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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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Ecuador declares state of emergency over violent fuel price protests – video

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Police in Quito have used teargas and horses to quell a violent protest over rising fuel prices, which triggered transport disruption nationwide. Taxi, bus and truck drivers blocked the streets during the demonstration, which was supported by indigenous groups, students and trade union members.

Ecuadorians were angered by President Lenín Moreno's decision to end subsidies for fuel after 40 years. Diesel and petrol prices are expected to more than double

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Iraqi police open fire on protesters in Baghdad on fourth day of unrest

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Protests over living standards continue as PM says there are no ‘magic solutions’

Police have shot at a group of protesters in Baghdad on the fourth day of deadly anti-government unrest, as the prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, made pledges of vague reforms that are unlikely to placate Iraqis.

At least 27 people have been killed in violent demonstrations that have escalated by the day, sweeping across southern cities since they first erupted on Tuesday.

Related: 'Iraq is dying': oil flows freely but corruption fuels growing anger

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Face mask ban sparks fresh protests in Hong Kong – video

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The Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has banned people from wearing face masks during protests and in all public assemblies by invoking rarely-used emergency powers, prompting thousands of people to take to the streets against the measure. Pro-democracy demonstrators have used masks to hide their identities in the past four months’ escalating tensions with the Chinese government, and officials are hoping a ban may dissuade many from participating

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Hong Kong protests: journalist blinded in one eye amid mounting violence

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Journalists’ association files judicial review over treatment of media and ‘excessive force’

An Indonesian journalist hit in the face by a rubber bullet during protests in Hong Kong has been permanently blinded in one eye, her lawyer has said, in what is the most serious injury among members of the media since the movement began in June.

There are growing concerns about the threat to journalists from the escalating violence, and an increasingly hostile climate that saw one reporter arrested on Tuesday, after several others were injured by police and one by protesters in a day of chaotic violence. All were wearing high-visibility jackets and “press” markings.

Related: Hong Kong: thousands protest over police shooting of teenager

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Corruption won't be solved by 'wishing it away', Iraqi government warned

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Iraq PM’s adviser claims violent protests can only be addressed by tackling corruption head-on

A head-on confrontation with institutionalised corruption among Iraqi politicians is the only way to address the protests gripping the country, a senior adviser to the country’s beleaguered prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, has warned.

But admitting that Mahdi may not have the political capital to fight the corruption, Laith Kubba said: “We have problems with those political groups who have their grip over money, banks and power, and rooted to corruption. It is a problem and there is no real answer to it.

Related: Internet blackout in Iraq as death toll from violent protests rises

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Fake blood sprayed on Treasury in Extinction Rebellion protest – video

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Extinction Rebellion activists have sprayed 1,800 litres of fake blood on the Treasury's building in Westminster.

Protesters used an out-of-commission fire engine to drench the front of the building in red liquid and also erected a banner that read: 'Stop funding climate death'

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Internet down across most of Iraq on third day of protests

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Monitor says ‘intentional restrictions’ by major providers have caused near-blackout

The internet is down across most of Iraq on the third day of protests that were called for on social media, with a monitor saying “intentional restrictions” by major providers have caused the near-blackout.

Iraqis protesting in the capital and southern cities have struggled to communicate with each other or post footage of the demonstrations since Wednesday.

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Extinction Rebellion protesters spray fake blood on to Treasury

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Activists use fire engine to launch water dyed red towards London government building

Four Extinction Rebellion activists have been arrested after spraying fake blood at the Treasury in Westminster from the top of a fire engine.

Dressed in funeral attire, the protesters criticised the UK’s military role in the Middle East, highlighted how UK companies cause large fossil fuel emissions and called on others to rebel.

Related: Specialist police assigned to Extinction Rebellion rallies

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Djab Wurrung activists allow highway work to resume as 15 sacred trees saved

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Traditional owners continue fight to obtain federal heritage protection for birthing trees

Works will resume on a controversial Victorian highway upgrade after a partial agreement was struck between the state government and protesters and traditional owners protecting sacred, Indigenous birthing trees.

Construction will now start on duplicating a 3.8km stretch of the Western Highway.

Related: The government wants to bulldoze my inheritance: 800-year-old sacred trees | Nayuka Gorrie

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At least seven killed as Iraqi security forces fire on protesters

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More violence marked second day of angry rallies against unemployment and corruption

At least seven people have been killed and dozens wounded in clashes across Iraq, as security forces fired live ammunition and teargas for the second day to disperse anti-government protesters demanding jobs, improved services and an end to corruption.

The deaths brought the overall number of protesters killed in two days of violence to nine. Protests on Tuesday had left two dead – one in Baghdad and another in the city of Nasiriyah – and over 200 wounded.

Related: Baghdad at 10 million: fragile dreams of normality as megacity status beckons

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