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Extinction Rebellion protests continue for a second day across Australia – video

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The climate action protest group, Extinction Rebellion, has continued its protests for a second day running. In Sydney, protesters dressed as bees "swarmed" Sydney's Hyde Park to demand "our leaders take strong action on climate change so that we have a future in farming in this country". In Brisbane, an activist who suspended himself from Story Bridge in a hammock has ended his protest after six hours, despite saying he could have hung out for days.  In Melbourne, protesters disrupted traffic and blocked tram lines . Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews defended people's right to protest, but said: "I don't know that shutting the city down necessarily wins you many friends". 


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Hong Kong's Carrie Lam refuses to rule out asking China for help to quell protests

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Leader feels city authorities can handle situation but says no option can be ruled out

Hong Kong’s leader has said she would not rule out asking for Chinese government help in putting down the long-running protests “if the situation becomes so bad”, but at present she thought city authorities could handle the situation.

Carrie Lam said she had no plans at the moment to use sweeping emergency powers to bring in further laws, after a controversial anti-mask ban inflamed tensions across the city and spurred four days of street protests.

Related: Ted Cruz says NBA is 'assisting Chinese censorship' over Hong Kong tweet

Related: Hong Kong protesters defy the mask ban – in pictures

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'Uncooperative crusties': Boris Johnson attacks Extinction Rebellion activists

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PM hits out at protesters for ‘littering’ London with ‘heaving hemp-smelling bivouacs’

The prime minister has attacked the Extinction Rebellion activists protesting in London over the climate crisis, dismissing them as “uncooperative crusties” who should stop blocking the streets of the capital with their “heaving hemp-smelling bivouacs”.

Boris Johnson made the remarks at the launch of the final volume of a biography of Margaret Thatcher written by his former boss at the Daily Telegraph, Charles Moore.

Related: Extinction Rebellion: 280 arrested in central London protests

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Ecuador: indigenous protesters paralyze roads in fifth day of anti-austerity unrest

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Measure to eliminate fuel subsidies sparks worst unrest in years, resulting in 477 arrests

Indigenous protesters have paralyzed roads around Ecuador and blocked a main highway into the capital in a fifth day of action against government austerity measures that have sparked the worst unrest in years, resulting in 477 arrests.

The umbrella indigenous organization Conaie said demonstrations would continue until President Lenín Moreno withdraws last week’s measure to eliminate fuel subsidies.

Related: Ecuador declares state of emergency as protesters decry end to fuel subsidies

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Extinction Rebellion: the arrestables – a photo essay

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UK-based activists from the climate campaign group explain why they are prepared to be arrested for the cause

Hallam was arrested in 2017 for criminal damage when he and another person spray-painted “Divest from oil and gas”, “Now” and “Out of time” on walls at King’s College London, using water-soluble chalk-based paint.

Photograph: Tomm Morton/Extenction Rebellion

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'We have the right to rebel': Extinction Rebellion begin Westminster shutdown – video

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Extinction Rebellion protesters blocked the road outside Downing Street on Monday morning as they began a planned two-week shutdown of Westminster. Peaceful protesters are targeting 12 areas in central London in an attempt to force meaningful action to tackle the climate crisis. The Metropolitan police said that by 8am there had been 21 arrests, in addition to others over the weekend, with eight people detained on Saturday

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Climate change protests: four teenage girls among 30 arrested in Sydney

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Protests take place in Melbourne, Brisbane and other Australian cities to kick off a week of activity by Extinction Rebellion

Four teenage girls are among dozens of protesters demanding government action on climate change to be arrested in Sydney on Monday.

The Extinction Rebellion climate protests movement has planned a “spring rebellion” from Monday to Sunday, including marches aimed at blocking traffic.

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

Related: Extinction Rebellion has won the first battle – now it must win the war | Leo Barasi

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Extinction Rebellion has won the first battle – now it must win the war | Leo Barasi

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As protesters take to the streets again this week, the challenge is to force ‘green’ politicians into concrete proposals

Extinction Rebellion seems to have cracked using protests to transform public debate. But as it starts another major rebellion this week, it might find the challenge ahead is even greater.

Extinction Rebellion’s April protests were an enormous success. Together with the BBC’s Attenborough documentary and the school climate strikes, they created a surge in public concern about the environment. The climate emergency is now established in the top five most important issues facing the UK today, at around the same level as the economy. Since the April protests, the government has legislated for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and Labour is moving towards a much more ambitious target.

Related: How Extinction Rebellion put the world on red alert

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Tim Wilson joins Hong Kong marchers but draws fire for historic tweet

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Liberal MP who once tweeted about using water cannons to disperse protesters joins Hong Kong anti-government marches

An Australian government MP who once mocked Australian protesters as “time wasters” has joined Hong Kong protesters in a show of support for the latest round of anti-government demonstrations.

Federal Liberal MP Tim Wilson marched with activists on Sunday as the city railed against a new ban on face masks and the declaration of authoritarian colonial British-era powers that have not been used since 1967.

Related: Hong Kong protesters defy the mask ban – in pictures

Proud to #StandWithHongKong. Strange fact: The last time (2003) I protested in #HongKong I was wearing a pink polo as well. pic.twitter.com/7aP57qEUJG

Walked past Occupy Melbourne protest, all people who think freedom of speech = freedom 2 b heard, time wasters ... send in the water cannons

But u r all talk no action!
when i and Denise Ho visit ur office, i ask u to establish a protection system for Chinese in Australian univercities.
but you said thats not ur job or our gov‘s job.
Real politicians r decided by real action,but selfie with political celebrity. https://t.co/psiK9maH6T

good job on @TimWilsonMP dumbing me
why dont u make the discussion public like u post selife?
of course,ur party‘s job is taking away funding for public not giving.
without a equally strong Chinese media in Australia,the beijing puppet ones will keep manipulate people here pic.twitter.com/jgKhrD3E4s

Lolz. @AlboMP spends a lot of time thinking about how to slap down someone he doesn’t think about. Maybe he should pay attention, then he’d have known how toxic his #RetireeTax was. Maybe he wanted @AustralianLabor to lose so he could be Leader of the Opposition.

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Extinction Rebellion: fresh protests to 'shut down' Westminster

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Environmental activists plan to blockade roads in the centre of government for two weeks

Environmental activists from around Britain are set to swoop on Westminster on Monday morning in an attempt to “shut down” the heart of government with two weeks of disruptive protests.

Extinction Rebellion (XR) said its members are planning to blockade “every single road” into the central London district and plan to maintain the protests for at least 14 days, or until their demands are met.

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Hong Kong protesters defy face mask ban – video

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Demonstrators in Hong Kong wore face masks on Sunday in defiance of a new law imposed after the government invoked colonial-era emergency powers. Protesters, who could face a year in prison for hiding their faces, threw teargas canisters back at police as tens of thousands marched through central Hong Kong

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How Extinction Rebellion put the world on red alert

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The radical group has galvanised young and old. But in the year since it formed, what has life been like inside the movement?

In the last week alone, members of Extinction Rebellion have been described as ecomaniacs (Daily Mail), ecoradicals ignoring our economic doom (Times), dangerous and a bloody mess (Daily Telegraph). They have been accused of “pulling 83,000 officers away from their normal duties” according to the police and costing Scotland Yard £16m. In London last week, dressed in funereal black, rebels tried to paint the Treasury red using 1,800 litres of fake blood and an old fire engine with a sign reading “stop funding climate death”.

While its actions may seem controversial in some quarters, Extinction Rebellion’s rise and influence have undoubtedly been extraordinary, galvanising young and old across party lines. Last October, the journalist and activist George Monbiot introduced the group in the national press, a homegrown movement “devoted to disruptive, non-violent disobedience in protest against ecological collapse”. The hope was to turn a national uprising into an international one by March. In fewer than 12 months, Extinction Rebellion has become the fastest-growing environmental organisation in the world.

People think going vegan and recycling will stop climate change – it won’t. Government has to act

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‘Incredibly worrying’: legal fight looms around Australia over clampdown on protest

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Peter Dutton has described protesters as ‘a scourge’ with the threat of increased penalties and imprisonment in several states

On Monday, the activist group Extinction Rebellion will begin a week of global protests.

In Brisbane, home to the grassroots organisation’s first Australian chapter, activists are preparing to stage protests around the city. At the group’s headquarters in Woolloongabba, a busy training schedule is under way. It is hosting introductory sessions at local libraries planning two large-scale marches, with a litany of other “non-violent disruptive actions”.

Related: NSW farm trespass bill criticised for turning into a crackdown on the right to protest

Without disruption, our voices are not being heard.

Related: ‘Nothing has changed’: why Queensland’s protest battle has raised Joh Bjelke-Petersen's ghost

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Peaceful protesters form human chains after mask ban in Hong Kong – video

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Protesters in Hong Kong took part in a peaceful demonstration on Saturday after the government's emergency measures and ban on wearing face masks during public rallies caused clashes on Friday

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The ecology student who pushed the RSC to cut ties with oil giant

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Ella Mann pleaded with the Royal Shakespeare Company to end its BP sponsorship deal. Days later it did. But, she warns: ‘The fight is not over’

Ella Mann is just 19 but she has already made her mark on the world. In September, feeling increasingly frightened by the quickening pace of climate change, she started writing a letter to one of Britain’s leading theatre companies.

It was not a decision Mann took lightly, or one that she rushed. She spent days writing the letter which would pile pressure on the Royal Shakespeare Company to drop its longstanding relationship with oil giant BP.

Over the past eight years our sponsorship has enabled 80,000 young people to see RSC performances at reduced rates

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Hong Kong suspends metro system and closes banks after violent protests

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Carrie Lam’s ban on face masks provokes wave of fear and fury ahead of march on Sunday

Hong Kong’s metro system has been suspended and many of its banks and shopping malls closed after a government decision to invoke sweeping colonial-era powers sparked violent protests across the city.

The chief executive, Carrie Lam, provoked a wave of fear and fury on Friday with a ban on face masks at any public gathering, brought in under the emergency regulations ordinance, which had not been used for more than half a century.

Related: Violence grips Hong Kong as Lam activates emergency powers

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Hong Kong protesters attack metro stations after face mask ban – video

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Thousands of people swept into the streets of Hong Kong for a night of violent protests after the government activated sweeping colonial-era powers for the first time in over half a century, using them to ban face masks. After darkness fell, crowds set fire to two metro stations and vandalised shops and businesses considered pro-China, leading riot police to respond with teargas

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Iraq protests: police open fire on demonstrators as death toll rises – video

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Security forces in Iraq opened fire on protesters in Baghdad despite the prime minister’s plea for calm and promise of reform. The protests, which have been fuelled by rage over poor living standards and alleged corruption, have escalated by the day since they first erupted on 1 October.

On Friday, hundreds of people, including members of the security forces as well as demonstrators, were wounded when police opened fire on protesters. The death toll has now risen to more than 40 dead

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Does Extinction Rebellion have a race problem?

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Critics say group is not doing enough to involve people of colour, or expose links between climate crisis and inequality

It was just a tweet, and whoever sent it probably didn’t think much about it. It was a sunny day in July and environmental activists had blocked the Strand with a big blue boat.

“Live from the royal courts of justice,” Extinction Rebellion London wrote. “It has been announced that all protesters arrested during the April rebellion will be prosecuted. We are asking the police and legal system to concentrate on issues such as knife crime, and not non-violent protesters who are trying to save our planet.”

Instead of using your privilege to get arrested, how about using it to stop other people getting arrested

As a black woman, the police are not going to treat me the same as a 40-year-old white woman

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