Turkish man kills 3 in Holland after PM Erdogan uses NZ massacre video during rally
Tragedy struck in the Netherlands today after a man opened fire in a tram, killing three and injuring at least nine others. One suspect has been identified as Gokmen Tanis, a
This incident sadly follows the Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand, in which a Mosque and an Islamic Centre were targetted by a white-supremacist, with the death toll capping out at 50.
The shooting was
Interestingly enough, the controversial Turkish president Erdoğan was later the subject of controversy, as he used the video of the New Zealand massacre during an election rally.
According to the New York Times, Erdogan used an edited version of the video at least three times to “galvanize support among his Islamist followers ahead of local elections at the end of the month and criticized the Turkish opposition as weak.”
It comes as no coincidence. The manifesto of the NZ shooter had lengthy ramblings about a number of topics, including segments stating that Muslims should be driven out of Turkey west of Bosporus.
“Together with all Muslims, our country, our nation and myself are targeted,” Erdogan said at a rally in the southern city of Gaziantep. “What does it say? That we shouldn’t go west of the Bosporus, meaning Europe. Otherwise, he would come to Istanbul, kill us all, drives us out of our land.”
On Monday, not a week after Erdogan’s comments that rung similar to a call to arms, a Turkish man shot and killed three innocent people in Europe.
Erdogan is not new to controversy, nor does he shy away from his beliefs. He has been a strong voice against what he believes is Western
Erdoğan told his compatriots living in Europe that they should view success — and the creation of big families — as the best way to combat the swell in anti-Muslim and anti-Turkish sentiment across the continent.
“Go live in better neighborhoods. Drive the best cars. Live in the best houses. Make not three, but five children. Because you are the future of Europe. That will be the best response to the injustices against you,” he said at a rally.
He has even gone so far as to say that Holland, the country which was attacked earlier today, has “Nazi remnants, ” stating “I have said that I had thought Nazism was over, but I was wrong. Nazism is alive in the West.”
Since the Dutch general elections in 2017 that saw politicians with strong anti-Turkish views like Geerts Wilders, who stated that “[People from] the Netherlands can see that these people are Turks, not Dutch. They have Dutch passports, but they don’t belong here,” cultural tensions between the two nations have been high.
A group of Erdogan supporters tried to burn the Dutch
Other protesters in northwest Turkey stabbed and squeezed oranges to showcase their anger at the Dutch (the colour orange is synonymous with the Dutch royal family and the national soccer team). Flyers were passed around at the fruit-themed protests reading “Fascist Holland” and “Stay There, Orange.” as
With tensions at an all-time high, it will be interesting to see how things unfold.
The manifesto left behind by the New Zealand shooter had ramblings of far-right accelerationism, where fast, break-neck change happens overnight for better or for worse.
His attacks came along with the intention to cause higher tensions between the West and Islam, hoping for
It’s unfortunate to think that this could be
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On Saturday, John Hopkins Hospital trauma surgeon Joseph Sakran posted to his Twitter alleging he had received a menacing “death threat” due to his gun-control activism.
The menacing threat, reading “The End is Near…” below a cartoon hand holding a gun, was allegedly found on Dr. Sakran’s car windshield. He posted two photos on Jan. 25 on Twitter. One shows the alleged threat below the wiper blade and one of Sakran holding it in his home.
Dr. Sakran went on to create an eight-post thread detailing his life history experiencing a gun-related injury, and notes his history of advocacy against gun violence. He also tagged the Twitter handles of gun control activist groups Moms Demand Action, Newtown Action Alliance, Sandy Hook Promise, and others.
He did not mention whether he reported the alleged death threat to the police in Fairfax County, Va.
Despite the thread going viral, gaining over 6,000 likes at the time of this article’s writing, some Twitter users observed discrepancies in Dr. Sakran’s allegation.
Visible in the reflection of the windshield appears to be the surrounding of a residential garage, which could indicate Dr. Sakran’s vehicle may have been parked indoors at the time the alleged death threat was discovered.
However, Dr. Sakran was interviewed by the Baltimore Sun where he asserts that he found it on his car “on or before” January 20 as he “made his way into work.” He says he took the paper from his windshield and placed it inside of his car, not believing it to be anything more than a flyer, and did not inspect it until “days later” while cleaning out the vehicle.
The interview was seemingly meant to offer clarity, but instead seemingly confirms that Dr. Sakran staged the death threat on his windshield in order to take a photo for Twitter.
Additionally, another user pointed out that the “after” photo of the note taken inside his home appears to have fewer creases and blemishes than the note photographed on his windshield.
Additional questions were raised about the tracing of the image to the device it was printed from. According to Snopes, a “majority” of colour printers are designed with the ability to produce a secret metadata called a Machine Identification Code embedded in all printed pages. The code enables for easier tracing of the source device a page was printed through.
However, according to publicly-available Fairfax police report records, Dr. Sakran does not appear to have filed any police report over the last week.
The Post Millennial reached out to Dr. Sakran for comment, but has not heard back in time for publication. This is an ongoing story and may be updated with additional details.
The U.S. embassy in Baghdad has been struck by three missiles of five shot at the building, accrdong to AFP News Agency.
A security source confirmed the attack.
“Senior #US Defence official confirm that Katyusha rocket hit the #Embassy dining facility tonight. Decline comment on injuries but say there were no deaths. First time the embassy has actually been hit in a very long time,” said BBC journalist Nafiseh Kohnavard.
An American official told CNN that the dining facility was hit and early reports are saying their was minor damage.
It’s unclear who is behind the attack at this time and if there were any injuries.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.
Kobe’s daughter Gianna, nicknamed GiGi, was a rising basketball star in her own right, and they were reportedly on their way to Mamba Academy for basketball practice.
GiGi was 13.
Kobe and his daughter were seen recently attending several Lakers basketball games together to watch LeBron James, who recently surpassed Bryant on the all-time scoring list.
Tributes have been pouring in for NBA super star and his daughter.
Basketball all-star and Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, first reported by TMZ.
He was 41 years of age.
Everyone in the helicopter has died. His wife, Vanessa, and three of his daughters (Natalia, Bianca and newborn Capri) were not onboard the helicopter, according to the TMZ report.
News broke shortly after the initial reports that daughter Gianna, 13, was also killed in the crash, first reported by TMZ. They were heading to the Mamba training academy for basketball practice.
Bryant, nicknaming himself the Black Mamba for his ability to strike with unparalleled accuracy like the snake, was well-known for traveling via helicopter to games while he played for the L.A. Lakers, and continued to travel often by helicopter after retiring.
He played his entire 20-year career with the Lakers where he won five championships. Him and Shaquille O’Neal were an unstoppable duo for much of their time playing together. He also had other amazing feats as a basketball star, including scoring 81 points in a single game, being 4th all-time scoring, being NBA MVP in 2008 and was twice NBA finals MVP.
The investigation into the helicopter crash is ongoing.
Bryant had many other interests, including music and film. His short film “Dear Basketball” won an Oscar in 2018.
Recently Bryant was often seen taking his daughter to Lakers games.
Reaction to his passing and tributes began pouring in immediately after the tragic news of his passing was first reported Sunday afternoon.
In Bryant’s last tweet on Twitter he congratulated current Lakers star LeBron James for surpassing him as the third highest all-time scorer.
This is a breaking story and will be updated.