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Academics and students march in Hong Kong against 'Beijing crackdown'

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More than 1,000 join silent protest after university council blocks appointment of professor with ties to umbrella movement

More than 1,000 students and faculty members have marched through one of Hong Kong’s leading universities in silence to protest against what they describe as an intensifying Beijing-backed assault on academic freedoms.

The demonstration at the University of Hong Kong came after its governing council took the controversial step of blocking a liberal law professor, Johannes Chan, from becoming its pro-vice-chancellor on 29 September. The council voted down the appointment of Chan, who is the former dean of the university’s law school, by 12 votes to eight.

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Air France protest scenes unacceptable, says Hollande

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President says violence at airline’s board meeting, which saw workers tear shirts off executives’ backs, is bad for France’s image

A violent Air France protest in which striking workers stormed a board meeting and ripped the shirts from executives’ backs has been denounced by François Hollande as unacceptable and bad for France’s image.

After pictures of bare-chested executives fleeing over a fence with their clothes torn to shreds made front pages across the world, the French president said: “Social dialogue matters, and when it’s interrupted by violence and disputes take on an unacceptable form, it can have consequences for the image and attractiveness [of the country].”

Related: Air France protests – in pictures

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Beyond a yolk: a brief history of egging as a political protest

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This week it was a Tory party conference delegate who got an egg to the forehead, but this messy form of protest goes back to the middle ages. So why, in Britain, is it nearly always eggs?

It’s Britain’s most traditional form of protest: compact, versatile, eggalitarian (sorry), and loaded with the potential of being rotten. Even when fresh, organic, and free range, nothing strips a politician of his gravitas quite like a slick of yolk drooling down his lapels or shards of shell peppering his side parting. When they’re not being broken into retro bowls in the Bake Off tent they are being hurled at Tory party conference delegates by anti-austerity protesters in Manchester. We are, of course, talking about the humble egg.

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Air France workers rip shirts from executives after airline cuts 2,900 jobs

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Staff storm board meeting at at Charles de Gaulle airport and force executives to flee, with one clambering over a fence half-naked

Angry workers at Air France have attacked and ripped the shirts from the backs of two company executives after the airline announced 2,900 job losses on Monday morning.

Several hundred employees were reported to have stormed the company’s central committee meeting at its headquarters near Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, forcing senior managers to flee.

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Anti-austerity protests in Manchester: your photos and stories

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Guardian readers were among those protesting as the Conservative party conference got underway

Tens of thousands marched against austerity in Manchester this weekend, in a demonstration designed to coincide with the Conservative party conference.

The conduct of a small number of protesters aside, the rally was overwhelmingly peaceful, with the marchers’ conduct the subject of a series of approving tweets from Greater Manchester police.

Chief Supt John O'Hare said: "Today around 60,000 people took part in a demonstration and I would like to thank them for their cooperation."

Ch Supt O'Hare said: "I'd like to thank organisers for taking responsibility & ensuring the demo was planned & delivered appropriately."

Unity is strength

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Some of the moving moments of the march were seeing people who have clearly been affected most by the cuts.

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5 October 2015, 10:43

My sister is a junior doctor in the NHS. She says she and her colleagues will not be able to tolerate working in a privatised service where they are forced to turn away those who cannot pay - though if the proposed junior doctor contract goes through she will be forced to quit long before facing such a choice, as the dramatic cut to her already meagre trainee income will mean she can no afford the mortgage repayments necessary to keep a roof over her and her kids' heads. Indeed many good young doctors will exit a service already stretched to the limit by staff and funding shortages.

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5 October 2015, 10:22

Manchester Greenpeace calling fro a ban on fracking and a drive for clean energy at Manchester anti-austerity protest

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Photograph of one of our group members at the Manchester AntiAusterity protest march happening right now. We are from the Bolton Against Bedroomtax campaign @BBEDTAX

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Rachel Featherstone of Sunderland Green Party with Natalie Bennett in the crowd outside the Tory conference

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Pig-Gate proved to be something of a theme at the TUC March and Rally in Manchestr

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Spotted at the end of the march

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One of my favourite signs of the march

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Protester signs petition at Anti-Austerity Protest in Manchester, United Kingdom.

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My daughter Eve protesting on behalf of the Badgers.

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4 October 2015, 17:20

the event was very peaceful, everyone had a common cause.

austerity demonstration manchester october 4th 2015

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Billy Bragg soundchecks before the TUC March in Manchester

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Two women just camping out on the skirts of the protest route.

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A story of hope: the Guardian launches phase II of its climate change campaign

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With crucial climate talks on the horizon, Keep it in the ground turns its focus to hope for the future – the power to change and the solar revolution. Join us and help make that change happen

A year ago, more than 300,000 people took to the streets in New York to demand action from their leaders on climate change.

Nearly the same number took part in similar events in 161 countries across the globe. For 24 hours, the sun did not set on the largest climate protest in history.

A story of hope: we launch phase II of Keep it in the Ground, our climate change campaign http://t.co/V56iefvBh4 #keepitintheground

Related: The new cold war: drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic

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Anti-austerity protesters march in Manchester

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Up to 85,000 join demonstration on opening day of Conservative party conference

Tens of thousands of people have joined an anti-austerity protest in Manchester on the opening day of the Conservative party conference, voicing opposition to policies including spending and benefit cuts, NHS reforms and restrictions on trade unions.

Related: Anti-austerity protests during Tory party conference – in pictures

Related: Cameron challenged by TUC on claim he met leadership over trade union bill

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Cereal Killer protesters cancel Jack the Ripper museum demonstration

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Class War says protest to accuse museum of glorifying sexual violence would put activists at risk of arrest and have its message hijacked

The activist group behind an attack on a breakfast cereal cafe has cancelled its demonstration against a Jack the Ripper museum in east London, claiming its message would be “totally lost and hijacked” by the media and police.

Class War said in a statement on its Facebook page that the police were intending to make “large scale arrests” at the planned protest on Sunday.

Related: Shoreditch Cereal Killer Cafe targeted in anti-gentrification protests

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Anti-austerity activists plan protest against Tory conference in Manchester

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Thousands of protesters expected to march past conference venues after ‘unwelcoming committee’ greeted delegates at Piccadilly station


Thousands of protesters are expected to march past the Conservative party conference venue in Manchester, in an anti-austerity demonstration organised by the TUC and the People’s Assembly.

Ahead of Tory Conference I urge all activists to focus on policy & to take no part in personal attacks https://t.co/8UaTNpBgsr

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Manchester anti-austerity protest: share your stories and photos

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The Conservative party conference in Manchester is the backdrop to a series of anti-austerity protests that get underway this weekend. Are you taking part?

A large anti-austerity national demonstration is taking place in Manchester this weekend. The “Take Back Manchester” demonstrations has been planned to coincide with the Conversative party conference, which gets underway in the city on Saturday.

The main event is a mass demonstration march on Sunday, organised by the TUC and the People’s Assembly.

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Class War accuses Cereal Killer Cafe owners of ‘milking publicity'

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Ian Bone, founder of anarchist group behind anti-gentrification protest, vows to continue targeting independent businesses nationwide

The organiser of an anti-gentrification protest in east London has accused the owners of a breakfast cereal cafe targeted by protesters of “milking” the publicity.

Ian Bone, the founder of Class War, the anarchist group behind Saturday evening’s Fuck Parade event in Shoreditch, also vowed to continue focusing on independent businesses at similar protests planned nationwide.

Related: The Cereal Killer Cafe attackers should seek out the real villains of gentrification

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Activists who broke into Victorian military base sue for names of alleged attackers

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Anti-war protesters claim they were threatened with rape and drowning when they broke into Swan Island military base in October 2014

Protesters who claim they were threatened with rape and drowning on a Victorian military base have launched a legal bid to get the names of defence force officers.

Related: Anti-war activists who broke into Swan Island military base to be charged

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The Cereal Killer Cafe attackers should seek out the real villains of gentrification

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London’s housing issues can’t be remedied by the intimidation and ousting of a collection of expensive breakfast cereals and their hirsute curators

On Saturday night, the Cereal Killer Cafe – a trendy east-London eaterie owned by Gary and Alan Keery, two hipster brothers made entirely from breakfast cereal and beards, and whose target demographic is suspected murderers facing mornings so chaotic with trying to avoid arrest that they have to breakfast on the run – was attacked by hundreds of anti-gentrification protesters.

The cafe, which charges up to £4.40 for a small bowl of the cremated remains of convicted retro American serial killers (milk, for an extra 60p, is sourced from the lactating mothers of a local NCT group), was ambushed by anarchists who threw paint and cereal at its shop window and spelled out the word “scum” on it, using Alphabites multigrain. Footage of the attack, filmed by a member of staff inside the cafe (who didn’t know the address of the cafe and so couldn’t tell the riot police where they were), showed protesters outside wearing pigs’ masks and carrying flaming torches.

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Cereal Killer cafe is spreading joy – protesters should leave us alone | Alan Keery

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The cafe gives customers a taste of fun and attracts tourists who benefit the whole area. Attacking us does nothing to help those suffering from poverty

Cereal Killer cafe is not the cause of gentrification, nor can it instigate the solution. Although the fuck parade that protested in Shoreditch on Saturday evening may have some valid points regarding this subject, the way in which they conducted themselves, targeting our cafe, was unacceptable bullying. They attacked a small business for a problem that is much bigger than the price of a bowl of cereal.

Related: I was part of the Cereal Killer cafe protest – here’s why | Will Harvey

Cereal Killer cafe opened its doors and did not take any business away from local shops or cafes

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Cereal Killer cafe protesters plan to target Jack the Ripper museum

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Anti-gentrification campaigners aim to ‘shut down’ the controversial east London museum in Whitechapel this weekend

Anti-gentrification protesters who targeted a breakfast cereal cafe on Saturday amid chaotic scenes in east London are planning another protest this weekend, aimed at a controversial museum in the same area.

The demonstration outside the Cereal Killer cafe in Brick Lane was the third such event under the Fuck Parade banner, but the first to attract attention beyond local or alternative media.

Next action 4 @Classwar2015 is opposing the vile Jack The Ripper Museum. Meet 2pm Sunday 4th October 12 Cable Street pic.twitter.com/suc84gBtFG

Related: I was part of the Cereal Killer cafe protest – here’s why | Will Harvey

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Hong Kong 'umbrella movement' marks first anniversary and vows to fight on

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Pro-democracy activists say struggle is not over but there is little appetite for renewed occupations in the near future

Activists in Hong Kong have vowed to continue their fight for democracy, one year after clashes between police and student protesters sparked some of the largest demonstrations ever seen in the former British colony.

Hundreds of campaigners descended on Hong Kong’s government headquarters on Monday afternoon to remember the 79-day “umbrella movement” demonstrations that began on 28 September last year.

Related: One year on, Hong Kong democracy activists ask what protest achieved

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I was part of the Cereal Killer cafe protest – here’s why | Will Harvey

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The point of the protest wasn’t to damage property or to frighten anyone. It was to highlight that gentrification is brutal, and is driving poverty in London

At the weekend I was one of hundreds of demonstrators who took to the streets of Shoreditch in London, in the third incarnation of Class War’s fuck parade, a protest-cum-street-party against gentrification. During the evening some paint and cornflakes were thrown at the Cereal Killer cafe on Brick Lane, which received a lot of attention, while the issues at the heart of the protest – inequality and social cleansing - were largely ignored.

While I sympathise with the workers who had to clean up on Sunday, and am deeply sorry that some children were intimidated by the protest, the petty vandalism that occurred pales in comparison to the brutality of the gentrification that is destroying the lives and demolishing the homes of some of London’s most vulnerable people.

Related: Never mind the hipsters. It’s the property developers who are ruining our cities | Dan Hancox

Related: Shoreditch Cereal Killer Cafe targeted in anti-gentrification protests

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John McDonnell defends public right to protest

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Shadow chancellor says before party conference speech that non-violent protest is part of democratic tradition

John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, has argued for the importance to democracy of non-violent protest, in response to criticism of his previous calls for direct action.

“In our democratic tradition in our country we have the ballot box to use, of course, to elect MPs to be our voice and determine our policies. We have the trade union rights to protect us at work,” he said. “In addition to that, if politicians aren’t listening, we’ve always retained the right, over centuries, to get out in the streets and demonstrate.”

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