Protests In Bangladesh Turn Violent As Filthy Muslims Clash With Police – Cabinet Minister Offers $100,000 Reward, Which He Said He’ll Pay Himself, For Killing US Filmmaker Over Video About Pedophile Islamic Prophet Muhammad – Urges Taliban And Al-Qaida To Preform The “Sacred Duty” Of Locating And Killing Filmmaker

September 22, 2012

DHAKA, BANGLADESH — Scores of people were injured Saturday in a clash in Bangladesh’s capital between police and hundreds of demonstrators, as protests continued in the Muslim world against a film produced in the United States that denigrates Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

In Pakistan, where more than 20 people died Friday in clashes with police in cities throughout the country, a Cabinet minister offered a $100,000 reward for the death of the filmmaker.

Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Balor told The Associated Press that he would pay the reward out of his own pocket. He urged the Taliban and al-Qaida to perform the “sacred duty” of helping locate and kill the filmmaker.

The film has sparked violent protests throughout the Muslim world that resulted in the deaths of dozens, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

In Bangladesh, police fired tear gas and used batons on Saturday to disperse the stone-throwing protesters, who were from about a dozen Islamic groups.

The protesters burned several vehicles, including a police van, witnesses said.

Dozens of protesters were arrested at the demonstration and inside the nearby National Press Club, where participants took refuge, a Dhaka Metropolitan Police official said on condition of anonymity in line with police policy. Police and witnesses said scores of people were injured.

The clash erupted when authorities attempted to halt the demonstration, police said. Authorities have banned all protests near the city’s main Baitul Mokarram mosque since Friday, when more than 2,000 people marched and burned an effigy of President Barack Obama.

The protesters announced a nationwide general strike on Sunday to protest the police action.

In Pakistan, protests continued Saturday, with more than 1,500 people, including women and children, rallying in Pakistan’s capital. The crowd was peaceful but angry over the release of the video called “Innocence of Muslims,” which portrays Prophet Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a child molester.

The protesters — from the Minhaj-ul-Quran religious group — marched through Islamabad’s streets and then gathered near Parliament, chanting slogans against the filmmaker and demanding stern punishment for him.

Thousands of people also protested Saturday in Nigeria’s largest city, Kano. The crowd marched from a mosque to the palace of the Emir of Kano, the region’s top spiritual leader for Muslims.

About 200 students in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir, chanted “Down with America” and “Long live Islam” in a peaceful protest. Some carried a placard that read, “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger.”

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12 Mexican Police Officers In Custody After Attack On US Embassy Car

August 28, 2012

MEXICO – A Mexican judge ordered 12 federal police officers held for 40 days on Monday as prosecutors mull charges against them for shooting at a US embassy car and wounding two US government employees.

The officers are being treated as suspects over Friday’s incident, when a sport-utility vehicle with diplomatic plates was chased by four cars south of Mexico City and hit by a hail of bullets.

“We will continue to deepen the investigation,” Attorney General Marisela Morales Ibanez told reporters. “Right now we have an abuse of power.”

“We are cooperating with all national and international authorities that we must collaborate with to clarify the events,” Morales added.

She did not indicate what other charges the officers could face apart from abuse of power over the shooting, which the US embassy has described as an ambush. The judge must decide the degree of responsibility of each suspect.

“No crime and no investigative leads are being ruled out at the moment,” she said. “This is why we asked for provisional detention, so we have the time we need to carry out an exhaustive investigation.”

The officers will be transferred from the attorney general’s regional office in Cuernavaca, the capital of the state of Morelos, to a provisional detention center in Mexico City.

Relatives of the officers protested outside the federal prosecutor’s office in Cuernavaca, holding signs saying “Deprived of their freedom for doing their jobs” and “Mr. President, we ask for your support and justice.”

The Mexican navy and public security ministry say the officers were hunting for criminals south of the capital when they shot at the diplomatic car. A Mexican navy captain traveling with the US employees was slightly injured.

The US government employees and the Mexican navy captain were heading to a military facility when a carload of gunmen chased and fired at them on a dirt road, the navy and public security ministry said in a statement.

When the US vehicle veered back onto a highway, three more cars joined the chase and shot at the SUV, which was riddled with bullets near Tres Marias, a town 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the capital.

The US embassy has not identified the two wounded employees or the nature of their work in Mexico, which is in the throes of a drug war that has left some 50,000 people dead since 2006.

Mexico’s ombudsman, Raul Plascencia, said the shooting was an “extremely serious mistake by the officers, which could be an orchestrated action.”

“There is no justification for such an excessive use of force,” the head of the National Human Rights Commission told a news conference.

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Gunmen In Mexican Federal Police Vehicle Opened Fire On US Diplomatic Vehicle In Mexico

August 24, 2012

MEXICO – Unknown gunmen attacked an American diplomatic vehicle south of Mexico City, injuring three people, a Mexican military official told CNN Mexico.

The motive behind the attack on the U.S. vehicle, which was on a diplomatic mission, was not immediately known.

Gunmen inside what was described as a Mexican federal police vehicle fired upon a U.S. Embassy vehicle, said the official, who declined to be named for security reasons.

The Mexican official said three Mexican marines were injured in the shooting. However, there were conflicting reports. Some Mexican reports stated that two of the injured were Americans.

The injured passengers were transported to a hospital in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

The Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed that a U.S. diplomatic vehicle was “shot up” in Mexico, but said no DEA officers were involved in the incident.

The U.S. State Department said it was aware of the reports, but had no immediate comment.

The U.S. vehicle was attacked on a highway between Mexico City and Cuernavaca, near the town of Tres Marias.

Mexico’s federal police said that its personnel were not involved in the shooting. Their forces appeared at the scene only after the shooting to secure the perimeter, police said.

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U.S. Government Deported U.S. Citizen To Guatemala – 4 Year Old Girl Sent To Third World Hellhole

March 23, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – The feds deported a 4-year-old Long Island girl – who is a U.S. citizen – after officials detained her grandfather while he was bringing her back from a visit to Guatemala.

“I’m just shocked,” the family’s lawyer, David Sperling, said Tuesday.

“I think it’s an outrage that Customs and Border Protection didn’t do anything to reunite her with her parents….She is a U.S. citizen and she has every right to come to the U.S.”

Emily Samantha Ruiz and her grandfather, who had a work visa allowing him to travel, were returning from seeing relatives March 11 when their New York-bound plane was diverted to Washington.

Officials at Dulles Airport noticed an illegal entry from the 1990s on grandpa’s record and took him into custody, Sperling said.

He suffered what Sperling believes was a panic attack and was sent to the hospital. The lawyer declined to name the grandfather.

Emily was in federal custody for nearly a day in the airport while her parents in Brentwood wondered why the pair hadn’t arrived home as planned.

When her father figured out what happened and spoke to a border control agent, the lawyer says, he was told he had two choices: Emily could be held at a juvenile facility in Virginia or return to Guatemala with her grandfather.

Worried she would be put up for adoption, he chose the latter option and has been trying to get her back ever since.

A Customs and Border Protection spokesman confirmed Emily was sent back but would not comment on her case further.

He said agents are instructed to tell parents in similar cases they can pick up their child, have the child turned over to child protective services or have the kid sent back to the country they left.

“We take every effort to reunite minors with their parents,” said Steve Sapp. “The parents need to make the decision.”

But he conceded undocumented parents like Emily’s risk being detained if they show up. “They do have to face consequences,” he said.

Rep. Steve Israel (D-L.I.) is asking Homeland Security to conduct a review.

“This bureaucratic overreach and utter failure of common sense has left a little girl – a U.S. citizen no less – stranded thousands of miles from her parents,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sperling plans to have a staffer go to Guatemala and retrieve Emily.

“We hope there’s a happy ending to this story,” he said.

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Town’s Entire Police Force Quits After Machine Gun And Grenade Attack On New Headquarters

October 30, 2010

LOS RAMONES, MEXICO – The entire police force in a small Mexican town abruptly resigned Tuesday after its new headquarters was viciously attacked by suspected drug cartel gunmen.

All 14 police officers in Los Ramones, a rural town in northern Mexico, fled the force in terror after gunmen fired more than 1,000 bullets and flung six grenades at their headquarters on Monday night.

No one was injured in the attack. Mayor Santos Salinas Garza told local media that the officers resigned because of the incident.

The gunmen’s 20-minute shooting spree destroyed six police vehicles and left the white and orange police station pocked with bullet holes, the Financial Times reported.

The station had been inaugurated just three days earlier.

The attack was the second in less than a week against police forces in Nuevo Leon. Last week, thugs threw two grenades at police in Sabinas Hidalgo, according to newspaper Noroeste.

Los Ramones is in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, which has been a war zone of turf violence between two of the country’s fiercest drug gangs, the Zetas and the Gulf cartel.

Police have blamed members of both cartels for attacks on several police stations throughout the area. Several mayors in the region have been assassinated.

Mexico’s municipal police forces often quit out of fear after being attacked by cartels.

About 90% of forces have less than 100 officers, and 61% of cops earn less than $322 a month, according to the Finanical Times.

Mexico’s intelligence chief said this summer that nearly 30,000 people have died in drug related crimes since 2006.

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20 Year Old Girl, The Only Candidate, Appointed Police Chief In Violent Mexican Town – Criminology Student

October 20, 2010

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - A 20-year-old criminology student, the only candidate for the position, was designated as police chief in the violence-plagued town of Guadalupe Distrito Bravo, Mexican media reported Tuesday.

Marisol Valles Garcia took charge on Monday of security in the town, population 10,000, on the US border. The community is around 80 km east of Ciudad Juarez, itself regarded as the most violent city in Mexico.

The former mayor of Guadalupe Distrito Bravos, Jesus Manuel Lara Rodriguez, was killed on June 19 at his home in Ciudad Juarez, after receiving death threats.

Valles Garcia said she will not have to fight the drug gangs, which is the responsibility of other law enforcement agencies. Instead, she will pursue preventive programmes in neighbourhoods and schools, and she will be in charge of reclaiming public spaces for the community.

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Stimulus Spending Cost US Taxpayers Over $800,000 For Third World Hellhole Penis Washing Study

September 14, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), spent $823,200 of economic stimulus funds in 2009 on a study by a UCLA research team to teach uncircumcised African men how to wash their genitals after having sex.

The genitalia-washing program is part of a larger $12-million UCLA study examining how to better encourage Africans to undergo voluntary HIV testing and counseling – however, only the penis-washing study received money from the 2009 economic stimulus law. The washing portion of the study is set to end in 2011.

“NIH Announces the Availability of Recovery Act Funds for Competitive Revision Applications,” the grant abstract states. “We propose to evaluate the feasibility of a post-coital genital hygiene study among men unwilling to be circumcised in Orange Farm, South Africa.”

Because AIDS researchers have been unsuccessful in convincing most adult African men to undergo circumcision, the UCLA study proposes to determine whether researchers can develop an after-sex genitalia-washing regimen that they can then convince uncircumcised African men to follow.

“The aim of the proposed feasibility study is to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of a post-coital male genital hygiene procedure, which participants will be asked to practice immediately post-coitus or at least 12 hours after,” reads the abstract.

Entitled “Community-Based HIV VCT: South Africa,” the name of the broader umbrella project, the program plans to test how well received the penis-washing regimen is among South African men.

If most of the men in the study wash their genitals after sex, are willing to do so after the study ends, and report that their partners accept the regimen, the researchers will develop another study to see if the “penile cleansing procedure” actually works to prevent HIV infections.

“If we find that men are able to practice consistent washing practices after sex, we will plan to test whether this might protect men from becoming HIV infected in a later study,” the grant says.

The study’s lead investigator Dr. Thomas J. Coates was the fourth highest-funded researcher in the country in 2002 and is currently conducting HIV research on three continents.

CNSNews.com asked both Coates and NIMH the following question: “The Census Bureau says the median household income in the United States is $52,000. How would you explain to the average American mom and dad — who make $52,000 per year — that taxing them to pay for this grant was justified?”

Coates, who was unavailable for comment, directed CNSNews.com to ask grant-related questions of his assistant, Darya Freedman, who did not respond.

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