Oct 5, 2014

Ragbag Headliners

Firefighters Suspended For Wearing American Flag On 9/11

Ahead of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, four firefighters from Chicago are being suspended for having American flags and pro-military stickers on their lockers and helmets. NBC Chicago reported:

The Maywood firefighters say they were ordered to go home for refusing to remove stickers of American flags after their fire chief implemented a ban on all stickers.

When the Maywood Chief was asked about disciplining the firemen, he claimed that it was due to a picture of a monkey and an American flag placed on a locker which equated to racism. However, the four firefighters (one of whom is an African American and another of Cuban descent) disagree and say that was a 10-year-old practical joke. –Vision To America

St. Petersburg Lawmaker Leads Mob Attack On LGBT Festival

Several participants fell ill after hooligans sprayed them with a “putrid gas” in a disruption led by local lawmaker Vitaly Milonov.

A group of around 20 people assaulted the opening of St. Petersburg QueerFest, dousing participants with a green antiseptic and an unidentified “putrid gas” that caused many to fall ill, according to statement issued by Polina Andrianova, one of the event’s organizers.

The counter-protest was led by St. Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov, author of the local ordinance that became the model for Russia’s “gay propaganda” ban. Andrinova said security successfully barred the door to the assailants, and praised the police, who she said “carried themselves professionally.”

St. Petersburg ombudsman, Alexander Shishlov, denounced Milonov in a letter sent Friday to the head of St. Petersburg Legislature, Viatcheslav Makarov.

“I believe that the active participation of the deputy of the Legislative Assembly [Vitaly Milonov] in such actions discredit MPs, damages the reputation of St. Petersburg,” Shishlov wrote. “I ask you to assess the actions of the deputy of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg associated with human rights violations.”

The organizers have faced scores of cancellations by venues for events. Yet Adrianova expressed optimism in her statement following the opening event, which attracted more than 160 people.

“We feel exhausted and exhilarated,” she said. “People — their rights — but also their light and kindness, is what our festival is all about. And there are more of them around us every day. That is why we will prevail.” -Buzz Feed

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