Thursday, October 20, 2011

Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/20/2011

Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/20/2011The protests in Athens against the Greek government’s austerity program have turned deadly: a protester died of a heart attack while fleeing the violence in Syntagma Square. There were clashes between hooded protesters and police in the square, and with a communist brigade that was protecting the Monument to the Unknown Soldier and the parliament building.

In other news, a disabled French woman who was taken hostage by Somali kidnappers has died during her captivity. Her captors, who had demanded ransom while she was alive, are now insisting that her family must pay them for the return of her body.

Meanwhile, the Basque separatist group ETA has formally laid down its arms after thirty years of terrorist attacks. It now seeks to become a legitimate political movement.

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Thanks to AC, C. Cantoni, Caroline Glick, Egghead, ESW, Fjordman, Insubria, JP, Steen, Takuan Seiyo, Van Grungy, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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