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Yellow Vests: Video Allegedly Shows AFP Reporter Shot By French Police



Yellow Vest AFP Reporter Shot

A video has surfaced allegedly showing an AFP reporter shot by French police with a “flash ball” projectile, fracturing his kneecap, while recording a Yellow Vest protest.

The video offers a startling view into the situation on the ground in France. As the video begins, the person recording, a journalist for Agence France-Presse, is recording while standing, and several loud pops are heard. Seconds later, the journalist buckles over, groaning in pain, and several Yellow Vest demonstrators rush to his aid.

The reporter allegedly suffered a fractured kneecap from the incident, which happened over the weekend, as French police continue to escalate the tactics they are willing to use to crush Yellow Vest demonstrations.

While the video first gained popularity on Twitter, it was posted to the official AFP YouTube account, suggesting the details surrounding the video may be accurate. The video serves as an indication to some that the police have continued to increase their willingness to use force against protesters and nearby media, with many pointing to a close call from December of last year as evidence of escalating violence from the French government.

In December, a journalist narrowly avoided severe injury or death when a French police officer in riot gear aimed a flash ball at him at point blank range.

Big League Politics has covered the escalating tensions, cultural developments, and violence surrounding the Yellow Vest movement in recent weeks. In previous weeks, Yellow Vest protesters have extended their protest to the Rothschild Bank of France and the French banking system, and French cultural icons have come out in support of the young movement. Just yesterday, it was reported that French police are now brandishing loaded rifles against protesters.

Now extending beyond France, the Yellow Vest movement is also facing an increased crackdown in the United Kingdom, where its leader in the nation was arrested during a peaceful protest.

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Biden Authorizes Attack on Syria, Kamala FURIOUS It Wasn’t Her Call

Will Biden do a regime change in Syria?




You didn’t seriously think that after four years of peace in the Middle East, things were gonna stay that way, did you Jack? Well of course not! On Thursday afternoon, the Pentagon confirmed that the United States military had carried out airstrikes in Syria against facilities used by Iranian-backed militias. These groups have been operating in Syria for some time in their fight against the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda.

Pentagon Press Secretary Kirby gave the following statement:

“At President Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted airstrikes against infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria. These strikes were authorized in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq, and to ongoing threats to those personnel. Specifically, the strikes destroyed multiple facilities located at a border control point used by a number of Iranian-backed militant groups, including Kait’ib Hezbollah (KH) and Kait’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS).

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This proportionate military response was conducted together with diplomatic measures, including consultation with Coalition partners. The operation sends an unambiguous message: President Biden will act to protect American and Coalition personnel. At the same time, we have acted in a deliberate manner that aims to de-escalate the overall situation in both eastern Syria and Iraq.”

According to conservative commentator Jack Posobiec, Vice President Harris was not included in the discussions about the bombing and is very upset that she wasn’t.

Many Twitter users are also pointing out the fact that Biden had fully condemned unannounced military action in the Middle East when it was Trump doing it.

According to the New York Post, the airstrikes were in response to recent attacks against US forces in Iraq. The militia groups targeted have denied any involvement in the attacks and there has been no confirmation as to whether or not they were involved. The New York Post wrote:

The Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It was not immediately clear if there were any deaths or injuries caused by the US strike, or the extent of damage it may have caused.

On Feb. 15, a rocket attack against a US military base at Erbil International Airport in Northern Iraq killed a US-led coalition contractor and left others wounded, including an American service member.

Two days later, a base hosting US forces north of Baghdad was targeted in another rocket attack, wounding at least one contractor.

On Monday rockets hit Baghdad’s Green Zone, which houses the US embassy and other diplomatic missions.

Earlier this week, the Kataib Hezbollah group, one of the main Iran-aligned Iraqi militia groups, denied any role in recent rocket attacks against U.S. targets in Iraq.

Some Western and Iraqi officials say the attacks, often claimed by little-known groups, are being carried out by militants with links to Kataib Hezbollah as a way for Iranian allies to harass US forces without being held accountable.

Fox New’s Tucker Carlson, who seems to be the only host on any cable news network that has been unquestionably anti-war for the past four years, gave a monologue Thursday night about his take on the attacks:

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