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Inquiry condemns policing of Sarah Everard vigil and Bristol protests

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Report says police breached fundamental rights and used unnecessary and disproportionate force

The policing of the Sarah Everard vigil in London and “kill the bill” demonstrations in Bristol breached fundamental rights to protest and involved unnecessary and disproportionate use of force, a parliamentary inquiry has found.

Multiple failings were committed by the Metropolitan police service (MPS) and Avon and Somerset constabulary (A&SC), including wrongly applying the lockdown regulations and failing to understand their legal duty to facilitate peaceful protest, the all-party parliamentary group on democracy and the constitution (APPGDC) found.

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Fears for Chilean indigenous leader’s safety after police shooting

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Alberto Curamil, an award-winning environmental activist, was seriously injured during a protest against the burning of a Mapuche home

Former recipients of a prestigious environmental award, together with Amnesty International and the lawyer of indigenous land rights defender Alberto Curamil, have launched an appeal for Curamil’s safety after he was seriously injured in a shooting by police.

Curamil, an indigenous Mapuche leader who in 2019 won the Goldman Environmental Prize (GEP), also known as the “green Nobel”, was left with 18 riot shotgun pellets embedded in his body after police chased his truck and opened fire after a protest against an arson attack on a Mapuche home on contested land in southern Chile.

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Armed forces open fire in crackdown on anti-monarchy protests in Eswatini

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Teargas used against protesters in African kingdom with an overnight curfew imposed

Government forces in the southern African kingdom of Eswatini fired gunshots and teargas on Tuesday to break up protests calling for reforms to its system of absolute monarchy, witnesses said. A dusk-till-dawn curfew was also imposed.

The acting prime minister, Themba Masuku, denied media reports that King Mswati III had fled the violence to neighbouring South Africa.

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After lockdown, what Britain needs most is moments of collective joy | James Greig

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Yes, we must mourn our losses, but we must also party in the streets. There’s nothing ‘antisocial’ about that

We might not be close to a post-pandemic society but we are, at the very least, entering into a post-lockdown one. The challenge facing us now is how to deal with the enormous loss of life we have collectively experienced, how to even begin to move on from something that has been traumatic for so many. Lots of people have proposed some kind of formalised collective mourning, perhaps a permanent national memorial or day of remembrance. But if we need a process of collective mourning (and I think we do), we also need collective joy: a national memorial service, followed by a raucous wake.

Collective joy, whether it takes the form of carnivals, festivals, protests, nightclubs, or Scottish football fans singing “you’re just a shite Rabbie Burns” at an unwitting statue of William Shakespeare, addresses a deep human need. It has the power to cut through isolation, and make us feel part of something larger than ourselves. Despite this, it’s hardly a prominent feature of modern life. What little of it there is is often expensive and exclusive: think of the steel fences that enclose £100-day-ticket music festivals. In the pre-industrial age, on the other hand, there was a feast day, carnival or festival just about every week. According to the historian EP Thompson, “these occasions were, in an important sense, what men and women lived for.”

James Greig writes about culture and society

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Top US general got into shouting match with Trump over race protests – report

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Book claims Gen Mark Milley yelled at Trump, prompting former president to yell back: ‘You can’t fucking talk to me like that!’

Gen Mark Milley, the chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, reportedly “yelled” at Donald Trump that he was not and would not be in charge of the federal response to protests for racial justice, prompting the then president to yell back: “You can’t fucking talk to me like that!”

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Three arrested and three officers injured at anti-lockdown protests in London

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Hundreds of tennis balls, some bearing messages, launched at the Houses of Parliament to chants of ‘shame on you’

Police arrested three people and three officers were injured during anti-lockdown protests on Saturday that saw thousands descend on central London and hundreds of tennis balls launched at the Houses of Parliament.

The Metropolitan police said three people were arrested at the protests – for breach of the peace and assault on police, plus one was already wanted for a previous assault – and three officers suffered minor injuries.

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Vaccine hesitancy wanes despite thousands joining ‘Freedom March’

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Size of anti-vax protest in London far smaller than turnout predicted by organisers

Thousands of anti-lockdown and anti-vax demonstrators marched through central London on Saturday amid broader signs that hesitancy towards Covid-19 vaccines in the UK is waning.

It was billed the “Freedom March” by protesters who assembled at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park from midday, some holding banners backing Donald Trump’s run for presidency in 2024, or supporting the far right conspiracy movement QAnon.

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Met police brace for ‘busy weekend’ of major London protests

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Dance music acts along with anti-lockdown, anti-austerity and climate activists will all converge on capital

Some of the UK’s leading dance music acts are expected to join a protest march in London calling for the government to scrap Covid restrictions on nightclubs, as the capital gears up for a weekend of mass demonstrations.

Anti-lockdown protesters, anti-austerity campaigners and environmentalists will also stage protests in London on Saturday and Sunday, and the Metropolitan police said they were preparing for “a busy weekend”.

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Lack of support for theatre is to discourage dissent, says top playwright

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Laura Wade, writer of Posh and Home, I’m Darling, criticises government’s attitude to industry as unions fight cuts to performing arts degrees

The government has insufficiently supported the crisis-hit theatre industry because it wants to “discourage ideas and dissent” the leading playwright Laura Wade has warned.

The perception persists, Wade believes, that theatre is a “frivolous” luxury, rather than valued as enriching, and that “people would be doing it whether or not they are being paid”. It had been taken for granted that most towns have a theatre, Wade added. “I think when we lose those, it will be a surprise.”

I did draft after draft of The Watsons. I had a sick feeling when I sat down to have another go at it

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Home, I’m Darling is at the Stephen Joseph theatre, Scarborough, 9 July-14 August, at the Octagon, Bolton, in September and at Theatre By the Lake, Keswick, 6-30 October.

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Trump told top US general to ‘just shoot’ racism protesters, book claims

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Gen Mark Milley, the top US military leader, resisted Donald Trump’s demands that his forces “crack skulls” and “beat the fuck out” of protesters marching against police brutality and structural racism, according to a much-trailed new book.

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Protesters who blockaded London arms fair have convictions quashed

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Supreme court ruling on disruption at ExCel Center in 2017 is hailed as an affirmation of right to protest

Four demonstrators who formed a blockade outside a London arms fair have had their convictions quashed by the supreme court, in what has been hailed as an affirmation of the right to protest.

Nora Ziegler, Henrietta Cullinan, Joanna Frew and Chris Cole were charged with highway obstruction after using “lock-on” devices to block an approach road to the ExCel Centre in Docklands, east London, when it hosted the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair in 2017.

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Treatment of Cop26 protests will be ‘friendly’, says Police Scotland

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Force aims to create a ‘welcoming’ atmosphere for XR and other groups at climate summit in Glasgow

The policing of protests at the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow will be “welcoming, friendly and proportionate”, according to senior figures in Police Scotland, as they revealed plans for about 10,000 officers to be deployed each day during the event this November.

Describing the “biggest and longest mobilisation of police that the UK has ever seen”, assistant chief constable Bernard Higgins, who is gold commander for the Cop26 operation, said that thousands of officers would be travelling north to support Scottish colleagues at the conference, which at least 20,000 delegates and more than 100 heads of state are expected to attend.

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HS2 asks government to help it deal with rising number of protests

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Boss of high-speed rail line says it is struggling to counter direct action that has cost £75m to date

HS2 has sought support from across government to counter a growing number of protests, as the boss of the high-speed rail project said it was struggling to deal with direct action that had cost it £75m to date.

Mark Thurston, the chief executive of HS2, said “violent and disruptive” protests were spreading north and he had urged ministers to use “all the agencies of government” to help it.

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UK introducing three laws that threaten human rights, says UN expert

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Proposed changes to policing, surveillance and judicial review will jeopardise right to peaceful protest, says special rapporteur

Boris Johnson’s government is introducing three pieces of legislation that will make human rights violations more likely to occur and less likely to be sanctioned even as averting climate catastrophe depends on these rights, the UN special rapporteur for human rights and the environment has said.

“These three pieces of legislation are shrinking civic space at a time when the global environment crisis demands that people’s voices be heard,” said David Boyd.

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What do we want? The right to noisy protests. When do we want it? Now! | Deborah Frances-White

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To be loud and annoying is the definition of a protest, so it’s shocking that the new Police Crackdown bill would criminalise this. Time to raise our voices while we can

I am a feminist but one time I went on a women’s rights march, popped into a department store to use the loo, got distracted trying out face cream and when I came out the march was gone. The first time I admitted this in public I was worried I would get kicked out of the feminist club, but I discovered that many, many, many women have left a march at half-time. Some quite famous feminists have told me they have snuck off to the pub for a cheeky half, planning to go back out, and woken up with a hangover. Still, I have to think that going to a protest, being counted and raising your voice is, like many things in life, better than not going at all – even if you get overwhelmed by the crowd and don’t quite make it to the finish line.

The British have a reputation for being quiet and polite but there’s a long tradition of us being noisy and annoying. It is how we got everything we treasure, from votes for people who aren’t posh landowners to gay weddings. We even protested to get two days off a week and invented the weekend. We have saved libraries, protested both for and against Brexit, and last summer overturned dodgy exam algorithms. We ended the European Super League before it began. Taking to the street with a wry placard that reads: “I’m very cross!” or: “I can’t believe I’m still protesting this shit” is our way of life.

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Curbs on protests in policing bill breach human rights laws, MPs and peers say

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Peaceful demonstration in England and Wales could be criminalised as result of disproportionate provisions

Restrictions on protests in the controversial new policing bill breach human rights laws and will increase the risk of peaceful demonstrators in England and Wales being criminalised, MPs and peers have warned.

They say the police, crime, sentencing and courts (PCSC) bill, which has provoked widespread protests, contains provisions that are unnecessary and disproportionate and confer unacceptably wide and vague powers to curb demonstrations on the home secretary and police.

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BBC tightens security after anti-vaxxer ‘death threats’ to staff

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Details of journalists exchanged on messenger apps by opponents of lockdown and Covid vaccines along with calls for lynchings

The BBC has upgraded its security protocols after the targeting of a senior journalist and apparent death threats.

A message from Fran Unsworth, director of news and current affairs, sent to staff on Friday morning, and seen by the Observer, revealed the corporation had set up a working group to examine staff safety online, acknowledging the “abuse of journalists is a growing problem”. She urged staff to complete training on how to react to “an in-person attack”.

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United Nations condemns coup in Myanmar and calls for arms embargo

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Rare move by general assembly demonstrates widespread global opposition to military junta

In a rare move, the UN general assembly has condemned Myanmar’s military coup and called for an arms embargo against the country in a resolution demonstrating widespread global opposition to the junta and demanding the restoration of the country’s democratic transition.

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‘They beat him’: fear and anger at latest police killing in Tunis

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Protests erupt again in Tunisian capital after man ‘beaten to death’ amid claims of police impunity

Almost everyone in the streets around Ahmed Ben Ammar’s house in the Tunis district of Sidi Hassine claims to have known him or his family. Nearly everyone also has a slightly different account of his death in police custody on Tuesday. Details vary but all agree that the 32-year-old was beaten to death by police this week.

Sidi Hassine is to the west of Tunisia’s capital, on the far side of the Sebkha Sijoumi wetlands and the hulking landfill at Borj Chakir, already years past its scheduled closure date. The smell and the mosquitoes fill the air. At one end of the road is a thriving market, at the other – near where Ben Ammar lived – cafes and shops line the dusty street.

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