1. Hungarian PM: “The Spirit of Marx, Lenin, and the Re-Education Camps” Lives on in the EU
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has warned that the EU’s hostile reaction to the success of anti-establishment parties shows that “the spirit of Marx, Lenin, and the re-education camps” lives on in Brussels.
Speaking at the unveiling of a monument commemorating victims of the Soviet occupation of Hungary, the Fidesz leader told listeners it was vital to remember “the continent-sized prison world of the Gulag: the lowest circles of Hell, where the rate of mortality sometimes reached 80 per cent – due to frost, hunger, ten, twelve or fourteen hours of hard physical labour every day, overcrowding, the lack of medical care and the brutality of guards”.
He took aim at those in Western Europe who “extolled Communism even after millions had perished under the heel of red dictatorships”, and lamented the fact that “to this day, the European Left continues to see Communism and its crimes in a peculiar, blurred light”.
2. Czechs Hit Back Against EU Crackdown on Legal Gun-Owners: “Free Countries Don’t Disarm Their Citizens”
Czech president Miloš Zeman has put his name to a petition opposing an EU diktat which would clamp down on legal gun-owners and backed a constitutional amendment which would guarantee citizens’ right to keep arms for self-defence and protection of the homeland.
The directive on tightening control of firearms under the guise of counter-terrorism was approved by the European Parliament in mid-March, and would see the Czech Republic — which combines comparatively liberal gun rights with low levels of crime and extremely low levels of terrorism — forced to impose new restrictions or face sanctions from Brussels.
Center for Civic Freedoms founder Václav Klaus Jr., son of former president Václav Klaus Sr., complained that the governments of non-democratic and fascist countries disarm their citizens, not free countries.
3. Crazed Knifeman Yelled "Allahu Akbar" After Attempting to Stab Pedestrians, Throw Man off Bridge
A crazed 30-year-old man was arrested in the French city of Tours after he attempted to stab random people with a knife on a bridge while yelling “Allahu Akbar”.
On Wednesday, a shirtless man had attempted to stab several random passersby crossing the pont de Fil, a pedestrian bridge that crosses the Loire river, as well as try to throw a man in his 60s off the bridge before police intervened, French broadcaster France Bleu reports.
When police arrived on the scene, following panic from the pedestrians in the area, the man demanded that the officers shoot him while he yelled “Allahu akbar”.
Police took the 30-year-old into custody and are still investigating a possible motive for the incident as the man is said not be on the French terror watchlist, known in France as the S-File.
4. 47 Groups Weighing SPLC Lawsuit Warn “Editors, CEOs”: “You Are Complicit” in Hate Group “Defamation”
On Wednesday, no fewer than 47 nonprofit leaders maligned by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) — many if not most of whom are considering a lawsuit against the organization — warned a vast array of executives and leaders that if they parrot the SPLC's damaging “hate group” labels, they would be “complicit” in “defamation.”
“Editors, CEOs, shareholders and consumers alike are on notice: anyone relying upon and repeating its misrepresentations is complicit in the SPLC's harmful defamation of large numbers of American citizens who, like the undersigned, have been vilified simply for working to protect our country and freedoms,” the signatories wrote.
The letter followed news — broken at PJ Media — that no fewer than 60 organizations are considering suing the SPLC following a groundbreaking settlement in which the organization formally apologized to a Muslim reformer, Maajid Nawaz, for branding him an “anti-Muslim extremist.”
5. Germany: Major police op. removes protesters outside Darmstadt deportation facility
Some 40 protesters staged a blockade outside of a deportation facility in Darmstadt in the early hours on Friday, resulting in a large police operation to remove them.
“At around 6:30 this morning [4:30 GMT] the workers of the deportation detention facility noticed that a bunch of people had positioned themselves around the facility. They notified the police, and a large police operation was carried out,” said Bernd Hochstadter, Press spokesman of South Hesse Police.
Footage shows the protesters being led, or often carried away by police.
Hochstadter also said it appeared to have something to do with the deportation of an Ethiopian national, and that the police “arrested about 40 people, and an identity verification is being made, and in this context we are examining whether an offence of a breach of the peace has been committed.”
6. Italy to seize rescue ships in new migrant row
7. Excerpt of Viktor Orbán’s speech at Victims of Communism monument
8. UK: Councillor who said Isis does not exist is given antiterror role
A Labour councillor who was forced to resign as a school governor after claiming that Isis did not exist has been appointed to a council committee dealing with radicalisation.
Safia Akhtar Noor was suspended by Yew Tree Community School in Birmingham after several Facebook posts in which she questioned whether Isis was to blame for terror attacks became public.
Although the school suspended her and she later resigned, she was allowed to stand for Labour in May’s local elections and won a seat in the Small Heath ward with more than 3,000 votes.
9. Quebec Charter of Values a factor in radicalizing foreign fighters: study
Five months after Shayma Senouci left Quebec to join Islamic State fighters (ISIS) in Syria, she wrote a long email to her friends back home. She told them that she felt she didn’t belong in the West and that she had an obligation to emigrate to a Muslim country.
“I left because I felt imprisoned in this country, I felt dirty and deadly, an accomplice for the killings and the humiliations of Muslims worldwide,” the young woman wrote.
Senouci also shared that the debate surrounding the Quebec government’s proposed Charter of Values, which sought to ban public sector employees from wearing religious symbols such as the hijab, solidified her feelings of being marginalized and being unwelcome in her own society.
10. PM Justin Trudeau found guilty of violating Canada's conflict of interest law, forced to pay a fine