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Countries crack down on basic rights amid virus pandemic

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By DUSAN STOJANOVIC

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All in the name of saving lives.

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Freedoms have been taken from people all over the world because of this damn virus and the govts impotence.

If govts had of stepped up and refused entry from anyone who had come from an infected area back in January or even february the situation would be very different now.

Normal life and basic freedoms would have prevailed.

World leaders are responsible for this terrible mess through their inaction and dithering trying be too damn correct.

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If govts had of stepped up and refused entry from anyone who had come from an infected area back in January or even february the situation would be very different now.

Normal life and basic freedoms would have prevailed.

World leaders are responsible for this terrible mess through their inaction and dithering trying be too damn correct.

Pure speculation.

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Soldiers patrol the streets with their fingers on machine gun triggers. The army guards an exhibition center-turned-makeshift-hospital crowded with rows of bunks for those infected with the coronavirus. And Serbia’s president warns residents that Belgrade graveyards won’t be big enough to bury the dead if people ignore his government's lockdown orders.

Completely insane. But too many governments are heading in the same direction. It is scary how quickly many of them are ready to go into full 1984 mode.

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One aspect of current COVID-19 conditions is some otherwise flip-floppier governments discovering their balls, and a generation or two experiencing the effects for the first time.

And it’s still early days

So don’t cough, or it’s an ankle bracelet for you - even proposing that in Australia!

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Sorry, but I always manage to find ways to brush my teeth more than once.

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Democracy doesnt give you the right to do whatever you want....

it does however, give you the choice, to influence those who have the power to say what you can or cant do.

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We should all be wary of the intentions of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and also the "Companies" associated with them.

(Internal Chinese) Rumours are abound, that the CCP knowingly sent infected peoples to various Countries on Purpose in order to cause disruption and chaos....

And clearly, they have achieved that goal. What's next.. ? Those same Rumours... are very troubling were they to really be totally true.

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mmwkdw:

Those same Rumours... are very troubling were they to really be totally true.

Alas, considering the actions by the CCP that we know of, this is absolutely in the realm of possibilities. Consider how hell-bent the CCP must be to remove C h i n a from the top spot of published infections.

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In ex-communist Eastern Europe and elsewhere, populist leaders are introducing harsh measures

So they intentionally picked 3 negatives cases of 3 countries, and used the cold war term "eastern Europe", which is associated to over 20 different countries, and of course, don't forget that they are also "ex-communist". Just in case you forgot. They could've showed us positive examples, but no, they had to perpetuate the negative narrative "eastern Europe = bad, communism, dictatorship".

How is that any different from what ex-fascist Western Europe is doing? People in ex-fascist Italy (which was described as a "beautiful med country" by the same news agency by the way! notice the sharp contrast in wording!) has also quarantined people and people aren't allowed to leave their homes. So when Serbia and Hungary do it, the media points at the negative aspect of the quarantine to reinforce the narrative - these vile eastern Europeans are still dictatorships with no rights, meanwhile Italy and Spain DO THE EXACT SAME THING = beautiful med country just trying to protect its beautiful people. Unbelievable. I am sure before doing this piece, they had to look into the situation of multiple countries just to find out the most negative cases, and then cherry pick them to reinforce their narratives.

Multiple countries have declared emergency situation, which by definition takes away a lot of civil rights, and gives a lot of power to the ruling government. The media never criticized any other "ex-fascist" country for cracking down on rights, yet they criticize the "ex-commies" for doing what others have already done, and worst of all is that, it's only 3 countries that they picked, yet used the collective term to paint all others with the same brush, whether or not others have done the same is irrelevant for the Media, even just one "ex-commie" country to have done it is enough to use the term "eastern Europe".

It's just unbelievable to me that this kind of reporting is allowed. Absolutely vile and malicious people. Just give me control over the media for few months, and ill make even Switzerland look like Congo. It's mind blowing how this vile and vicious disrespectful, insulting and unacceptable deceptive reporting is allowed to continue. I would pay to read an article with the headline "ex-nazi Germany this and that", "ex-fascist Western Europe cracks down on human rights" and then point out at the French surveillance program which is NSA on steroids, but of course that would never happen, at least not from AP, AFP and Reuters. AFP being a French State media, and Reuters and AP being American and English news agencies written by Americans and English. Trump is right, the media = the enemy of the people. For once before i die i want to see the narrative makers suffer the way their pray does.

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So don’t cough, or it’s an ankle bracelet for you - even proposing that in Australia!

Even if it happens in Australia, it won't matter. You won't see a headline like "ex-prison colony Australia cracks down on human rights", you would rather see something like "Political disagreement on how to handle the crisis in beautiful Australia".

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Is this temporary - or are they keeping this even after the crisis is over?

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We all need to be aware what our governments are doing giving themselves unlimited powers over citizens even jailing or fining people for going outside.

While most of the present restriction might be need to defeat the virus will the governments give up those powers again once it is over.

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