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Australian women strip-searched in Doha Airport will sue Qatar

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The women were examined to determine whether they had given birth previously after a baby was found in an airport bin

A group of Australian women who were strip-searched and examined at Doha Airport will sue authorities in Qatar.

The women were taken off their flight and checked for whether they had given birth after a baby was found in a bin at Hamad Airport.

The victims labelled the incident as state-sanctioned assault after which Qatar apologised, handing one airport official a suspended jail sentence… but they say their cases have since been ignored.

The women were taken off their plane and inspected by nurses in ambulances on the tarmac with one saying she was “subjected to the most horrifically invasive physical exam”.

The group did not consent to the five minute examination and were given no information as to what was going on… but afterwards they were escorted back to their flight.

One says she “Was certain that [she] was either going to be killed by one of the many men that had a gun, or that [her] husband on the plane was going to be killed”.

Another woman admitted to recurring nightmares surrounding the experience… and was motivated to pursue action after being met with a “wall of silence” from the Qatari government.

She says “by speaking up, we want to ensure that no woman is ever subjected to the demoralising, horrendous treatment we were subjected to”.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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Porn floods Twitter “China” search

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Twitter users have been finding it hard to search for information on the social media platform due to an explosion of pornographic spam.

While thousands of protests against extended lockdowns, a digital bot army has roared into action on Twitter, with long-dormant Chinese language accounts suddenly tweeting links to escort services and other adult content.

Anyone trying to track the spontaneous protest movement on Twitter complained about the deluge of spam pornographic content making flooding the search for information.

The China protests come at a time when Twitter’s content and moderation teams have been pared back drastically following Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of the social media giant.

Twitter, along with other international social media services like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, is blocked by Beijing’s internet censors within Mainland China.

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Biden silence on China protests

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As citizens across China revolt against the country’s “zero Covid” policy, the White House issued a statement about the growing protests.

“‘We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, in the United States and around the world,’ a White House National Security Council spokesperson said in a statement.

‘This includes in the [People’s Republic of China.]’

“‘Zero COVID is not a policy we are pursuing here,’ the spokesperson said.

‘And as we’ve said, we think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero COVID strategy.’”

Commentators have noted that the statement came from the White House, and not President Biden himself.

Demonstrators are calling on President Joe Biden to take a stance and publicly support their cause.

The protests have continued despite numerous attempts by the Chinese government to quell them.

 

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China protests hit global markets, crypto

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The protests in China are having a negative impact on cryptocurrencies and markets around the world.

Bitcoin failed to break its descent and fell more than 3 percent.

The global crypto market cap fell over 2%, sending major cryptos into the red.

Over the last 24 hours, overall crypto market volume grew by 22%.

It comes amid a round of investor nervousness in global markets spurred by protests in China against Covid restrictions.

Protesters outraged by harsh COVID-19 regulations called for China’s strong leader to quit.

China is the world’s second-largest economy and has a significant impact on global financial markets.

Stocks and cryptos aren’t considered safe havens, leading to bearing price action.

Analysts are hoping for a sharp bullish reversal if and when the protests end.

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