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Collecting the art of protest at Brooklyn's Interference Archive

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Prompted by the Occupy movement, a gallery in Brooklyn gathers art produced by revolutionary movements around the world to inspire activists of the future

Locating a spirit of resistance and revolution in established art and cultural institutions can often be a dispiriting undertaking. But not so at Interference Archive, a cooperative, volunteer-supported institution in the Gowanus neighbourhood of Brooklyn which, in a season of political and religious challenge to mainstream institutional thinking, has a finger on the pulse.

The two-room space is the brainchild of graphic artist Josh MacPhee and his late partner, activist Dara Greenwald. Recent exhibitions include If a Song Could be Freedom … Organised Sounds of Resistance, a survey of the sounds and images of music that accompanies social struggle. It is currently showing Armed by Design, a comprehensive survey of the graphic art produced for Tricontinental magazine by the Havana-based Organisation of Solidarity of the Peoples of Africa, Asia and Latin America (Organización de Solidaridad con los Pueblos de Asia, África y América Latina, abbrieviated as Ospaal) in support of the global south liberation movements of the 60s and 70s.

Related: Is there anything more patriotic than the left’s tradition of protest? | Owen Jones

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Washington police forcefully restrain black teen, prompting protest – video

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Mobile phone video shows Washington DC police aggressively restraining an 18-year-old scholarship student and musician on Monday evening. Jason Goolsby, who is African American, was apprehended by city officers who were responding to a call alleging suspicious activity outside a bank. Lt Sean Conboy said the call claimed that ‘three subjects may be trying to rob people at the ATM’.

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Des art-activistes préparent la plus grande action de désobéissance civile pour le sommet de Paris sur le climat

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Des milliers de personnes sont attendues pour participer à des blocages « lignes rouges » au cours de la conférence de Paris sur le climat, après deux semaines de manifestations baptisées « Jeux Climatiques »

Des milliers de militants ont annoncé qu’ils allaient bloquer la conférence internationale de Paris sur le climat en menant des actions directes non-violentes à une échelle sans précédent en Europe.

Des ONG allant de à Attac France pèsent de tout leur poids pour donner de l’importance aux « Jeux Climatiques » face à la conférence intergouvernementale qui se déroulera en décembre. Les manifestations consisteront en dix blocages, chacun lié à un thème et une « ligne rouge » dont ils ont peur que les négociateurs venus de presque 200 pays ne la franchissent.

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Watch out Angola – repression only generates more dissent

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Outraged by the unlawful detention of a book group, Angolans are calling for an end to the injustice as the 40th anniversary of the country’s independence looms

Angola is about to mark the 40th anniversary of its independence, but residents are in no mood to celebrate. The MPLA, the party that has governed for more than three decades, is crushing any and all dissent in a political climate that has become increasingly paranoid.

In late June, 13 young men gathered to read Gene Sharp’s From Dictatorship to Democracy, a book about non-violent protest. But before they finished it, the police barged in and arrested them. Two days later, two more young men were detained.

Related: Reading the revolution: the book club that terrified the Angolan regime

Repression generates more dissent. The prisoners ought to be able to await trial in their homes, as the law permits

Related: Prison and intimidation: the price of being a journalist in Angola

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Ten direct actions by women that changed the world | Bidisha

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As long as there’s been inequality, women have protested – from the suffragettes through to protesters on the red carpet of the film Suffragette

For as long as the world has been unequal and governments have allowed inequality to flourish, women have protested. We’ve marched, starved, petitioned, written letters, devised legislation and even gone entertainingly off-piste to raise awareness and register our rage. Just over a century ago, the campaign for women’s votes was reaching its radical peak, with women disrupting public meetings, chaining themselves to railings and destroying artwork and public property. Last week, at the premiere of the film Suffragette, feminist campaigners demonstrated on the red carpet for women’s right to refuge provision. Women’s direct action and protest has changed the world – like the strikes by machinists at Ford’s plant in Dagenham in 1968, which led to the landmark 1970 Equal Pay Act. Here are some of the best examples in a century of campaigning.

Related: Groups such as Sisters Uncut are the modern suffragettes | Ellie Mae O’Hagan

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Hobart pro-diversity supporters outnumber anti-Islam protesters five to one

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About 10 people turned up to Franklin Square for a United Patriots Front rally on Saturday, compared with about 50 counter-protesters

An anti-Islam rally in Hobart fizzled in the face of opposition from rival pro-diversity supporters who outnumbered the protesters five to one.

About 10 people turned up to Franklin Square for a United Patriots Front rally on Saturday, compared with about 50 counter-protesters, ABC News reported.

Related: Pro-diversity and anti-mosque protesters rally in Bendigo

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Berlin anti-TTIP trade deal protest attracts hundreds of thousands

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Environmental groups, charities and opposition parties who organised protest against free trade deal between the EU and US say 250,000 people took part

Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Berlin on Saturday to oppose a planned free trade deal between the European Union and the United States that is claimed to be anti-democratic and to threaten food safety and environmental standards.

The environmental groups, charities and opposition parties that organised the protest claimed 250,000 people took part, while a police spokesman said 100,000 attended. Smaller protests were also held in other cities, including Amsterdam, with a rally due to be held in London on Saturday night at which shadow chancellor John McDonnell is scheduled to speak.

Related: What is TTIP and why should we be angry about it?

Related: Obama defends controversial TPP deal and dismisses secrecy concerns

Related: TPP or not TPP? What's the Trans-Pacific Partnership and should we support it?

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Should we still bother with street protests?

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Recent demonstrations against Air France executives and London’s Cereal Killer Café turned ugly, but past marches have achieved great things. Or have they?

Anne McElvoy, senior editor at the Economist I left the Tory party conference last week and a gauntlet of protesters shouting hate-you-very-much messages at everyone who passed through security. To the protestors, any other human beings, whether journalists, policy wonks or charity workers, were simply “scum”, “heartless” or some other full-spectrum bad adjective, by virtue of being there.

Street protest has a place in democracies, but also limits in a civil society.

A thug in uniform grappling with a protester … it is a measure of who you are when you decide whose side you are on

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Is it really OK to call him ‘Tory scum’?

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Conservatives, cereal magnates and Owen Jones have one thing in common: they’ve all come under fire from leftwing activists. So is it fair to damn a 60,000-strong protest with the actions of a few? And will the new brand of ‘contentious politics’ do its cause more harm than good?

More than 60,000 people thronged the streets of Manchester last Sunday to participate in a protest outside the Conservative party conference, organised primarily by anti-austerity group the People’s Assembly. Throughout the week there were speeches, marches, debates and performances by the likes of Frankie Boyle and the Super Furry Animals. Chief superintendent John O’Hare of Greater Manchester police praised most of the demonstrators for their “good grace”.

None of this activity, however, received half as much attention as the behaviour of a small number of people directly outside the convention centre. One young delegate was struck on the head by an egg. Some journalists were spat on. Anyone entering the building was condemned as “Tory scum!”, even journalists and third-sector representatives. (Even Owen Jones.) There were reports of a rape threat and a vile antisemitic slur. Nobody was hurt and only a handful arrested – but the scene was ugly enough to make headline news and allow Iain Duncan Smith to tar the whole protest as “the left ranting and screaming at us”.

Related: ​Ruling – but trying not to look smug: Owen Jones ​on the mood at Tory conference

Related: So you hate the Tories – but what comes next? | John Harris

Related: Why I protested at the Tory party conference | Sue Hagerty

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Charlotte Church: pop star turned reluctant champion of the left

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Singer said she didn’t want to be a poster girl for the anti-austerity movement after marching against Tory cuts in May. But that is exactly what she has become

On Saturday 9 May two days after the general election, Charlotte Church joined about 250 others at the statue of Aneurin Bevan in Cardiff, close to her home, to protest at the further cuts planned by the new Conservative government.

The singer turned presenter and actor has rarely been, in the 18 years in which she has been globally famous, shy about voicing her opinions. But until then she had largely stayed away from direct party-political involvement, short of a blogpost written the day before the election urging Ed Miliband, “when you get into Downing Street”, to show that the new Labour-governed Britain could be “a trailblazer for progressive politics”.

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Pro-diversity and anti-mosque protesters in standoff in Bendigo park

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A heavy police presence keeps rival demonstrations apart in Bendigo as hundreds gather, either to oppose a mosque development or support it

Related: Anti-mosque protesters 'bringing hate and bigotry' to Bendigo, says premier

Rival protest groups have converged on a park in central Bendigo, Victoria where a standoff was under way on Saturday afternoon.

Related: Victoria police will guard mosques after warnings about rightwing protests

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Fire the potato cannon! The Sisters of Perpetual Resistance take their art to the streets

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At Sisters HQ, anarcho-artist Alannah Currie has challenged a crew of women to take on the establishment. Expect anti-rape cloaks, arm wrestles and tuba interventions

A century ago, Mary Richardson lurked in Trafalgar Square’s National Gallery, avoiding the scrutiny of security guards. When the time was right, she released the last of a procession of safety pins up her left sleeve and pulled out an axe. Lunging at the Rokeby Venus, she slashed Velazquez’s work five times before being dragged off. As a protest against the arrest of fellow suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, it immortalised “Slasher Mary” as an art activist – albeit through the destruction of art, not its creation.

Modern-day anarcho-artist Alannah Currie approves. “I like acts of destruction in order to create something new,” she says. Her Sisters HQ workshop, named after her own shadowy umbrella group the Sisters of Perpetual Resistance, is in Southwark, just a few tube stops from the National Gallery. Currie came of age in this neighbourhood: in the late 1970s, she frequented the squat scene and started all-female band The Unfuckables. In keeping with their punk ethos, they’d fill eggs with black paint and launch them at the Pretty Polly billboards that greeted commuters every day.

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Why I protested at the Tory party conference | Sue Hagerty

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Working with homeless people means I deal with the consequences of cuts to services. I wanted to make Conservatives think about the reality of their policies

When Michael Ashcroft’s biography of David Cameron hit the news, I read up on the culture of dining societies, which the prime minister is said to have been part of. Forget pigs. To me the real obscenity was the Bullingdon Club’s apparent initiation rite of burning a £50 note in front of a homeless person.

I work with homeless young people and have been dealing with the consequences of cut upon cut in support services, along with benefit sanctions that leave people destitute, tear families apart and push those with fragile mental health towards suicide. It got to the stage where shouting at the TV wasn’t enough. I decided to use my annual leave to go to Manchester and become part of the protests against austerity outside of the Conservative party conference.

Related: Conservative party conference hit by protest for third day

Related: -The DWP’s fit-for-work tests are a national catastrophe | Clare Allan

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California bans captive breeding of SeaWorld killer whales

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California Coastal Commission approves a $100 million expansion of tanks SeaWorld uses to hold killer whales in San Diego, but attaches ban on breeding

The California Coastal Commission on Thursday approved a $100 million expansion of the tanks SeaWorld uses to hold killer whales in San Diego — but it banned breeding of the captive orcas that would live in them.

Animal rights activists praised the decision as a death blow to the use of killer whales at the California ocean park.

Related: California agency sides with SeaWorld on expansion of killer whale tanks

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Anti-mosque protesters 'bringing hate and bigotry' to Bendigo, says premier

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Daniel Andrews says ‘fringe groups’ are travelling to regional Victorian city for protest on Saturday ‘to cause trouble and not much more’

Anti-mosque protesters are travelling from interstate to bring hate and bigotry to Bendigo, Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has warned.

The far-right group United Patriots Front is holding another protest on Saturday to object against the building of a mosque in the regional Victorian city.

Related: Bendigo mosque: court throws out bid to have development halted

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Who are you wearing out? Hollywood's history of red carpet commotion

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The feminist protest at this week’s Suffragette premiere is a rare example of a mutually beneficial protest, but things haven’t always been this way …

Despite the proliferation of online, VOD and television premieres, there’s still something about a tangible red carpet that rarely fails to make headlines. Even if your guest list peaks with that girl who was from that thing or a dog in a suit.

It’s therefore an obvious place for theatrics and those wishing to convey a message of protest. This week has seen one of the more successful examples in recent memory, at least in terms of media coverage, with the invasion of Suffragette’s London film festival premiere by feminist group Sisters Uncut. The red carpet was infiltrated by women who wanted to bring attention to recent cuts to domestic violence services. Purple and green smoke bombs were set off as stars were interviewed nearby.

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More than 140 people given key role in public inquiry into undercover police

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The key players include the parents of Stephen Lawrence, grieving families, women deceived by undercover police, trade unions and a whistleblower

At least 140 individuals will have a key role in the public inquiry into the undercover infiltration of political groups, and the total may rise.

The list of individuals gives an indication of the scope of the inquiry which is headed by a senior judge, Lord Justice Pitchford.

Related: Undercover police gathered evidence on 18 grieving families

Related: Relationships with undercover officers wreck lives. The lies must stop | Lisa Jones and Kate Wilson

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Activists promise largest climate civil disobedience ever at Paris summit

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Thousands expected to take part in ‘red line’ blockades of Paris climate summit, after two weeks of colourful protests that have been dubbed ‘the Climate Games’

Thousands of climate change campaigners have promised to blockade a major UN climate summit in Paris with what they say will be non-violent direct action on a scale Europe has not seen before.

Grassroots groups from to Attac France are throwing their weight behind the “Climate Games” event for the landmark climate conference in December. The protests will involve 10 blockades, themed around “red lines” which they fear negotiators for the nearly 200 countries inside the summit may cross.

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Hong Kong a year after the student protests - in pictures

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A year ago, Hong Kong’’s busy streets were shut down by pro-democracy protesters in the ‘umbrella movement’, when students took to the streets to oppose the Chinese government’s plan to restrict candidates in elections for the city’’s top leader. Photographer Vincent Yu tracks down the protesters he photographed in 2014 to take their portraits a year on

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