åkesson, leading the race.
The final poll issued by YouGov signal an increase of almost 50 percent of the party’s support since the 2014 election, awarding the Sweden Democrats with 24.8 percent of the first preferences.
2. Chemnitz violence: “No evidence” far-right chased foreigners, says intelligence chief
The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency says there's “good reason to believe” the reports were deliberate misinformation. A widely shared video showed far-right protesters chasing people who looked non-German.
The president of Germany's domestic intelligence agency, Hans-Georg Maassen, has expressed doubts about reports that right-wing extremists were chasing down non-Germans during demonstrations in Chemnitz, Bild newspaper reported Friday.
“I share the skepticism towards media reports of right-wing extremists chasing down [foreigners] in Chemnitz,” Maassen told Bild newspaper”
3. German-Based Former Islamist: We Used Rhetoric of Peace But Talked of Conquering Germany
Hicham Nostik, who goes by the Internet identity of "Moroccan infidel" on social media, recounted the transformation he underwent after coming to Germany. Spending time with mujahideen at the mosque where he was living, "I turned more religious and became acquainted with the dark side of Islam," he told Egyptian-German scholar Hamed Abdel-Samad, on whose "Box of Islam" Internet show he was interviewed. "We were going to implement the shari'a and conquer Germany," he said, describing the "hypocrisy" of using "the rhetoric of peace and love" when talking to non-Muslim Germans. "I was living in the graveyard of history. I was dead," he said. It was only when he enrolled in a Christian university – in the hope of converting people to Islam – that he realized "that my understanding of Christianity had nothing to do with theirs." Hicham Nostik summed up his position: "It is inconceivable that a God, who is supposed to be merciful, and more compassionate than a mother toward her child, would sell people in the marketplace, and legalize slavery and all those barbaric punishments, like the killing of apostates." The show aired on August 12, 2018.
4. Brazil's far-right presidential candidate survives life-saving surgery after being stabbed by “socialist” attacker who said he was acting on “a mission from God” during rally
Brazil's far-right presidential candidate has survived life-saving surgery after being stabbed by a “socialist” attacker who said he was acting on “a mission from God” during a rally.
Shocking footage showed the moment election hopeful Jair Bolsonaro was knifed in the stomach in the midst of a crowd in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, south east Brazil.
The 63-year-old has since been transferred to intensive care after undergoing a procedure for serious internal injuries and is now stable and out of “acute and immediate danger.”
A 40-year-old suspect, identified by police as Adélio Bispo de Oliveira, has been arrested over the attack with police saying he appeared to be mentally disturbed and had claimed he was “on a mission from God.”
Oliveira was said to be a member of the left-leaning PSOL party from 2007 to 2014. On his Facebook page, the attacker recently posted messages criticizing Bolsonaro and supporting the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.
Video of stabbing: GRAPHIC VIOLENCE
5. Joint U.S.-UK Ops Target Child Female Genital Mutilation at Airports After End of “Cutting Season”
Authorities from the UK and U.S. are undertaking joint operations at airports in attempts to tackle the growing problem of child female genital mutilation (FGM) amongst their Muslim and migrant communities.
Operating at New York City’s JFK Airport and airports across Britain, police and border patrol officers look for signs of abuse, including girls having trouble walking or standing — signs associated with the procedure where the most severe forms of FGM involve the total removal of the clitoris, labia, and the intentional narrowing of the vaginal orifice.
Authorities on both sides of the Atlantic have begun talking to parents on targetted flights from countries where the abuse is practised to inform them that it is illegal.
6. Sweden Sees Rise in Forced and Child Marriage Reports
According to the National Suppression of Honor Prevention of Childhood and Forced Marriage, a hotline set up for victims, the number of calls from those wanting to get out of forced or child marriages has steadily increased in Sweden.
Set up just over four years ago, the organisation’s hotline has seen 101 children and young people come to them for help in getting out of forced marriages between 2014 and 2018, SVT reports.
This year, however, the number of calls has dramatically increased with the hotline operators claiming to have received 132 calls relating to child and forced marriages, which is set to pass last year’s total of 139.
7. Fear and squabbling dominate in Boostedt, once considered “showcase city of the welcoming culture”
8. Norway Looks to Strip 1,600 Migrants of Refugee Status, Send Them Back to Somalia
The Norwegian government has come under fire from pro-migrant groups after announcing it would be removing refugee status from some 1,600 Somalians and sending them back to Somalia, noting the situation in the country had improved.
The Norwegian government has said that Somalia now has a more stable government and the refugees no longer need the protection of the Norwegian state, Nettavisen reports.
Several pro-asylum seeker groups have spoken out against the move accusing the government of breaking international asylum rules, such as the Norwegian Organization for Asylum Seekers (NOAS) which argued that the conditions in Somali have not changed enough to justify stripping the migrants of refugee status.
(NB: Norway is not part of the EU)
9. German migrant holding centres spark controversy
“We are tired of living in camps,” the sign said. “Please, we need transfer.”
These words were held aloft this week by a group of angry Nigerians protesting living conditions in a migrant holding centre in the southern German town of Manching that is at the heart of a raging debate about refugee policy.
“A lot of people go crazy in this compound,” said Kelvi Batin, one of the demonstrators. “You’re stuck here for eight months to a year, and then they tell you you have to go back to your country.”
Daniel Waidelich, a Bavarian government official, observed the protest from behind a security cordon. “These people want out. They want flats in the towns, even when they’ve been denied asylum,” he said. “That’s just not going to work.”
10. Coalition government would expel immigrants who fail to learn French in 3 years
MONTREAL — The leader of the Coalition Avenir Quebec says his government would force new immigrants to leave the province if they don't learn French within three years.
Francois Legault outlined his plan in an interview on Radio-Canada this morning on Day 16 of the provincial election campaign.
Legault says new immigrants would be given a temporary permit upon entry and would then have three years to take language courses and pass a basic French-language test.
Those who fail would have to leave, although Legault avoided using the word “expulsion.”