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'Where were the police?' Hong Kong outcry after masked thugs launch attack

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Police accused of doing nothing to stop suspected triads storming train station and beating people including women and children

Pro-democracy activists and lawmakers in Hong Kong have accused the police of standing by as men dressed in white attacked commuters late on Sunday, leaving dozens hospitalised and one critically injured.

Video footage from Hong Kong media showed a group of about a dozen men, some with black masks, storming a subway station and indiscriminately beating passengers with wooden bats. Among those hurt in the attack at Yuen Long were demonstrators returning from a large anti-government rally, as well as a pregnant woman and a woman holding an infant, according to witnesses.

Ambulance was not enough for so many injured. I did saw the pregnant women who fainted but at once she nearly got assualted again. There was woman holding infant got assaulted too. Weirdest thing is the "leader" of triad tried to help! #antiELAB #ExtraditionBill #HongKongProtest

Snippet of a live broadcast from lawmaker Lam Cheuk ting, showing self-professed pro-Gov't mobsters attacking passengers in train cars at #MTR #YuenLong Stn. #HongKong has 1 of the world's highest cop to population ratio. Where were @hkpoliceforce? Lam was injured as shown live. pic.twitter.com/Aq5JmJlf5u

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'I thought they would kill me': Thai dissidents targeted in brutal crackdown

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Ever since sham elections in March, activists have been singled out in a series of brutal attacks as the military tightens its grip on power

The blows came hard and heavy on Sirawith Seritiwat’s head. The four men, dressed in motorcycle helmets, black gloves and balaclavas, brought their metal truncheons down again and again down onto the young activist’s face, shattering his nose and eye socket as blood poured from a wound in his head.

“I have never felt so much excruciating pain, I thought they would kill me,” said Sirawith, popularly known as “Ja New”. But as cries of “the police are coming” reverberated across the busy suburban Bangkok junction, the attackers jumped on motorcycles and drove off, disappearing as quickly as they had come.

Related: Murder on the Mekong: why exiled Thai dissidents are abducted and killed

Related: Thai activists accused of insulting monarchy 'disappear' in Vietnam

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Puerto Rico: Ricardo Rosselló resigns as party president over text messages

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  • Embattled leader stops short of resigning as governor
  • Protesters had set Sunday evening deadline for his departure

Puerto Rico’s embattled governor Ricardo Rosselló has announced that he will resign as president of the ruling New Progressive party and will not contest next year’s gubernatorial election, but has stopped short of resigning as governor of the US territory.

The announcement, made via Facebook live, follows 10 days of mass protests over a text message scandal that prompted senior members of his own party and representatives in Washington to withdraw their support.

Related: 'Ricky, resign!' Puerto Rico's famous musicians lend voice to surging protesters

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Hong Kong police fire rubber bullets as protests turn violent

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Widespread conflict erupts on pro-democracy march, with Beijing liaison office targeted

A major anti-government march in Hong Kong descended into chaos late on Sunday, as police fired teargas on protesters and unidentified masked men attacked commuters returning from the demonstration.

The protesters had surrounded China’s liaison office in the city, where they barricaded the building’s entrance and wrote graffiti its walls.

Related: 'Don't mess with us': the spirit of rebellion spreads in Hong Kong

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Greta Thunberg: ‘They see us as a threat because we’re having an impact’

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The climate activist answers questions from famous supporters and Observer readers, with an introduction by Ali Smith

Greta Thunberg. This time last year she was unimaginable. Then, pretty much from nowhere, there she was: small and slight, a girl just turned 16, the way-too-young odd person out on a panel of adults sitting in front of the world’s economic powers at Davos last January. Unshowy and serious, careful, firm, she said it. Our house is on fire.

The ancient Greeks had a word for this: parrhesiastes. It means a person who speaks truth to power: you should not be behaving in this way. Don’t. More specifically it suggests someone in whom directness of expression and access to truth coincide; and it means someone of very little power who’s risking everything – because they can’t not, there’s no option – to speak ethical truth to powers so entrenched that they’re close to tyrannical, because telling this truth is about moral law. “Some people, some companies, some decision-makers in particular know exactly what priceless values they have been sacrificing to continue to make unimaginable amounts of money, and I think many of you here today,” she said to the World Economic Forum conference, “belong to that group of people.”

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March for Change: anti-Brexit protesters take to London streets

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March takes place three days before pro-Brexit Boris Johnson is expected to be crowned Tory leader

Demonstrators from across the country assembled on Park Lane in central London to march against Brexit, and Boris Johnson’s likely move into No 10, and for a second Brexit referendum.

At first sight, the message of the “No to Boris, yes to Europe” march, taking place three days before Johnson is expected to be crowned Tory leader, seemed to be unambiguous.

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Guatemala court upholds request to suspend work at huge nickel mine

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Campaigners say full consultation was not carried out before 2014 reopening of European-owned Fenix site

Guatemala’s constitutional court has upheld a request from indigenous campaigners to suspend operations at one of the largest nickel mines in Central America, in a battle over the facility’s environmental impact.

The court found in favour of an appeal brought by campaigners who claim the ministry of energy and mines failed to carry out a full consultation with local people when it decided, in 2016, to extend the licence for the Fenix mine.

Related: The Guatemalans who pay the price for the west’s need for nickel

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Hanging about: Italian city demands right to nap in a hammock

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Residents of Trieste angry after Austrian tourist fined €300 for sleeping near seafront

Citizens of Trieste are planning a protest on Saturday to claim their “right to nap in a hammock” in the northern Italian city’s popular seafront pine forest area, Barcola, after an Austrian tourist was fined €300 for sleeping in one.

The man, 52, hung a hammock between two trees along the promenade that runs between the forest and seafront on Thursday afternoon. But his slumber was interrupted by police following complaints from passersby.

Related: A local’s guide to Trieste: 10 top tips

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Extinction Rebellion boats banned from London protests

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Met police imposes restriction to limit disruption on final day of summer demonstrations

Police have banned Extinction Rebellion activists from using boats, vehicles or “other structures” during the final day of its summer protests in London.

A condition was imposed upon the civil disobedience movement by the Metropolitan police on Friday morning to prevent disruption to communities.

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Extinction Rebellion protesters aren’t anarchists – we just want to save our world | Robert Rivett

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I was thinking of my grandchildren while I waited to be arrested on Waterloo Bridge

• Bob Rivett is a retired GP and Extinction Rebellion member

I am a retired doctor, a husband, a father and grandfather – I am also one of more than 1,000 Extinction Rebellion protesters who have been arrested by police. During the April demonstrations in London, I sat on Waterloo Bridge with many others and refused to move in full acceptance that this nonviolent action would lead to my arrest.

For many years I have been aware of the growing threat to life on Earth due to our overconsumption of the planet’s finite resources, our pollution of land, air and sea, our disregard for other forms of life and, in particular, our reckless burning of fossil fuels. It’s now clear that global heating and biodiversity loss are proceeding even faster than predicted just a few years ago and we are reaching a tipping point beyond which it will soon be too late to avoid the extinction of life as we know it. Like most of my generation living in the wealthy parts of the world, I must accept the guilt and responsibility of my own contribution to this situation.

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Police call for tougher sentences to deter Extinction Rebellion

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Met says it is working with CPS on more than 900 cases from environmental protests

Police have accused Extinction Rebellion of causing “high level” disruption and called for courts to pass sentences big enough to deter them from causing fresh chaos, as the environmental group braces itself for mass prosecutions of its activists.

Laurence Taylor, the deputy assistant commissioner in charge of protest policing for the Metropolitan force, said last April’s mass civil disobedience, when thousands of activists occupied four sites across London, saw 90 of the people being arrested only to be released and rejoin the protests. Taylor said police were talking to the government about tougher and clearer powers.

Extinction Rebellion is an protest group that uses non-violent civil disobedience to campaign on environmental issues.

Related: Case against HS2 environmental protesters collapses

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Puerto Rico: thousands flood streets in push to oust governor – in pictures

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Photographer Angel Valentin accompanied our reporter Oliver Laughland to capture the growing protests in Puerto Rico against Governor Ricky Rosselló. The street demonstrations have been sparked by leaked text messages showing the US territory’s top official using misogynistic and homophobic slurs with members of his circle. The scandal focused widespread discontent about alleged corruption under Rosselló’s administration

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Case against HS2 environmental protesters collapses

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Sarah Green and Laura Hughes raised concerns over impact on Colne Valley near London

Two environmental protesters campaigning against the HS2 high-speed rail link have walked free from court after a prosecution against them collapsed.

Sarah Green, 63, a Green party member, and Laura Hughes, 37, of Extinction Rebellion, were both charged with aggravated trespass for protesting against work HS2 was carrying out in the Colne Valley nature reserve in Hillingdon, London, home to a variety of fauna and flora including bats, owls and osprey.

Extinction Rebellion is an protest group that uses non-violent civil disobedience to campaign on environmental issues.

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Vienna 1934-Munich 1938 review – Vanessa Redgrave's portrait of antifascism

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The star mines her family history in this passionate but haphazard ride through socialist resistance to the Nazis

This is a show unlike any other. Subtitled “A Family Album”, it is written, narrated and directed by Vanessa Redgrave, and is a mixture of private memoir and public portrait of the antifascist movements of the 1930s. Discursive and haphazardly structured, it is also fascinating to anyone with an interest in the Redgrave family or the politics of the period.

Much of the first part is taken up with the story of Muriel Gardiner, an American anti-Nazi activist who worked tirelessly to rescue Austrian socialists after the murder of the country’s chancellor, Dolfuss, in 1934. Gardiner’s story was controversially co-opted by Lillian Hellman in her book, Pentimento, which was the source of the film, Julia, in which Redgrave herself starred. But Gardiner also had an affair with Stephen Spender, which prompts a reading of his polemical poem, Vienna, and an account of the sexual ambivalence of many of the prominent socialists of the 1930s including Vanessa’s father, Michael. The show builds towards an extended climax in which Thomas Mann delivers a lecture in New York in 1938 fiercely denouncing the passive attitude of the western democracies, Britain most especially, towards Hitlerian fascism.

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Clashes in Puerto Rico during protest against governor Ricardo Rosselló – video

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Demonstrations against the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, turned violent again on Wednesday. Police fired teargas as protesters lit fires and threw rocks. The demonstrations were triggered by leaked homophobic and misogynistic messages between Rosselló and his closest allies

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Puerto Rico: protesters urge governor to quit after leak of homophobic messages

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Thousands march against Ricardo Rosselló after chats revealed sexist language and anti-gay remarks about singer Ricky Martin

Thousands of protesters have marched in Puerto Rico’s capital city for a third day to call for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló after sexist private chat messages were leaked.

The leak of at least 889 pages of the private chats has sunk Rosselló into the deepest crisis of his career, nearly two years after Hurricane María exposed Puerto Rico’s collapsing long-neglected infrastructure and leaving several thousand dead on Rosselló’s watch. Last week, two of his top former officials were arrested by the FBI on corruption charges.

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Extinction Rebellion activists target London's biggest concrete supplier – video

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Climate emergency protesters have begun a second day of action by blocking and chaining themselves to the entrance of a concrete factory in east London. About 50 activists blocked the gates at London Concrete in Bow to stop workers or vehicles from entering the site on Tuesday morning. The disruption is planned to halt the expansion of the site, which is intended to support the construction of the Silvertown Tunnel

Extinction Rebellion activists target east London concrete plant

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Extinction Rebellion activists target east London concrete plant

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Activists block gates of London Concrete as part of week-long programme of protests

Extinction Rebellion activists have begun a second day of protest by blocking and chaining themselves to the entrance of a concrete factory.

Throughout the country, the environmental activist movement is staging five days of non-violent disruption in five cities to urge the government to take immediate action to address the climate crisis.

Extinction Rebellion is an international protest group that uses non-violent civil disobedience to campaign on environmental issues. 

Related: Extinction Rebellion protests block traffic in five UK cities

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Riot police clash with protesters in Hong Kong shopping centre – video

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Officers dressed in riot gear have fought with demonstrators inside a shopping centre in the residential district of Sha Tin, as they tried to disperse tens of thousands of people rallying against an extradition bill that would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China to face trial. Millions have taken to the streets in the past month in some of the largest and most violent protests for decades

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