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Latest update : 2014-06-02

Online support for northern Irish parliamentarian

In this edition: online support for a politician in Northern Ireland; Qatar launches a dress code campaign; and a mountain bike champ tears down the streets of Taxco, Mexico.

ONLINE SUPPORT FOR NORTHERN IRISH PARLIAMENTARIAN

As we can see from these pieces of amateur video footage that have been doing the rounds online, thousands took to the streets of Belfast in Northern Ireland on Saturday, to denounce the rise in racism across the country. The demonstration comes after Hong Kong born parliamentarian Anna Lo declared last week that she would not be standing for re-election, a decision she said stemmed from the growing hostility to foreigners and ongoing racist abuse from loyalists. 

The rally was coordinated via social networks where Anna Lo`s announcement has caused something of a buzz. Web users in Northern Ireland, like the 18,000 members of this Facebook page, have been voicing their support. Many have posted under the #IStandWithAnna hashtag, slamming the rising levels of xenophobia and urging citizens to stand together to combat the problem. 

Anna Lo has responded to this wave of solidarity in a statement posted to her party`s website. She extends her heartfelt thanks to all those who are taking a stand against racism in the country. As the “Belfast Telegraph” reports in its online edition, the combat is more relevant than ever before, as there are now two racist attacks being reported every day in Northern Ireland.

QATAR LAUNCHES "DRESS CODE" CAMPAIGN

"Help us preserve Qatar`s culture and values, please dress modestly in public places". This message has been printed on to leaflets as part of a campaign targeting visitors to the small Persian Gulf country. The social media campaign called “Reflect your Respect” was started by a group of female Qatari activists who say they want to educate tourists and foreign residents who make up around 80 % of the country`s population and convince them to cover up and respect the Islamic state`s modest clothing culture.

The initiative has been met with mixed reactions online. While some have hailed the campaign, saying it is totally reasonable to ask visitors to adhere to a country`s cultural customs, others are less than impressed. Some social networkers are saying it goes against the principle of individual freedom, and that it is possible to show respect to the people of Qatar without having to bend to their strict dress codes. 

The group behind the controversial campaign says wearing clothing considered indecent is illegal in Qatar. That is it written in the constitution and Article 290 of Qatar`s penal code, whereby any act or gesture deemed indecent or obscene will be punished by a prison term of up to six months…

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

There has been widespread commentary on social networks, following Saturday`s announcement that US soldier Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl had been released by the Taliban in Afghanistan after being held captive for almost five years. Most web users are saying how thrilled they are that Bergdahl can finally come home, but there has also been some criticism over the conditions under which he was freed, after the US government agreed to trade Sergeant Bergdahl for five Afghan detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. 

MAKE-UP CREATIONS BY ELSA RHAE

Professional make-up artist Elsa Rhae has come up with some incredibly imaginative creations transforming herself into all manner of characters from superheroes to zombies … these astonishingly realistic ephemeral art works are available to view on her Facebook page and YouTube channel… 

AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO AMERICAN MOVIE CLICHÉS

On comic book artist Allan Barte`s Tumblr blog, you`ll find an illustrated guide to the all too common clichés and inconsistencies we see in American movies and TV shows … how the heroes always refuse medical assistance for example … or how they always manage to find a parking space in the city center, or how Hollywood directors imagine the streets of Paris are full of mime artists … 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

This video was produced by mountain bike champ Kelly McGarry, who filmed his dizzy descent as he tore down never ending staircases and narrow back alleys in Taxco, Mexico. You can check out this adrenaline packed clip in its entirety on the Go Pro YouTube channel

By Electron Libre

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