After four Texas State University (TSU) students were arrested following the assault of a conservative wearing a MAGA hat on campus Wednesday, the university’s College Republicans organization stood with the violent leftist thugs.
“We are sure… that the person in the hat went to the Quad for a simple reason: creating division and reaping attention from that division,” the TSU College Republicans said in an official statement.
“Unfortunately, the student who caused the altercations today used this sensitive moment to drive division and fear,” the letter added.
The letter ended with a tacit endorsement of leftist protesters and their ANTIFA-style tactics while implying that wearing a MAGA hat is a racist, hate-filled action.
“All people have the right to demonstrate, and Bobcats have the right to demonstrate our solidarity in opposition to abhorrent white supremacy,” the letter concluded.
Video of the incident can be seen here:
The student who is assaulted, who goes by the alias Tyler M. to avoid retribution from leftist terrorists for speaking out, talked to Campus Report about what happened. He went to the public space because he had heard about a conservative biker group holding a protest and leftists planned a counter-protest.
The biker group never showed up, and the leftists moved to a different target. The bullies keyed in on Tyler M. because of his MAGA hat instead.
“Again, none of our conservative people were ever instigating anything,” Tyler M. said to Campus Report. “I can guarantee that. No one was ever yelling or shouting over people. We were all very patient.”
He was attempting to have a civil conversation “when [he] felt someone kind of come up behind [him] and kind of grab [his] hat, lift it up, and try to run away.”
He chased her down and eventually apprehended the thief.
“I only held her [backpack] for a good five seconds…it was never her physically,” Tyler M. said. “As soon as I got out of the crowd, I let go of her bag and I came up beside her and I said, ‘can you please give me back my hat?'”
Like the College Republicans, the Young Democrats of America chapter at TSU stood in solidarity with the attackers:
— ydsa @ txst 🌹 (@TXSTYDSA) May 1, 2019
Making the situation even more embarrassing, the College Republicans keep doubling down on their support of the ANTIFA-style assault that happened on the TSU campus.
The Texas Federation of College Republicans, the Sam Houston State College Republicans, and the Texas Tech College Republicans issued letters lauding the TSU chapter for throwing the young man under the bus.
“Multiple eye witness accounts report that a man wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat entered the Texas State Quad and began instigating altercations and arguments,” wrote Decker Reno, the Texas Federation of College Republicans Chairman.
“When an issue reeks of white supremacy and nazism it is our duty as patriots to stand for what’s right regardless of race, religion, creed or party. We stand with the Texas State CRs and we stand with the values of our party,” Reno wrote.
The various letters all reference the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT), a rival campus organizing group that released a letter in support of the young man who was assaulted. They confirmed the victim was an activist with their group in the letter.
“YCT is fundamentally skeptical of politicians. As reflected in our motto, ‘principles over party’, we stand for ideas. We firmly believe that regardless of how any of our members or our board feel about a given candidate, we acknowledge the rights of all students to freely express themselves,” the letter wrote.
They also called for the College Republicans to retract their statements and issue an apology to the student in their statement.
“If the Texas Federation of College Republicans continues to be silent on whether or not it is acceptable to be a Trump supporter on a college campus, it may behoove TXFCR chapters to reconsider what their statewide affiliation really means and how it aligns with their own values,” the letter concluded.
Shockingly it’s not just establishment student groups siding with the overall trend of political censorship, Texas Tech’s chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas seem to support Orwellian corporate silencing of pro-Trump media voices:
YCT is usually a reliable foil to the establishment line of thinking in the Lone Star State, but it seems that the swamp has infiltrated their ranks as well.
Representatives from the College Republican National Committee, the Texas Federation of College Republicans, the Texas State College Republicans, the Texas Tech College Republicans, and the Young Conservatives of Texas were contacted, but not had responded by the time of publication.
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Turkey Human Rights, Crackdown on Press Freedom Comes Under Renewed Scrutiny in Geneva
Last week, the UK-based International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR)and the Press Emblem Campaign held an information meeting in Geneva, to coincide with the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Turkey over hate crimes, minority, and LGBT rights, and press freedoms with a specific focus on the nation’s crackdown on these rights during the failed 2016 coup and the emergency rule that followed during which the government allegedly used its security powers to arrest thousands of people who opposed it.
Turkey’s human rights record was last reviewed in 2015 during the UPR. This was the third time in 10 years that Turkey’s record has come under review
Diplomats, minister, prominent members of Turkish media and human rights defenders – including those who have been forced into exile – were present at the event. Also in attendance was former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues in the Office of Global Criminal Justice Ambassador Stephen Rapp. Louise Pyne Jones, head of research, International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR) moderated the event. Two panels were held. The first was called “Press Freedom” and included Yavuz Baydar, editor-in-chief of Ahval; Evin Baris Altintas, journalist and blogger; and Massimo Frigo; senior Legal Advisor for International Commission for Jurists (ICJ). The second panel, “Human Rights Defenders,” included Dr. Sebnem Korur Fincanci; president of the Human Rights Foundation in Turkey; Nurcan Baysal, award-winning Turkish Human Rights Defender and Journalist; and Anne van Wezel, former co-chair EESC EU-Turkey Joint Consultative Committee.
Following an attempted, and failed, “coup” against the ruling Justice and Development (AKP) Party in 2016, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused many of his opponents and naysayers, including journalists who were critical of him and his government, of supporting terrorism and prosecuted many of them. Erdogan also suggested that the attempted coup was the work of exiled Imam Fethullah Gulen and his movement, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization. Turkey has asked for the United States to extradite Gulen. Gulen has been living in the United States in a self-imposed exile since 1999. Over 250 people died as a result of the failed coup attempt.
Soon after the coup, Turkey implemented a state of emergency (SOE) which it said: “was put into effect in order to ensure the continuity of effective implementation of the measures for the protection of the rights and freedoms of our citizens, democracy and the rule of law.” However, the AK Party’s critics have maintained that the AK Party used the umbrella of its broader emergency powers and continuously postponed ending that state of emergency, in an attempt to destroy its political opposition.
Many journalists were apprehended under this state of emergency until it was lifted on July 19, 2018. As such, for three straight years, and up until 2019, the Committee to Protect Journalists ranked Turkey as the worst jailer of journalists in the world. According to Turkish, English, and Arabic-language news site Ahval, when China jailed 48 journalists to Turkey’s 47.
Nurcan Baysal, an award-winning Kurdish Human Rights Defender, Journalist, and contributor to Ahval, said she was even cautious with the words she used on the panel discussion for fear of punishment by the Turkish government. “We are censoring ourselves because of these fears,” Baysal said. “For example, before coming here I asked myself if I should use certain words, should I use the word invasion, or should I use the word war, because today in Turkey even to say war is forbidden,” she said. “Everything that I say has an effect on not only my life but of the lives of my children and family.”
Ahval editor in chief Yavuz Baydar said, “No state or power can decide who is a journalist, it is the domain for professional organizations and should always be separate from power.”
According to the IOHR, “In the previous UPR cycle of Turkey, the Turkish government officially supported 14 recommendations related to strengthening the legal framework on freedom of expression and 5 recommendations specifically related to bringing terrorism legislation in line with international human rights standards.
Hugh Williamson, the Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch recently said, “The huge number of journalists, politicians, and perceived government critics in prison and on trial flies in the face of the Turkish government’s public statements about the state of human rights in the country “Turkey’s disregard of human rights is a disservice to its citizens, who deserve to live with dignity and freedom.”
Meanwhile, Turkey’s state-run pro-government newspaper the Daily Sabah put out propaganda about the Erdogan government writing, “U.N. Human Rights Council highlighted Turkey’s achievements in the fields of judiciary, human rights and humanitarian causes on Tuesday during a Universal Periodic Review (UPR) meeting in Geneva.”
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