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Students skip classes to show support for refugees

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Nationwide demonstration over government’s treatment of refugees includes mass walkout, talks and demonstration outside Daily Mail headquarters

Students across the country have been walking out of their lectures and classes in solidarity with what they see as the government’s poor treatment of refugees, migrants and international students.

They are holding rallies, demonstrations, talks and stunts in protest against anti-migrant rhetoric and policies in the UK. Students at further education colleges are taking part in the walkout on Tuesday.

Related: A guide to the government's new rules for international students

RCA WALK-OUT outside Daily Mail building 'thanking' DM for changing their rhetoric on migrants #students4migrants

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I joined the black student university walkout because enough is enough | Steven W Thrasher

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It has been a joy to cover my first black student-led demonstrations this year that were about celebrating a victory rather than mourning yet another black death

I have been unapologetic about my joy in reporting on black student activists changing power dynamics on campuses across the country – even when that has meant some have not wanted to talk to me.

As both a member of the press and a graduate student, though not at one of the universities that was protesting, my dueling roles have been tricky to manage at times. But it has been an unmitigated mental health reprieve to cover my first black student-led demonstrations in a year that were about celebrating a victory rather than mourning yet another black death.

Related: Student activists nationwide challenge campus racism – and get results

Related: The campus race protests are about systemic racism that's never gone away | Luna Olavarría Gallegos

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Minneapolis protests erupt after police shoot black man allegedly in handcuffs

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Black Lives Matter protesters march through streets after witnesses said the man, who is now reportedly on life support, was handcuffed when he was shot

A Minnesota agency is investigating the shooting by a Minneapolis police officer of a black man suspected in an assault, an incident that sparked protests and prompted a community forum with the mayor and police chief.

Accounts from some witnesses that the man was handcuffed when he was shot early on Sunday morning led to outrage. Police said their preliminary investigation shows the man was not handcuffed, but the investigation is ongoing.

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‘Political correctness’ doesn’t hinder free speech – it expands it | Lindy West

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After decades of racism and casual misogyny, the punchlines are punching back. The American university system is currently the battleground for our next great culture war

The details of this memory are hazy, but the message has never left me. I think it was 2000 or 2001, my first year of college – one of those nights, maybe, when the Los Angeles air feels like bathwater and the sunset is so primordial you expect dinosaurs to raise long necks between the palm trees. I remember standing on the quad, looking up at the smaller of our two dining halls and noticing the uniformed pairs of security guards stationed at all three entrances. This was not normal, which is why I remember.

“Why is Campus Safety everywhere?” I asked some older student in passing, someone who knew things. I don’t remember who it was, but I remember their air of sardonic resignation, like they were about to tell me something shameful but juicy.

Related: Fear lies at the heart of opposition to 'political correctness' | Rebecca Carroll

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1966: the year youth culture exploded

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It was the era of sex, drugs and pop revolution, but also of anti-war protest and inner-city riots. And the more the young pushed forward, the more the adults pushed back. Jon Savage describes a year that’s still freaking out the establishment

25 March 1966, the Jefferson Airplane and the Mystery Trend played a “rock & roll dance benefit” in support of the Vietnam Day Committee. Costing $1.50 to get in, the “peace trip” was held at Harmon Gym, on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley – the institution that, after Mario Savio’s December 1964 “put your bodies on the gears” speech, had become the centre of American student radicalism, in particular the protests against the escalating Vietnam war.

The event was one of several “peace rock” benefits held in the gym that spring that cemented the link between the politicos of Berkeley and the bohemians of the nascent San Franciscan music scene: others showcased the Grateful Dead, the Great Society, and the (original) Charlatans. Citing one of these shows, the columnist Ralph Gleason observed that the city was “on the verge of another dancing craze” such as had not happened “since the swing era”. Nothing apparently untoward there.

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Students plan further protests against higher education reforms

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Campaigners call for day of action in November and strike in 2016 over ‘biggest attack on public education in decades’

Students are stepping up their campaign against government reforms for higher education with a series of demonstrations, sit-ins and strikes planned for the coming months.

Campaigners who organised a major protest in London earlier this month have called for another day of action on 26 November and a two-day strike in the new year.

Related: Jo Johnson's university reforms: reactions from the experts

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Obama applauds University of Missouri protesters in call for student activism

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  • President salutes demonstrations amid racial tension at Mizzou
  • Obama says engaged citizens must listen as well as speak out

President Obama has praised the protesters whose stand against racism at the University of Missouri resulted this week in the resignation of the institution’s president and the announcement that its chancellor would step down at the end of the year.

Related: Mizzou Tigers score welcome win after week of racial tension and resignations

Related: How racial justice advocates took on Mizzou and won

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Student activists nationwide challenge campus racism – and get results

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The ousting of Mizzou’s president has catalysed demands for racial justice in universities across the US, as students take pages from Black Lives Matter and 1960s social movements to push back against neglectful administrations

About 100 professors and 200 students were milling about Carnahan Quad when cheers suddenly erupted. Then came the words so many yearned to hear: “He’s resigned!”

Tim Wolfe, president of the University of Missouri, had been toppled by the power of student protest, notably Jonathan Butler, who was a week into a hunger strike. “Jonathan can eat again!” a hoarse voice called over the crowd to laughter and applause on Monday. Faculty staff and students, black and white, had tears streaming down their faces. Spontaneous dancing began, both with music and without.

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A nailed scrotum and the FSB set ablaze: Petr Pavlensky's life in art

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As protest artist faces three years in prison for his latest stunt, the Moscow Times reports on his radical protests against Russian repression

The huge doors to the yellow building on Lubyanskaya Ploshchad in central Moscow are rarely used, but they still manage to instill a sense of fear in those who pass by.

The imposing building, now home to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), encapsulates the reign of terror carried out by its former occupants, the Soviet-era KGB.

Related: Pyotr Pavlensky is setting Russia's evil history ablaze

Related: 'There are easier ways to make a living than nailing your scrotum to Red Square' – Petr Pavlensky Q&A

Pavlensky is our eyes, hands and conscience

На пляжи Африки от 19031 р. туда и обратно! Специальная цена на рейсы до самого марта —

Железный занавес #Павленский

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Students across US march against debt and for tuition-free public college

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  • Million Student March demonstrations from Boston to Chicago to Texas
  • Protests also call for $15 minimum wage for campus workers

Students held rallies on college campuses across the United States on Thursday to protest against ballooning student loan debt for higher education and rally for tuition-free public colleges and a minimum wage hike for campus workers.

Related: College affordability in 2016: debt-free v tuition-free, explained

Bobcats participated in the #MillionStudentMarch to protest student debt, rising tuition:

UC Berkeley students adding voices to Million Student March, demanding free education & an end to student debt.

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'Poverty pay' leads Walmart employees to skip lunch – or steal it from coworkers

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Workers group Our Walmart announces 15-day fast to protest company’s wages, demanding $15 an hour and full-time schedules ahead of busy holiday season

Walmart employees are so poor that they are skipping lunch, sharing it or, in some cases, stealing it from their coworkers, some of the company’s workers claimed on Thursday while announcing a fast in protest of the company’s wages.

Starting Friday morning, over 100 Walmart associates who are members of Our Walmart, a workers organization, and about a 1,000 supporters will begin a fast to shine light on what they describe as Walmart’s “poverty pay”.

Related: Struggling workers take wage protest to upscale doorstep of Walmart heiress Alice Walton

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Uber drivers protest at fee hike in first London demo

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Taxi service prompts anger by raising commission for many rides from 20% to 25% for new drivers

Uber drivers have staged a protest in London over pay in the latest challenge facing the rapidly expanding taxi business.

The company, which allows customers to book and pay for a taxi via a smartphone app, has grown rapidly worldwide and is valued at more than $50bn (£33bn), has faced protests, bans and restrictions in several cities.

The best turn out for Uber protest!! Exceeded all expecations #becausewecan

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Indian PM confronted by angry protesters in Downing Street

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Hundreds of demonstrators shout ‘Narendra Modi go home’ as controversial leader arrives in London for talks with David Cameron

Narendra Modi was greeted by noisy protests outside Downing Street as he arrived for talks with David Cameron.

Several hundred demonstrators representing Gujarati, Sikh, Tamil, Kashmiri, Nepali and women’s groups chanted ”Modi go home” and “David Cameron shame shame” as the Indian prime minister was welcomed at about lunchtime on Thursday.

Related: Narendra Modi's belated visit to Britain shows where his priorities lie

Related: Narendra Modi’s UK visit is a historic moment for our very special relationship | Keith Vaz

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Petrol bombs and tear gas at Greek protest - video

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Riot police and protesters have clashed in Athens during the first general strike since the country’s left-led government came to power in January. Petrol bombs were thrown at police, who responded with tear gas and stun grenades. Thousands are protesting against the country’s ‘vicious cycle’ of austerity.

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Greeks march through capital during general strike – video

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Greek workers take to the streets in Athens on Thursday as a general strike across the country brings public services to a halt. Demonstrators gather around Syntagma Square to protest against the ‘vicious cycle’ of austerity measures in Greece. This is the first general strike under Alexis Tsipras’s Syriza-led government

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Mexico's Tlatelolco massacre of 1968

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Sports reporter John Rodda was in Mexico City in 1968 to cover the Olympics. But on 2 October he found himself ducking a hail of bullets, then filed the only firsthand report in a British newspaper of the shootings of student protesters

On 2 October 1968, 10 days before the Summer Olympics in Mexico City, government forces opened fire on a student protest in the capital’s Tlatelolco plaza. Official sources stated that the number of dead was in the dozens, but students claimed hundreds died in what has become known as the Tlatelolco massacre.

Mexico City, October 3
The meeting was held in the Square of the Three Cultures. The student speakers were in a balcony on a block of flats about three floors up. They looked out on to a vast square which on the one side has a church and the building of the Foreign Ministry, which must be about twenty storeys high, and on the right a block of buildings and the Polytechnic, which has been occupied by the police during the present disturbances.

The meeting was due to begin at five o’clock. I got there at that time, but they were late starting. The meeting differed from last Friday’s in that there were many banners and placards being held by the students. As the crowd filed into the square through its main thoroughfare there were armed police on the balcony of the Polytechnic. They were getting a lot of abuse from the students but they took it with a smile and when the students screwed up their pamphlets and tossed them up to the police, the policemen read them.

At that moment I turned to move instinctively to the stairs and suddenly there appeared three, four, five, or six men with revolvers with more following, indicating to us to get on the floor. My first thought was that this is it. They’re just going to shoot us down. I kept shouting, “Prensa, Prensa,” without getting down, but one of them moved forward to use his gun butt on me so I got down, flat on my face, with my feet about three or four feet from the wall and my head a good deal farther away.

Hardly had I reached the floor than the air was filled with gunfire, the staccato of machine-guns and rifles. It was horrifying. Bullets began to ping over the walls, bedding into the opposite side of the balcony. The wall near which I was lying was about 3ft. 6in. high. I managed to squirm closer to it because I was not sure whether the bullets were coming up from the crowd, in which case I would have been OK or that there were people on the top of the Foreign Ministry building who could have picked off anyone who was lying on the floor, I should think up to about five or six feet from the front wall.

After about an hour and a half (it was dark by now and I couldn’t see my watch) there was a long period of quiet. No firing but a lot of shouting up and down the staircase. I looked up and got another shock: a lot of people were missing. I saw my Mexican friend wave his hand to indicate that it was all right. At least that is what I thought he meant, and down the staircase I heard the word “prensa” mentioned several times. When I say it was quiet there was always the background noise of water gushing from the floors above on to our balcony and down the staircase because the tank at the top had been punctured.

The Mexican journalist then indicated that I was to move downstairs. I was told to crawl across on my belly, but a chap pointed a revolver at my forehead and I pulled out my press card. At first he insisted I was a German but after a while he prodded me on and I moved on a few more feet snakewise before being told to turn and move over to the staircase through the vulnerable side wide open to any sniper who might have been on the Foreign Ministry roof.

I got to the staircase and was directed down by men with revolvers. I had to go twice under the drenching water before I found the safety of a closed-in balcony. The men about me, I now realised, were not students. They were mostly too old and their dress if it was ragged was not the raggedness of students.

Shot in back
On this little balcony were other journalists, including a man named Dancey, of NBC. I discovered that his interpreter was one of those shot in the back. They got him across the floor and down the stairs to an ambulance.

We were herded into a kitchen where there were two Germans, one of whom had a tape-recorder. A man with a gun made him play the tape. There was nothing on it, for as the German indicated, when the shooting started he flung himself on the floor and forgot to turn the tape on.

Full of troops
Dancey and I had a few words and I said: “It’s a good thing there are a lot of us here because they can’t get us all run over by cars.” Although I did add that a press bus accident in which the vehicle overturned and caught fire might be their way out. Finally we were told that we were going, and honestly I didn’t know what to expect. When we reached the bottom of the staircase the surrounding area was full of troops who stood around shivering.

After some discussion they took our names and Mexican addresses and led us to the corner. There were shots from the ground floor. Someone was trying to clear up and I went to speak to him, but was called back by the military. Standing there I realised how many military or secret service men there were about. For all wore on their left hand a white glove for identification.

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Legal battles to protect the environment 'easier to fight in China than the UK'

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Head of leading green law firm warns that punitive costs will deter British citizens from bringing cases against the government and polluters

It is now harder for UK citizens to hold government and polluters accountable for damaging the environment than it is for people in China, the head of a leading environmental law firm has told the Guardian.

Changes to the costs and administration of environmental legal challenges in the UK could potentially “chill the ability of citizens to bring cases” to protect the environment, said James Thornton, chief executive of NGO ClientEarth, ahead of delivering the annual Garner lecture to a host of environmental leaders on Wednesday.

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Russian artist jailed for 30 days before trial after setting fire to security service HQ

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Pyotr Pavlensky, who previously nailed his scrotum to the Red Square, faces up to three years in prison for setting fire to doors of FSB building

Russia has ordered that a performance artist be jailed for 30 days pending trial after he set the doors of the FSB security service in Moscow on fire in a political protest.

A court in the Russian capital ordered Pyotr Pavlensky to spend 30 days in pre-trial detention until 8 December after prosecutors warned he could flee, pressure witnesses or reoffend, Russian news agencies reported.

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Charges dropped for Black Lives Matter organizers in Mall of America protest

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A Minnesota judge dismissed charges, ruling that demonstration that drew thousands of participants last December was peaceful and ‘not subversive’

A Minnesota judge has dismissed charges against organizers of a Black Lives Matter protest that drew thousands of demonstrators to the Mall of America.

The protest last December disrupted Christmas shopping at the privately owned venue. But Hennepin County chief judge Peter Cahill ruled that it was peaceful and “not subversive”.

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Argentinian mayor trapped in town hall amid labor dispute

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Roberto Sánchez, mayor of Concepción, says he has been unable to leave the building since Monday as demonstrators erect flaming barricades

Protesters angered by attempts to cut their jobs have trapped an Argentinian mayor in his town hall.

The mayor of Concepción, Roberto Sánchez, told local media on Tuesday that he has been stuck in the building since demonstrators began setting up flaming barricades with tires on Monday.

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