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The Paris climate summit is a real test of humanity

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The best and worst in our natures are rising to meet a critical point in our history, but there is no cause for despair

This morning I visited the place de la République, in many ways the beating heart of Paris. It’s where people here chose to place their memorial to the victims of the attacks two weeks ago, and there is still a huge crowd, gathered round the central monument in intense, almost ritual silence, taking in the thousands of pictures, candles, flowers and messages left by wellwishers.

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Related: Which countries are doing the most to stop dangerous global warming?

Related: Christiana Figueres: the woman tasked with saving the world from global warming

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Climate change protests across Australia – tens of thousands march

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Tens of thousands of Sydney protesters call for a focus on the cost of climate change to Pacific Islands, while an unusually high turnout marches in Canberra

Climate change rallies rolled on across Australia on Sunday, following well attended protests in Melbourne on Friday and Darwin and Brisbane on Saturday.

Related: Global climate march 2015: tens of thousands march in Australia and Asia – live #climatemarch

Related: Thousands march over climate change in Brisbane and across New Zealand

Related: Are Australia’s bushfire seasons getting longer?

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George Galloway, Mark Rylance and Brian Eno join London protest over Syria airstrikes

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Musician Eno tells ‘disappointingly small’ crowd that Britain will ‘dig itself into a deeper hole’

A hastily arranged day of protests across the country saw around 1,000 people gather outside Downing Street on Saturday, and other, smaller demonstrations across Britain under a “Don’t Bomb Syria” banner.

The Stop the War coalition said the events, described as an “emergency protest” ahead of a possible Commons vote on military intervention against Islamic State, had been held in 18 towns and cities. More protests are planned for , including in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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Trafalgar Square runs red with 'blood' in domestic violence cuts protest

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Feminists disrupt central London traffic and dye fountains red in demonstration styled as funeral for victims of domestic violence

Feminist activists have dyed Trafalgar Square’s fountains red after hundreds of women marched through London’s West End in a noisy protest against cuts to domestic violence services.

The demonstration, styled as a funeral procession for the victims of domestic violence, blocked roads and stopped traffic on a route that took the protesters from Soho to Trafalgar Square.

Back up back up! @SistersUncut causing gridlock on Charing Cross road #theycutwebleed pic.twitter.com/CmllqtCwcQ

"This is a response to the tampon tax. It shows the government sees women's health as a luxury." #TheyCutWeBleed pic.twitter.com/BanPCRu3r3

Sisters are powerful and dangerous.@SistersUncut shut down Cambridge Circus #theycutwebleed pic.twitter.com/iWaSpDB92Z

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Activists stage Thanksgiving fast in solidartiy with Guantánamo detainees

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Peace activists held a symbolic feast without food outside the US military prison in Guantánamo Bay, where many being held are on hunger strike

Like many Americans on Thursday, more than a dozen peace activists gathered around the dinner table to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Related: US activists to launch Guantánamo protest along camp's perimeter

Related: Republican senators cite omissions in detainee's 'unanimous' release decision

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Syria airstrike protesters rally across UK - live updates

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2.21pm GMT

Diane Abott has just spoken in London. She said: “Cameron has not made case for bombing”.

Diane Abott MP spoke very briefly at #DontBombSyria protest. "David Cameron had not made the case for bombing." pic.twitter.com/s2lYScuR1p

2.18pm GMT

“The whole of Whitehall” has been taken over.

#corbyn #stopthewar #DontBombSyria pic.twitter.com/wF9cbGLTjL

#DontBombSyria protest at Downing Street happening now. #stopthewar #LondonStandUp pic.twitter.com/YaF1ivXx1f

#Corbyn #stopthewar #DontBombSyria pic.twitter.com/f6eP6jBBqz

2.03pm GMT

Ruthi Brandt, councillor for Carfax in Oxfordshire joined the protest in Oxford city centre. She said: “This knee jerk reaction is exactly what Isis wants. Rather than defeating them, it will only make them stronger.

“It will certainly not make us safer, and many innocent people will suffer. Have no lessons been learnt from the past 15 years?”

.@STWuk over 150 ppl in Oxford calling on @David_Cameron #DontBombSyria! pic.twitter.com/pyMlPs5wy7

1.54pm GMT

Daisy, 22, from Lewisham, carried a homemade placard calling for peace and love, in English and Arabic.

She said she was worried that bombing in Syria would foster greater division among British society.

1.50pm GMT

Fred Rodrigues is protesting in Bristol. He explained why: “Bombing Syria will not solve the problem. Instead it will fuel the hatred, kill innocents and come back to us in the end.”

#Bristol #stopthewar pic.twitter.com/hIsYrMGJSS

1.47pm GMT

Images from the London protest.

1.36pm GMT

According to a Daily Mirror poll, less than half the country supports his plan to bomb IS strongholds - with the rest opposed or undecided.

The survey conducted for by Survation showed 59% of people surveyed believed bombing key Isis targets in the war-torn country will increase the risk of terrorist attacks in the UK.

1.27pm GMT

Protesters in Huddersfield are braving heavy rain. Adele Hopwood told me she is protesting because “as a Quaker and a mother I believe passionately in non-violent solutions.”

#stopthewar @HuddsQuakers @huddtownosanct #dontbombsyria pic.twitter.com/R5FEnkoTMJ

1.19pm GMT

Here’s a short clip of Mark Rylance speaking to the protesters.

"Violence is not the solution!" - Actor Mark Rylance addresses @STWuk #DontBombSyria protest pic.twitter.com/akE4fFUTmj

1.16pm GMT

Are you protesting today? We’d like you to share your images, video and reasons why you’re taking part. Click on the blue button at the top of this article. We’ll use a selection of responses in our reporting.

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1.15pm GMT

Mark Rylance, actor and theatre director, is now addressing the crowds in London.

Mark Rylance addresses the @STWuk demonstration. #DontBombSyria pic.twitter.com/VbT02NgitH

Mark Rylance declaring that we are engaged in terrorism ourselves by dropping depleted uranium on Iraq. #StopTheWar #DontBombSyria

Mark Rylance: "Why are we being told violence is the only solution when we know that's not true?" #StopTheWar #DontBombSyria

Mark Rylance: "I'm here because I'm tired of being associated with terrorism" #DontBombSyria pic.twitter.com/ABRFlIWYi0

Mark Rylance "we are many" "only way to resolve conflict is by talking" @StopTheWar

1.06pm GMT

Musician and producer, Brian Eno has addressed the crowds in London.

Brian Eno... #DontBombSyria pic.twitter.com/9VgxtRktSB

Brian Eno "We've created a system which gives the biggest rewards to the greediest & worst to the most generous" #nhs #juniorcontract

#BrianEno at #DontBombSyria rally #London pic.twitter.com/bb0ecJdj7P

12.54pm GMT

Owen Jones is speaking to the crowd outside 10 Downing Street.

LIVE on #Periscope: Owen Jones Don't Bomb Syria https://t.co/EWx52tZQp3

Quoting from Einstein @owenjones talks of the madness of bombing Syria #dontbombsyria pic.twitter.com/JJ8ddHrKSR

Hearing @OwenJones84 at #DontBombSyria protest. Inspiring. "War on terror has been one of the most catastrophic mistakes in modern times"

'Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results' Owen jones at the #stopthewar rally

12.48pm GMT

Chloe Radford, 20, from Brighton, said bombing in Syria would “create more of a vacuum and more of a problem”.

“They will kill more civilians and simply fuel more anger and resentment among the people in Syria.”

Homemade banners and placards at the @STWuk #DontBombSyria protest pic.twitter.com/BICand0NFz

12.45pm GMT

So far we’re unsure of exactly how many protesters are out in London today. Estimates on Twitter have ranged from hundreds to millions. It’s safe to say the latter is an exaggeration.

Omg ..millions of protesters on streets out side 10 downing street London against govt #DontBombSyria #Syria pic.twitter.com/zWtLexymjo

8000 expected outside Westminster today #dontbombsyria #london pic.twitter.com/iUthAwlW4F

: Hundreds of thousands protesters outside PM Reidency #10downingstreet protesting against govr for #DontBombSyria pic.twitter.com/sm7mJrPmPA

Thousands here to say #NoToWar #DontBombSyria #StopTheWar @SWP_Britain pic.twitter.com/pE62BKlFIN

Huge demonstration outside Downing Street. Protesting against another disastrous war #DontbombSyria! pic.twitter.com/gTqsVEq5gA

12.39pm GMT

“David Cameron, here us say. Airstrikes no way.”

#DontBombSyria @andiosho pic.twitter.com/qdyWP3RVaP

12.37pm GMT

Protesters are chanting: “Don’t bomb Syria. No more wars.”

Chanting has starting #DontBombSyria pic.twitter.com/Zx3v46xnTI

Demonstrators are chanting "Don't bomb Syria, no more war" #stopthewar pic.twitter.com/EMU2GxyY9X

12.29pm GMT

Pictures of the protests nationally are being shared on Twitter. Here’s an image from Cardiff:

#cardiff says its #DontBombSyria #nomorebombs #ukgov pic.twitter.com/k3TleSfbNz

#DontBombSyria #stopcameron #protest pic.twitter.com/5dihOi0yy9

#Bristol #stopthewar pic.twitter.com/hIsYrMGJSS

Simple but strong message from #Norwich this morning! #DontBombSyria #StopTheWar @STWuk pic.twitter.com/OakYnK9mH6

Don't Bomb Syria rally and International Palestine Solidarity outside Sheff Town Hall #stopthewar #sheffieldrally pic.twitter.com/odwrqBffub

12.20pm GMT

My colleague, Joel Gunter, is at the protest in London and is live-tweeting what’s happening. You can follow him on Twitter: @joelmgunter.

Chanting gets underway at @STWuk #DontBombSyria protest https://t.co/qPvxrp6SqU pic.twitter.com/Jg1RMohT6i

12.16pm GMT

Don’t forget wherever you are protesting today, we want to see your pictures and videos.

Share your images, video and reasons why you’re taking part by clicking on the blue button at the top of this article. We’ll use a selection of responses in our reporting.

12.12pm GMT

Protesters are now gathering in London. Daniel Beall, 33, came from Croydon with a homemade placard.

“The sign is supposed to be a dad’s army kind of thing,” he said.

11.55am GMT

Actor Mark Rylance and musician Brian Eno will deliver a letter to David Cameron today signed by writers, actors, politicans, filmmakers, trade unionists, artists. In it, they urge Cameron to “look for political solutions as the only viable way to end the conflict.”

The letter, signed by Frankie Boyle, Will Self and Caroline Lucas among others, reads:

The current rush to bomb Syria following the terrible events in Paris risks a dangerous escalation which will inflame the war there and increase bitterness against the West. The US has been bombing Isis for a year and admits that Isis is as strong as ever and has continued recruiting.

The experience of the wars in Afghanistan Iraq and Libya shows that Western military interventions lead to large scale casualties, devastating destruction and huge flows of refugees.

11.46am GMT

David Cameron published a document on Thursday outlining his case for airstrikes against Islamic State. He said: “The threats to our interests and to our people are such that we cannot afford to stand aside and not to act.

“Throughout Britain’s history we have been called on time and again to make the hardest of decisions in defence of our citizens and our country. Today one of the greatest threats we face to our security is the threat from Isil.”

11.34am GMT

Nearly 6,000 people have so far indicated on Facebook that they will attend the London protest organised by the Stop the War coalition.
The Downing Street protest will begin at midday. Similar protests, public meetings and actions are planned in 18 towns and cities, including Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Swansea.

Protesters have begun gathering outside Sheffield town hall.

Don't Bomb Syria protest #sheffield #stopthewar #sypeoplesassembly pic.twitter.com/ma0vAqLwVB

11.20am GMT

Welcome to our live blog covering today’s protests against government plans to launch a bombing campaign in Syria.

Marches, public meetings and actions are planned in 18 towns and cities across the country, including a large gathering outside Downing Street and we’ll be blogging about the events throughout the day.

11.20am GMT

If you’re attending a protest today, we’d like you to share your images, video and reasons why you’re taking part. Click on the blue button at the top of this article. We’ll use a selection of responses in our reporting.
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Climate change activists stage tattoo protest against BP at Tate Britain

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Thirty-five protesters occupy 1840s room at London gallery two days before UN climate change talks open in Paris

Climate change activists have occupied part of Tate Britain, where they have started to tattoo each other in protest at BP’s sponsorship of the gallery.

Tate has closed the 1840s gallery where 35 activists have set themselves up and started to tattoo each other with the numbers of the CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere in the year they were born. They estimate it will take all day to complete the tattoos.

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#NotOneDime: African Americans aim to show their power with shopping boycott

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Campaign, which began last year in wake of killing of Michael Brown, calls for participants not to spend any money on 26-30 November

This Black Friday, Lucia McBath will not be shopping. Three years ago her 17-year-old son, Jordan Davis, was shot dead in the parking lot of a Gate gas station in Jacksonville, Florida. His killer, Michael Dunn, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Related: Jordan Davis's parents fight for reform ahead of HBO film on teenager's death

#NotOneDime from November 26-30. Stop all non-essential shopping on those dates. #MakeThisGoViral #BreakTheInternet pic.twitter.com/fKTXhBRqGG

Related: Black Friday's fizzle: when the consumer shrugs

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Crimeans describe life during blackout after attacks from Ukraine

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Hospitals are struggling, businesses have closed and public transport has ground to a halt. RFE/RL talks to locals facing prolonged power cuts

Crimean residents are learning to live with thawing fridges, pitch-dark highways and shuttered schools a week after Ukrainian miliants began attacking the power lines feeding the region.

As Russian authorities scramble to restore power, almost 2 million people have been left without electricity. Despite the hum of generators filling the streets, most businesses have been forced to shut down or dramatically scale back their operations.

Related: Crimea declares state of emergency after power lines attacked

Related: Crimea still erasing its Ukrainian past a year after Russia's takeover

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Police fire tear gas during clashes with protesters in Peru – video

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Protests in Peru’s capital Lima have descended into a second day of violence as demonstrators clash with police. Officers on Thursday arrest several people and fire tear gas at demonstrators in the middle of a busy street. Peruvian health care and state workers have been holding rallies over a wage dispute

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The sound and the fury: how Syria's rappers, rockers and writers fought back

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Through music, film and novels, Syria’s artists have recorded the bloody destruction of their country and the true horrors of war, says Robin Yassin-Kassab

In the first heady weeks of the Arab spring, commentators made much of the role played by social media, but far more significant was the carnivalesque explosion of popular culture in revolutionary public spaces. Protests in Syria against Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship were far from grim affairs. Despite the ever-present risk of bullets, Syrians expressed their hopes for dignity and rights through slogans, graffiti, cartoons, dances and songs.

To start with, protesters tried to reach central squares, hoping to emulate the Egyptians who occupied Tahrir Square. Week after week, residents of Damascus’s eastern suburbs tried to reach the capital’s Abbasiyeen Square, and were shot down in their dozens. Tens of thousands did manage to occupy the Clock Square in Homs, where they sang and prayed, but in a matter of hours security washed them out with blood.

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Thousands expected to join UK protests against Syria airstrikes

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Protests, public meetings and actions are planned in 18 towns and cities across the country, including a large gathering outside Downing Street on Saturday

Thousands of people are expected to gather outside Downing Street and in cities across the UK on Saturday to protest against government plans to launch a bombing campaign in Syria.

Nearly 6,000 people have so far indicated on Facebook that they will attend the London protest organised by the Stop the War coalition.

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Heathrow protesters block entrance tunnel to Terminals 1, 2 and 3

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Campaign group Plane Stupid parked van across road at 7.40am, and police say protesters removed and road reopened by about 11.10am

Environmental activists caused disruption at Heathrow during rush hour by parking a van across the entrance tunnel to Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and locking themselves to the vehicle so that it could not be moved.

The campaign group Plane Stupid said three of its members parked the van across the tunnel at 7.40am and unfurled a banner quoting David Cameron’s election promise: “No ifs, no buts: no third runway.”

Related: Heathrow and Gatwick expansion: residents campaign, parties stay silent

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US activists to launch Guantánamo protest along camp's perimeter

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Members of Witness Against Torture, seeking camp’s closure, to begin protest on Wednesday before a fast starting on Thanksgiving in solidarity with inmates

Fourteen peace activists from across the United States will begin a protest vigil and fast along the perimeter fence of the US military detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on Wednesday in an attempt to draw attention to what they consider to be ongoing human rights abuses at the prison.

The protesters are all members of Witness Against Torture, a group which campaigns to have Guantánamo shut down. They plan to set up camp as close as they can to the 107 remaining detainees still being held at the facility. They will then begin a fast on Thanksgiving in symbolic solidarity with the 47 men inside the prison who have been cleared for release but are still trapped in legal limbo having never been charged with any crime, many of whom have been on hunger strike.

Related: Obama administration admits review of Guantánamo cases will take years

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Chicago poised for new protests after Laquan McDonald video released

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  • Activists gathered Tuesday night with chants of ‘16 shots’
  • Tensions surged after local leader Malcolm London’s arrest


Chicago is braced for more protests on Wednesday after anger spilled on to downtown city streets overnight following the release of video footage showing the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a police officer.

Protests are expected outside city hall on Wednesday and demonstrations are being planned to block the city’s main shopping thoroughfare, Michigan Avenue, during the traditional post-Thanksgiving spending bonanza on Friday.

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Minneapolis police 'suggested Jamar Clark protesters wanted shootings'

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Anger builds after five demonstrators were injured Monday night, with protesters recounting their experiences as a new round of shots are heard

“This is what you guys wanted,” police told protesters after five demonstrators were shot and injured by masked men at a continuing protest in Minneapolis on Monday night, witnesses told the Guardian.

Protesters trying to tend to the wounded were also maced.

Related: The men who shot at the Minneapolis protesters want to scare all black people | Steven W Thrasher

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Cambridge Gates scholars urge foundation to divest

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Recipients of Gates foundation scholarships at Cambridge University attack ‘untenable’ investments in fossil fuels

Recipients of Cambridge University scholarships funded by and named in honour of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have attacked the global health charity’s “untenable” investments in fossil fuels.

In a letter, 98 present and former Gates scholars urged the world’s largest charitable foundation to drop coal, oil and gas companies from its $43bn fund.

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Protesters take to Chicago streets after Laquan McDonald video released – live

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3.20am GMT

The Chicago police union’s contract has come under intense scrutiny after the Van Dyke shooting.

After the shooting, Van Dyke was stripped of his police powers but remained on the payroll until today, when it was announced he had been charged with murder, per the union contract.

Chicago police union contract requires misconduct records be destroyed. #LaquanMcDonald https://t.co/BMe8OC37iT pic.twitter.com/M7x5QfSQ69

3.00am GMT

2.51am GMT

Guardian columnist Steven Thrasher’s visceral response to the dashcam video reflects on yet another police encounter that ended a life far too early.

The pending dread of knowing that this was a snuff video, which was going to end with the death of yet another young black male – a black child, he was only 17 – and not the first I have written about just today.

The buildup. It started with the withholding of the video for 400 days, only to be released on the anniversary of Darren Wilson getting off. It continued today with Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel’s absurd calls for peace and invocation of family, as if Officer Jason Van Dyke wasn’t a Chicago police officer on the payroll for more than a year after shooting Laquan. It continued with each passing minute of the video ...

2.39am GMT

Chicago police department confirmed to the Guardian that there have been some arrests but would not provide a number or cause. Our reporter there said he witnessed three people being detained, which is similar to reports from other protesters.

Charlene Carruthers, national director of the Black Youth Project 100, said on Twitter that she had an encounter with police earlier in the evening and witnessed three fellow protesters be arrested.

Was just throw on the ground by a cop. They yanked my hair. Arrested three of our comrades. Page May, Johnae Strong and Troy Alim.

2.31am GMT

A small group of protesters gathered on south Florissant in Ferguson, marking the one year anniversary of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black teen, Michael Brown.

Brown’s death led to widespread, nationwide protests and gave rise to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Clergy stand in SFlorissant in #Fergsuon to divert traffic from protesters who are gathering in street. pic.twitter.com/PGCVymIIh5

2.25am GMT

Last year at this time, Guardian US senior correspondent Jon Swaine was inside a St Louis courtroom waiting for prosecutor Bob McCulloch to announce the grand jury decision in the fatal Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown. Here Jon reflects on what has changed since then.

While protesters in Illinois may seethe about the killing of Laquan Mcdonald just as intensely as those in neighbouring Missouri did over the death Michael Brown, dramatic changes to the way that homicides by police are being dealt with by state and local officials can be traced from last Thanksgiving week to this one.

Chicago officer Jason Van Dyke stands accused of first-degree murder, the first from his notorious department to do so in decades. State’s attorney Anita Alvarez’s decision to prosecute follows similarly dramatic developments in South Carolina, where officer Michael Slager killed Walter Scott; in Ohio, where officer Ray Tensing shot dead Samuel DuBose; and in Maryland, where six officers face trials over the violent death of Freddie Gray.

2.08am GMT

Zach Stafford has been talking to some of the protesters in Chicago about their reaction to the video and police violence in Chicago.

He files this report.

“Right now black people are angry! Right now what is important is young black people,” Veronica Morris Moore, a young activist yelled in the center of a human circle at the intersection of Congress Parkway and State St in Chicago tonight.

2.01am GMT

Meanwhile, in Minneapolis, police there are still investigating a shooting that left five Black Lives Matter protesters injured.

Earlier today, police announced the arrests of two men - a 23-year-old white male and a 32-year-old Hispanic male in connection with shootings. Police released the Hispanic male, after concluding that he was not a the scene of the shooting on Monday night.

On the scene at the #4thPrecinctShutDown #JamarClark protest. pic.twitter.com/tzUxNBLp5i

1.50am GMT

Activists have linked arms, encircling journalists and even cars.

A video from inside the center of the circle. Police are trying to get cars out. pic.twitter.com/L2wLDW3DGj

1.47am GMT

During a press conference on Tuesday night, civil rights leader Rev Jesse Jackson said police superintendent Garry McCarthy should be fired over the handling of the McDonald case.

Rev. Jackson calls for firing of CPD Supt. Garry McCarthy over #LaquanMcDonald case. pic.twitter.com/kjbx1DsdIY

1.45am GMT

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he would watch the video when it was released publicly, implying he hadn’t yet seen the video. Yet the city council approved a $5m settlement for McDonald’s family, even though they had not filed a lawsuit. Chicago’s corporation counsel, Stephen Patton, said the dashboard-camera footage had prompted the city’s decision to settle.

During a press conference on Tuesday night, civil rights leader Jesse Jackson said he didn’t believed it, reports my colleague Ciara McCarthy of Guardian’s The Counted.

1.39am GMT

Chicago public school students are being sent home with this letter.

The letter notes that the video will not be shown in schools. However, the school has created a special toolkit to help teachers talk to students who are disturbed by what they saw in the video.

Copy of letter being sent home w/ @ChiPubSchools students. #LaquanMcDonald @CatalystChicago pic.twitter.com/29lVcO6lom

1.27am GMT

Tensions appear to be rising at the protest, with brief spurts of pushing between officers and protesters as they try to break through the police line.

Scene has calmed down now. Several detained. Group yelling "let them go" #LaquanMcDonald pic.twitter.com/uoun5JkbkU

Group of protesters trying to cross bridge east of Michigan on Balbo. #LaquanMcDonald pic.twitter.com/cj9UGW8w8B

1.19am GMT

The video released on Tuesday tells a different story than police initially told reporters.

Here is the initial account police gave as reported by the Invisible Institute.

On the night of October 20, a squad car responded to a call that someone was trying to break into cars in an industrial area on the southwest side. The officers found a boy with a knife in the street. He ignored their orders to drop the knife. A police spokesman described the boy in terms that suggest he was emotionally disturbed. (“He’s got a 100-yard stare. He’s staring blankly.”) The responding officers didn’t have a Taser. Waiting for one to arrive, they followed the boy in their squad car, as he walked a block to 41st and Pulaski.

A second squad car arrived. The boy again refused to drop the knife. The police tried to use the two vehicles to box him in against a construction fence on Pulaski. He punctured a tire and damaged the front windshield of one of the police cars. Officers got out of their vehicles. The boy approached them with the knife in his hand. One of the officers shot him in the chest. He was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital.

The video, which last six minutes and 54 seconds, captures the final moments of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald’s life on 20 October 2014 as he is confronted by two armed police officers in the middle of a Chicago street. The teenager is seen striding down the center of a two-way street and appears to be carrying a knife when the dashboard camera of a police patrol vehicle captures the moment that two officers point handguns at him.

He turns briefly toward one of the officers and is then shot, the impact of the first bullet apparently spinning him around before he collapses on the street. A puff of smoke or dust can be seen rising from his body apparently as a bullet hits the ground. The camera continues to focus on his prone body as the officers, now out of frame, shoot him multiple times. An autopsy report from the Cook County medical examiner’s office showed that McDonald was shot 16 times.

1.05am GMT

Activists affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement and the local social justice group, Black Youth Project 100, have shut down the busy intersection of State and Roosevelt in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood, says the Guardian’s Zach Stafford.

Protesters blocking South Loop intersection following Laquan McDonald video release. ... https://t.co/ZS8dfCtA1S pic.twitter.com/qq8uHJRiP9

Just an hour after the video was released, protesters gathered on the street, holding hands and chanting “16” – the number of times veteran police officer shot McDonald.

This is the first of many potential demonstrations throughout the city as news of the videos release begins to envelope the city.

@BYP_100 standing at Roosevelt & State counting the number of times #LaquanMcDonald was shot by an officer. pic.twitter.com/OwyJbkSXkG

1.01am GMT

Ahead of the video’s release, the McDonald family also appealed for calm in a statement:

We deeply appreciate the outpouring of love and support for Laquan. This is a difficult time for us. As we have said in the past, while we would prefer that the video not be released we understand that a court has ordered otherwise. We ask for calm in Chicago. No one understands the anger more than us but if you choose to speak out, we urge you to be peaceful. Don’t resort to violence in Laquan’s name. Let his legacy be better than that.

1.01am GMT

This is the dashcam video of McDonald’s death release on Tuesday.

12.52am GMT

The Superintendent of Chicago’s police department, Garry McCarthy, claimed during a late Tuesday afternoon press conference that police shootings in the city have fallen by 70% in the last 4 years.

It’s not immediately clear what that claim is based on, says Guardian US data editor Mona Chalabi.

12.50am GMT

Protesters have gathered at Roosevelt and State in south Chicago.

At Roosevelt and State. #LaquanMcDonald pic.twitter.com/R2Ojnb1D00

12.49am GMT

Protesters chant "16 shots!" @ABC7Chicago #LaquanMcDonald pic.twitter.com/8aBQivOjDi

An ABC Chicago reporter describes the scene as protesters gather

12.41am GMT

Here is a still photo from the video of Laquan McDonald’s final moments. In it’s entirety the video lasts six minutes and 54 seconds. Our video team is working to bring it to you in full.

We should note that the McDonald family did not want the video to be released.

12.36am GMT

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel appeared side by side with police superintendent Garry McCarthy at press conference late Tuesday afternoon to urge peaceful protests.

Anyone who is there to uphold the law cannot act like they’re above the law. I want to say one thing: there are men and women both in leadership positions and in rank and file who follow and live by that principal every day. Jason Van Dyke does not represent the police department,” Emanuel said at a press conference ahead of the video’s release.

People have a right to be angry. People have a right to protest. People have a right to free speech, but they do not have a right to commit criminal acts,” McCarthy said.

12.34am GMT

Rahm attends Christmas tree lighting minutes after #LaquanMcDonald video is released https://t.co/D8RRVznakx pic.twitter.com/E7TMi2bNM9

A Chicago reporter shows us where mayor Rahm Emanuel went immediately after a tense press conference

12.15am GMT

Hello and welcome to our rolling coverage of protests over police violence in Chicago and Minneapolis.

Police in Chicago have just released a chilling dashcam video of the fatal shooting of a black teenager, Laquan McDonald, more than a year after the encounter. Ahead of the video’s release, Chicago authorities pleaded for calm in the city, echoing statements made by McDonald’s family that asked the protesters to remain peaceful.

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