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‘Hundreds of Croatian taxi drivers on Wednesday blocked one of the capital’s main boulevards with their cars to protest against Uber services in the country.

They demanded that the US-based ride-hailing company’s app be banned, claiming it has been operating illegally in the country for two years.

The Croatian government on Wednesday discussed the protesters’ demands and Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said “we have concluded that transportation via Uber is against the current regulations in the Republic of Croatia.”

Plenkovic said authorities already have carried out 170 inspections, handed down fines worth 5.2 million Croatian kunas (700,000 euros; $779,000) and confiscated 11 cars over the issue. He urged the taxi protesters to stop their action until a solution is worked out.’

Read more: Taxi drivers protest against Uber in Croatia

‘An EU Parliament committee has proposed implementing end-to-end encryption for all digital communications and banning so-called “backdoors” which allow law enforcement guaranteed access to private data.

The proposals were put forward by the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs earlier this month.

Under the proposals, providers of “electronic communications services” would have to ensure there is protection “against unauthorized access or alterations” to sent messages.

It also states that such providers must ensure the “confidentiality and safety of the transmission are also guaranteed by the nature of the means of transmission used or by state-of-the-art end-to-end encryption of the electronic communications data.”

The document goes on to state that backdoors should not exist, and that “when encryption of electronic communications data is used, decryption, reverse engineering or monitoring of such communications shall be prohibited.”’

Read more: EU Parliament committee wants massive end-to-end encryption, no more snooping ‘backdoors’

‘A number of intercity railways in Germany have been hit by simultaneous arson attacks, according to police. Investigators suspect involvement of far-left groups trying to disrupt the upcoming G20 summit.

Cable duct fires ducts of rail signaling equipment affected intercity railways in several Germany’s federal states, including Berlin, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, and Saxony, federal police said in a statement.

“According to the first evaluations, it might be a deliberate arson attack. The investigations into this [incident] and motives behind it are ongoing, a politically motivated crime cannot be ruled out,” the statement reads.

In all, 12 cases of arson have been reported. Railway connections in several locations – the eastern cities of Leipzig and Dresden, western cities of Cologne and Dortmund, as well as long range intercity lines between Berlin and Prague – has been disrupted, rail operator Deutsche Bahn said in a statement.’

Read more: Arson attacks disrupt German railways, police suspect anti-G20 activists

‘Protests continue against police brutality in the United States, two days after a white police officer was acquitted of killing an African-American man in Saint Paul, Minnesota, last year.

Hundreds of people gathered in New York City on Saturday to demand justice for Philando Castile who was killed by Officer Jeronimo Yanez inside his car as he tried to reach for his driver’s license during a traffic stop near St. Paul in July 2016.

The protest rally started in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan and continued to Trump Tower. The protesters condemned police brutality against African-Americans and other minorities and chanted “Black Lives Matter.”’

Read more: Protests against police brutality continue in US

‘Scores of protesters have taken to the streets of London to mark the International Quds Day in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

The demonstration was held on the last Sunday of the holy month of Ramadan and saw people marching down Regent Street before gathering at the junction with Oxford Street.

The protesters chanted “Free Palestine” and carried signs that read “Boycott Israel”, “Freedom for Palestine” and “Zionism = racism.”

Calls for boycotting Israel remained the main theme of the protest, a trend that has been promoted by pro-Palestinian activists for years as part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS.

The demonstrators also held banners that condemned Israel’s “criminal siege and occupation” of Palestinian lands and stated that “Judaism rejects the Zionist state.”’

Read more: Thousands of UK protesters mark Quds Day in London

‘”You sound like a conspiracy theorist.”

RESPONSE: “Conspiracy Theorist?” Now tell me the truth, where did you hear that term…on TV? (Laugh) … The label of “Conspiracy Theorist” is tactic used to discredit those of us who can see through the government/media-bullshit that you, evidently, cannot. Let me get this straight. Are you saying that men in high positions of power are not capable of criminal activity and telling lies to the general public to cover that up? Are you really that naive?”‘

Read more: How to Respond to an Anti-‘Conspiracy Theorist’


The War On Conspiracy Theories –  David Icke

 

‘Protests are going to increase here, as our Government has announced… a law to introduce 12 mandatory vaccines. The law…. was announced by our Health Ministry to be as follows: 12 mandatory vaccination needed to have access to pre-school system (age 0-6): no vaccination, no enrollment, no exceptions; for mandatory school (age 0-16) if kids were not vaccinated parents should pay a penalty between 500€ and 7.500€ per year, if you cannot afford it, you’ll be refer to Jouvanile Court, that could suspend your parents rights to get your children vaccinated. A national protest is envisaged in Rome on June 11.

This will start within the next school year (September 2017); it has been calculated that more then 800,000 kids will need to receive a massive vaccination in a very little time.

As you know, Italy had been chosen in 2014 as leading Country for the WHO world vaccination campaign co-financed by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, therefore what happen here can affect also other countries.’

Read more: Italians Take to the Streets to Protest New Mandatory Vaccination Law

‘More than a million people have signed a petition demanding that the European Union ban glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer, over fears it causes cancer.

“In less than five months, more than one million EU citizens have joined our call for a glyphosate ban,” said David Schwartz, coordinator at the European Citizens Initiative, which is behind the petition, as quoted by AFP.

“European citizens aren’t fooled by the pesticide industry’s lobbying efforts or the faulty science it’s peddling,” he said.

The group said it achieved the minimum number of signatures required to receive a formal response from the European Commission – 1 million names from at least seven countries – in record time.

Environmental organization Greenpeace said the five-month campaign was the “fastest growing… since the EU introduced this [petition] tool in 2012.”

“Our politicians need to hear this message loud and clear,” Schwartz said.’

Read more: Over 1million sign petition to ban Monsanto’s weed killer in EU over cancer fears

‘Conservatives have long had a monopoly on the love of states’ rights and local government, but in Trump’s America, it’s the left that has seized the opportunities of what Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis called “laboratories of democracy.” Even as the Dakota Access Pipeline inches toward completion, multiple cities including Seattle, San Francisco, Albuquerque, Raleigh, and Philadelphia have spoken with their wallets, severing ties with the oil pipeline-funding banks—in particular, Wells Fargo.

On May 31, New York City became the latest city to join the effort, when Mayor Bill de Blasio and comptroller Scott Stringer announced that they will vote to stop New York City from entering into new contracts with Wells Fargo and strip the bank of its role as book-running manager for NYC’s General Obligation and Transitional Finance Authority bond sales.’

Read more: Entire Cities Are Cutting Ties With Wells Fargo for Its Support of the Dakota Pipeline

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