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Hollande:"Islamic Terrorism Threatens France".MEP: Truck Massacre at Nice had Precedents -incl. May!

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Friday, July 15, 2016
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/(UpDated)/- Contrary to claims of being a "New" Modus Operanti for Killing People, in fact, the Cowardish Truck Massacre of 84 Civilians (Women+Children included) at Nice, had Precedents, as f.ex. a MEP revealed in EU Parliament's Plenary in Strasbourg, pointing at a strikingly Similar Deadly Terrorist Attack at Graz, in Austria, etc., while France anounced an "Intensification" of AirStrikes against ISIL Terrorists, atrocious BeHeaders even of Innocent Civilian People, and Russian President Vladimir Putin called Paris for Joined Actions (See Infra).

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So that French President Hollande's Denonciation, (speaking Shortly after the Massacre at Nice, Overnight), of the Fact that "All of France is Threatened by Islamic Terrorism !", appears fully Justified by Facts, (See Infra), but also Long Overdue ..., (while various strange, but officialy unrelated Fires also hit Nice'e Neighbouring City Marseille and even Paris' Eiffel Tower's area, almost at the Same Time, at the aftermath of the National Day of July 14 : See PHOTO above).

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 Indeed, a Similar Method to Kill People, as that used by that Mass Murderer at Nice, i.e. to Hit one or more Persons with a Car used as Weapon, was already Threatened, by ISIS' Islamic Terrorists, to be also abused even against the Now Incoming New British Prime Minister, Theresa May, who was Officialy Anounced as such, just at the Eve of that Terrorist Attack at Nice (See Infra) !...                                                                                                       

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A Stern Warning, about Nice's "modus operanti", had already been made as Early as since July 2015, (See "Eurofora"s NewsReport at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentonisildeadlyterror.html ), by Austrian Georg Mayer (from the Frontrunner FPO Party), who Denounced also the Fact that, curiously, despite its Brutal Mass Murder aspects of a Big Car Attack against Defenseless Civilian People at the Pedestrian area in this landmark European City of Historic Culture, by a recently Radicalized Muslim Bosnian Immigrant that the Country had accepted to Host, provide with a Job, and even give him Full Citizenship, had been rather Covered-up by Establishment's Media.  

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-"I'm from the Austrian City of Graz, where a Massacre took place making 3 Dead and 40 Wounded People, without having yet been Officialy Clarified whether, even this, had been Motivated by Radical Islam", Mayer Criticized. He was speaking of a June 20, 2015 Mass Killing in the Central Square of that Big City at Europe's Heart, where a Bosnian-origin Muslim aged 26, (granted Austrian Citizenship,  Hired at a Driver's job, and Married, with 2 Children), suddenly, after a Quarrel with his Wife reportedly because he wanted to Oblige her to put an Islamic Scurf over her Head, to the point that Austrian Authorities had to Protect her, at her demand), he rushed with an Expensive, Big Car, normaly used for Sports, against various Innocent Civilian People at the Pedestrian Zone, Killing a Cyclist, Stumbing with a Knife behind their back a Couple of Elders, Crashing  with his Car (at around 100km p/h. !) 2 other Walkers, (including a Child aged only 4 Years, who Died), and making about 36 Wounded, (a Dozen of them in a Serious situation, and one in Critical, Life-Threatening), before letting the Police quietly arrest him, as if it was a matter of routine...


    - "When these interlinked Murders approach so Close to us, we are particularly Shocked, because we ... perceive Profound Changes :"  - Even if, Establishment's "Media and Politicians tell us, most of the times, that they (Extremist Islamic Terrorists) would be All ...Individual Perpetrators ("Lone Wolfs"), nevertheless, in fact, "we (EU) have to do with ....an Army of Individual Perpetrators !", Mayer Criticized.  - "For Years we .... Warned ..that Radical Islam was Already at the Center of our (EU) Society", he pointed out. => So that, "the Next Battleground is Europe !", as (mainstream German Newspaper) <<Die Welt>> already titled on its Frontpage Article Headlines.  - In consequence, "this (recent) Problem of Terrorism, that was Imported (inside the EU) due to the Failures of EU Governments, is one of the Largest that we ...will have to Face during the Coming Years", he had Warned.

      It cannot be excluded a priori, that this Graz Precedent might have, eventualy, "Inspired" the Mass Murderer of Nice, particularly since he head, reportedly, being Preparing such a move, already since Many Months, and possibly since 2015, (See Facts Infra).

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+ This had been Preceded also by anOther Similar Deadly Incident at Dijon (France), back on December 2014, when another such man Attacked with his Car and Threw Down 13 People, rolling against bystanders on the pavement for more than 30 Minutes before he was apprehended, while Crying "Allah Akbar !" and "for Paklestine Cildren !", only to find, afterwards, that the Prosecutor, who had initialy opened an Enquiry for Terrorism, finaly Skiped that, because the Aggressor reportedly had some ...Psychological Problems !

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++ And the Next Day, also in France, in the City of Nantes, another Driver reportedly Therw his Van against a Christmas Market's Crowds up to a Wine Stand, where he Killed a Civilian and Wounded Many, also Shouting : - "Allahu Akbar !", attempting to Stab to Death, etc., but the Police, once again, claimed that it would have been an "Isolated" case of just a mentaly "unstable" individual, witthout an obvious relation to Islamic Terrorism...

 

 *** But already Previously, 2 Similar, Deadly Terror Attacks by Cars, on October and December 2014, stroke in Jerusalem, at Israel, where Media denounced "Changing Tactics" of Islamic Terrorism : At First, a Driver reportedly ploughed his Car into commuters, Killing a Woman and a Baby. This was Followed, Next Month, by another Driver who Threw his Big Van against a Tram and Bus Stations full of People, before Hitting also Other Cars on the Road, and finaly getting out to Hit Bystanders with a Metal Bar, Killing a Druze Minority Policeman and Wounding 14 Civilian People, (reportedly Revendicated by Hamas), until he was Shot.

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("Eurofora" Screenshot from Video at "Telepgraph.co.uk" on Van Attack Killing/Wounding People at Tram/Bus Stations+ after ISIS 9/2014 Call, in Israel, Jerusalem, 11/2014)

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++++ Indeed, it's as Early as since September 2014 that a Spokesman of ISIL's Deadly Extreme Islamic Terrorists and atrocious BeHeaders even of Innocent, Defenseless civilian People, had notoriously Launched an Appeal to "Kill .. DisBelieving American(s) or European(s) - especially ... French - ... including Citizens of Countries ...into Coalition against Islamic State, ... in Any Manner or Way", f.e. by "Run(ning) him over with your Car", (etc).


Nicknamed "Sheikh" Abu Mohammed Al-Adnani, (originaly Taha Falaha), he Moreover, added : "DoN't Ask anyone for advice (or) judgment"; Just "Kill the Infidels", not only "the Military", but also "Civilians", (i.e. without making any distinction between Armed Soldiers and Unarmed, Peaceful Civilian People, even Elders, Women, Children).

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(New UK PM Theresa May, walking to the Church on Sunday, with her Husband)

+++++ Moreover, by an Astonishing Coincidence, it's also the Now Incoming New British Prime Minister, just anounced earlier This Same Week, Theresa May, an Experienced former Minister, recently of JHA, who has reportedly been Threatened, as Early as, already since March 2015, (i.e. Close to the above-mentioned Deadly Big Car Attack at Graz in Austria : Comp. Supra),  to be"an Evil Witch", that "should be Hunted down and Run Over with a Car (sic !), to Shut her up from Speaking words Against Islam”, as ISIS reportedly Called to do !


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But, as usual, even Now, enstranged Family Members, (in this case, even permanently living in Africa !), as well as some Imams imported and established in France, repeated the ersatz Claim that the Murderer would be more or less "Crazy", and have No Relation at all to the Islamic Religion. However, this last, obviously Crucial point, was reportedly Found to be False, according to several Other Witnesses, who knew personaly the Truck Mass Killer, and attested of his Islamic interests.

 

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Moreover, other Witnesses revealed that, already among his own Family and/or Other Personal contacts, several were Islamic Extremists or Linked to them, (See  Infra). And his own Father is actively involved with an Islamic Party in Tunisia, according to rumours circulating at the Web.


In Wider terms, recently, an Investigative French Journalist, making Enquiries among Extremist Islamists, (including a Local Chieftain from Turkey, who stressed his Wish for "much More Blood" to be shed in France), expressed his Astonishment for the reportedly "too Easy" way for Jihadists to Escape from Police. Even that ISIL-related Turkish Jihadist Recruiter had Boasted for his Success to get out of Prison in only a Few Months, after giving the Impresssion to have a "Good Behaviour" (sic !), as mainstream Australian Media ABC revealed...


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Nevertheless, the Tunisian immigrant's Islamic Radicalisation, as well as a more "classical" profile of Ordinary Petty Thug, would have reportedly been developed only during Recent Years, (i.e. Long After he had obtained a 10 Years permit to stay and work in France, between 2009 and 2019), i.e. perhaps after he Separated from his Wife and Children, (between 2014 - 2016), according also to French JHA Minister Cazeneuve.


"Recently", he had Started to Send Money, even 300 or 400 € each time, to his Family at Tunisia, one of his Brothers reportedly said. This corroborates also anOther Source in France, a Woman Neighbour at Nice, who reported that he used to "Lend" her Money, "without asking to be reimbursed". Moreover, at least one mainstream Media (RTL.be) reports that Lahouaiej-Bouhlel's Brother would have Revealed that, suddenly, he send them, Secretely, by Recent Special Means, a much Bigger Amount of Money : about "100.000 €", (even if this Last Point has Not yet been Confirmed).


But, already, "3 Relatives" of the Killer have been "Islamic Extremists, who were Jailed in Tunisia", according to British Media "Daily Mail", whose Journalist, reporting from the spot, cites "Police Sources".


"2 of them" were "Training with Weapons in the Mountains", as Early as since "2008", reveals the UK Newspaper, which also Publishes a Photo of Nice's Mass Murderer's Brother holding a long Rifle, with his Kid, (as ISIS has already done in its Horrible Propaganda, f.ex. by showing Kids Killing with a Knife a Defenseless Prisoner, etc).

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(UK Newspaper "Daily Mail")

 
Afterwards, "One ... definitively Flew to Europe", and "we are Checking if he was at Nice", while anOther "went to Syria", (i.e. at ISIL's main areas), and only a "Third", "usualy lives Here" (in Tunisia), even if he was "Not Traced".


They are "Brothers and Cousins of Bouhlel's Wife", according to Tunisian Sources, (i.e. of that Woman that, Curiously, was the Only Initialy Arrested Suspect, who was, Shortly Afterwards, ...Released by the French Police)...


+ Even more important : A local Lawyer at Nice, who had initially Claimed that he Knew Well the Murderer, having served as His Defense Lawer when he had been Condemned for some comparatively Petty Crimes in the Recent Past (1 - 3/2016), in order to Boast, in several INTWs to Radio-TV Big Media, (immediately Retransmitted also by a lot of various Other Media almost Everywhere), that Lahouaiej-Bouhlel would "Not Look at all as an Islamic Extremist", but "just like an ordinary petty thug", (i.e. Denying the ISIL's link), has just been found to be a Gross Liar :

- in fact, he had NEVER been the Killer's Lawyer in the Past (in fact, he had been served by anOther, absolutely Differend Lawyer) ! This Failed Attempt to Hide the Mass Murderer's links to Islamic Terrorism, even by such Gross Lies, provoked a Scandal.


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(ISIS Islamic Terrorists Revendicated that Mass Deadly Attack against Innocent Civilian People at Nice)

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+ Far from being merely a Mentaly Unstable, "Lone Wolf", reacting Emotionaly, as some had initialy claimed, on the Contrary, the Murderer had carefully Plotted and Prepared his Move, in Cold Blood, Many "Months" Before (may be even a Year), and had relevant Contacts and various Accomplices, as an on-going Investigation found (Partly UpDated) :


I.e. at least from the Beginning of the Month, since on 4rth July he had already Chosen and Reserved "the Biggest" Lorry offered by a Nearby Business, for Mid-July. Afterwards, investigators (mainly with CCTV Cameras, Eyewitnesses, etc) found that he had also Tested the Road ("Promenade des Anglais") of the Future Massacre, with that Same Truck, during the 2 Previous Days, coming and going all along that, without any problem, neither arising any suspicion, (despite a general Prohibition of Big Lorries DownTown, and the Proximity of the Mass Event of the 14th July National French Day). Even at this latest, Fatal Date, he had arrived Hours before that Road was Blocked, with that easily spotted Huge White Lorry, reportedly Claiming to the Police that he would be "Selling Ice-Creams" !

 

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But Policemen, curiously, did Not check at all that Huge Truck and its Contents, despite an "Emergency" Anti-Terror status in France, and even recent years' revelations about various illegal Traffick and Smuggling taking place via such Lorries, (including of Drugs, Arms, irregular Migrants, etc).

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In addition, Bouhlal had also taken a "Shelfie" Photo of Himself, Smiling among the Peacefuly strolling French People, his Future Victims, and Send it to a Brother in Tunisia, (who Refused to let it be seen by the Press), just a few Hours before the Massacre Starts. Most Important, he had even send 2 Messages to certain probable Accomplices (at least one of them reportedly arrested and detained later-on), saying (by a Code) that he had foound and brought in "the Equipment", at "5 before C" (a Mysterious yet reference, possibly to an Event or Location), as well as Asking for Fire-Arms.

 

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>>> As the Investigation advances further, a Paris' Prosecutor reportedly revealed that the Murderer had severeal "Accomplices", had been "Radicalized" as an Islamic Extremist, and was PreMedittating and Preparing the Mass Killing probably as Early as "since 2015", (i.e. a Year Before !)..

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Inter alia, he had seeked a Drug used by "Kamikaze" Suicide Terrorists on 2015, and had Discussed with Accomplices that precise Mass Killing by a Heavy Truck modus operandi elready maney Months Earlier, had been provide with a Gun by Muslim Albanians, Photographed Together with some Pals and the Fatal Truck several Days before the Massacre, (etc).

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Last, but not least, National and Local Policemen, Soldiers, etc., reportedly present on the spot, did Not manage to Stop a ...2 Km Long Deadly Attack by that Heavy Truck against Defenseless Civilian People all along an overcrowded Main Road, specialy reserved for the French National Day Event, but Only After a Simple, Unarmed and Anonymous Citizen took the Initiative to Jump onto Bouhlal's Car and Open its Door, obliging the Murdered to Stop, in order to Seize his FireArm, Point it at him and Shoot, pushing him Outwards, so that a Policeman found the Time to Shoot Back and Neutralize the Murderer, (Long After it Crushed at least 84 Innocent Civilian People Killed meanwhile)...


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"FIGARO" : - "Win the War !"   
V. PUTIN : Join Russian + French forces against Islamic Terrorism

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(The Day After:"Figaro'"s FrontPage = "WIN THE WAR !" + "Strike Back mercilessly !")
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=> However, mainstream, Center-Right French Newspaper "FIGARO" published overnight a Front-Page Headline Calling to "Win the War !".


It was followed by an "Editorial" Article, written by the Editor in Chief himself, Titled - "A Merciless Riposte (Counter-Attack)", or "Strike Back WithOut Mercy", a Sub-Heading pointing to the Fact that Islamic "Caliphat's Soldiers do Not make War with Half-Measures", and Concluding that "it's Now that Action Must be Taken, in order to Stop that Awful Series" of Deadly Terrorist Attacks against Civilian People.


Almost All Political Leaders of the Biggest Opposition Parties, both Marine Le Pen's "FN" Rightists, and Nicolas Sarkozy's Center-Right "Republicans", (including Former Prime Ministers Alain Juppé and Francois Fillon, etc), converged in Criticizeing the Fact that the current Government (still led by the "Socialists") had Not Yet Taken all the Necessary and Possible Measures during the Latest 18 Months of Unprecedented Mass Terrorist Attacks in France, (Jan. 2015 - July 2016). MLP even went as far as to also Ask from several Members of the PSoc. Government to "Resign".


As for the Experienced, former President of France, and current Leader of the Main Opposition Party, Sarkozy himself, he was First to Visit Nice just after that Bloodbath, Stressing, particularly, that the Horrible Spectacle of Killed People's Cadavers at the Streets "Must Stop". Later-on Sarkozy also found that, Today, we are Facing "a Total War" by ISIS' Terrorists, Warning that, in fact, -"It will be Them, or Us !", as he characteristicaly said, while also reiterating an Extended List of concrete Measures, which should be taken asap.

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(Sarkozy : It's "a Total War" => "It will be Them, or Us !")

Indeed, things look Serious, as the Latest Mass Killing of Innocent Civilians at Nice was later Followed also by an ISIS' Propaganda Video where 2 Islamic Terrorist BeHead defenseless Prisoners while Insulting all the French as "Criminal People" (sic !) and Threatening to bring such Cowardish Atrocious BeHeadings even of Civillian People throughout all France...

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+ Meanwhile, among a Long List of European and International Leaders' various Statements, shortly After the Massacre, Russian President Vladimir Putin took the Exceptional Initiative to Publish 2 successive Anouncements in a few Hours Time, (the 2nd even Directly Transmitted in Full by Publishing a Video), on the Massacre of Nice, addressing himself Both to French President Hollande and, even more solemnly, "to the French Nation" :  


 - Condemning that "Outrageous Terrorist Attack in France", "the Criminal Act in Nice", which "was Committed with extreme Atrocity and Cynicism", as he said,


    President Putin reminded the Fact that also "Russia knows Terrorism and the Threat it creates for Us All", since "Our People have had to deal with Similar Tragedies Many Times", (f.ex., after the notorious Chechnya War, also at Dagestan's "Beslan SchoolChildren" Mass Hostage-Taking, Back on 2004, as well as in Moscow's Opera, etc), while even Nice's "Deaths and Injuries", "Included" also "Russian Citizens", he observed.

 

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    => In Addition, what is most Important Today, is that, in Fact, "We Can Defeat Terrorism", "Only through a United Effort", the Russian President (who has notoriously a lot of Armed Forces already Engaged in a Serious Fight against Islamic Terrorism, including ISIL, at Syria and elsewhere, and has Recently Liberated from ISIS' Deadly and Destructive Terrorists, f.ex. also the Historic, UNESCO World Heritage Site of Palmyra) Concluded in this Exceptional Address for France, Confirming Russia's Interest in the Closest possible Cooperation with France and its Other International Partners in all Counter-Terrorist Efforts, as his Spokesman, Pescov, underlined.


    Since Russia's active involvement in Syria, more and more Territories, Earlier Invaded and Occupied by ISIL's Terrorists, have Recently Started to be Liberated, and this has Positively influenced even some parts of Land at Iraq, revealing an Historic U-Turn towards the Decline of those Extremist Islamists, atrocious BeHeaders even of Civilian People, who are Now Losing Ground in several Areas, as the Latest Maps clearly indicate, (See relevant MAP, herewith).


    But, until now, Outgoing US President Barack Hussein Obama has resisted Moscow's Offers to Act Jointly in order to Liberate Raqqa, ISIL's alleged "Capital", and that Lack of real Unity and Decisiviness in the Anti-ISIL Terror side, has obviously Hamperered an Otherwise obviously Existing Potential for a much Greater Efficiency on the spot. Something which Might, naturaly, Change with the Forthcoming US Presidential Elections, but also if the European, and particularly French, as well as British, Italian, but mainly Franco-German, and, above all, Collective EU Factor, could Begin to Really Move, in a Well Coordinated and Decisive way, with a Full Political Will to Finaly Settle this Problem, Protect all Europeans and Eradicate for ever such Atrocious InHuman Monstruosities puttin an End to ISIL's Mass Killings even of Innocent Civilian People, (against whom they seem to have desperately augmented their attempts to do Harm, particularly since they have Started to prove Unable to Stand a Real, Face to Face, Military Confrontation on the Battlefield, between Warriors, - and Not just Massacrating, as Coward Thugs, some Defenseless Civilian People, even Elders, Women and Children...


    Could Nice's latest, and particularly Horrible, such Cowardish ISIL Terror, become, from now-on, the Beginning of a Real Game-Changer, inciting to Open a New Horizon for putting, at last, an End to such Monstruously InHuman Atrocities for ever ?


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    Let's Hope. However, in the meantime, it's what could be named as "the Internal Front", which looks to be at the Forefront : Many initial Reactions and Calls to Act obviously Focus, more than ever, mainly on the Measures that Need to be taken in order to Prevent and/or Fight Radicalisation, Avoid that Terrorists Slip among Police's Fingers, before - if not after- a Crime is committed, etc.


    In this regard, to put it in a nutshell, at least one thing is Cryctal-clear : Strong and Efficient Measures to Prevent and/or Fight Extreme Islamist Radicalisation's ideology from Poisoning even more the Society, is, Naturally, now a Must. But, on the Contrary, Other Measures, eventually Restructive of the Human Rights and Democratic Freedoms of All EU Citizens, even when there isn't any relation to the "Threat of Islamic Terrorism" denounced by French President Hollande, (Comp. Supra), can be very Dangerous. Both for European a.o. Democracy per se, and for People's Trust.


    At the Same Time, in parallel, various converging Recent Facts point also towards a Growing Popular Feeling (Now repercuted further even by Top mainstream Politicians) that EU Citizens have Not been sufficiently Protected vis a vis Islamic Terrorism's Threat, that probably some Blunders and/or a MisPlaced "Tolerance" or an Excessive "Politicaly Correct" stance, ("Plot Theorists" even evoke some eventual "Complicities", at least Partly, etc), MisCalculations, etc., May have Hindered to Prevent such Horible Massacres.

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(Angry Popular Reactions during PM visit at Nice after the Mass Killing of Defenseless Civilians by Islamic Terrorism)

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    Initialy Marginal at the "Charlie Hebdo" Killings, back on January 2015, (even is Wolinski Wife's critical stance, etc., should be taken into account, among others), this Appeared Stronger around the "Bataclan" etc. Mass Killings of November 13, 2015, also in Paris, (where some Victims' Families started to React quite Strongly), and seems to Emerge even More Widely, now, at the aftermath of Nice's Tragic Events, concerning Both Victims' Families and the People at large, (as even an Unprecedented double "Boo" and "Resign !" Calls v. Prime Minister Valls during a Ceremony at Nice, already showed).

 

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(Killer Truck rolled a Long Way accross Nice's Avenues, including the "Blocked" "Englishmen Walkway", practicaly UnHindered ! )


    Among others, some still Pending Questions obviously Need some Good and Solid Answers, concerning f.ex. the Mystery of How it was possible for so Heavy and Huge Truck, not to be Remarked, Stoped and Examined by the Police, while the Killer was coming and going during 3 Crucial Days through Nice's Centre and even at its Most Important Avenue at the Seaside, (Both, in principle, Prohibited for so Big Trucks), up to the "Secure" Area notoriously Reserved for the 14th July Fireworks ; why an Initial, June 2016 Plan to Surround the Events' Area and Check Every Person entering inside (as it was done f.ex. aso at Strasbourg's Christmas Market, back on 12/2015), was Later-on Abandoned, on July 2016, for a Simple Police "Blockade" at Only 2 Points, which was too Easily Bypassed by the Killer's Truck ; and how such already Ideologicaly Radicalized, former Petty Thugs, can Stroll around, almost Everywhere, (even with such Heavy Instruments, a Loaded Arm and 5 other reproductions of Kalasnikov Rifles, etc) Totaly UnHindered (even inside "Security" Areas) ; as well as, Why, Contrary to 2 Simple, Unarmed Citizens, who Heroically Attempted to Stop the Mass Murderer by their Bare Hands, just by Jumping and Grasping that Killer Truck's Door, while Risking their own Lives, (a Motorcyclist, who was Tragically Crashed by the Terrorists's Truck, and a Simple Walker, who was Shot by the Killer's Arm, but managed to Escape, Helping, however, the Police to Target, Shot and Stop the Mass Killing at that Crucial Moment), while, on the Contrary, all those Numerous National and Local Policemen, Soldiers, Secret Services, etc., hadN't yet Managed to Take Any Such Decisive Action, before 84 Civilian People were Atrociously Killed, during a 2 Km.-Long, Direct Trajectory accross that mainstream "English Walkway" ; Is it true, as a Nice PoliceWoman denounced, or Not, that National Police wasn't even visible in CCTV at the Entry of the "Blocked" Avenue ? How come that a Big Vehicle Attack on such a Large Avenue, exceptionaly reserved for Pedestrians that Day during the July 14 Event, had not been Foreseen and Prevented, despite a Long Series of Recent Car Attacks by ISIS' Terrorists, as "Eurofora" proved above ? (Etc).

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This List could also Include Many Popular Reactions against some Controversial semi-Official Statements reportedly Claiming that, even in the foreseable Future, Nothing could Prevent such Odious Mass Killings of Civilian People, that several commentators found at least Exagerated, if not Scandalous.


    In Nice's concrete case, the Mere Fact that the Truck Killer had reportedly claimed to the Police "he was ..."Selling Ice-Creams" (sic !), is Simply Not Enough !

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    An Original Testimony, in this regard : Just One (1) Hour Before Nice's Events, "Eurofora"s co-Founder was Crossing, Together with others, a Strasbourg City's main Avenue, when, Suddenly, we were Obliged to Stop, get Out of any Public Transport Means, Private Cars, Motorcycles, running Bicycles, etc, being Blocked and Stuck by a Big Over-Concentration of a Huge Mass of People, Gathered around the City Hall's Tower, and Waiting for the Same "14th July" Fireworks, as in Nice. It was incrfedibly Difficult, if not quite Impossible, to Find a Way and to Pass Through all that Never-Ending Mass of People (Youngsters, Elders, Couples, Families, Women, Children, etc), which was Becoming more  and more Dense, as More People were Arriving Each Minute, (and the Organizers' scarce Indications on How to Get Out, were Grossly Insufficient, if not InCompetent, or even MisLeading). We had to Walk Slowly, making Long, Time and Energy Consuming Zig-Zag Manoevers, Pushing and/or Imploring People who were Sitting on the Floor to let as Go Away, accross Squares, Streets, Bridges, Peninsulas, Construction Sites, UnExpected immovable Barriers, etc., in order to Manage, much Later on, to Reach, Exhausted, at last, a Free to Move area.

But, in the MeanTime, we were absolutely Aware of the obvious Danger (that we've had clearly Felt, then) for All those UnProtected and Blocked People (irresponsibly Massed like Sheep in a Groundfloor Area, too Easily Attacked from almost Any Side) to Fall Victims of an eventual Terrorist Attack, at any moment... Once Out, we Run to get Away from that Risky, OverLoaded, "Stucked" and UnProtected Area.


    However, even Before Arriving Home, that Horrible Massive Massacre of Innocent and Defenseless Civilian People, at an apparently Similar Situation in Nice, had Just Started !


   =>  Judging from what we had just Experienced, sincerely Astonished, in Strasbourg, (HQ of EU Parliament's Full Plenaries, PanEuropean CoE, ECHR, etc), it's Highly Possible that, indeed, (as Many have already Said), it Could and Should have been Prevented, and Innocent Victims' Human Lives Saved...

 

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People in Europe and the World expect from CoE to make a succes of its "Monitoring" for Human Rights and Democracy, despite difficulties, said Finland's President Tarja Halonen to "EuroFora" at a crucial moment for the mecanism built 15 years ago by the paneuropean organization which celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2009.

Halonen, known as "Mother" of CoE's "Monitoring" mecanism, a long-time MEP and former Foreign Minister before becoming Finland's President, holds a long experience in the mattter, after also serving twice as CoE and EU Chairwoman in the past. That's why she is well placed to judge how CoE's "monitoring" should deal today with some crucial issues of importance both to CoE and to the EU.

The move came just a Month before a crucial, last visit to Turkey, scheduled for June, by the President of CoE''s "Monitoring" Committee, Ukranian MEP Serge Holovaty, to finalize his Report on Ankara, the CoE Member State with the longest Monitoring procedure. From its results depends its overall credibility.

This is a Test-case, because, in fact, it's in order to avoid Sanctions threatened against Turkey by a CoE's Assembly's April 1995 Resolution for grave Human Rights violations, Democracy gaps, the continuing Military Occupation in Cyprus, the unresolved Kurdish problem, Aegean differend with Greece, etc., that MEPs decided to create, for the 1st time on April 1996, a "Monitoring" proces, allegedly destinated to check, without excluding Countries who did not fulfill all CoE's standards.

In the Past, the obliged withdrawal of Greece's Military regime and of its "Civil" cover-up out of the CoE had helped bring back Democracy in 1974. But, on the contrary, since April 1996, the idea was to "monitor" Human Rights' respect while keeping most concerned Countries inside the CoE. After Turkey's oldest example, this was extended also to several former "Eastern" European Countries, even if CoE's Assembly has imposed to some of them (fex. Ukraine, Russia, etc., after Belarus, Serbia, etc) various "Sanctions", that Ankara always avoided. Curiously more succesful even than .. USA itself, (a CoE "Observer" since 1995), which has been at least threatened with sanctions some years ago..

EU-effects of CoE's Monitoring process became obvious between 2001-2008, since the "closure" of this procedure, when CoE felt that a Country had met most of its Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law obligations, (i.e. the "Copenhagen Criteria" for the EU), helped trigger Negotiations with the EU for "Accession" or other closer relations : This occured already before the 2004 and 2007 EU Enlargements to former "Eastern" European Countries, as well as for the commencement of "accession" negotiations with Croatia, and of "open-ended" negotiations with Turkey in 2005.

    But a stricking new development are Holovaty's recent findings that on core Human Rights issues as Torture and Freedom of Expression, Turkey, even "5 Years after" CoE closed its "Monitoring", back in 2004, inciting EU to start accession Negotiations in 2005, still presents grave problems.

    His findings are of crucial importance after a 2008 CoE Resolution called, "if need be", to "seriously consider the possibility of Re-Opening the Monitoring procedure for Turkey" : A move which might affect Ankara's controversial EU bid, since EU Accession Negotiations are based on the Hypothesis that the Candidate fullfils the "Copenhagen Criteria" (See above)..
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    Holovaty expressed his will to check  "Matters still Outstanding" and  those that he "didn't have an opportunity to discuss" at an earlier visit this year, "in order to discuss the more complex issues in greater depth", at his forthcoming New Visit to Ankara, before the December 2009 EU Summit.  This is all based on the 2004 CoE Resolution which stresses that, CoE "will continue.. post-monitoring Dialogue with the Turkish authorities,...in addition to a 12-points list,..and on any Other Matter that might arise in connection with Turkey’s Obligations as a CoE member state".

    CoE's Resolution also asks  from Turkey "to secure the proper Implementation of Judgements, particularly in the Cyprus v. Turkey InterState case", of 2001, which concerns also the plight of many Hundreds of MISSING People. It adds Turkey's obligations to "execute" ECHR's Judgements in the Loizidou case,..and in particular adopt General Measures to avoid repetition or continuation of Violations found by the Court" to the detriment of Refugees.

    Nevertheless, Holovaty said to "EuroFora" that "MISSING" persons,"might be included" and cannot be excluded, but he has yet to examine the situation "to find out  which issues will be raised" to the Turkish Government.

    Therefore, "EuroFora" asked Halonen, as the Historic "Mother" of CoE's Monitoring mecanism, if she thought that, "whenever there are grave Human Rights Violations, as fex. "MISSING" persons, attested even by ECHR's judgements, they should be always checked by a Monitoring process. Or could they be forgotten ?"
    
     - "We (CoE) must be, at the same time, Fair, Realistic, but not in the mind that "now we have Forgotten", etc., replied to "EuroFora"'s question Halonen, speaking as a matter of general principle.

    - "When we think of those People that are suffering from the lack of Democracy, of Human Rights, and of the Rule of Law", "we should find a base on how to deal with the (Monitoring) system more rapidly"', she stressed.

    - "Sometimes it's very difficult to combine Transparency and Effectivenes together, particularly in this specific case", she went on to say. But, "I have not found a (CoE Member) Country who could be insensitive in this sens", Halonen answered concerning grave Human Rights violations attested by the ECHR.

    - "I have no ready-made answer. I have the expectations that you, in the CoE, will, step by step, find the different types of the monitoring systems."

    Also "because this is a part of the UN's Post-Conflict system, (fex. when it comes to Cyprus' MISSING persons), and it's a more Global system". So that, "If we make a succes in Europe, the others will follow", throughout the World.  "But they expect that we (Europe) are this opportunity, this Opportunity to make a Succes", Halonen concluded.

    In addition, she advised to extend CoE's Monitoring to all its 47 Member States, "because, as long as we hear that, all these monitoring systems are "OK for the neighbor, but not for me", "it's very difficult" to understand. Something which could make easier to Compare...

    Finnish MEP Jaako Laakso, former CoE Rapporteur on the Occupied Territories of Cyprus and one of the 5 Signatories of the Historic CoE's call to create the "MONITORING" mecanism since 1996, was more specific :  - "We (CoE Assembly) have to find a way for the issue of Cyprus' MISSING People to be better followed", he stressed, anouncing his intention to "speak to Mr. Holovaty" about that. "There might be also other ways", added Laakso.

    - The 2008 "Year had been a very Bad one for Turkey with regard to Human Rights in general, and Freedom of Expression in particular", denounced, meanwhile, Holovaty's preliminary Post-Monitoringh Draft Report by Holovaty, published by the CoE on April 2009.

    "Amnesty International believes that freedom of expression is not guaranteed given the various articles of the Criminal Code that restrict it. .. "For example, 1,300 Websites are said to have been closed down by the (Turkish) authorities in 2008" ! While "the new Turkish Criminal Code was used to bring a total of 1,072 proceedings between June 2005 and April 2008, and led to the conviction of 192 people", for expressing views. "Representatives of the Özgür Gündem newspaper, which specialises in Kurdish affairs, ..complained about Numerous Attacks on their Freedom of Expression ...as was everyone who advocated a settlement to the question by means other than the intervention of the army" "According to their figures, 19 Newspapers had been suspended 43 times between 4 August 2006 and 4 November 2008" !...

    Moreover, on 2008,  CoE's "Ministers adopted its 4rth Resolution on the execution of the judgments of the ECHR, ...and outstanding issues regarding 175 Judgements and decisions relating to Turkey delivered between 1996 and 2008...  concerning Deaths resulting from the excessive use of force by members of the Security forces, the failure to protect the right to life, the DIisappearance and/or death of individuals, Ill-Treatment and the Destruction of property". CoE's " Ministers urged the Turkish authorities ...to ensure that members of Security forces of all ranks can be prosecuted without administrative
authorisation" for "serious crimes". Holovaty reminded.

"Nonetheless", Holovaty heard anew of "Several cases of Violence committed last year (2008) by the (Turkish) security forces". Amnesty International speaks of Many Cases of ill-treatment and Torture in the prisons and by the police". "Including, fex."'the death of Engin Ceber, a young man of 29 who died on October 2008 as a result of the TORTURE allegedly inflicted on him by police officers, prison staff and members of the gendarmerie. He was part of a group of people arrested on September 2008 during a demonstration and Press Conference in Istanbul'. Proceedings against suspects are "on-going" in this case.

- " I therefore noted an Obvious Contradiction between the Government’s stated “zero tolerance” policy.... of Torture and other forms of ill-treatment, and the different testimonies given", denounced CoE's Rapporteur.  Turkish "authorities must make considerable efforts to guarantee that proper investigations are carried out into allegations of abuses by members of the security forces and that perpetrators are effectively punished" "In this respect, I have requested detailed Statistics on the number of Investigations, acquittals and convictions in cases involving allegations of abuse in order to show the positive impact of the measures taken to date", Holovaty said, repeating a permanently unsatisfied CoE's demand to Turkey since a Decade...

    - "The Political Crisis that shook the country in the spring of 2008 highlighted the Weaknesses of the (Turkish) Constitution", which comes from the Military regime of 1982, "and the Urgent Need of Reforms", stressed from the outset CoE's Rapporteur in 2009. In particular, "the ...Democratic functioning of state institutions, including the independence of the judicial system, are crucial", he observes.

    But, "the Electoral  system and the ways in which it is circumvented do not appear to give those elected complete Legitimacy, and tend to pervert the course of direct universal suffrage", denounces Holovaty, observing that, even 5 Years later, Turkey did not yet change the 10% nationwide Threshold for a party to take any seat, which is "far higher" than the "3%" maximum in Europe and already condemned as contrary to European Standards by the CoE.

    + Moreover, EU Parliament's 2009 Report on Turkey, drafted by Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijten and adopted in Strasbourg on March, expresses "Concern over the Failure of the (Turkish) Judiciary to prosecute cases of Torture and Ill-treatment, the Number of which is Growing". EU also "is concerned about continuing Hostility and Violence against Minorities" in Turkey. It also "calls on the Turkish Government to launch, as a matter of Priority, a Political Initiatve favouring a lasting Settlement of the Kurdish issue, (while "condemning violence.. and terrorist groups"). EU "regrets that No progress has been made on establishing full, systematic Civilian suprevisory functions over the (Turkish) Military".

    The final results of Holovaty's 2nd and last visit to Turkley will be known later this year, and, at any case, before EU's December 2009 Summit.

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