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Aujourd’hui — 9 avril 2020Presse

Donald Trump: What Does Barack Obama Know About Joe Biden that Is Preventing Endorsement?

Par Charlie Spiering, Charlie Spiering
Trump questioned why former President Barack Obama was waiting to endorse his former vice president, Joe Biden. "He knows something that you don't know," Trump said. "But I think I know, but you don't know." 

Duke v Georgetown

Trump questioned why former President Barack Obama was waiting to endorse his former vice president, Joe Biden. "He knows something that you don't know," Trump said. "But I think I know, but you don't know." 

Mountain Biker Fined Over $1,000 for Driving to Exercise During Coronavirus Lockdown

Par Dylan Gwinn, Dylan Gwinn
A mountain biker in Australia has been fined $1,000 for driving his bike to a park to go for a ride. The police officer who issued the fine said that the man had violated coronavirus safety restrictions.

Getty Images (2)

Coronavirus

Joe Biden Accuser Reacts to Bernie Sanders Dropping Out: 'For Me, There Is No Democracy'

Par Kyle Olson, Kyle Olson
A woman who has accused Joe Biden of sexual assault said that there is "no democracy" for her after Bernie Sanders dropped out of the presidential race on Wednesday.

Tara Reade

A woman who has accused Joe Biden of sexual assault said that there is "no democracy" for her after Bernie Sanders dropped out of the presidential race on Wednesday.

Bernie Sanders transformed debate around Palestine. What comes next?

Par Ali Harb
Bernie Sanders transformed debate around Palestine. What comes next?
Arab-American activists pay homage to Sanders' campaign and vow to continue organising for justice at home and abroad
Ali Harb Thu, 04/09/2020 - 00:04
Bernie Sanders speaks at rally in Dearborn, Michigan, in March (MEE/Ali Harb)

Bernie Sanders has called Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu a "reactionary racist" and blasted Saudi Arabia's rulers as "murderous thugs" while calling for an even-handed US diplomacy that prioritises human rights and multilateralism.

His presidential campaign, which he suspended on Wednesday, transformed US politics domestically and challenged the bipartisan consensus around several key foreign policy issues, including unconditional support for Israel.

Arab-American activists paid homage to Sanders' campaign vowing to grow the political momentum they built around his candidacy.

"We stood with Bernie Sanders because of ideas, not because of a political party or because of one particular election," said Amer Zahr, a Palestinian-American activist and comedian who had been campaigning for the senator. 

"And so while I'm obviously sad today, I'm very optimistic about the gains that our movement has achieved since 2016."

The end of Sanders' bid for the presidency paves the way for former Vice President Joe Biden to become the Democratic nominee and take on Donald Trump in November. Still, many of Sanders' supporters see the campaign as an ongoing struggle that has already succeeded in promoting major political and economic changes once seen as radical.

Challenging the mainstream

Biden's campaign acknowledged the fact that Sanders and his supporters moved the margins of debate within mainstream American politics. 

"Senator Sanders and his supporters have changed the dialogue in America. Issues which had been given little attention - or little hope of ever passing - are now at the center of the political debate," Biden said in a statement on Wednesday. 

'Bernie came along, seemingly out of nowhere in 2015, and spoke directly to us'

- Wihad al-Tawil, graduate student

"Income inequality, universal health care, climate change, free college, relieving students from the crushing debt of student loans. These are just a few of the issues Bernie and his supporters have given life to."

Many of Sanders' supporters would add Palestinian human rights to that list. 

The Vermont senator proposed conditioning US military aid for Israel to push it to end its occupation of Palestinian territories. He also called for lifting the blockade on Gaza and addressing the humanitarian crisis there. 

In the Senate, he was one of the leading voices working to end US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, and he was one of two legislators to reject a bill to impose sanctions against Iran in 2017.

Wihad al-Tawil, a graduate student of Middle Eastern studies at the University of Chicago, said Sanders has been able to speak to Arab-American issues and concerns - not merely paying lip service to them - since he announced his first presidential campaign.

"Bernie came along, seemingly out of nowhere in 2015, and spoke directly to us. He was vociferously against the Iraq War. He was against the US involvement in destabilising regime-change invasions in the Middle East," Tawil told MEE. 

"He gave a voice to Yemenis suffering at the hands of Saudi Arabia. He gave a voice to Palestinians targeted by the inhumane policies of the right-wing Israeli government. 

"And in fact he has normalised this discussion, and even mobilised young Jewish-American activists to take powerful stands against the occupation, which is historic in itself."

Stark contrast

Sanders' domestic and foreign policy proposals, many of which challenge current realities, stand in stark contrast with the approach of the last man standing in the Democratic field - Biden. The former vice president ran a campaign promising to heal the nation by returning to pre-Trump normalcy. 

That distinction makes itself clear in Biden's approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The presumptive nominee follows the policy of previous administrations of rejecting the occupation and settlement expansion verbally, while pledging to maintain Washington's political and financial support for Israel.

'There is a clear example of hypocrisy in claiming to oppose Israeli occupation and settlement expansion, but insisting that there can never be accountability for Israel that actually pushes it in that direction'

- Omar Baddar, political analyst

"What Joe Biden is advocating for is a return to the status quo. And when it comes to Palestine, we need anything but a return to the way things have been for the last 70 years," Zahr told MEE.

Biden, who describes himself as a Zionist, has been a staunch supporter of Israel throughout his political career, which started as a senator in 1973. Last December, he dismissed Sanders' pledge to condition aid to Israel as "bizarre". 

The former vice president also sent a video message to the conference of the Israeli lobby AIPAC in March, breaking with his more liberal opponents who boycotted the event. 

Omar Baddar, a Palestinian-American political analyst who supported Sanders, said Biden's policies on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict represent an "old mentality" that ignores the progressive shift in the base of the Democratic party on the issue.

"There is a contradiction. There is a clear example of hypocrisy in claiming to oppose Israeli occupation and settlement expansion, but insisting that there can never be accountability for Israel that actually pushes it in that direction," Baddar told MEE.

For her part, Tawil, the graduate student, said Biden's views, particularly on foreign policy and Palestine "represent the failure of the Democratic Party as a whole".

"Biden is a weak candidate that actively lobbied for the Iraq War, and is part of the corrupt infrastructure that has damaged our world at home and abroad," she said. "Biden is a vigorous proponent of the Israeli lobby, and has never extended compassion or concern to the Palestinian people or their struggle."

Engaging Arab community

Narissa Ayoub, who served as a community laison for the Sanders' campaign in Michigan, also said that Biden's stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not sufficient.

Ayoub hailed the way the Sanders' campaign engaged Arab-American voters, particularly in Michigan, where he won upwards of 90 percent of the votes in some predominantly Arab neighbourhoods. 

'It's really important and imperative that Arabs and Muslims across the United States continue to fight for the causes that Senator Sanders was fighting for them so forcefully'

- Sami Scheetz, former outreach director for Sanders' campaign

"Bernie brought a unique approach to our community. It was very important that a campaign of this scale took our community into account, and did it well. He listened to our concerns and what we had to say," Ayoub said.

"Bernie went out of his way to appoint surrogates and employees to his campaign who were Arab and who were Muslim."

In Michigan and in other states, Arab and Muslim voters rewarded Sanders' outreach and policy proposals by overwhelmingly backing him. At several caucus sites at mosques in Iowa in February, almost all voters went for Sanders. 

"Senator Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign was one of the first campaigns - if not the first - to exclusively do outreach and focus on Muslim and Arab voters," said Sami Scheetz, a former constituency outreach director for the Sanders' campaign in Iowa.

Scheetz added that Sanders had an entire team dedicated to engaging Arab and Muslim voters, who came out in large numbers "almost exclusively" for him on caucus day.

What comes next?

There is consensus among Sanders' supporters that the "struggle continues", as the senator himself said in his announcement about suspending the campaign on Wednesday.

"It's really important and imperative that Arabs and Muslims across the United States continue to fight for the causes that Senator Sanders was fighting for them so forcefully," Scheetz told MEE. 

He warned against feeling "disheartened and discouraged" to the point of giving up on the political process.

Still, a debate is begining to flare up on whether left-wing progressives should fully put their political weight behind Biden in the general election.

"If you give me the option between President Trump who instituted a racist Muslim ban - an Arab ban against people from the Middle East - and the vice president, the choice is clear for me," Scheetz said. 

"The vice president is somebody who's on day one going to be able to at least mitigate some of the damage that Trump's racist policies have caused to Muslim Americans and across the country."

Baddar, the Palestinian-American analyst, is also of the opinion that Sanders' supporters can vote for Biden while still pushing him closer to their views. He cited Trump's aggressive policies against Palestinians.

Over the past three and a half years, the US president has recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, cut aid to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) and proposed a plan that would allow Israel to keep all of its West Bank settlement.

"I personally think that it makes perfect sense to say when it comes to election day, we vote for the lesser of two evils and then continue the hard work of holding whoever is in that position accountable," he told MEE.

Baddar decried Biden's approach of returning to mainstream politics as "grossly inadequate", but said there will be a choice between two men in November and a lifetime to organise afterwards.

"It's critically important to remember that movement-building does not happen only on election day," he said.

Still, Zahr is holding out on backing the former vice president. 

He urged pressuring Biden to change his stance on Palestine as well as the conflict in Yemen, which started with the backing of former President Barack Obama. He said Arab Americans should not automatically vote for Biden simply because he's not Trump.

US election 2020: Where does Joe Biden stand on Middle East issues?
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"If we did that, it would be immediately surrendering all the political capital that we have built up in our movement here with Bernie Sanders," Zahr said. 

"What we've shown with the Bernie Sanders movement is that Arab Americans are more organised and more united than ever, behind a set of ideas when a candidate expresses solidarity with us."

He acknowledged that Trump is a "disaster", but said a return to the status quo is not the answer. "I'm a firm believer that somebody has to win our votes, that somebody has to come with ideas. 'I'm not Trump' is not an idea."

Even from a Palestinian rights perspective, Zahr says if Biden doesn't change his status quo approach, it is not a given that it will be an improvement compared with Trump's shaking things up in favour of Israel.

"From the point of view of the struggle for Palestinian freedom, best case scenario would have been a Bernie Sanders presidency. I'm not sure that the second-best case scenario is a Joe Biden presidency," Zahr said.

Washington
  • 9 avril 2020 à 01:04

Ted Cruz: 'Disgraceful' Phoenix TV Allowed into the White House

Par Charlie Spiering, Charlie Spiering
The issue was raised after a reporter for Phoenix TV questioned President Donald Trump on Monday at the White House press briefing, using talking points from Chinese propaganda.

Phoenix TV Reporter

The issue was raised after a reporter for Phoenix TV questioned President Donald Trump on Monday at the White House press briefing, using talking points from Chinese propaganda.

US Chamber of Commerce backs AOC primary challenger

Par Justin Vallejo, Justin Vallejo
Ex-CNBC anchor raises $1m

  • 9 avril 2020 à 00:33

WATCH: Jameis Winston Helps Launch Coronavirus Hotline

Par Warner Todd Huston, Warner Todd Huston
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has launched a coronavirus hotline to help people understand the viral outbreak befalling the nation.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Atlanta Falcons

Jameis Winston

Tyler Perry Pays the Bill for Seniors at 44 Atlanta Kroger Grocery Stores and Shoppers at 30 New Orleans Winn-Dixie Stores

Par Warner Todd Huston, Warner Todd Huston
Movie mogul and actor Tyler Perry surprised seniors at more than 40 Atlanta-area Kroger grocery stores Wednesday by paying for all their groceries.

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Tyler Perry arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Jim Banks Calls on Trump to Bring Case Against China

Par Sean Moran, Sean Moran
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) called on the State Department and Attorney General Bill Barr on Wednesday to bring a case against China in the International Court of Justice for failing to contain the coronavirus.

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping talks by video with patients and medical workers at the Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. China's president visited the center of the global virus outbreak Tuesday as Italy began a sweeping nationwide travel ban and people worldwide braced for the possibility of recession. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (Xie Huanchi/Xinhua via AP)

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping talks by video with patients and medical workers at the Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. China's president visited the center of the global virus outbreak Tuesday as Italy began a sweeping nationwide travel ban and people worldwide braced for the possibility of recession. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (Xie Huanchi/Xinhua via AP)

Coronavirus : plusieurs festivals d’art vivant veulent encore y croire

Si le Printemps des comédiens de Montpellier a décidé de renoncer, d’autres rendez-vous estivaux maintiennent leur programme dans l’attente de l’évolution de la crise sanitaire.
Le Printemps des comédiens, à Montpellier, en juin 2018.
  • 8 avril 2020 à 16:45

UK lorry driver admits manslaughter over 39 people found dead in container

British lorry driver Maurice Robinson on Wednesday pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 39 Vietnamese migrants who were found dead in a refrigerated container last year.
  • 9 avril 2020 à 05:56

French aircraft carrier heading home due to suspected COVID-19 cases

French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle had to interrupt its mission in the North Sea and head home after the discovery of around 40 suspected COVID-19 cases on board, the French Ministry of Armed Forces said on Wednesday.
  • 9 avril 2020 à 04:32

Summer Heat May Not Diminish Coronavirus Strength

Par James Gorman
A new report, sent to the White House science adviser, says the country should not rely on warm weather to stop contagion.

A sunbather next to a closed beach in Hollywood, Fla., last month.

Scandale Lewinsky: mort de Linda Tripp

Celle qui avait enregistré à son insu les confidences de Monica Lewinsky pour les livrer à la justice est décédée mercredi.

Ahmed Ismail Hussein, Venerable Somali Musician, Dies at 91

Par Abdi Latif Dahir
Famously known as the “King of Oud,” Mr. Hussein was considered one of the giants of modern Somali music. He had the novel coronavirus.

Ahmed Ismail Hussein, one of Somalia’s greatest musicians, was a master of the oud.

The US Hitches Its Final Ride to Space From Russia—for Now

Par Daniel Oberhaus
Thursday’s launch to the space station will mark the end of America’s dependence on Russia for human spaceflight, but NASA may buy more seats on Soyuz rockets. 

Saudi Arabia Declares Cease-Fire in Yemen, Citing Fears of Coronavirus

Par Ben Hubbard
If it sticks, the cease-fire would be the first nationwide truce in five years of war in Yemen.

Yemeni fighters loyal to the Saudi-led coalition last year at the front line in Nehim, Yemen.

La France connaît sa plus forte récession depuis 1945

Le chômage partiel touche désormais un salarié du privé sur quatre, soit 5,8 millions de personnes.

Inégalités. Les pauvres encore plus pauvres dans la foulée de la pandémie

Le dernier rapport de l’ONG Oxfam anticipe un basculement massif dans la misère à travers le monde, suite à l’épidémie du coronavirus. Les pays riches sont au pied du mur.

Éditorial. Table rase

Il ne suffit plus de se payer de mots, il faut des actes. La pandémie, qui « hors de tout contrôle pourrait coûter la vie à plus de 40 millions de personnes », selon Oxfam, presse les dirigeants politiques d’agir. Mais pas n’importe comment, et surtout pas en recyclant les recettes ultralibérales d’hier qui ont aggravé les crises structurelles qui défigurent le quotidien de milliards d’êtres humains. On ne le répétera jamais assez, l’épidémie agit comme un miroir grossissant des injustices. Si le virus peut frapper tout un chacun, il n’est pas égalitaire.

Pluie de monnaie, oui mais sous conditions

Par Bruno Odent, Bruno Odent

Dans son « plan de sauvetage universel », Oxfam pointe l’urgence du moment et met l’accent sur le recours à une création monétaire pour le plus grand nombre.

Trade Forecast, Bernie Sanders, India’s Air: Your Thursday Briefing

Par Carole Landry
Let us help you start your day.

Container traffic at a New Jersey port amid forecasts of a sharp drop in global trade this year. 
  • 9 avril 2020 à 00:05

A choir rehearsal, a beach party and a Carnival ball: Inside three events that innocently sparked outbreaks

Par Alex Woodward, Alex Woodward
How coronavirus spread undetected before dozens fell ill in communities across the US

  • 9 avril 2020 à 00:04

As Coronavirus Hits U.S., Some Expatriates Stay in Africa

Par Dionne Searcey and Ruth Maclean
With the U.S. now leading the world in Covid-19 cases, its health care system fraying and economy faltering, some Americans abroad see their country in an unsettling light.

Taking the temperature of drivers and passengers in Nakuru, Kenya, to detect those with coronavirus symptoms.

Coronavirus: With poll numbers dipping and death toll rising, Trump predicts US will soon open with 'big bang'

Par John T Bennett, John T Bennett
President goes back to pushing malaria drug as treatment for Covid-19 that his family reportedly has a stake in

  • 8 avril 2020 à 23:49

Coronavirus: Trump's World Health Organisation funding freeze embodies 'America First' message

Par Griffin Connolly, Griffin Connolly
With Republicans in Congress supporting threats to withhold money from global health group, president continues chipping away at foreign aid programs

  • 8 avril 2020 à 23:46

Watch Live: President Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force Holds Press Conference

Par Charlie Spiering, Charlie Spiering
The president and his team continue to talk about the fight to contain the spread of the virus as well as support Americans suffering the economic effects of the global pandemic.

Trump Press Conference, Bloomberg Reporter

The president and his team continue to talk about the fight to contain the spread of the virus as well as support Americans suffering the economic effects of the global pandemic.

Coronavirus: Democrats demand details of Jared Kushner's involvement in supply chain

Par Graig Graziosi, Graig Graziosi
The Democrats are seeking information on 'Project Airbridge'

  • 8 avril 2020 à 23:24

In Memoriam: Linda Tripp (1949-2020), a Genuine Whistleblower

Par Joel B. Pollak, Joel B. Pollak
Linda Tripp spoke frequently with Breitbart News and also wrote occasional pieces for the website -- most recently an op-ed attacking the idea that the so-called "whistleblower" against President Donald Trump deserved the label she had earned.

lindatripp

Linda Tripp spoke frequently with Breitbart News and also wrote occasional pieces for the website -- most recently an op-ed attacking the idea that the so-called "whistleblower" against President Donald Trump deserved the label she had earned.

Barack and Michelle Obama to come off sidelines after Bernie Sanders drops out

Par Justin Vallejo, Justin Vallejo
Obama's former campaign manager says party will unite behind Joe Biden

  • 8 avril 2020 à 23:22

Exclusive — FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn: Coronavirus Antibodies Testing Ramping Up, Plasma-Based Treatments on the Way

Par Matthew Boyle, Matthew Boyle
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) administrator Dr. Stephen Hahn told Breitbart News exclusively on Wednesday that his agency is working with private industry leaders to bring more antibody testing and promising potential plasma-based treatments for the coronavirus to the American public.

Dr. Stephen Hahn

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) administrator Dr. Stephen Hahn told Breitbart News exclusively on Wednesday that his agency is working with private industry leaders to bring more antibody testing and promising potential plasma-based treatments for the coronavirus to the American public.

Les préfets pourront déroger à la réglementation nationale

Le droit de dérogation, expérimenté depuis 2017 dans certains territoires, a été étendu mercredi 8 avril à l’ensemble des préfets. Un outil utile pour « faciliter la reprise », a précisé le ministre de l’intérieur, Christophe Castaner.
Des policiers contrôlent des passants aux abords de la tour Eiffel, à Paris, mardi 7 avril.
  • 8 avril 2020 à 22:48

La coalition annonce un cessez-le-feu au Yémen

Afin de prévenir la propagation de la pandémie, la coalition militaire menée Ryad observera un arrêt des combats dès jeudi.

Italy closes ports to migrant ships because of coronavirus

Par MEE staff
Italy closes ports to migrant ships because of coronavirus
At least 150 people rescued off coast of Libya are currently on board German Sea-Eye rescue ship waiting to disembark at safe harbour
MEE staff Wed, 04/08/2020 - 21:40
Sea-Eye rescue ship Alan Kurdi during its inauguration in Palma de Mallorca last February (AFP/file photo)

The Italian government says it will not allow charity ships to disembark migrants and refugees at its ports after ruling that they are not "a place of safety" because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision came by decree late on Tuesday after a ship run by the German NGO Sea-Eye picked up about 150 people off the Libyan coast and headed towards Italy.

"For the entire duration of the national health emergency caused by the spread of the Covid-19 virus, Italian ports cannot guarantee the requisites needed to be classified and defined as a place of safety," said the decree, which was signed by Italy's interior, transport and health ministries.

Coronavirus: Greece locks down second refugee camp after man tests positive
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The measure effectively shutters Italian ports to rescue boats until at least 31 July, but that deadline might be extended, depending on Italy's ability to curb the outbreak. 

The closures are particularly worrisome now, as departures from Libya are expected to increase with the onset of good weather.

While most rescue ships that normally patrol the coast of Libya have halted operations as the world grapples with the spread of the coronavirus, Sea-Eye chose to disembark for its latest rescue operation sometime early last week.

It rescued the 150 people in two separate missions on 6 April, and posted an announcement on Twitter the next day about the importance of their ongoing operations.

"Even when life in Europe has almost come to a halt, human rights must be protected," the group said on Twitter. "Now our guests need a port of safety. #LeaveNoOneBehind"

'Shots were fired'

In a video posted by the group on Twitter, migrants could be seen jumping ship despite repeated screams of "stop" and "don't" coming from the crew of the Sea-Eye vessel, the Alan Kurdi, which is named for a three-year-old Syrian boy who drowned in 2015 as his family was trying to reach Europe.

"During the rescue, a Libyan-flagged speedboat endangered the work of Sea-Eye's rescue crew. After shots were fired in the air, approximately half of the people on the wooden boat jumped into the water in panic without life jackets and tried to swim towards the Alan Kurdi," the group said in a statement, adding that it was able to rescue all the passengers onboard. 

Yesterday our crew aboard the #ALANKURDI rescued 150 people.

Even when life in Europe has almost come to a halt, #humanrights must be protected.

Now our guests need a port of safety.#LeaveNoOneBehind pic.twitter.com/zctyL8SNmn

— sea-eye (@seaeyeorg) April 7, 2020

Prior to Italy's formal decree, both the Italian and Maltese governments had warned the Sea-Eye that the countries would not be accepting migrants from rescue ships amid fears of exacerbating the spread of the coronavirus.

The Sea-Eye said Germany had also warned against continuing its rescue efforts, but Gorden Isler, chairman of rescue group, said 150 cities in Germany have declared their readiness to receive migrants.

"It must be imaginable and humanly possible to send an aircraft for 150 safety-seeking people to Southern Europe in order to immediately evacuate these people," he said.

  • 8 avril 2020 à 22:40

Pour «encourager» le respect du confinement, un maire ukrainien fait creuser... des tombes

Comment inciter une population récalcitrante à respecter le confinement imposé par le gouvernement face à l'épidémie de coronavirus ? Un maire ukrainien a eu sa petite idée : faire creuser des centaines de tombes pour effrayer les habitants de sa ville, Dnipro, où pourtant aucun mort n'a été enregistré jusqu'ici.

L'édile de cette cité industrielle de près d'un million d'habitants, Boris Filatov, est un riche homme d'affaires, très actif sur les réseaux sociaux.

A ceux qui ne comprennent toujours pas : nous nous préparons au pire

«A ceux qui ne comprennent toujours pas : nous nous préparons au pire», a-t-il écrit sur Facebook le 2 avril, annonçant vouloir creuser ces centaines de tombes et exhortant les citadins à obéir aux règles d'isolement à domicile, souvent négligées par la population. 

615 tombes creusées et 2 000 sacs mortuaires préparés

Selon Ioulia Vitvitska, porte-parole de la mairie cité par l'AFP, 615 tombes ont été creusées dans plusieurs cimetières et 2 000 sacs mortuaires étanches ont été préparés dans la ville.

Le maire de Dnipro assure que, «sans aucune exagération, c'est une question de vie et de mort», alors qu'il menace également de faire passer les amendes à  17 000 hryvnias − soit 570 euros environ − pour ceux qui ne se confineraient pas. Une somme très importante dans ce pays, un des plus pauvres en Europe. 

Cette initiative du maire a été accueillie de diverses manières par les habitants de cette ville qui ne compte actuellement que 13 cas officiellement détectés et aucun décès. Pour l'écrivain populaire Ian Valetov, résidant dans la ville, cité par l'AFP, le maire a raison d'agir de la sorte et de brandir un «épouvantail» pour inciter ses administrés à «adopter une approche plus sérieuse» vis-à-vis de la pandémie. 

Une crise de nerf du maire

De son côté Ivan Krassikov, chef d'une ONG locale surveillant notamment les activités de la mairie, est bien plus tranchant. Pour lui il s'agit d'«une crise de nerf du maire», incapable de gérer la situation. 

En Ukraine, le Covid-19 a tué, selon le dernier bilan, 45 personnes pour un total de 1 462 cas recensés.

  • 8 avril 2020 à 22:40

Bernie Sanders s'incline mais ne lâche pas la bataille des idées

22:38 Le socialiste a annoncé mercredi qu’il abandonnait la course aux primaires démocrates. Il compte cependant peser le plus possible sur la plateforme du parti. D’une certaine manière, il a déjà gagné ce...

Bernie Sanders Tries to Ease Supporters: ‘The Struggle Continues’

Par Hannah Bleau, Hannah Bleau
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) tried to ease supporters as he announced the suspension of his presidential campaign on Wednesday, reminding them that the movement, and accompanying  "struggle," continues.

Bernie Sanders has dropped out of the 2020 Presidential Race

April 8th 2020 - Bernie Sanders withdraws his candidacy as a nominee from the Democratic Party in the 2020 election for the Presidency of The United States of America. - File Photo by: zz/Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx 2016 3/31/16 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders campaigns at a rally in St. Mary's Park in The Bronx, New York City. (NYC)
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