VIDEO TRIBUTE: FRANCE: ‘ RALLY OF DEFIANCE & SORROW HONOURING VICTIMS OF PARIS BLOODSHED ‘

#AceNewServices – Featured Post: FRANCE: Jan.11: A rally of defiance and sorrow, protected by an unparalleled level of security, on Sunday will honour the 17 victims of three days of bloodshed in Paris that left France on alert for more violence AP reported.

Unity against extremism is the rallying cry for the hundreds of thousands expected to attend the gathering, including the Israeli prime minister and the Palestinian president.

Hours before the rally was to start, France’s enormous Republique plaza began to fill with people.

The Sunday rally, dubbed a cry for freedom, will commemorate the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre and comes after three days of stand-offs and hostage situations, with one terror suspect still on the run. Latest reports, however, indicate the suspected woman might have been in Syria at the time of the attacks, which took 17 lives, journalists and policemen among them.

It will be an unprecedented manifestation that will be written in the history books,” Prime Minister Manuel Valls said. “It must show the power and dignity of the French people, who will cry out their love of liberty and tolerance.

Starting at 14:00 GMT, the rally will have tens of thousands marching down three major routes in the capital. They will be joined by world leaders, including the Palestinian and Israeli leadership, leaders from Germany, Britain, other NATO countries and representatives from the Arab League, as well as the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

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This is expected to present a formidable security challenge for France’s law enforcement, whose presence has been boosted across the board, with tens of thousands already guarding sensitive locations like schools, places of worship and others – more than 2,000 are being deployed in addition.

Top US security brass will also arrive, and they will meet with their European counterparts in Paris to discuss an anti-terrorism strategy.

On Saturday, some 700,000 people marched in solidarity in Paris, Orleans, Nice and other cities. Candlelight vigils were held for the victims.

The Yemeni branch of Al-Qaeda is widely thought to be the group that coordinated the Charlie Hebdo attack. A statement sent to several media outlets by an alleged member of the group claimed it as “revenge for the honor” of Prophet Muhammad. The kosher shop situation that transpired later was motivated by similar feelings, that Islam is being berated and mocked by the West.

Twelve people, including four noted cartoonists, were killed in the original attack and have since come to symbolize a non-violent fight for freedom of expression across France and the world. The global outcry of sorrow and condemnation followed three tense days, with the Twitter hashtag #JeSuisCharlie (“I am Charlie”) gaining some of the widest popularity ever witnessed on the social network, with over five million reposts.

Some news outlets in a show of solidarity reprinted Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons. On Sunday, just as world leaders were gathering to discuss security and the global fight against terrorism, one such paper – the Hamburger Morgenpost – was set ablaze. However, police have not yet confirmed that the arson was indeed related to the Hebdo situation. No one was injured in the fire.

READ MORE: Arson at German paper that reprinted Charlie Hebdo cartoons

France is not alone in its quest to send a message to the terrorists. Hundreds of Australians also took to the streets in Sydney. They gathered at Martin Place, which became the scene of a deadly siege in mid-December, to show support for the victims of the French attacks, as the global show of solidarity continues.

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HUNGARY: ‘ ACTIVISTS DEMONSTRATE IN ANTI-CORRUPTION RALLY OVER TAXING INTERNET USE ‘

#AceWorldNews – HUNGARY – Dec.05 – Some 2,000 people have taken part in an anti-corruption demonstration in Budapest, Hungary.

The activists carrying posters reading, “oligarchy” and “dictator” called on the government and senior members of Hungarian tax authority to resign as they marched across the Chain Bridge.

Hungary has seen a wave of protest that started in October after the government decided to tax Internet usage.

RT

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MISSOURI: ‘ ANONYMOUS CLAIM THEY INDENTIFIED MEMBERS OF KKK AT SUPPORT RALLY FOR DARREN WILSON ‘

#AceNewsServices – MISSOURI – Nov.24 – Anonymous claims it has identified members of the Ku Klux Klan at a support group rally for police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed a black teen in Ferguson, Missouri.

Following the expose, the support group removed the photograph from Facebook.

The latest move in its cyber battle against the Ku Klux Klan, the hacktivist group Anonymous claimed to identify three members of the Klan at a recent rally in support of Wilson.

A grand jury is currently deliberating whether to hand down an indictment of Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown, who was killed on August 9. That decision is expected any day.

The Anonymous cyber conflict started during the weekend, when the group seized two of the KKK’s twitter accounts after the white supremacist group issued flyers threatening the use of “lethal force” should violence erupt following the grand jury decision.

Another group, dubbed “Now” – which is part of Anon Cop Watch – started an exposure campaign when they thought they had identified unmasked members of the KKK at a Wilson support rally, and circulated photographs with the “unhooded” Klan members. One of them appears to be Frank Ancona, Imperial Wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Missouri, and the man behind the recent fliers.

READ MORE: Anonymous: Campaign against ‘terrorist group’ KKK will continue

RT reported earlier that Anonymous published a statement by way of the affected Twitter account, @KuKluxKlanUSA, explaining the status of the headline-grabbing operation launched over the weekend on November 16.

“Before going any further, we’d like to address our idea of freedom. After exposing Klan members and seizing the Klan’s websites and Twitter accounts, Anonymous members faced much criticism regarding freedom,” the message reads in part. “Anonymous stands for freedom, so why would we strip someone of his or her freedom of speech? The Ku Klux Klan is a terrorist group. The blood of thousands of human beings are on the hands of Klansmen. In most of Anonymous’ member’s eyes, the KKK no longer has the right to express their racist, bigoted opinions.”

READ MORE: #OpKKK: Anonymous hacks KKK websites, Twitter over Ferguson threats

The situation between Anonymous and the KKK is just one of conflicts unfolding in Missouri ahead of the grand jury decision. Governor Jay Nixon declared a State of Emergency and activated the National Guard on Monday, a move seen by many as confirmation that a decision from the Grand Jury is imminent. Prosecutor Bob McCulloch has always maintained that a verdict would be reached by mid to late November.

READ MORE: KKK rebrand: Blacks, Hispanics, gays & Jews now welcomed by Ku Klux Klan

Leaked reports by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch suggest the officer will not be indicted, and have only heightened the likelihood of violent reprisals.

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