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Daily Digest: June 24, 2015

A migrant sits under the trailer of a lorry as he attempts to cross the English Channel, in Calais, Northern France, Wednesday, June 24. (Photo: AP/Thibault Camus)
A migrant sits under the trailer of a lorry as he attempts to cross the English Channel, in Calais, Northern France, Wednesday, June 24. (Photo: AP/Thibault Camus)
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#Migrants: Striking ferry workers in Calais that brought Eurotunnel traffic to a halt were pepper sprayed, tires were set on fire, and migrants tried to board traffic-jammed trucks to cross into the UK. A migrant shanty town, called the ‘New Jungle,’ outside Calais, is to have electricity, water and toilets installed by the French government. (Thread)

On the eve of Thursday’s summit on the European Agenda on Migration, the Guardian reports that the EU will create migrant quarantining zones in Greece and Italy. “Forcible/swift registration, fingerprinting, expulsion, detention for up to 18 months,” are detailed in the reported plan.

“Where is the EU going? Migrants, including pregnant women and minors, who have fled from war, persecution and poverty are to be forcibly finger-printed or held in detention until they acquiesce or are expelled and banned from re-entry.” – Tony Bunyan, Statewatch

After announcing plans to wall off migrants, Hungary indefinitely suspended the Dublin III agreement – that details EU asylum rules – citing “overflow”.  The EU asked for “immediate clarification”.

As Greece has just surpassed Italy in migrant arrivals, read our story on how locals, expats and tourists in Lesvos – the island receiving the brunt of the flow – are struggling to help refugees.

 

#ConfederateFlag: Despite the growing debate to remove the current Confederate battle flag from state grounds in South Carolina, there are seven state flags in the South that have been purposely designed to pay tribute to the Confederacy which relied heavily on slave labor and seceded from the United States when Abraham Lincoln was elected in 1860.

 

#TakeItDown: Legislators in South Carolina called a special session to debate the removal of the Confederate flag from the state capitol. The Post and Courier continues to update its list of how legislators say they feel about the removal, and they say the votes are close to the two-thirds needed to remove the flag. (Thread)

As the debate goes on, retailers are increasingly making statements about selling the flag and merchandise with the Confederate battle flag on it. A number of retailers, including eBay and Sears, said they are removing the flag.

North Carolina and Tennessee have joined the increasing number of states where the flag is now up for debate. A full list of states and retailers that have made changes regarding the Confederate flag, from Esquire.

#ElectricYerevan: The protest against energy hikes in Armenia continued into it’s fifth day, with human and constructed barricades put up by protesters. Protests on Tuesday were noticeably calmer than protests on Monday were, when arrests totaled more than 200.

Click on the image to see a photo gallery and more background on the protests:

Police make an arrest as thousands of protesters face-off with riot police on Marshal Bagramian Avenue demanding the reversal of a 16% electricity price hike. (PHOTOLURE News Agency/Demotix)

Police make an arrest as thousands of protesters face-off with riot police on Marshal Bagramian Avenue demanding the reversal of a 16% electricity price hike. (PHOTOLURE News Agency/Demotix)

 

#FranceLeaks: Wikileaks has started publishing top secret NSA documents detailing the surveillance of the last three French presidents. President Hollande said that France will not tolerate threats to national security. The White House said they are, and will not, target president Hollande’s communications. France’s Senate passed a warrantless data collection bill on June 9, expected to be ratified by the Assembly on Wednesday. (Thread)

Venezuela: Jailed opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez and Daniel Ceballos ended their hunger strike while Lopez penned a letter from prison stating, “We assumed this hunger strike not to die, but so that all Venezuelan’s can live in dignity.” The primary elections are set for Dec. 6 and may be monitored by international observers. (Thread)

Arizona: On May 21, Mexican national Jose de Jesus Deniz-Sahagun, 31, was found dead in his cell at Eloy Detention Center under ICE custody. The Detention Center is a private, for profit facility and holds men and women who are now on a hunger strike to bring awareness to issues. Rep. Raul Grijalva has written a letter to the Department of Justice to investigate the death, as well as the death of another unnamed man. A vigil is scheduled for this Friday. (Thread)

#FreddieGray: Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton obtained a copy of the autopsy report for Freddie Gray and the contents are troubling. (BaltimoreSun) Defense attorneys for the officers charged in Gray’s death say that they have not seen the report.

In concluding his death was a homicide, Allan wrote that it was “not an unforeseen event that a vulnerable individual was injured during operation of the vehicle, and that without prompt medical attention, the injury would prove fatal.”

#DominicanRepublic: Despite calls to re-open deadlines for naturalization and regularization, the president of the Dominican Republic says the issue is “closed.” (Thread)

Debates about the Dominican Republic’s move to expel and deport possibly thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent continued, as well. The ambassador to the United States for the Dominican Republic and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio exchanged words on de Blasio’s recent statements against what is happening in the Dominican Republic.

One good read…

Jason Horowitz told the story of Sen. Clementa Pinkney’s last day. It makes for a great long read about an inspiring man.

Clementa Pinckney’s Last Day

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