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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.

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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

Related: Cereal Killer cafe protesters plan to target Jack the Ripper museum

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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

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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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Shell abandons Alaska Arctic drilling

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Oil giant’s US president says hugely controversial drilling operations off Alaska will stop for ‘foreseeable future’ as drilling finds little oil and gas

Shell has abandoned its controversial drilling operations in the Alaskan Arctic in the face of mounting opposition.

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

Related: Arctic drilling for 'extreme oil' is risky - and letting Shell do the work is reckless | Cindy Shogun

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Shoreditch anti-gentrification protest: the view from inside the Cereal Killer Cafe - video

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Video footage taken from inside the shop shows the Cereal Killer Cafe coming under attack during an anti-gentrification protest in Shoreditch on Saturday evening. Staff can be heard calling the police and apologising to customers for the disturbance, as protesters throw objects against the cafe’s windows

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Anti-gentrification protesters target Shoreditch's Cereal Killer Cafe - video

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Demonstrators target several businesses during an anti-gentrification protest in Shoreditch, including the Cereal Killer Cafe and Marsh & Parsons estate agents. Hundreds of people took to the streets of East London on Saturday to protest against unaffordable housing. Demonstrators set fire to a ‘hipster police’ mannequin and held banners calling for a class war

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Shoreditch Cereal Killer Cafe targeted by anti-gentrification protesters

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Mob throws paint and cereal at east London cafe in attack owners describe as ‘terrifying’

Hundreds of class war protesters attacked a cereal cafe in east London on Saturday night, daubing the word “scum” on the shop window and setting fire to an effigy of a police officer.

Riot police were called in to defend the Cereal Killer Cafe, in Shoreditch, after it was targeted by a large crowd of anti-gentrification activists carrying pigs’ heads and torches.

Related: The hipster Cereal Killer Cafe owners aren’t the East End’s real enemy | Audrey Gillan

Tonight we were attacked with paint and fire by an angry mob of 200. Riot police are on the scene. pic.twitter.com/GPXLmyMmuN

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Whatever happened in Shoreditch tonight is making my life exceedingly difficult pic.twitter.com/g2jXaEVpJu

Anti-gentrification tonight in Shoreditch #FuckParade #classwar pic.twitter.com/qK9IWnh5kp

Due to an impromptu demo, Old Street Roundabout is currently blocked. Expect delays on all approaches. pic.twitter.com/qyRszSWJ68

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Radicalisation is too crucial for experts' work to be hijacked for a headline

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Outrage about the anti-radicalisation kit has centred on the story of ‘Karen’, but the bigger problem is the tendency to play politics with national security

The release of the federal government’s anti-radicalisation awareness kit was first trumpeted on the front page of the Daily Telegraph on Monday.

The Sydney tabloid reported that Michael Keenan, the justice minister, had briefed state education ministers on the kit, which would be made available to teachers “amid growing concerns about the rise in the number of home-grown teen terrorists”.

Related: Radicalisation kit links green activism and 'alternative music' to extremism

Related: Anti-radicalisation kit never meant for use in schools, says key author

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Cameron urged to apologise to student protesters in £50,000 Met settlement

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Christopher and Andrew Hilliard exonerated after suing over arrest in 2010 tuition fees protest

David Cameron is being urged to issue an apology to two brothers caught up in student protests in Westminster in 2010 who are to receive £25,000 each in compensation from the Metropolitan police.

The settlement came after Christopher and Andrew Hilliard sued the police force for malicious prosecution, assault and battery. Christopher, 27, and Andrew, 22, will be completely exonerated, with their custody photographs erased from police files.

Related: Students are rising again, and police crackdowns will only embolden them | Owen Jones

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Sweets Way occupiers clash with high court officers – video

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Housing activists grapple with high court enforcers in Sweets Way, a housing estate waiting to be redeveloped in North London. Officers arrived at the estate with battering rams at 8am on Wednesday morning. A number of activists took to the roofs of the houses as doors were broken down and windows smashed to remove at least 100 people still living on the site

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