On a day when thousands of foreigners in America took to the streets to demand amnesty, Singapore citizens rallied against the government’s plan to import foreign workers to support the city-state’s aging population. The people don’t want the social engineering; they want to maintain their own culture. This behavior is a normal expression of human nature, to like their own tribe the best and want to preserve it.
Mass immigration is not a popular public policy the world over, as shown by polls like Ipsos and Pew, which is why the liberal press promotes it daily to bend the public will.
A huge crowd turned up at the Speaker’s Corner at Hong Lim Park Wednesday afternoon to again protest the government’s plans to let in more immigrants to counter Singapore’s ageing population. Wire agency AFP estimated the crowd reached 3,000 people though event organiser Gilbert Goh eventually put the final number between 5,000 and 6,000.
The protest on the grey-cast, drizzly day was organised as a sequel to the first protest in February, which was one of the largest protests held in the city-state. That event held in a light drizzle drew about 4,000.
In his opening speech at about 4pm, Goh of transitioning.org, a support site for the unemployed and the event organiser, said more protests would be held at the park.
As the crowd swelled, he also asked attendees to wave their pink identification cards to show they were not foreigners, as non-Singaporeans were discouraged from attending the event.
Foreign labour issue
He explained that he felt he had to organise the protest after seeing well-educated Singaporeans reach their 40s and 50s without good job prospects.
“I am not against foreigners but we are against the policy of allowing a company to hire 100 per cent foreigners,” he said.
“The employment pass allows companies to hire 100 per cent foreigners, and I don’t think this is right. There is a quota for S pass. Why don’t they put a quota for the employment pass? They are the greatest competition for educated Singaporeans,” Goh asserted.
Anti-foreigner sentiment has been rising in Singapore with many citizens blaming immigrants for pushing up the cost of living, taking jobs away from locals and straining infrastructure.The first protest in February was a backlash to a government white paper projecting that Singapore’s population could increase to as much as 6.9 million in 2030 with almost half of the number made up of foreigners. Continue reading this article
Now we see Attorney General Eric Holder lecture Americans that they should reject retaliation against Muslim immigrants in our midst. Isn’t he supposed to be enforcing the law and investigating the Boston terror attack? Instead of doing his job, he is following the political jihad agenda of portraying Muslims as the victims, even though the followers of Allah routinely murder infidels daily in the name of their religion.
Attorney General Eric Holder declared Monday that the Justice Department is on the lookout for acts of violence or discrimination that signal a backlash to the Boston Marathon bombings earlier this month in which three people were killed and scores wounded.
“Our investigation into this matter remains ongoing – and I want to assure you that my colleagues and I are determined to hold accountable, to the fullest extent of the law, all of those who were responsible for this attack,” Holder said, according to the prepared text of a speech delivered Monday to the Anti-Defamation League. “But I also want to make clear that – just as we will pursue relentlessly anyone who would target our people or attempt to terrorize our cities – the Justice Department is firmly committed to protecting innocent people against misguided acts of retaliation.” (continues)
It’s certainly true that Muslims started squealing about their fear of backlash after the Boston terror bombing as soon as the perps were identified:
However, when lynch mobs of Islamophobic Americans were not forthcoming, even the liberal Associated Press had to admit that the backlash was pretty slim. Plus, the cases cited sound squirrelly, which is not surprising since the jihad-friendly Council on American Islamic Relations encourages Muslims to report and exaggerate the slightest unpleasantry from infidels.
NEW YORK—It looked like the backlash was starting even before the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing were identified as Muslim.
Hours after the explosions, a Bangladeshi man told police he was dubbed an “Arab” and beaten in New York. A veiled Muslim woman in a city near Boston said she was struck in the shoulder and called a terrorist. When the public learned days later that the FBI was pursuing two Muslim men of Chechen descent, American Muslims feared the worst.
But the worst didn’t happen.
Muslim civil rights leaders say the anti-Islam reaction has been more muted this time than after other attacks since Sept. 11, which had sparked outbursts of vandalism, harassment and violence. Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which monitors bias and hate crimes against Muslims, said his organization has seen no uptick in reports of harassment, assaults or damage to mosques since the April 15 bombings. Leaders noted a larger, broader chorus of Americans warning against placing collective blame. Continue reading this article
The California model of government, with high taxes and a Democrat-majority legislature and governor, is looking pretty good to top union goons, er labor leaders. While union membership is dropping like a rock in the United States as a whole, organized labor is growing in the once-Golden State, which has had some of the nation’s worst unemployment for the last four years.
A major reason cited for union success is the willingness of hispanic immigrant workers join up to demand more money and benefits using their “collective voice.” Their aptitude for group action sounds like a great fit for unions — no wonder organized labor has abandoned independent-minded American workers and embraced foreigners who are willing and obedient unionists.
(Since this is an LA Times report, we can assume that the word “immigrants” is used in the liberal style to include illegal aliens.)
Say, why didn’t the foreigners organize unions in their home countries to get better wages?
The latest snapshot of the U.S. working class shows that unions are in trouble, their ranks thinning amid a backlash against organized labor and a still sputtering economy.
But California and a few nearby states in the Southwest are showing a vastly different picture — labor’s ranks are on an upswing. The Golden State’s union organizers signed up more than 100,000 new members last year, while the nation as a whole shed 400,000, according to data released Wednesday.
The reason: Latino workers.
After working hard to get here, many Latino immigrants demand respect in the workplace and are more willing to join unions in a tough economic environment, organizers say.
“There’s an appetite among these low-wage workers to try and get a collective voice to give themselves opportunity and a middle-class lifestyle,” said Steve Smith, a spokesman for the California Labor Federation.
Just 12.5% of the workforce was represented by unions nationwide in 2012, down from 13% the year before. But 18.4% of California’s workforce was represented by a union last year, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading this article
Demographic change keeps happening, as indicated by recent news from Silicon Valley and neighborhood: Asians have become the majority of workers in the San Francisco Bay Area’s tech workforce, an increase of more than 11 percent in a decade. There has been a corresponding decline of white workers as well.
What happened to those white tech workers? Sixty Minutes provided one answer in a 2010 segment which profiled once-comfortably middle class people who were running out of unemployment checks and were depleting their savings — a position which would have been unimaginable a couple years earlier.
It doesn’t help that experienced, over-40 workers are considered too old to fit into today’s hip young workplaces. The new advice for unemployed techies is to ditch the conservative interview suit and wristwatch, and adopt a younger look, according to Silicon Valley’s dirty secret: Age bias:
“I don’t think I would have been able to get this CEO job if I hadn’t shaved my head,” says Adams, who has founded eight venture-backed companies. He is now chairman of the company that hired him, mobile conference-call service Socialdial, and is fundraising for a new business. Adams has supplemented his makeover by trading in his button-down shirts for T-shirts, making sure he owns the latest gadgets, and getting an eyelid lift.
And why would companies need to hire older workers when Washington provides a plentiful supply of young H-1b employees from abroad? They are happy to be exploited in the hope of getting a permanent visa, and believe they deserve those positions, having been told they are superior.
Asian-Americans make up half of the Bay Area’s technology workforce, and their double-digit employment gains came from jobs lost among white tech workers, according to an analysis by this newspaper of Census Bureau data released Thursday.
The dramatic shift in the changing composition of the high-tech workforce represents a new generation of homegrown and imported workers drilled in science, technology, engineering and math studies. But the shift in workplace demographics — at least among tech companies — fails to reflect the gains of California’s Hispanic and Latino population, which lost ground in tech jobs along with African-Americans.
“It’s the new world — a world in which whites are not the majority,” said Jan English-Lueck, associate dean of the college of social sciences at San Jose State University, who is also co-founder of the Silicon Valley Cultures Project. “Other people are being displaced.”
The percentage of Asian tech workers grew from 39 percent in 2000 to just more than 50 percent in 2010 in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties combined, according to Census Bureau statistics.
At the same time, white workers saw their more than 50 percent majority of tech jobs in 2000 fall to nearly 41 percent, according to the numbers released Thursday.
African-American and Hispanic tech workers each saw slight decreases: Positions held by African-American tech workers fell from 2.8 percent to 2.3 percent; those held by Hispanic workers dropped from 4.6 percent to 4.2 percent.
The Census Bureau changed the way it categorized some computer and related jobs in 2000, so the Mercury News analysis of the latest data was based on tracking the changes in categories that appeared both in 2000 and 2010.
Yolanda Lewis, president and CEO of the Oakland-based Black Economic Council, sees trouble in the increased importation of Asian tech workers.
Tech companies, Lewis said, “do not want to employ Americans. They import labor from overseas, pushing for H-1B visas. Check the job boards. They basically say, ‘H-1B Visa. Americans need not apply.’ For years, women, blacks and Latinos have been kept out of the tech job market. Now white men are being forced to train their replacements.” Continue reading this article
Silly Republicans learning the wrong lessons from the recent electoral debacle should study the recent opinions gleaned from the little citizens. According to Gallup’s pollsters, the re-election of Obama has apparently not made Americans want to give up law and sovereignty in order to please foreign lawbreakers. A strong majority (62%) want illegal immigration stopped.
Of course, the hispandering effort isn’t aimed at Americans as a whole (so 20th century) but toward the new grabby entrants from the south, millions of whom got here via earlier amnesties from 1986 on, plus now-adult anchor babies who benefited from an ongoing (and unpopular) misunderstanding of the 14th Amendment.
Decades of Washington rewarding lawbreaking foreigners and their failures to function adequately in society have created a tribal cadre of uber-entitled underachievers, whose demands for government goodies including amnesty are unquenchable forever. It’s hard to end an addiction to free stuff, particularly when the addict doesn’t want to quit.
The actual project of assimilating hispanics to traditional American values requires far more effort than a little surrender of sovereignty. The liberal media culture has been promoting values of permissiveness and tribal diversity for decades, which has affected newbies along with everyone else. Many schools from kindergarten upwards don’t teach American history and values any more, often preferring the diversity curriculum, the opposite of what Victor Davis Hanson described in his excellent school memoir, The Civic Education America Needs.
The Obama administration and the Democrats have a problem: they are busy importing millions of foreigners from cultures that like big government, so the new immigrants will be inclined toward the beliefs of liberals. Pew research has found that hispanics, unlike traditional Americans, prefer larger government with more taxes, and do so for generations. That makes them fine foot soldiers for the cultural transformation of America that Dems have in mind. Decades of liberal propaganda in media and schools have not succeeded in killing off traditional American beliefs, so the importation of alien cultures en masse is vital to the project.
But those additional millions of humans need lots more infrastructure to keep up the normal first-world standards to which citizens are accustomed. America’s rapid population growth requires major investment in power plants, oil refineries and such, but it hasn’t been happening to the degree necessary because of increased environmental regulation designed to retard the building of energy-production facilities.
Obama & company have tried to pile in millions more of their kind of people on the cheap, without providing for them. Plus, the normal increase of population (non-immigration) has been ignored as well, because those in power now think they can regulate a perfect green energy system into existence, without considering the consequences. Doubtless the Obama-shielding media won’t explain this failure either.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who gained national stature during the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, said that officials can’t quickly restore power to New York City because President Obama and environmentalists have fought upgrading energy infrastructure.
“This is supposed to be a modern country,” Giuliani said on Fox last night. “It shouldn’t take us four or five days to put the power back on if we had sufficient infrastructure to bring that power to us.”
The former mayor, who also ran for president as a Republican in 2008, blamed Obama for that infrastructure deficit. “The systemic problem that we have however is we don’t have enough energy and we don’t have modern sources of infrastructure for energy, we haven’t built them,” Giuliani said.
“And we haven’t built them because there is so much darn opposition — usually very excessive environmental groups that make it impossible to build a new generator, build a new nuclear power plan, extend new transmission lines any place you want to extend transmission lines,” he added. “The president killed the single-easiest one you could have done, the Keystone pipeline.” Continue reading this article
As California’s Attorney General, Jerry Brow implemented the Secure Communities program in the state, so he was familiar with it. He issued a statement about his rejection of the Trust Act (AB 1081), a relevant snip of which follows:
Under the bill, local officers would be prohibited from complying with an immigration detainer unless the person arrested was charged with, or has been previously convicted of, a serious or violent felony. Unfortunately, the list of offenses codified in the bill is fatally flawed because it omits many serious crimes. For example, the bill would bar local cooperation even when the person arrested has been convicted of certain crimes involving child abuse, drug trafficking, selling weapons, using children to sell drugs, or gangs. I believe it’s unwise to interfere with a sheriff’s discretion to comply with a detainer issued for people with these kinds of troubling criminal records.
So Jerry Brown is not a complete whore in the service of illegal alien criminals, compared with Tom Ammiano and Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (the big backer on licenses for lawbreakers) — we are so relieved.
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new law that will allow hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses and vetoed another that would have restricted sheriffs from helping federal authorities detain undocumented Californians for potential deportation.
His actions, announced Sunday as the deadline neared to finish work on nearly 1,000 bills sent to him by the Legislature this year, followed an intense week of protests, prayer vigils and lobbying by immigrant advocacy groups.
The governor also revived a tax break for Hollywood, allowed juvenile killers serving life in prison a chance for release and outlawed treatment intended to turn gay children straight. The laws take effect Jan. 1.
The immigration bills sparked the most controversy.
The driver’s license measure will make illegal immigrants eligible to drive legally in California if they qualify for a new federal work permit program. That Obama administration protocol allows illegal immigrants who came to the United States before they were 16, and who are now 30 or younger and meet certain other criteria, to obtain work permits.
“Gov. Brown believes the federal government should pursue comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship,” said Brown spokesman Gil Duran. “President Obama has recognized the unique status of these students, and making them eligible to apply for driver’s licenses is an obvious next step.”
Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), the measure’s author, had been crusading for such a law since a broader measure he pushed through the Legislature in 2003 prompted a voter backlash. The earlier bill was signed into law by former Gov. Gray Davis, who was ousted from office soon afterward. Before it took effect, lawmakers repealed it. Continue reading this article
Little background on the threatener is given, yet the Nashville police spokesman said the case is “not reflective of Nashville’s Muslim community.” (Actually, there’s been a lot of hostile activity in that area.) He didn’t use the word “backlash” but meant to deflect concerned citizens capable of pattern recognition from drawing a rational conclusion — that Muslim immigration is a danger for public safety and national security.
A Nashville woman was charged with attempted terrorism Friday after investigators said she threatened to hurt co-workers at the South Nashville Dell facility last weekend.
The trouble began when a CEVA Logistics employee said his co-worker Amal Ahmed Abdullahi, 29, of Zermatt Avenue, approached him during his shift last Saturday.
According to a release from Metro police, Abdullahi told the employee that “her people were dying for Allah every day; that she was ready to die for Allah; that this whole country will be Muslim soon; that this country is full of non-believers and that this place (her work place) is full of non-believers; that all unbelievers should die; that her life starts after death; that her life is not here, nobody pays attention to her and she should pick up a gun and shoot all these people.”
CEVA Logistics signed the arrest warrant as the prosecutor against Abdullahi, accusing her of intimidating/coercing a civilian population. Continue reading this article
In a recent radio interview with conservative Laura Ingraham, he argued that hispanics favor border enforcement and oppose illegal immigration, a view that does not line up with polling. He stated, “Hispanics support everything that the general population supports. Hispanics support border security.” Not so, at least according to mainstream surveys cited below.
Interestingly, about four in five of the current illegal alien population of 11+ million are hispanic, so the the issue affects many.
The point is that Sen Rubio is selling hispanics as being just like traditional Americans, which is true in some areas, like the concern about jobs and the economy. After all, 55 percent admit they came for “economic reasons” aka the money, not for American freedom or anything like that.
Furthermore, the majority of hispanics identify with the family’s country of origin, not the nation in which they chose to live. Patriotic assimilation to American values does not appear to be happening in this tribe.
On the other side, the leftist hispanic demander cadre won’t be happy until illegals get the Whole Enchilada of citizenship. Plus their DREAM Acts have always been bad-faith documents crammed with loopholes, so a legislative compromise could be disastrous.
Senator Marco Rubio: “On the immigration issue one of the great injustices that’s happening in the American debate today is the idea that somehow Hispanics are in favor of illegal immigration. The enormous majority, the overwhelming majority, of Hispanics in this country are here legally. I think sixty percent of the Hispanics in this country were born here and so that’s number one. Number two is Hispanics support everything that the general population supports. Hispanics support border security. Hispanics support employment security. Hispanics support enforcing our immigration laws. These are facts. This notion that’s been created that somehow Hispanics are in favor of illegal immigration and that the way to win Hispanic votes is to support illegal immigration is not just wrong, I think it’s offensive and so I want to begin by that.
“Now, I believe that the most important thing we need to do in the illegal immigration issue that our country faces is a combination of enforce our laws and modernize our legal immigration system. We are not the anti-immigration party. We are not the anti-illegal immigration party. We are the pro-legal immigration party. We, meaning Republicans. And we need a legal immigration system that works, that honors our heritage both as a nation of immigrants and also as a nation of laws. That’s the way I think we should approach this issue.
“The Democrats have said that they’re going to make a push on the DREAM Act again this year, something that I do not support. And so I said well, if you’re going to make a push on the DREAM Act and they control the Senate, then we Republicans should figure out an alternative to your flawed approach to the DREAM Act. An alternative that tries to help kids who find themselves as victims. These are young people that came into America through no fault of their own. But how can we help them without rewarding those who have broken the law and not encouraging people to break the law in the future? Continue reading this article
According to a survey of 10,000 voters conducted by Opinionway for Le Figaro (not online), 93 percent of French Muslims voted for Francois Hollande in the second round of the French election, La Vie reports.
Another poll put Muslim support for Hollande at 85 percent.
A prior Opinionway survey showed that 59 percent of Muslim voters (numbering about two million in total) voted for Hollande in the first round of the French elections, with Sarkozy only managing four percent. [. . .]
And why wouldn’t Muslim immigrants vote for the Socialist? Hollande targeted them in his campaign by using a rap song that celebrated their presence:
Could a song by Jay-Z and Kanye West help improve the image of French presidential candidate Francois Hollande?
Jay-Z and Kanye West’s recent hit “Niggas in Paris” is about them. They rap about being so phenomenally rich, about how they “ball so hard,” buy Rolexes and cars, pop gold bottles with models in Paris nightclubs, that the rest of us slobs couldn’t fathom their lives.
It may seem like an odd choice for a campaign song for a politician trying to appeal to oppressed racial and ethnic minorities.
But it’s apparently working for — or at least not hurting — Francois Hollande. The French Socialist eked out a win last Sunday in the first round of presidential voting to decide who will run France for the next five years. He will face President Nicolas Sarkozy in a run-off May 6.
This month, Hollande appeared in a slickly edited online video featuring West and Jay-Z’s stadium anthem. In the video, Hollande — who has been roundly criticized for his lack of charisma — strides like a rock star amongst his black, Arab and multiethnic supporters in the working-class suburb of Creil.
“Got my niggas in Paris, and they going gorillas,” West raps as Hollande is shown leading discussions between men in suits and then talking to voters of multiple races and ages. Crowds in the street and the subway smile excitedly as Hollande approaches them.
Supporters raise their voter cards to the camera. A man shouts, “To hell with Sarko!” – a common shorthand reference to Sarkozy.
A black woman holds the French flag and exclaims, “François, president! Inshallah, Inshallah!” — Arabic for “God willing.” [. . .]
Galliawatch also concurs that the Muslim vote was decisive:
As a reader has pointed out, the French did not put Hollande in office, the Muslims did. With the final tally showing that 1,131,067 votes separated the two candidates, and that 93% of the 2 – 3 million Muslim votes went to Hollande, it is fair to say – in a manner of speaking – that Nicolas Sarkozy won. He would have won had there been no Muslims, but since he was one of the major promoters of the Islamization of France, he not only reaped what he sowed, but the whole country will now be forced to pay an incalculable, never-payable price for his stubborn resistance to reality.
The majority of the French people have been fruitlessly voting for what they thought was the “Right”, ever since Jacque Chirac’s first election in 1995. For almost twenty years, concerned French citizens have been trying to elect a government that would steer the country into safer waters, only to find that they put into office a group of impostors. [. . .]
Demography is merciless, as we well know in Mexifornia. France is facing a presidential election, and Muslim immigrant voters may tip the prize to the socialist candidate, a diversity-friendly leftist.
France has had a terrible immigration experience, even considered in a European context, that it’s amazing the multiculti racket still has any appeal at all. Muslim “youth” engaged in a major civil insurrection in 2005 that lasted for weeks in dozens of cities and caused enormous destruction of property.
PARIS — France’s Muslim community is mobilizing voters to reject President Nicolas Sarkozy in Sunday’s election to punish the conservative leader for his anti-immigrant and anti-Islam rhetoric.
“[French] Muslims can’t stand it anymore. They are fed up with these debates about national identity, halal meat, the veil or fundamentalism all over the place,” said Francoise Lorcerie, a sociologist with the Institute of Studies on the Arab and Muslim World near Marseille.
“The terms [Islam, immigration and fundamentalism] are being used interchangeably, without care, with people being targeted, denigrated and used for [votes].”
The debates and rhetoric aren’t new and have been at the heart of French political campaigns for the past decade.
Muslims – especially those living in the “banlieues,” France’s poor immigrant suburbs – sometimes have been courted by candidates with promises of jobs and better living conditions, but they mostly have been stigmatized as threats to the French identity, analysts say.
The rhetoric escalated last month after Mohammed Merah, a French-born Muslim who claimed to be inspired by al Qaeda, killed seven people in a shooting spree.
Mr. Sarkozy, of the conservative Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party, called for tightening immigration because there are “too many foreigners” in France.
Marine Le Pen, the presidential candidate of the far-right National Front party, talked about “green fascism” (a reference to the color of Islam) and wondered “how many Mohammed Merahs are arriving on boats and planes each day, filling France with immigrants.”
In the banlieues The speeches infuriated French Muslims and reignited the debate over origins and identity. As Europe’s largest Islamic community, French Muslims account for as much as 10 percent of the country’s 65 million people. Continue reading this article
Why are Muslims so clueless? Even when they aren’t blowing stuff up, they can be crude beyond belief with their made-up posture of victimhood. One recent example was the gaggle of burqafied women in France who wanted to deposit flowers at the childhood home of jihadist mass murderer Mohamed Merah in an “attempt to restore dignity to the Muslim community of Toulouse.” They remembered him as being a nice little boy, not a monster. That notion is unlikely to be much comfort to the families of the seven dead victims.
Fortunately, the French police prevented the twisted “honor” from taking place.
To compare with our culture, try to imagine Texans honoring the childhood home of the university tower shooter Charles Whitman who killed 16 people in 1966. After all, little Charlie was an Eagle Scout as a young fellow and was only a mass murderer on one day.
Of course, such a dishonor to the innocent victims would never occur in Texas.
In other Toulouse news, the media seems stuck on the question of whether Merad was part of a jihadist gang. That focus misses an important point, that Merad devolved from being a petty criminal to a Muslim Allah-bot by immersing himself in online Islamist propaganda. He then bought himself a serious arsenal using money he got by common theft. Merad didn’t need a gang of associates to commit his one-on-one murders — although police need to know whether there are other dangerous characters in town.
The take-away point is that any single Muslim plugged into the internet can become a murderous Soldier of Allah from anywhere on earth — including the United States. That fact should be a reminder that Muslim immigration is a terrible idea and should be ended to protect public safety and national security.
PARIS — Investigators have found no signs the suspected gunman behind a deadly string of attacks in southern France was under orders from al-Qaida or any militant group, a top French official said Friday — disputing Mohamed Merah’s claim of terrorist ties before he died in a shootout with commandos.
France’s prime minister and other officials have been fending off suggestions that anti-terrorism authorities failed to adequately monitor the 23-year-old Merah, who had been known to them for years before he carried out three deadly shooting attacks this month.
Merah, a Frenchman of Algerian descent who claimed links to al-Qaida, was killed in a dramatic gunfight with police Thursday after a 32-hour standoff at his Toulouse apartment. Prosecutors said he filmed himself carrying out the attacks that began March 11, killing three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three French paratroopers with close-range shots to the head. Another Jewish student and a paratrooper were wounded.
An autopsy of the gunman’s body showed he received two fatal bullet wounds to the left temple and to the abdomen — but that he was hit by some 20 bullets, mainly in the arms and legs, judicial and police officials said.
The head of the elite police unit, Amaury de Hauteclocque — whose mission was to take Merah alive — insisted his men fired only in self-defense.
Investigators looking for possible accomplices honed in on Merah’s 29-year-old brother, Abdelkader, and the brother’s girlfriend, described by one official as espousing an ultraconservative form of Islam. Both were detained early Wednesday, along with Merah’s mother.
The brother and girlfriend were being transferred Saturday to police anti-terrorist headquarters in Paris for further questioning. Abdelkader Merah had been implicated in a 2007 network that sent militant fighters to Iraq, but was never charged. Merah’s mother was to be released.
Meanwhile, a senior official close to the investigation told The Associated Press that despite Merah’s claims to negotiators of al-Qaida links, there was no sign he had “trained or been in contact with organized groups or jihadists.” Continue reading this article
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