Notice: A few brief shots in the embedded video, as well as several of the photos at the linked Russia Today story, should be considered NSFW.
In the latest innovative protest technique to come out of Montreal, thousands of students marched on Thursday wearing only their underwear, bathing suits, or strategically placed red squares to protest planned tuition hikes.
According to Russia Today, “Protesters told reporters they were naked for a number of reasons: to show the government they have been transparent in their demands to freeze tuition fees, to garner more media attention to their cause, and to discourage police from handling them roughly.”
One specific objective of the march was to embarrass the city while it hosted the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix, and in this it was clearly successful. “When we attack the Grand Prix, it’s not the Quebec government that people are assaulting,” Quebec Premier Jean Charest complained. “It’s all Quebecers.”
The marchers were less successful, however, in discouraging rough treatment from the police, who arrested 39 people and used tear gas, pepper spray, and batons in an attempt to break up the crowd. A police spokesperson said most of the arrests were made “because police had reason to believe they were preparing to commit crimes and damage property.”
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‘That’s Peter Navarro’: Trump excuses trade adviser’s op-ed smearing Dr. Fauci as ‘wrong about everything’
President Donald Trump on Wednesday waived off concerns about an op-ed by White House trade adviser Peter Navarro which took aim at Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the United States.
In a Tuesday USA Today op-ed, Navarro accused Fauci of being "wrong about everything."
The White House later suggested that Navarro had gone rogue by publishing an unapproved column.
But on Wednesday, Trump declined to admonish his trade adviser.
‘We don’t have a Dr. Fauci problem’: Lindsey Graham defends top scientist after White House smears
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) this week defended the federal government's top infectious disease expert after President Donald Trump and the White House put out statements defaming him.
At a press event on Tuesday, Graham was asked about the attempts to smear Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The Republican senator praised Fauci as "one of the smartest people I know."
"Has he been right all the time? No," Graham said. "We don't have a Dr. Fauci problem. We need to be focusing on doing things to get us where we need to go. So, I have all the respect in the world for Dr. Fauci."
‘Excessive force’: Video catches five NJ cops wrestling Black man to ground over open beer
Five New Jersey police officers are being accused of using excessive force after they were seen wrestling a Black man to the ground for allegedly having a open beer at a beach.
Video of the incident, which was said to have occurred at Point Pleasant, was shared on social media.
In the video, at least five officers can be seen forcing a man to the ground.
A witness later explained that the officers could have issued the man a ticket instead of arresting him.
"We watched 5 cops surround one man," the witness wrote in an Instagram post. "They stopped him for publicly drinking. One had a ticket book out & I couldn't understand why they wouldn't write him a ticket and send him on his way."