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Brexit threatens our democracy – can the spirit of Peterloo help us through? | Mike Leigh

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We may not have to fight for the vote. But the deceit that led to the referendum result is a historic betrayal

Monday 16 August 1819 was a beautiful summer’s day, when at least 60,000 people came in their Sunday best to St Peter’s Field in Manchester for the peaceful demonstration that turned so tragically into the bloody Peterloo massacre. On 16 August 2019, by contrast, there was a relentless downpour of the worst Mancunian variety. But the spirit of 200 years ago was not the least bit dampened by the torrential rain.

In our complex world of lies and fake news and sinister manipulation, democracy is under threat on so many levels. And the radicals and reformers of two centuries ago have much to teach us – the lessons of Peterloo go far beyond the issue of universal suffrage. As John Thacker Saxton, a real-life radical played by John-Paul Hurley in my film, says: “Though we can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark, the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

When we were kids, these buildings were pitch black. How surprising to see their true beauty after the Clean Air Acts

Related: Peterloo was the massacre that led to a new democratic era | Richard J Evans

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Hong Kong protests: Carrie Lam calls for dialogue with citizens

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Leader says she hopes calm will now be restored, but protesters dismiss offer as trap

Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, has said she will “immediately” set up a platform for dialogue with citizens and tackle complaints against the police, after a weekend of peaceful protests that she hoped would be the start of a return to calm in the financial hub. Her offer was dismissed by activists as “a trap”, however.

“Work will start immediately to build a platform of dialogue,” Lam said. “We hope this dialogue can be built upon a basis of mutual understanding and respect to find a way out for Hong Kong.”

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Queensland police to get new powers to search climate change protesters

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Crackdown includes new laws that make it illegal to possess a device used for locking on, and comes as Extinction Rebellion ramps up activities

Queensland police will be given new powers to search suspected climate change protesters, as the state government attempts to crack down on an escalating campaign of civil disobedience.

Extinction Rebellion protesters have regularly disrupted traffic in the Brisbane CBD. They have indicated those stoppages would escalate in the coming months. Other groups have attempted to stop the operations of mining companies, contractors and coal freight networks across the state.

Related: Extinction Rebellion: hitting a nerve at Australia's climate flashpoint

Everyone has the right to conduct a peaceful protest but the activities of some are not. Blocking roads is dangerous, reckless, irresponsible, selfish and stupid. The sinister tactics some protesters are using are dangerous and designed to harm. pic.twitter.com/y7Izir3SuD

Related: Queensland police arrest 56 climate change protesters in Brisbane

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Twitter removes nearly 1,000 accounts tied to China's campaign against Hong Kong protesters

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Company also suspends thousands of accounts as it reports ‘state-backed information operation’

Twitter has removed nearly 1,000 accounts and suspended thousands of others tied to a campaign by the Chinese government against protesters in Hong Kong, the company announced on Monday.

Twitter disclosed a “significant state-backed information operation” originating from within the People’s Republic of China (PRC) targeting the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. It removed 936 accounts and suspended approximately 200,000 accounts its investigation found were illegitimate.

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We were promised change – but corruption and brutality still rule in Zimbabwe | Fadzayi Mahere

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Emmerson Mnangagwa’s policies have left the country on its knees – and those who dare to protest are met with violence

In the Shona language, Nyamavhuvhu (August) signals the end of winter. The strong winds carry away the frost as they usher in the warmth of summer. With the silent strength of a new season, public discontent towards President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s failing socio-economic policies sweeps across Zimbabwe, manifesting itself through mounting displeasure and the growing threat of civil unrest.

Related: Chaos in Harare as Zimbabwe riot police violently disperse protesters

Related: Millions face hardship as Zimbabwe comes close to ‘meltdown’

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I lost my column for keeping Charlottesville police accountable. I'd do it again | Molly Conger

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Naively, I assumed the publication I worked for was as committed to unashamed truth-telling as I was. I was wrong

When the editor of a weekly paper approached me about writing a regular column about local politics, the first thing I asked her was: “Are you sure you know what you’d be getting yourself into?”

That was February. I’d been live-tweeting Charlottesville city government meetings for a year and a half, ever since the deadly Unite the Right rally in August 2017. Entirely by accident, I had created a fairly large audience for what amounted to municipal meeting minutes narrated by a mouthy socialist.

I’m not surprised a police officer and a former prosecutor would try to weaponize the legal system to silence a critic

I am surprised the paper’s owners reacted with such incredible cowardice

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Hong Kong protesters express their demands as thousands gather in demonstrations – video

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Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong people flocked to a downtown park for a rally after two months of increasingly violent clashes that have prompted severe warnings from Beijing and failed to win concessions from the city’s government. Torrential rain came down an hour into the rally, turning the park into a sea of colourful umbrellas. Many began walking on the streets, despite the police ban on a march, as the park became overcrowded

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Portland sees far-right and counter-protesters take to streets – video

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Oregon city saw its largest far-right demonstration of the Trump era on Saturday, as 500 rightwingers travelled from around the country to march back and forth across the city’s bridges, and briefly occupy a patch of its waterfront. City authorities succeeded in preventing head-on confrontations between the demonstration and a much larger counter-protest. Police said they made 13 arrests, and seized weapons throughout the day

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Hong Kong’s dilemma: fight or resist peacefully

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After 11 weeks of demonstrations, weary protesters fear only their ebbing stamina or Chinese troops will break the stalemate

Ellie Lau, a 21-year-old student, was one of thousands of protesters who flooded Hong Kong’s airport this week. There, she and a friend had an uneasy conversation about the future.

As they joined throngs of demonstrators dressed in black sitting on the floor of the arrivals hall they talked about exhaustion and uncertainty – emotions they have suppressed over the past two months of protesting against their government. “It’s already very hard for us. All the people I know are all very tired physically and mentally. We don’t know what we should or can do,” says Lau. “I will ask myself, ‘What else can I give up for this movement for the future of Hong Kong?’ We don’t usually talk about it, but we are all thinking about it.”

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The protest is like a pot of boiling water, the steam is hot. The only problem is when the water is all boiled out

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Hong Kong braces for huge rally as China condemns US 'gross interference'

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More than 100,000 people are expected to hold rally after police denied permission for march

More than 100,000 protesters were expected to stream into a Hong Kong park as a fresh rally was getting under way on Sunday, after two months of increasingly violent clashes that have prompted severe warnings from Beijing and no sign of concessions from the city’s government.

Police turned down a plan for Sunday’s march – from downtown Victoria Park to the central business district – submitted by the Civil Human Rights Front group, which has organised past demonstrations that drew millions. Police did, however, give permission for a rally at the park instead.

Related: Hong Kong: three rallies mark 11th weekend of protests

Related: 'An eye for an eye': Hong Kong protests get figurehead in woman injured by police

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The Observer’s view on China’s reaction to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong | Observer editorial

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The only way forward is to stop posturing and begin a dialogue

In Hong Kong, China’s leaders are confronted by an old truth, familiar to more securely established governments, that with power comes responsibility. There is no doubt Beijing has the brute strength to crush pro-democracy protests in Britain’s former colony. Equally, there is no doubt it would be irresponsible and self-defeating to do so.

Satellite images of motorised units of China’s People’s Armed police holding drills across the border in Shenzhen last week have heightened a sense of foreboding among demonstrators, who have nevertheless been on the streets again this weekend. This threatening build-up is accompanied by shrill warnings of grave consequences from officials and state media.

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Portland prepares for far-right rally expected to lead to violence

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Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson surrenders but Proud Boys to fore in event expected to attract ‘antifa’ counter-protest

As Portland prepared for what may be one of the biggest political demonstrations of the US summer, longtime rightwing leader Joey Gibson turned himself in to city authorities.

Related: How Portland's liberal utopia became the center of a rightwing war in the US

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Hong Kong: three rallies mark 11th weekend of protests

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Demonstrators aim to show public support for movement remains strong

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Hong Kong, as they sought to show their movement still had public support even after two months of increasingly violent clashes.

Protesters, clad in their signature black and holding umbrellas, marched down major streets in Kowloon, chanting: “Liberate Hong Kong! Revolution of our time!” Volunteers handed out herbal tea and juice, while some shops that had closed for the day left boxes of drinks out for protesters.

Related: Beijing’s game plan for stifling the Hong Kong protests is now clear | Sebastian Veg

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Oh so pretty … political upheaval credited for Dr Martens sales boost

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Shoemaker enjoys revival as old classic wins fans among rebellious younger generation

Its footwear has been stomping down British high streets for nearly 60 years but Dr Martens is reporting record sales as fresh political upheaval and a trend for chunky platform shoes make its sturdy footwear more fashionable than ever.

The classic brand has won over millennials and generation Z with twists on its classic styles, such as vegan sandals covered in hearts and £170 iridescent pink, stacked boots. Sales of these new lines jumped 84% in its last financial year, while the overall number of pairs sold rose by 20% to 8.3m.

There is a 1460 for every single human being on the planet

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'A new Hawaiian Renaissance': how a telescope protest became a movement

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Demonstrators opposed to the building of a telescope on Mauna Kea, the state’s highest peak, have forged a community

On Hawaii’s Big Island, a protest against a $1.4bn observatory on Mauna Kea, a mountain considered sacred by many Native Hawaiians, is entering a second month. In that time, the protest site has swelled from a few hundred to several thousands, attracted celebrity visitors, and built a community of Native Hawaiians who see it as a pivotal moment.

The protest site sits at an elevation of 6,632ft, where the cold wind whips across hardened lava fields. But amid this inhospitable environment, weeks of demonstration have given rise to a sense of permanence.

Related: Dozens arrested as Hawaiians protest $1.4bn telescope on sacred mountain

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Animal Rebellion activists to blockade UK's biggest meat market

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London’s Smithfield Market part of next wave of Extinction Rebellion climate protests

Thousands of animal rights and environment activists are planning to blockade Smithfield Market – the largest wholesale meat market in the UK – in the next wave of Extinction Rebellion climate protests.

A new group calling itself Animal Rebellion says it has almost 2,000 volunteers signed up to take part in a two-week blockade of the central London market from 7 October.

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Peterloo massacre bicentenary revives reformist spirit of 1819

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Manchester crowds hear why march that ended in 18 deaths still has relevance in modern Britain

Hundreds of people summoned the spirit of 1819 with a powerful and provocative demonstration against 21st-century inequality to mark 200 years since the Peterloo massacre.

Under leaden skies and driving rain, a crowd of Mancunians took part in a music-driven protest demanding action on issues including homelessness, disability rights and the climate emergency.

What was the Peterloo Massacre and how many were killed?

Related: Would the Peterloo marchers be satisfied with today's Britain?

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Zimbabwe riot police use teargas and batons to clear protesters - video

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Riot police charge hundreds of protesters in Zimbabwe hours after a court rejected an opposition attempt to overturn the ban on a planned rally. Witnesses reported chaotic scenes, with many protesters beaten with batons, at least three injured and others loaded into armoured vehicles

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'An eye for an eye': Hong Kong protests get figurehead in woman injured by police

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Woman who may lose an eye after being shot with a beanbag round has galvanised protesters

Two months into Hong Kong’s political crisis, the faceless, leaderless protest movement has found a figurehead: a young woman who may be blind in one eye because of the police.

On Sunday, amid clashes between police and protesters in Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon, footage emerged of a woman, believed to be a volunteer medic, lying on the ground with blood streaming from her right eye. What appeared to be a beanbag round was lodged in a set of goggles on the ground in front of her.

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The young woman who was shot by Hong Kong police in the eye with what appeared to be bean bag round quickly becoming the latest image of tremendous anger with police and their tactics. Calls for a mass rally at the airport this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/x4FjB6asFY

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Chaos in Harare as Zimbabwe riot police violently disperse protesters

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Court rejects opposition party’s attempt to overturn ban on demonstration in capital

Riot police have charged hundreds of protesters in Zimbabwe and fired teargas, hours after a court ruled out an attempt by the opposition to overturn a ban on a planned demonstration.

As leaders of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the main opposition party, debated whether to call off the protest on Friday, police armed with batons and whips moved to clear streets in the centre of Harare, the capital.

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