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Rabbi, 77, arrested at Extinction Rebellion's Bank of England protest – video report

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About 100 climate activists from Extinction Rebellion protested on Monday in the City of London, sitting in the road outside the Bank of England from 7am. Police arrested a number of people, including Rabbi Jeffrey Newman, of the Finchley Reform Synagogue. 'We are in a period of enormous catastrophic breakdown and, if it takes an arrest to try to find ways of helping to galvanise public opinion, then it is certainly worth being arrested,'  he said before being taken away.

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Hong Kong protests are at 'life-threatening level', say police

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Warning follows another night of violent skirmishes between police and protesters in city

Violent pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have escalated to a “life-threatening level”, police have said, after a small bomb exploded and a police officer was stabbed in clashes overnight.

Peaceful rallies descended into chaos in the Chinese-ruled city on Sunday with running skirmishes between protesters and police in shopping malls and on streets. Black-clad activists threw 20 petrol bombs at one police station, while others trashed shops and metro stations.

Related: Hong Kong protesters use new flashmob strategy to avoid arrest

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Catalans protest at 'harsh' sentencing of independence leaders

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Demonstrators take to streets in Barcelona and elsewhere in Spain after verdicts

Catalans were quick to react to the news that nine independence leaders had been found guilty of sedition and handed stiff sentences of between nine and 13 years, and within minutes of the verdict’s announcement the streets of Barcelona and other major towns began to fill with protesters.

Related: Catalan separatist leaders given lengthy prison sentences

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Extinction Rebellion activists stage protest at Bank of England

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‘Day of disruption’ in City of London targets financial firms profiting from climate crisis

Extinction Rebellion activists have blocked a major junction in London’s financial district, as the movement switched its focus towards companies funding and profiting from the climate emergency.

About 100 demonstrators walked into the roundabout outside the Bank of England in the City and sat down in the road at 7am on Monday.

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Greens' hot air balloon protest deflated by new flight restriction over parliament

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Party vows to go ahead with climate protest in Canberra despite ‘unprecedented decision to block air traffic’

The Greens’ hopes of flying a hot air balloon over Parliament House to protest global heating have been deflated by a last-minute restriction on flights due to security concerns.

Despite blocking the balloon plan, parliament’s presiding officers have approved an Extinction Rebellion protest at the authorised assembly area in front of parliament from 14 to 18 October, the Senate president, Scott Ryan, has revealed.

Related: Moderate Liberals urged to break ranks and vote for climate emergency motion

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Hong Kong protesters use new flashmob strategy to avoid arrest

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‘Blossom everywhere’ tactic is a reaction to politicisation of MTR subway system

Hong Kong protesters have deployed a new strategy of popping up in small groups in multiple locations across the city in an effort to avoid arrest, during their ongoing campaign against police and the local government.

Small flashmobs of protesters demonstrated across a dozen districts after a call for protesters to “blossom everywhere” on Sunday, with many staying closer to home where they could evade police on foot or by bus.

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Police across country put on standby for London’s million-plus protest day

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Met may call on officers from across England and Wales on Saturday 19 October for People’s Vote march and finale of Extinction Rebellion action

Police forces in England and Wales are on standby for what could be one of the biggest public protests in British history, the anti-Brexit march due to take place in central London on Saturday 19 October.

As MPs gather in the House of Commons for an emergency weekend sitting to discuss Brexit, more than a million people are expected to mass outside parliament for a People’s Vote march, while Extinction Rebellion climate campaigners launch the finale to a near fortnight of continuous protest.

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Climate protests have roots that go deep into the rich history of British social change | Lucy Robinson

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Extinction Rebellion draws on a radical lineage that brings together a range of beliefs and ages

The criticisms of Extinction Rebellion fit a well established pattern: indulgent, middle-class crusties slumming it; naughty children revolting for their own entertainment. Then there are the takes on its tactics – too disruptive, too naive or too disrespectful and miles away from the actual concerns of “real people”.

Extinction Rebellion will be assessed and evaluated against criteria its activists did not ask for. Its tactics will be compared and contrasted one against the other, with different strands of the movement categorised accordingly. Good tactics will be those that are lawful, unobtrusive and polite and don’t really get in the way of other people’s daily lives. Whereas lobbying for reform, politely asking politicians to change their priorities, will be judged respectable, but pointless.

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Hope and desperation inspired Hong Kong’s ‘national anthem’, says incognito composer

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City needed a protest song to unite it, says the anonymous writer behind the tune sweeping the barricades

The orchestra wear hard hats and gas masks, the choir emerges from a swirl of tear gas-like smoke, and as the music swells, cutaway shots show crowds thousands-strong marching through the streets of Hong Kong.

The video is for the song Glory to Hong Kong, which was written as a protester anthem but has become something even bigger for many residents – a kind of national anthem for a city that never had one.

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The week in radio and podcasts: Rebel Radio

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Soho Radio has devoted two weeks to covering and soundtracking Extinction Rebellion’s London protests

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Extinction Rebellion (XR), which if you haven’t noticed has been organising global peaceful protests against climate change over last week and the next, has an accompanying temporary radio station in the UK. Broadcasting all day and night for the length of the protests (7-20 October), and hosted by that ever-burgeoning, admirably alternative online broadcaster Soho Radio, Rebel Radio does what most radio stations do: play music tracks, with a bit of chat in between.

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From Kerri-Anne to the masked stinger: how Australia's media covered Extinction Rebellion

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The Daily Mail promised nudity, the Daily Telegraph tried to generate buzz while the West Australian ran a blank front page

Daily Telegraph reporter Mitchell Van Homrigh got dressed up in a bee costume to go “undercover” with Extinction Rebellion but his stunt wasn’t even the most foolish response to the mass protests we saw this week.

After making all the bee puns he could think of, Van Homrigh admitted he found the protesters “passionate and kind and helpful to this blind little bee”. But he finished by reverting to the Joe Hildebrand school of argument about how little the protest would help their cause.

Kyle Sandilands has praised Daily Telegraph reporter Mitchell van Homrigh for creating a buzz with his undercover reporting of yesterday’s Extinction Rebellion bee-mergency protest.https://t.co/tFVHzSGgBL

Upfront at the #10Upfronts2020 with this squad. pic.twitter.com/FOJ1QCE6EC

Kerri-Anne Kennerley reckons #extinctionrebellion protesters should be used as speed bumps, thrown in and left to starve https://t.co/XwJEW3REiQ

Related: Nine has last-minute change of heart over climate advertorial | Weekly Beast

The (deliberately blank) front page of tomorrow's The West Australian pic.twitter.com/2bYVEkQLNd

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Climate rebels open new fronts across capital as protests escalate

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Activists block trade at Billingsgate fish market and target headquarters of energy company Shell to ‘raise awareness’

Climate protesters on Saturday intensified efforts to disrupt life in London, and targeted sites including Billingsgate fish market and Shell’s headquarters. They said police took at least 28 of their supporters into custody. That number means that more than 1,200 Extinction Rebellion activists have been arrested in London since their protests, over the government’s “failure” to act over climate change, were launched last Monday.

And those detained include Belgian Princess Esméralda who was taken into a police van for questioning and held for about five hours after she joined a sit-in at Trafalgar Square on Thursday. “The more people from all sections of society protest, the greater the impact will be,” the 63-year-old said. Other protests launched on Saturday included one by more than 50 healthcare professionals – wearing scrubs and singing the Extinction Rebellion anthem – who gathered outside Shell’s headquarters before they marched to Parliament Square. “We are meeting outside Shell because they are one of the biggest companies involved in the oil and energy industry, and they have real power to decarbonise that industry,” said Alex Turner, 36, a paediatric and emergency doctor from Bristol. “We are protesting illegal levels of air pollution.”

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Hong Kong protesters defy ban on masks as they clash with police

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Petrol bomb thrown at metro station and government offices vandalised as unrest continues

Thousands of protesters are continuing to defy a ban on wearing masks in Hong Kong as clashes have again taken place between demonstrators and authorities.

A petrol bomb was thrown at the gate of a metro station, and two government offices and a cafe were vandalised, although the mood on Saturday was less tense than at recent protests because police had not used teargas.

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Extinction Rebellion: who are the protesters, and why are they doing it?

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As a week of civil disobedience comes to an end, protesters explain the environmental fears that have driven them to action

As Extinction Rebellion held protests in cities around Australia this week, Guardian journalists tracked down protesters to find out who they were and why they were taking part in acts of civil disobedience. Here, 11 people who took part in protests in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne explain what motivated them to take to the streets.

I went and placed myself in the one place I was most likely to be arrested.

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Extinction Rebellion takes aim at BBC as arrests mount

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Activists say corporation’s ‘silence is deadly’, while Met commissioner faces criticism of police tactics

Camped outside the main entrance of New Broadcasting House on Friday morning, Extinction Rebellion (XR) supporters called on the broadcaster to “tell the full truth” about the climate crisis, as the number of arrests linked to its protests since Monday rose to more than 1,100.

Protesters held a banner stating: “BBC, your silence is deadly”, and chanted: “Whose BBC? Our BBC”, and: “BBC, can’t you see, this is an emergency”.

The UK group of Extinction Rebellion has three core demands:

Related: Extinction Rebellion: the arrestables – a photo essay

Related: How Extinction Rebellion put the world on red alert

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Haiti protesters clash with police hours after journalist shot dead

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Killing of Néhémie Joseph throws fresh fuel on crisis as protesters demand Jovenel Moïse’s resignation

Haitian protesters have clashed with police in the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince, hours after a journalist who had covered previous anti-government protests was found shot to death in his car.

The killing of Néhémie Joseph, a reporter with Radio Méga, has thrown fresh fuel on the mounting crisis in Haiti that has seen political turmoil in the impoverished Caribbean island.

Related: Haiti: photojournalist shot in face as senator opens fire outside parliament

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Extinction Rebellion protesters call on BBC to 'tell climate truth'

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Activists block entrance to headquarters of BBC, accusing it of staying silent on crisis

Extinction Rebellion activists have called on the BBC to “tell the full truth” about the climate crisis as they protested outside its headquarters in central London.

Camped outside the main entrance of New Broadcasting House on Friday morning, the protesters held a banner stating: “BBC, your silence is deadly”, and chanted”: “Whose BBC? Our BBC”, and: “BBC, can’t you see, this is an emergency”.

The UK group of Extinction Rebellion has three core demands:

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Hong Kong: arrest of 750 children during protests sparks outcry

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Hong Kong officials say a third of 2,379 protesters arrested during four months of protests are under 18

Hong Kong officials have revealed that 750 of the protesters arrested during four months of unrest are children, sparking outrage in the city, as anger continues to grow over the government’s increasingly hardline measures against demonstrators.

The semi-autonomous city’s number two official Matthew Cheung said at a press conference on Thursday it was “shocking and heartbreaking” that 750 out of the 2,379 people arrested – or nearly a third – since June were under 18, and 104 were under 16.

Related: Hong Kong: thousands protest over police shooting of teenager

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A working-class green movement is out there but not getting the credit it deserves

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They may not get much media coverage but working-class activists have long been environmental heroes

Environmental protests are now frequently reported in the media, and the green movement is, at last, getting the attention it deserves. But most of the focus is on the activities of groups, such as Extinction Rebellion, which are not strongly rooted in working-class organisations and communities.

This is a problem because, if we want to build the broad-based support necessary for a radical transition to sustainability, we must recognise and build on all strands of environmentalism, especially that of the working class.

Related: The climate protest movement must not alienate Britain’s working classes | Lisa Nandy

We are literally at the coal-face of environmental deterioration because we tend to work in the most hazardous environments

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Extinction Rebellion protesters in Melbourne have bail conditions revoked

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Victory follows similar win by Sydney protesters, including former senator Scott Ludlam

Extinction Rebellion activists charged in Melbourne with blocking streets as part of the “Spring Rebellion” climate change protest have won a battle to have their bail conditions revoked, following a similar court victory in Sydney.

The bail conditions placed on those charged in Melbourne were not as onerous as those for the Sydney protesters, including the former Greens senator Scott Ludlam. But according to the bail conditions document seen by Guardian Australia, police were seeking to prevent the protesters from participating in similar protests blocking roadways in Melbourne while on bail.

Related: Extinction Rebellion: Labor members say 'chilling' mass arrests have echoes of Bjelke-Petersen era

Related: Extinction Rebellion: Scott Ludlam has 'absurd' bail conditions dismissed by judge

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