1. Migrant caravan demands transport as second group enters Mexico
NILTEPEC, Mexico -- More than 1,000 migrants in a second caravan that forged its way across the river from Guatemala began walking through southern Mexico on Tuesday and reached the city of Tapachula -- some 250 miles behind a larger group and more than 1,000 miles from the closest U.S. border. [...]
Members of the latest caravan say they aren't trying to catch up with the first because they believe it has been too passive and they don't want to be controlled. The activist group Pueblo Sin Fronteras has been accompanying the first group and trying to help it organize.
P.S. Rebel’s David Menzies will be reporting from the frontline in Mexico. Check in at CaravanReports.com to get the REAL story on the caravan.
2. Scottish ex-cage fighter suffering “recurring flashbacks” after taxi driver bashing in Melbourne
Euan Fraser’s night out in Melbourne almost cost him his life.
The 30-year-old former cage fighter from Dundee in Scotland was holidaying Down Under last year.
Inside a taxi on the way home to Aberfeldie, just north of the CBD, in the early hours of the morning on June 12, 2017, Mr Fraser and his driver started talking about religion.
Mr Fraser says what seemed like a casual chat enraged the driver to such an extent that he grabbed a weapon from his car, followed his passenger to the door and beat him almost to death with it.
His victim was left with bleeding on the brain, broken ribs, a dislocated shoulder and significant facial injuries — but the man responsible is still on the loose. [...]
“The driver struck him from behind with a crowbar,” she said. “(He) suffers bad PTSD and has recurring flashbacks and nightmares which means he hardly sleeps. [...]
The conversation inside the cab before Mr Fraser was attacked involved him telling the taxi driver he was atheist. The driver, who Mr Fraser says is a Muslim, reportedly took offence.
3. Nigerian crackdown on Shi'ite group sparks fears of escalation
ABUJA — Nigerian police fired shots and tear gas at thousands of supporters of an imprisoned Shi'ite cleric in Abuja on Tuesday, just a day after three people were killed in similar clashes that sparked warnings to the government that a heavy-handed crackdown could radicalize the group.
At least six Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) supporters have now been killed since Saturday during protests calling for the release of Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been in custody since December 2015.
Several thousand IMN members were marching peacefully in central Abuja but then armed police fired into the crowd to disperse the procession, said AFP reporters at the scene.
At least six injured IMN members were taken away in cars while the area was patrolled by dozens of police, they added.
“A lot of our people had been injured, so far we don't have any record of death,” IMN spokesman Ibrahim Musa told AFP.
Nigeria's military said three IMN supporters were killed during another protest on the outskirts of Abuja on Monday.
The army said troops and police “repelled the attack” and that IMN “fired weapons” and threw stones and Molotov cocktails.
4. 500 protesters march through German town after seven Syrian migrants are arrested for gang-rape of 18-year-old student
Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets as a migrant gang are held for the four hour rape of an 18-year-old girl outside a nightclub.
The Syrians between the ages of 19 and 29, along with a 25-year-old German, were arrested in Freiburg on Sunday in the south-western German state of Baden-Wuerttebmberg.
Freiburg's Mayor, Martin Horn, urged the AfD-organized protesters to remain “peaceful” and refrain from “further violence.”
Officials said the ordeal took place in bushes outside the venue after one of the suspects sold the victim ecstasy and bought her a drink on October 14.
“I hope the demonstrations will be peaceful and will not lead to further violence and hatred,” Freiburg's Mayor told DPA news agency. “In Freiburg, there is no room for criminals and such terrible crimes.”
Around 1,500 counter-protesters turned out to demonstrate against the AfD who they accuse of exploiting the tragedy, according to DW.
VIDEO: Thousands of people demonstrate after gang rape in Freiburg
5. Italy: Populists block Muslim group’s bid to turn chapel into mosque
Lombardy’s populist League-led local government has blocked plans to turn an old chapel into a mosque after an Islamic group outbid Christians at the auction of a church in Bergamo, northern Italy.
The region’s president, Attilio Fontana, announced at the weekend that the council had utilised a 2004 law which allows regional government to halt a sale in the name of safeguarding cultural sites.
According to local media, the auction for the former hospital chapel was won by the Muslim Association of Bergamo which sought to turn the building into another mosque in the city after outbidding the Romanian Orthodox Church, which had used the site for worship since 2015.
Lombardy “will exercise our right of preemption and there will be no room for an appeal” regarding the sale of the church, said Fontana, stating that the council intends to “protect” Christianity in Italy.
6. Investigating hate crime risks distracting police from their core role, warns head of Britain’s chief constables
Investigating hate crime risks distracting police from their core role of handling emergencies, solving violent crime and burglaries and neighbourhood policing, the head of Britain’s chief constables warned today.
Sara Thornton, head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), told the summit on Wednesday that historical probes into potential crimes committed by dead people and widening hate crime to include misogyny had also had an impact.
She said police were being asked to provide more and more bespoke services that were “desirable” but “the simple fact is there are too many desirable and deserving issues.”
The head of Britain's chief constables cited historic investigations into crimes by dead people as another responsibility that was stretching slim resources even further and questioned their validity.
“Historic investigations are another example of issues that matter very much to some but they undoubtedly take resources away from dealing with today’s crime today,” she said.
7. Police officer in charge of security for Charlie Hebdo boss allegedly linked to Islamic radicalism
A French police officer in charge of security for Charlie Hebdo managing editor Riss has been relieved of duty after investigators found he had viewed radical Islamic material and feared he may have become radicalised himself.
The officer, who was a member of the Service de la protection (SDLP) which protects high-profile dignitaries, was suspected of radicalisation following concerns from the Directorate General of Internal Security (DGSI), France’s domestic intelligence agency, BFMTV reports.
The DGSI found that the officer, who is a Muslim, had viewed and interacted with known Islamist websites and said that the officer’s colleagues had reported a change in his behaviour which they labelled as “disturbing.”
8. More than 420 suspects are being investigated in £100m Rotherham grooming inquiry after conviction of gang who forced girl to have sex with “at least 100 Asian men” by the time she was 16
A police investigation sparked by the child abuse scandal in Rotherham is now investigating more than 400 suspects, it emerged today.
The National Crime Agency, often called “Britain's FBI,” is conducting a huge investigation after a 2014 report found more than 1,000 young girls had been abused in the South Yorkshire town.
Scandals have since engulfed other towns and cities, including Newcastle, Telford and most recently Huddersfield, with a series of similar gangs jailed.
Vulnerable young victims were typically given drugs and alcohol before being passed around between men of Pakistani heritage to be raped and sexually assaulted at will.
9. Arba’een: Millions of pilgrims converge on Karbala to honor Imam Hussein
Millions of pilgrims have converged on Iraq’s holy city of Karbala to commemorate Arba’een, the 40th day since the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shia Imam.
The occasion, known as the world’s largest annual Muslim pilgrimage, comes 40 days after Ashura, the 10th day of the lunar calendar month of Muharram when Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), was martyred in the Battle of Karbala at the hands of the tyrant of the time, Yazid I, in the seventh century
Each year, Shia and Sunni pilgrims as well as those from other faiths gather in Iraq in the weeks leading to the day of Arba’een and stream towards Karbala on foot from other Iraqi cities, especially Najaf and Basra.
Arba’een procession in Windsor, Ontario: March of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (p) for the year 1440-2018
Edmonton: Arba’een Walk recognized during Members’ Statements in Alberta legislature
10. In Tatarstan, riot police, the FSB and the Interior Ministry detained members of a terrorist cell
Google translation: OMON fighters of the Rosgvardia Directorate in the Republic of Tatarstan together with the FSB and the Russian Interior Ministry officers conducted a special operation to curb the activities of the secret “Islamic State” cell (a terrorist organization, the activity is prohibited in Russia), which was coordinated from abroad.