Monday News: Police state


GROUPS AGAIN CLASH OVER SILENT SAM, EIGHT ARRESTED: Once the students and members of the New Confederate States of America were both on campus, the groups began yelling back and forth, as those in opposition to the return of the “Silent Sam” statue yelled “Nazis go home" and threatened to pull the statue down again if it returns to campus. Video from the scene showed that the two groups were being kept away from each other with barricades. After about an hour, the members of the New Confederate States of America were willingly escorted off campus by police and the situation escalated as the group of anti-"Silent Sam" demonstrators turned on police, upset that law enforcement protected a group they believe stands for hate. Police from Durham, Chapel Hill and Greensboro held the crowd back as they pushed through and a line of bicycles was used to keep students back.

MAJORITY OF NC INFLUENCERS SAY VOTER ID DISCRIMINATES AGAINST MINORITIES: Among the 49 leaders who responded, 29 said requiring a photo ID to vote would pose a threat of discriminating against minorities. Eleven said it would not pose a threat, while nine didn’t clearly say one way or the other. Their answers fell along racial, gender and political lines. Bree Newsome, an activist who removed the Confederate flag from the grounds of a South Carolina courthouse in 2015, likened a voter ID requirement to old measures used to keep African-Americans from voting. “Voter ID laws are the modern equivalent of poll taxes, literacy tests and other methods of voter suppression that have been used in the past to deny Black Americans voting rights,” Newsome wrote in her survey response. “In-person voter fraud is so rare as to be virtually non-existent, yet the threat of cyber attacks on our election systems is an imminent danger. The history of racist voter suppression in the south combined with the fact that the GOP is more focused on passing voter ID laws than investigating Russian interference makes clear the real motive.”

UNC WILMINGTON KICKS OFF COASTAL EVACUATION STEPS IN LIEU OF HURRICANE FLORENCE: As Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington is encouraging its students to leave campus this week for a safer location. The university said Sunday that it has issued a voluntary evacuation for students starting at noon on Monday. That means students are urged but not required to leave and classes are canceled. The National Hurricane Center says it is still too early to predict the hurricane's exact path, but a huge coastal area from northern Florida to North Carolina has been urged to remain on guard for the possibility of a major hit later in the week. A statement from the university says officials will continue monitoring the forecast and that additional actions required may include a mandatory evacuation or campus closure.

SUPPORT FOR SWEDEN'S NEO-NAZI PARTY GROWS OVER IMMIGRATION: Sweden is facing weeks of political uncertainty after the country's two rival blocs failed to secure a governing majority in elections that saw a boost for a far-right party amid growing discontent with large-scale immigration. With most of the ballots counted, the governing center-left bloc has a razor-thin edge over the center-right opposition Alliance, with roughly 40 percent each. Sunday's election saw the Sweden Democrats, an anti-immigrant party with roots in a neo-Nazi movement, win about 18 percent, up from the 13 percent it gained four years earlier. The party, which has worked to moderate its image in past years, gained on a backlash against the challenges of integrating hundreds of thousands of immigrants that arrived in the Scandinavian nation of 10 million over the past years.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CLOSES PALESTINIAN DIPLOMATIC OFFICE IN DC: "We have been notified by a US official of their decision to close the Palestinian mission to the US," PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said in a statement on Monday. "This is yet another affirmation of the Trump administration's policy to collectively punish the Palestinian people, including by cutting financial support for humanitarian services including health and education." According to a draft text of a speech seen by the Wall Street Journal and Reuters, Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, will also reportedly threaten the International Criminal Court (ICC) with sanctions if it carries out investigations into the US and Israel. "The United States will always stand with our friend and ally, Israel," Bolton is expected to say in his speech to the Federalist Society, a conservative group, in Washington, DC. "The Trump administration will not keep the office open when the Palestinians refuse to start direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel."