Rhodes parade: protester punches police chief, woman stabs city council member

Monday, March 25, 2013

(Before It’s News)

Independence Day parade on the islands of Rhodes (Greece) turned bloody. A woman stabbed a member of the city council, while a protester punched the local police director right in the face. According to local news portal rodiaki.gr, the incidents started with a group of protesters verbally attacking local and regional politicians. This angered the deputy prefect of Dodecanese who told the police to “finally do its duty.”

ΒΙΝΤΕΟ - Με επεισόδια σημαδεύτηκε η σημερινή παρέλαση στη Ρόδο - Γυναίκα επιτέθηκε με σουγιά και κάρφωσε στην πλάτη τον δημοτικό σύμβουλο Δημήτρη Καρατζιά. Όλο το παρασκήνιο και πως επιτέθηκαν στον διοικητή ασφάλειας Ρόδου.

Apparently the police took the prefect’s order too seriously, the police chief started to speak to protesters in a rather harsh manner. He even took the flag from the hands of one protester.

ΒΙΝΤΕΟ - Με επεισόδια σημαδεύτηκε η σημερινή παρέλαση στη Ρόδο - Γυναίκα επιτέθηκε με σουγιά και κάρφωσε στην πλάτη τον δημοτικό σύμβουλο Δημήτρη Καρατζιά. Όλο το παρασκήνιο και πως επιτέθηκαν στον διοικητή ασφάλειας Ρόδου.

Protest banner: “How many suicides? How much misery? How much national humiliation still? Greeks break the chains.”

Protesters got angry, and the police chief got a punch in the face. Riot police squads moved to bring back the law and order. The parade continued…

ΒΙΝΤΕΟ - Με επεισόδια σημαδεύτηκε η σημερινή παρέλαση στη Ρόδο - Γυναίκα επιτέθηκε με σουγιά και κάρφωσε στην πλάτη τον δημοτικό σύμβουλο Δημήτρη Καρατζιά. Όλο το παρασκήνιο και πως επιτέθηκαν στον διοικητή ασφάλειας Ρόδου.

Local dignitaries

After the parade concluded, police arrested a protester who stabbed a female city council member on the back with a clasp-knife. The injury was going from the neck down to the back, but it was not serious, hospital doctors confirmed.

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‘Jesus Christ’ Banned from Council Prayers

‘Jesus Christ’ Banned from Council Prayers

Mar 7, 2013

By Todd Starnes

SOURCE

The mayor of a Washington town has directed pastors to stop invoking the name “Jesus Christ” in city council invocations.

Don Jensen, the mayor of Longview, Wash., told the Kelso-Longview Ministerial Association that prayers mentioning Christ were not acceptable because they could expose the city to a lawsuit.

The decision has sparked controversy in the city – located about 50 miles north of Portland, Ore.

Mark Schmutz, who pastors the Northlake Baptist Church, said if they can’t speak the name Jesus Christ, association ministers will no longer provide the invocation.

“We need to be able to speak Jesus’ name,” he told The Daily News. “They’re asking us not to do what we’re called to do. This is the one and only true God. We’re not trying to be against anybody – we’re just being clear about what we’re for.

Local ministers have been leading City Council invocations for more than 50 years – and until recently there had never been any complaints.

That changed when resident Dan Smith started raising concerns about the constitutionality of prayers that include the name of Christ and whether it was appropriate for the ministerial association to be responsible for the prayers.

“I do fully realize that this may not be a popular thing for you to do, but as an elected public official it is the right thing to do,” he wrote in a letter to council members.

Smith describes himself as a “comfortable atheist” – and called the longtime prayers an embarrassment. He hinted that unless the prayers were dropped it might lead to a lawsuit.

The city’s attorney said invocations are certainly permitted under the Constitution but what is unclear is whether the prayers can invoke the name of Jesus Christ.

Mayor Jensen told the newspaper he regretted having to issue the edict.

“It’s not my choice to stop this, but I don’t know how we can put our citizens at jeopardy and cost our city and our citizens a lot of money,” he said.

Jensen said the invocations set the right tone for their meetings and said it encouraged residents to be “more friendly.”

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