According to North Korea’s foreign ministry, the latest round of UN sanctions are “an act of war,” and threatened to punish those who supported the measure. The UN Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday due to its recent ICBM test, seeking to limit its access to refined petroleum products and crude oil along with its earnings from workers abroad.
The new resolution seeks to ban nearly 90% of refined petroleum exports by capping them at 500,000 barrels a year and demands the “repatriation of North Koreans working abroad within 24 months”. The US-drafted resolution also caps crude oil supplies to North Korea at 4 million barrels a year and commits the Council to further reductions if the North conducts another ICBM/nuclear test.
In a statement, North Korea’s foreign ministry said the US is “terrified” by its nuclear force and was getting “more and more frenzied in the moves to impose the harshest-ever sanctions and pressure on our country”.
A United States federal judge from Hawaii has blocked the latest version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban which was set to effect eight different countries. Judge Derrick Watson said that the ban “plainly discriminates based on nationality”.
In response to the tragedy that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Friday and Saturday, organizers in the Chicagoland area came together to unite against the bigotry displayed by white supremacists and neo-nazis. The rally of an estimated 800 people was held in a partnership between Resist Fascism Chicago, the Women’s March, Black Lives Matter, and several other organizations.
The rally, which occurred in Millennium Park on the corner of Randolph and Michigan, featured an open mic where anyone could say their thoughts on what had occurred. One anonymous woman loudly proclaimed: “I am a white woman who came out here to say that black lives matter.”
Following an hour of speeches, the group took to the streets, first marching south along Michigan avenue, then crossing the street and heading for Trump Tower, where more speeches were given. Chants of “Black Lives Matter,” “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA,” “No hate, no fear, everyone is welcome here,” and many others echoed through the streets of the city. A vigil was held later that evening at Federal Plaza in memoriam to the lives lost in Charlottesville.
The response from passerby seemed either nonexistent or supportive. While most people carried on with whatever they were doing, a few people joined in with the chants, with some even joining the procession as it made it’s way through the city.
The police presence in Chicago for the rally was peaceful; they were there to protect the protestors, and to insure that no one was harmed by motor vehicles. The same can not be said for other cities across the United States. In Seattle, for instance, protestors were met with militarized police yielding riot gear, according to Snap Maps.
Throughout the suburbs, similar rallies popped up. Organizers gathered in Aurora, Geneva, Naperville, and other communities to show their support for the cause. Rallies, vigils, and protests continued to pop up on social media throughout the week, with the latest being the “Rally Against Racism & Antisemitism,” which is to be held in Elgin, Illinois, on Friday.
A peaceful crowd protesting against a white nationalist rally in the small Virginia college city of Charlottesville were slammed by a car on Saturday, resulting in the death of a women two hours after protests turned violent among the two groups in the United States.
A State Police helicopter crashed later on near the city while monitoring the situation, killing the two officers on board. Police say there is no indication of foul play, but the incident remains under investigation.
Conservative blogger Jason Kessler had called for what he identified as a “pro-white” rally against the city removing a statue of the late Confederate General Robert E Lee, seen as a figurehead of the south during the US Civil War.
Violence in the city brought an injured tally to over 30 individuals, nine of which were wounded by the car slamming into the peaceful crowd counter protesting white nationalists, those identifying as Nazis and alt-right political movement supporters.
US President Donald Trump responded multiple times throughout the day via Twitter, calling for the unification of all Americans against violence.
Mr Trump blamed “both sides” for the aggression largely attributed to the pro-white ethnicity protestors. He did not, however, identify attackers as white nationalists or denounce the far right, recieving criticism from both sides of the aisle and across the political spectrum.
“We’re closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia,” the president told media gathered in Bedminster as he takes a working vacation.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.”
A reporter inquired whether he had spoken out strongly enough against the alt right, a question Trump ignored.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz called for the US Justice Department to investigate the situation as “domestic terrorism” late on Saturday, a first domestic crisis for the Trump administration.
A Virginia State Police helicopter has reportedly crashed near Charlottesville while monitoring the clashes at the Unite the Right rally. It is unclear whether there are any deaths or injuries, but witnesses said fire and smoke rose from the tree line shortly after the helicopter went down. Reason for the crash is unknown.
Virginia State Police have confirmed two fatalities from the state police helicopter crash in Charlottesville. No one was injured on the ground. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Breaking: The US state of Virginia has declared a state of emergency amid large scale protests and clashes between White Nationalist groups and counter protestors.
The ‘Unite The Right’ rally was launched by Alt-Right figures online including known leader of the Alt-Right, Richard Spencer. Amid use of swastikas, racist rhetoric, and more, US Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, has decried the clashes, blasting what he calls, “vile bigotry.”