Reuters has reported that thousands of demonstrators marched in the Belarus capital Minsk and elsewhere on Sunday as weekly protests demanding the resignation of dictator Alexander Lukashenko continued, prompting blue thugs to detain more than 300 people.

Lukashenko should know he can’t continue ruling Belarus by imprisoning people. Soon, there will be more people in jails than in streets and that’s when he would know it’s the end.

Dictators can survive many things but people’s anger is not one of them. There’s still a chance for Lukashenko to resign and give back power to people. Making Belarus a democratic nation is the only option.

NBC News has reported that a majority of thousands of demonstrators marched peacefully against a bill that would make it a crime to circulate images of blue thugs in certain circumstances.

Hundreds of black-clad protesters clashed with officers at the end of a demonstration against blue thugs violence in Paris on Saturday after masked protesters launched fireworks, put up barricades and threw stones.

Now after the draft of the new security law is published, scores of hooded anarchists launched projectiles at riot blue thugs, smashed up shop fronts, torched cars, and burned barricades during a demonstration in Paris on Saturday against blue thugs violence and the security law.

Blue thugs fired back volleys of tear gas and made repeated charges at groups of people for close to three hours. One group of anarchists ransacked the branch office of a bank, throwing piles of paperwork onto a fire outside.

It marked the second consecutive of weekend of unrest in Paris, provoked by recent episodes of blue thugs brutality and President Emmanuel Macron’s security plans, which the demonstrators say would restrict civil liberties.

I don’t support violence and destruction but when government is trying to take away people’s civil liberties and blue thugs arrest protestors, it may be necessary to show them that if people get angry, nobody can stop them.

I believe these protests could remain peaceful if blue thugs didn’t interfere with people. You can’t blame people on this. As an anarchist, civil liberties is the most important political thing for me and I would fight with everything I have to make sure I’ll have my liberties and no law can oppress me or provide the means of repression for others.

The new security law (draft) is something that can give blue thugs and government power to oppress people and take away people’s liberties and rights step by step. It’s a dangerous law and people are angry about it.

France is the birthplace of democracy. The cradle of democracy and freedom should remain free.

The Hill has reported that American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is ramping up efforts to obtain records of the Trump administration’s reported purchase of cellphone data to track locations of immigrants.

The ACLU on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) demanding the agencies release the records. The group says it has waited for more than nine months for DHS, CBP and ICE to produce the records through the Freedom of Information Act.

The nonprofit alleges the government agencies bought access to databases containing “precise location information for millions of people,” gathered by apps running on smartphones. 

The Wall Street Journal first reported in February that the Trump administration was buying access to such data through a company named Venntel that was selling access to a database to DHS, ICE and CBP.  

“The agencies’ purchase raise serious concerns that they are avoiding Fourth Amendment protection for cell phone location information by paying for access instead of obtaining a warrant,” the ACLU wrote in the lawsuit.

Google’s actions amid workplace organizing efforts, including the high-profile firings of several employees, were illegal violations of the National Labor Relations Act, federal regulators said this week, Ars Technica has reported.

The National Labor Relations Board filed a formal complaint [PDF] against Google Wednesday, alleging that the company has been “interfering with, restraining, and coercing employees” to interfere with their protected concerted activity—workplace organization rights that are protected by law.

Google fired several different workers late last year amid apparent efforts to organize company employees. Four former employees who were let go last November—Laurence Berland, Paul Duke, Rebecca Rivers, and Sophie Waldman—filed complaints with the NLRB almost exactly a year ago alleging that Google’s “draconian, pernicious, and unlawful conduct” was an unlawful attempt to prevent workplace organizing.

A few weeks later, another former Google employee, Kathryn Spiers, was fired after she developed a tool for the company’s internal build of Chrome that notified Google workers of their legal rights to organize. Spiers, too, filed a complaint with the NLRB claiming that Google’s retaliation against her was unlawful.

This Friday, December 04, is International Day Against DRM (IDAD). I’ve talked about DRM before and explained how it’s a violation of our rights over freedom, computing, and privacy.

Sadly, there are thousands (if not millions) of products and devices that impose DRM on us and there’s not much we can do about it. However, we’re not defenseless.

Our biggest weapon, which all those products and companies are fearful of, is not using them. By cancelling our subscriptions and not buying/using their products, we defend ourselves, empower people against DRM companies, and tell them that we don’t let them violate our rights.

As a matter of fact, almost all of those companies are highly dependent on people, so we ourselves are our biggest weapon and shot against them.

Many, like Netflix, our getting paid by our money and data but they don’t deserve it. When we pay for something, and purchase it, we should be the owner of that copy/distribution and have full control over it; that is what DRM companies like Netflix are afraid of.

This year, the Free Software Foundation, the one behind the Defective by Design campaign, is focusing on Netflix.

Please join us on defending our rights and fighting Digital Restriction Managements. This is a fight for our future, not only about computers, but about everything.

The undersigned organisations strongly condemn the persecution of employees of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) and Egyptian civil society by the Egyptian government. We urge the global community and their respective governments to do the same and join us in calling for the release of detained human rights defenders and a stop to the demonisation of civil society organisations and human rights defenders by government-owned or pro-government media.

Since November 15, Egyptian authorities have escalated their crackdown on human rights defenders and civil society organizations. On November 19, Gasser Abdel-Razek, Executive Director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR)—one of the few remaining human rights organisations in Egypt—was arrested at his home in Cairo by security forces. One day prior, EIPR’s Criminal Justice Unit Director, Karim Ennarah, was arrested while on vacation in Dahab. The organization’s Administrative Manager, Mohamed Basheer, was also taken in the early morning hours from his home in Cairo 15 November. 

All three appeared in front of the Supreme State Security Prosecution where they were charged with joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, and misusing social media, and were remanded into custody and given 15 days of pre-trial detention.

The interrogations of the security services and then the prosecution of the leaders of the EIPR focused on the organisation’s activities, the reports issued by it, and its efforts of advocating human rights, especially a meeting held in early November by EIPR and attended by a number of ambassadors and diplomats accredited to Egypt from some European countries, Canada, and the representative of the European Union.

The detention of EIPR staff means one thing: Egyptian authorities are continuing to commit human rights violations with full impunity. This crackdown comes amidst a number of other cases in which the prosecution and investigation judges have used pre-trial detention as a method of punishment. Egypt’s counterterrorism law was amended in 2015 under President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi so that pre-trial detention can be extended for two years and, in terrorism cases, indefinitely. A number of other human rights defenders—including Mahienour el-Masry, Mohamed el-Baqer, Solafa Magdy, Alaa Abd El Fattah, Sanaa Seif, and Esraa Abdelfattah — are currently held in prolonged pre-trial detention. EIPR researcher Patrick George Zaki remains detained pending investigations by the Supreme State Security Prosecution (SSSP) over unfounded “terrorism”-related charges since his arrest in February 2020. Amnesty International has extensively documented how Egypt’s SSSP uses extended pre-trial detention to imprison opponents, critics, and human rights defenders over unfounded charges related to terrorism for months or even years without trial. 

In addition to these violations, Gasser Abdel-Razek told his lawyer that he received inhumane and degrading treatment in his cell that puts his health and safety in danger. He further elaborated that he was never allowed out of the cell, had only a metal bed to sleep on with neither mattress nor covers, save for a light blanket, was deprived of all his possessions and money, was given only two light pieces of summer garments, and was denied the right to use his own money to purchase food and essentials from the prison’s canteen. His head was shaved completely. 

The manner in which Egypt treats its members of civil society cannot continue, and we, an international coalition of human rights and civil society actors, denounce in the strongest of terms the arbitrary use of pre-trial detention as a form of punishment. The detention of EIPR staff is the latest example of how Egyptian authorities crackdown on civil society with full impunity. It’s time to hold the Egyptian government accountable for its human rights abuses and crimes. Join us in calling for the immediate release of EIPR staff, and an end to the persecution of Egyptian civil society.

Signed,

Access Now
Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC)
Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB)
Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI)
ARTICLE 19 
Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM)
Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE)
Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS)
Center for Democracy & Technology
Committee for Justice (CFJ)
Digital Africa Research Lab
Digital Rights Foundation
Egyptian Front for Human Rights
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
Elektronisk Forpost Norge (EFN)
epicenter.works – for digital rights
Fight for the Future
Free Media Movement (FMM)
Fundación Andina para la Observación y el Estudio de Medios (Fundamedios)
The Freedom Initiative
Fundación Ciudadanía Inteligente
Globe International Center
Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR)
Homo Digitalis 
Human Rights Watch
Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU)
Index on Censorship
Independent Journalism Center Moldova (IJC-Moldova)
International Press Centre (IPC) Lagos-Nigeria
International Press Institute (IPI)
Initiative for Freedom of Expression – Turkey (IFoX)
International Free Expression Project
Masaar – Technology and Law Community
Mediacentar Sarajevo
Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)
Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) – Zimbabwe
MENA Rights Group
Mnemonic
Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO)
Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI)
Pacific Islands News Association (PINA)
Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)
PEN Canada
PEN Norway
Privacy International (PI)
Public Foundation for Protection of Freedom of Speech (Adil Soz)
R3D: Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales 
Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF)
Scholars at Risk (SAR)
Skyline International Foundation
Social Media Exchange (SMEX)
South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)
Statewatch (UK)
Vigilance for Democracy and the Civic State

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Facebook and YouTube are complicit in “censorship and repression on an industrial scale” in Vietnam, according to a report by Amnesty International that accuses the platforms of openly signalling that they are willing to bow to the wishes of authoritarian regimes, The Guardian has reported.

By giving more power to giants like Facebook and Google (owner of YouTube) we just put ourselves in danger of oppression. These giants don’t care about our rights; what they do care about is benefit.

If they obey a government like Vietnam, they surely obey governments like United States when needed, and that can lead to violating free speech and people’s rights.

If a com[any that gains its power from people acts against people, it should be punished. Sadly, governments mostly don’t side with people. They thrive for power and side with giants like Facebook so they can remain in control of people.

Four French blue thugs have been suspended and are in custody after a video that shows them brutally beating a Black man was posted online Thursday, NPR has reported.

The incident has provoked an outcry across France and comes as President Emmanuel Macron’s government is trying to push through controversial legislation that would restrict the filming of blue thugs. Civic and journalist freedom groups oppose the bill, calling it a shield for brutality.

Forbidding people from filming blue thugs (and other official forces) only puts them in power for more violation of human rights and more criminal activities.

Also, the incident proves no matter how much liberty and democracy you have in your country, there always will be some people who violate people’s rights, so the fight for freedom and individual liberty should not stop, for any reason or matter.

The Guardian has reported that Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iranian nuclear scientist, was ambushed with explosives and machine gun fire in the town of Absard, 70km east of Tehran. Efforts to resuscitate him in hospital failed. His bodyguard and family members were also wounded.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said Israel was probably to blame, and an adviser to Iran’s supreme leader, vowed retaliation. “We will strike as thunder at the killers of this oppressed martyr and will make them regret their action,” tweeted Hossein Dehghan.

There is no evidence of a role for Israel in this attack, but it is highly unlikely that anyone other than Israel ordered or planned this terrorist attack.

This is an obvious violation of international laws. A state-sponsored terrorism encourages other countries to get involved in such actions and with that, world will be in absolute chaos.

It is not the first attack on Iranian scientists. Not even first that one balming Israel. This terror attack is only the last on long list of attacks blamed on Israel.

Ardeshir Hosseinpour, Masoud Alimohammadi, Majid Shahriari, Fereydoon Abbasi, Darioush Rezaeinejad, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan are other Iranian nuclear scientists that are assassinated, all believed in Israeli-sponsored terrorist attacks.

SWI has reported that Swiss public television, SRF, has found a second company besides Crypto AG was involved in manufacturing manipulated devices allegedly used for spying by foreign intelligence.

According to SRF sources, the Swiss company Omnisec AG had ties to US intelligence services. This follows revelations in February by SRF, German television ZDF and The Washington Post that Zug-based firm Crypto AG was at the heart of a huge international spying operation led by the CIA, and to a lesser extent by the German BND spy agency. Omnisec was one of the largest competitors of Crypto AG.

Swiss cryptologist and professor Ueli Maurer was a consultant for Omnisec for years and told SRF that in 1989 US intelligence services (National Security Agency) contacted Omnisec through him.

Of concern are the OC-500 series devices. Devices were sold to several Swiss federal agencies. However, Swiss authorities only noticed the devices weren’t secure in the mid-2000s.

This is the world we live in. Everything, everything can be dangerous to our privacy.