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Climate activists block London bridges in 'swarming' protest – video

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Activists from the Extinction Rebellion campaign group have blocked traffic on Lambeth Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge in London in an attempt to bring the city to a standstill during morning rush-hour. The protest is part of a campaign of mass civil disobedience to try to force governments to treat the threats of climate breakdown and extinction as a crisis


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'Swarming' sit-down protests disrupt London traffic

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Extinction Rebellion group begins another day of protest by blockading Lambeth Bridge

Climate activists have blocked traffic at four points around London, as they escalated their environmental protests by trying to bring the city to a standstill during morning rush-hour.

One group of protesters from the group Extinction Rebellion blocked traffic over the Thames at Lambeth and Vauxhall Bridges by 9am, while other groups took action at Elephant and Castle, Tower Bridge and Earl’s Court.

"I don't care about the environment," says one angry man as he tells off #ExtinctionRebellion protesters blocking the street at Lambeth Bridge pic.twitter.com/SlZAQKhgiR

"what do we want? Climate justice

" when do we want it? Now"#ExtinctionRebellion protesters chant at lambeth Bridge roads block pic.twitter.com/AEG7JFaM3o

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Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam released from prison

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Activist held since Dhaka gripped by massive student protests in August

The award-winning Bangladeshi photographer and activist Shahidul Alam has been released from prison after more than 100 days behind bars, in a closely watched freedom-of-speech case.

The 63-year-old was arrested on 5 August for making “false” and “provocative” statements on al-Jazeera television and Facebook during student protests. He was freed from Dhaka’s main jail late on Tuesday after being granted bail last week.

Related: The work of jailed Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam

Related: Amid arrests and killings, Bangladesh and India must fight censorship | Arundhati Roy

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The Guardian view on Hong Kong protest trials: a test of freedoms | Editorial

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The city has been under growing pressure since the ‘umbrella movement’ convulsed it four years ago

Nine pro-democracy campaigners are on trial in Hong Kong over their role in the “umbrella movement”, four years after the unprecedented protests gripped the city. They are pleading not guilty and hope to use the hearings to turn a spotlight on the issues behind their case: what is also on trial, says the defendant Benny Tai, a legal scholar, is the high degree of autonomy and the rule of law that Hong Kong is supposed to enjoy.

Unusually, prosecutors have based the charges on a common law offence which renders them more ambiguous than similar charges under statutory law and ensures that they carry far harsher sentences, of up to seven years. The defendants are accused of inciting public nuisance; Mr Tai and the two fellow founders of the Occupy Central campaign are also accused of conspiracy to cause public nuisance and, absurdly, inciting others to incite public nuisance. Amnesty International describes the charges as deliberately vague and designed to chill.

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Anti-racism protest deserved coverage too | Letter

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Saturday’s anti-racism, anti-fascist protest in London was attended by up to 30,000 people, writes Gillian Dalley

I’m glad that you reported on the Extinction Rebellion protest in London on Saturday, blocking several Thames crossings, attended by up to 6,000 people (Warning from artist among 82 arrested at climate blockade, 19 November). But I’m sorry Monday’s paper didn’t cover the anti-racism, anti-fascist protest in London on the same day, marching from Portland Place to Whitehall, attended by up to 30,000 people from a wide range of political, civic and charitable organisations and trade unions. Both were significant democratic events and both, surely, should have been brought to public attention.
Gillian Dalley
London

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Hong Kong protesters go on trial as fight for democracy continues

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Case highlights failure to honour promise of free elections, say campaigners

Nine leaders of Hong Kong’s 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement go on trial on Monday on various charges that each carry a maximum penalty of seven years’ imprisonment.

The justice department has prosecuted leading activists from the 2014 protests, in which huge crowds turned out to call for political reform, with some barred from standing for office and others removed from the legislature.

Related: Hong Kong bans pro-independence party as China tightens grip

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Artist Gavin Turk arrested in London climate change protest

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Turk held for obstructing public highway and has no regrets in taking part in mass civil disobedience

The British artist Gavin Turk has said every member of the public will feel the impact of the climate emergency sooner rather than later, after he was arrested during mass civil disobedience in central London.

Turk, who was among 82 people arrested during a coordinated occupation of five bridges in the capital, said the pressure to force governments to act to reduce climate change was “the new future”.

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Trans rights activists attacked with pepper spray during Ukraine march

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Kiev demonstration was interrupted by far-right protesters who threw smoke bombs into the crowd

Two activists have been attacked with pepper spray in Kiev during a transgender rights march that was interrupted by dozens of far-right protesters.

About 30 people were taking part in the demonstration in the Ukraine capital, holding rainbow flags and banners with slogans including “Transphobia must be stopped” and “If you stay silent, they will come after you too”.

Journalist @ColborneMichael took punch to face, sustained cut & had glasses broken by far-right radicals while covering today’s transgender rights rally as police not only stood by but physically removed activists from city-sanctioned event. cc @pressfreedom @RSF_EECA @OSCE_RFoM pic.twitter.com/UZyn7aKdee

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Arrests and clashes as rival right and left rallies descend on Portland again

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Oregon city scene of skirmishes as rightwing protest is countered by larger antifascist gathering

Police in Portland, Oregon, declared a civil disturbance and made six arrests on Saturday evening as they once again struggled to contain conflict between contending protest groups in the city’s downtown area.

Using fences, barricades and tapes, police kept rightwing and leftwing protests confined to opposite parks for several hours starting from noon.

Related: Portland far-right rally: police charge counterprotesters with batons drawn

Related: Pittsburgh shooting extends wave of conspiracy-minded rightwing violence

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Bernie Sanders targets Walmart and takes aim at low wages and CEO | The Resistance Now

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Stop Walmart Act would prevent large companies from buying back stock unless they pay all employees at least $15 an hour

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Walmart made more than $13bn in profits last year, while the median worker was paid just $19,177. Instead of using its profits to raise wages to a living wage of $15 an hour, Walmart plans to buy back $20bn of its own stock over a two-year period to enrich its executives and shareholders.

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French protester killed in accident at anti-fuel tax blockade

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Driver accelerated when panicked by ‘yellow vest’ demonstration in Savoie, prefect says

A protester has died after being hit by a motorist as demonstrators angry at fuel tax rises caused gridlock in parts of France on Saturday.

Police said 47 other protesters had also been injured, three critically, as France’s newest people’s movement, the gilets jaunes (yellow vests), staged a day of action.

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Thousands block five London bridges to protest over climate crisis – video

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People have descended on central London for ‘a day of rebellion’ in protest over the looming climate crisis. They began massing on five bridges over the River Thames from 10am on Saturday. By 11.30am organisers said all five target bridges had been occupied.

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Thousands gather to block London bridges in climate rebellion

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Protesters plan to close five main bridges across Thames over extinction crisis

Thousands of people have descended on central London for a “day of rebellion” in protest over the looming climate crisis.

People began massing on five bridges over the River Thames from 10am on Saturday. By 11.30am organisers said all five target bridges in central London had been occupied.

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'Merkel Muss Weg': far-right protests target German chancellor in Chemnitz

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Up to 1,200 demonstrators gather as German chancellor visits city, which has become a hotbed of aggression

It had been dubbed a stop on “Angela Merkel’s farewell tour” by the far-right, who promised to give the German chancellor a “good send off” when she visited Chemnitz on Friday.

Benjamin Jahn Zschocke, of the rightwing movement Pro Chemnitz, said: “We will use the opportunity to celebrate her departure and of course we see it partly as our success.”

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'Gilet jaunes' protesters threaten to bring France to a standstill

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Unofficial movement with no identified leader plans to block roads in rally over fuel prices

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, faces a new challenge this weekend as a motorist protest movement threatens to bring the country to a standstill.

The so-called gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protest movement has no official organisation, no identified leader and no political affiliation. Instead, it has been almost entirely coordinated on social media.

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Amid arrests and killings, Bangladesh and India must fight censorship | Arundhati Roy

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On PEN International’s Day of the Imprisoned Writer, the Indian novelist addresses photographer Shahidul Alam, charged with criticising Bangladesh on Facebook

Dear Shahidul,

It’s been more than 100 days now since they took you away. Times aren’t easy in your country or in mine, so when we first heard that unknown men had abducted you from your home, we feared the worst. Were you going to be “encountered” (our word in India for extra-judicial murder by security forces) or killed by “non-state actors”? Would your body be found in an alley, or floating in some shallow pond on the outskirts of Dhaka? When your arrest was announced and you surfaced, alive, in a police station, our first reaction was one of sheer joy.

As both our countries hurtle towards general elections, we know that we can expect more arrests, more lynching, more killing

Related: The work of jailed Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam

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Anti-Brexit protester repeatedly crashes live BBC news interviews – video

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A persistent anti-Brexit protester repeatedly crashed live BBC News interviews despite the best efforts of crews to cut him out of shot. The protestor, clearly familiar with live broadcasting techniques, jumps from shot to shot each time the director moves the camera angle resulting in a game of cat and mouse that on one occasion lasted more than a minute 

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New York City to Amazon: drop dead

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In Queens, opponents of second HQ say building plans bypass elected officials, will rip off taxpayers and harm neighborhood

Politicians and advocates gathered in Queens on Wednesday to denounce a multibillion-dollar plan to bring a new Amazon headquarters to New York. One city councilman called the move “an assault on our democracy”.

Related: 'It's obscene and wrong': Amazon HQ2 gets typically warm New York welcome

Don’t be fooled by the magic numbers that they’re throwing around. This is a bunch of bull

Related: What Amazon HQ2 tells us about America's great divide | Robert Reich

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By marching together, we can beat the scourge of the far right | Musa Okwonga

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The demise of fascist group Wir für Deutschland in Berlin shows that citizens can unite to banish hatred

Something significant has just occurred in Berlin. The far-right group Wir für Deutschland (We for Germany), which has been marching in the capital since 2016, has just announced that it will no longer protest there. Explaining the decision in a frustration-filled statement on Facebook, Wir für Deutschland credited three factors in particular.

Related: I live among the neo-Nazis in eastern Germany. And it’s terrifying | Anonymous

Related: Thousands turn out for Chemnitz anti-racism rock concert

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Social media influencer urges young people to protest over environment

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Jack Harries was at protest by Extinction Rebellion which plans to bring London to a standstill

The social media influencer Jack Harries has said young people have a duty to protest against environmental destruction, as he took part in a protest in London.

The 25-year-old, whose YouTube channel has 4 million subscribers, spoke to the Guardian as he helped hold a 68-metre banner dropped over the side of Westminster Bridge with a message that read: “We’re fucked.”

"this is ecocide, this is genocide"#ExtinctionRebellion environment protester explains her actions in cuffs as she is arrested outside Downing Street pic.twitter.com/QLEv2WIOQy

#ExtinctionRebellion activist arrested outside Downing Street pic.twitter.com/EgbecyxkxW

"This is an existential threat. Young people should be angry and should be demanding change from their leaders."

Filmmaker @JackHarries holds a banner over Westminster bride with activists from #ExtinctionRebellion pic.twitter.com/gyCykZpah2

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