As the summer of pandemic and protests draws to a close, both continue with no signs of stopping globally. Protests against the illegitimate reelection of Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus provide a hopeful note to the backdrop of continuing abuse, apathetic leadership, and virus denialism that plagues the world at this moment. Thanks again to Newseum.org for helping host and share newspaper front pages from around the world every day.
A police officer carrying a beanbag shotgun, ostensibly identifiable due to its orange coloration but it’s still literally a just shotgun using the same powder load as a lethal round. Photo credit 2010 Legal Observers reproduced under CC BY-SA 2.0 License
Citing disturbing injuries incurred by protestors, Doctors are petitioning to ban beanbag “less lethal” munitions due to the high risk of maiming and irreversible injury they present. Multiple protesters were found to have suffered destroyed eyes, severe skull fractures, and subdural hematoma after officers intentionally aimed at protestors’ heads, despite that being plainly established by both manufacturers of the rounds and mandatory training. The Austin police have not commented.
As flu season rapidly approaches, epidemiologists are growing increasingly worried that Americans will skip flu shots, with likely disastrous results. Annual flu season has been particularly bad in recent years and COVID-19 also being a respiratory illness underlines the gravity of the danger. Hospitals already struggling with a heavy patient load would be unable to care for influenza patients, and those they do manage to care for risk contracting both with likely fatal results. Unfortunately, distributing the shot will be a severe issue as many people are reluctant to go to pharmacies even for necessary medications.
Protests against the illegitimate re-election of Belarussian president Alexander Lukashenko continue to rock the streets of Minsk, with this weekend’s protest being the biggest in Belarus’s history. Lukashenko has hinted he will likely look to Russia for “help” quelling the unrest if protests do not cease. Surrounding himself with supporters, Lukashenko insists he is still the legitimate ruler of Belarus in spite of blatant vote tampering by his supporters. The European Union has thus far declined to intervene in force.
Canadian Smart Energy Farm, photo courtesy of Art Anderson reproduced under CC BY-SA 3.0 License
The situation for migrant agricultural workers in Canada continues to be dire, as many are reporting retaliation by employers for speaking out against the horrific conditions many are forced to live in. Labor advocates are saying that the situation is merely the inevitable result of years of lax oversight of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker program. The COVID-19 pandemic has, in their eyes, only exacerbated already-existing abuses and inequities.
Despite Gov. Kemp’s insistence that school reopenings had “gone well,” two school districts were forced to close mere days after reopening due to massive, entirely foreseeable outbreaks. Students were not mandated to wear masks and so the inevitable proceeded to happen, where almost no students then wore a mask. Some parents are insisting that students need to go back rather than live in fear of the deadly pandemic that’s still killing thousands, which is a tune that will presumably change as soon as they or their child catch the virus and end up hospitalized.
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