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The ‘green influencers’ targeting the TikTok generation

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Activists are increasingly harnessing the power of social media to organise and educate people about the climate crisis

Social media platforms are no longer just for selfies and blogs but a place “to organise and educate” people about the climate crisis, according to YouTube star turned activist filmmaker Jack Harries.

One of a growing band of “green influencers” who are harnessing the power of social media to tell stories about the climate to create change, Harries has made a series called The Breakdown for the free environmental streaming service WaterBear, which was founded last year by the creator of Netflix documentary My Octopus Teacher Ellen Windemuth, and is backed by Prince Harry, Lily Cole and Maisie Williams.

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Podcast - What’s behind the mass protests in Colombia?

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A demonstration against tax rises has morphed into a mass movement against the government, says Joe Parkin Daniels in Bogotá

An attempt by the Colombian government to introduce sweeping tax changes in response to the coronavirus crisis was met earlier this year by angry protests. Thousands of people flooded on to the streets throughout the country for four consecutive days. It was enough to prompt President Iván Duque to withdraw his tax plans, but by then it was too late to stop the protests.

Ever since, more and more Colombians have been coming out to protest. Joe Parkin Daniels, who has been reporting on the demonstrations for the Guardian for weeks, tells Rachel Humphreys that they now encompass people from all sections of Colombian society, with a multitude of causes. One thing ever present is a fury at the growing inequality that has been exacerbated by the Covid crisis. As police have cracked down hard on the protesters, more than 50 people have died, with no end to the protests in sight.

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Minneapolis: woman killed and three injured after car drives into protesters

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Driver arrested after being treated at an area hospital while police haven’t confirmed a motive for the attack

A woman is dead and three others injured after a car was driven into a crowd of anti-police brutality protesters in Minneapolis on Sunday night, Minneapolis police confirmed on Twitter.

The driver was arrested and is in police custody after being treated at an area hospital, according to police. The police have not confirmed a motive for the attack.

Related: American uprising: three US cities cracked down on protesters – their histories tell us why

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Promises and protests at the G7 in Cornwall – photo essay

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Our photographer looks back on three days of politics and demonstrations during the summit in Carbis Bay

With more than 6,000 police deployed to Cornwall for the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, there were surreal sights everywhere: armed officers on residential streets, snipers on rooftops, marine units in St Ives harbour and battleships in the sea. Many residents revelled in the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the action as world leaders and diplomats were convoyed into Carbis Bay, while others objected to the draconian restrictions which included a so-called “ring of steel” around the neighbourhood.

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‘Really surreal’: moment BLM activist rescued far-right protester from mob

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Patrick Hutchinson’s decision to carry a far-right protester to safety became the defining image of last summer’s anti-racist movement

Patrick Hutchinson doesn’t normally attend protests. He says he prefers to bring about change through other means. But when he saw a video of Tommy Robinson calling on far-right activists to descend on London last summer to protect national monuments, the 50-year-old grandfather of four knew he couldn’t stay at home and just watch things unfold on TV.

“I felt obligated because I grew up in the 90s and 80s, when the National Front was constantly terrorising the black community,” he said.

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British backing for Israel helps to sustain the unbearable status quo | Rafeef Ziadah

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Diplomatic and military support – and a thriving arms trade – make the UK complicit in the oppression of Palestinians

I often tell my first-year politics students that the study of politics is the study of power. And what we saw last month, above all, was the glaring disparity in power between Israel and the Palestinians.

When Palestinians in Gaza and around the world celebrated the news of a ceasefire, breathing a sigh of relief, many commentators hailed it as a return to calm. For Palestinians, however, “calm” means a status quo of occupation, blockade, and repression.

Related: The conflict in the Middle East is sustained by the silencing of Palestinians | Ghada Karmi

Related: Why Israel fears the ICC war crimes investigation

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You cannot exclude gay men from the story of ACT UP | Letter

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Dr Michael Carter and Dr José Catalan criticise an article about the Aids awareness campaign group for failing to mention gay men

We read with interest your comment piece about the origins of ACT UP (What ACT UP’s successes can teach today’s protest movements, 8 June).

But having spent decades working on behalf of people with HIV (and this year marks the 30th anniversary of one of us being diagnosed with HIV), we were left dumbfounded and angry.

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Ignored, bullied, patronised: why loyalists in Northern Ireland say no to Brexit ‘betrayal’

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As the often volatile marching season approaches, bitter tensions over the EU protocol grow, along with a belief that NI is being cast adrift by a duplicitous British government

They gathered in their thousands at the top of the Shankill Road with banners and drums to send a message to the far side of the Irish Sea, where a treacherous prime minister played his charade in a kingdom no longer fully theirs.

Some waved union jack flags, others had union jack masks, one had a union jack balaclava, and they tramped behind marching bands with drums, flutes and cymbals, a percussive shockwave in the Belfast dusk.

Marching down the Shankill against the protocol, against Boris, Biden, DUP, EU, Dublin. Will marches kill the protocol? Nope, says everyone I spoke to. Only violence, and it will come.

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Agnes Chow: Hong Kong democracy activist leaves jail

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Key figure in 2019 anti-government protests was imprisoned for more than six months under national security law imposed by mainland China

The Hong Kong democracy activist Agnes Chow has been released from jail after serving more than six months for taking part in unauthorised assemblies during 2019 anti-government protests that triggered a crackdown on dissent by mainland China.

Chow, 24, was greeted by a crowd of journalists as she left the Tai Lam women’s prison on Saturday. She got out of a prison van and into a private car without making any remarks.

Related: Hong Kong film censors get wider ‘national security’ powers

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Pikachus, politicians and pollution art: how activists are protesting at the G7 summit – video

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As world leaders flocked to the G7 summit at Carbis Bay in Cornwall to discuss the Covid pandemic recovery and the climate emergency, activists have also taken the chance to demonstrate to the leaders of seven of the wealthiest global democracies.

From a swarm of 300 drones creating 3D images of endangered species to protesters running around in Pikachu costumes, demonstrators have got creative to get the attention of politicians and the press. Here are some of the most impressive stunts

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In the city where Colston’s statue toppled, there are signs a culture war can be averted | Francis Welch

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The brutal slave trader still casts a shadow over Bristol. But a year on, its people can show us all how to live together

It’s been a year since the infamous statue of Edward Colston was toppled – a year in which the aims of the Black Lives Matter protesters have mutated into a continuing culture war whose battlegrounds have included stately homes, the Proms and England football matches.

Yet in Bristol, my home city, where the statue of the brutal slave trader was torn down and has just been put on display in a city museum, people have had no choice but to attempt to find ways to live with their opposing opinions.

Related: A year on, the battered and graffitied Colston is finally a potent memorial to our past | David Olusoga

Francis Welch is a documentary director. Statue Wars: One Summer in Bristol is broadcast on BBC Two tonight at 9pm BST

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Oxford college should place apology sign around Cecil Rhodes’ neck, says academic

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Comments are part of protest against Oriel college’s refusal to address Rhodes’ support of white supremacy

An Oxford college should place a sign of apology around the neck of a statue of the Victorian imperialist Cecil Rhodes, a senior academic has suggested, as part of a high-profile protest against the institution’s refusal to address the veneration of a man noted for his support of white supremacy.

About 150 academics at Oxford University are refusing to undertake additional duties on behalf of Oriel college, which includes refusing to take part in outreach work and admissions interviews, though not core teaching duties.

Related: Oriel College faces teaching boycott over refusal to remove Rhodes statue

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Oriel College faces teaching boycott over refusal to remove Rhodes statue

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Announcement by 150 Oxford lecturers accuses college of ‘undermining’ efforts of university to eradicate racism

About 150 Oxford lecturers have announced they will refuse to teach students at Oriel College over its contentious decision not to remove a statue of the imperialist Cecil Rhodes.

The college was accused of “institutional racism” last month after its governing body said it would not seek to move the monument from its position outside the building.

Related: It's not 'censorship' to question the statues in our public spaces | Charlotte Higgins

Related: Cecil Rhodes statue at Oxford college should go, says independent report

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Russian court expected to outlaw Alexei Navalny’s organisation

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Court likely to effectively liquidate opposition politician’s movement by classifying it as ‘extremist’

A Russian court is soon expected to outlaw opposition politician Alexei Navalny’s nationwide political organisation on the grounds it is “extremist”, in a landmark step forward for Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on political dissent.

The highly anticipated court decision will effectively liquidate Navalny’s non-violent opposition movement and bar his allies from running for office for years, as the Kremlin seeks to erase the jailed opposition leader from Russian political life.

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‘This is a revolution’: the faces of Colombia’s protests

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Fifty-eight people have died in six weeks of unrest, but demonstrators say they are more determined than ever to fight for change

Protests in Colombia that began in late April over a proposed tax hike have morphed into a generational outcry over the country’s deep-rooted inequalities.

Related: ‘They can’t take it any more’: pandemic and poverty brew violent storm in Colombia

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What ACT UP’s successes can teach today’s protest movements | Sarah Schulman

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Our group, which forced the US to step up in fighting Aids in the 80s and 90s, favoured direct action over debate

As we move into a new phase of the Covid crisis, it is hard to miss how the pandemic reveals the fissures in our society. Communities and countries of poor people of colour cannot access vaccines that are readily available to the most powerful and protected. Covid has been compared to Aids, but today’s pandemic is a collective public experience while Aids – especially during its height – was a private nightmare. Our group, ACT UP, fought to get it out into the public consciousness.

Five years after science first noticed the pattern of illness that would come to be known as Aids, 40,000 people were dead in the United States and the government and pharmaceutical companies were doing nothing. ACT UP (The Aids Coalition to Unleash Power) was founded in 1987 to use direct action to end the Aids pandemic. I was an active member of this grassroots political organisation, having covered the crisis as a journalist in New York since the early 80s. In many ways, Aids activism was one of the most successful social movements in recent history.

Related: Aids and Act Up: Sarah Schulman puts women and people of color back at the heart of the story

Sarah Schulman is a writer and activist. Her latest book, Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP, New York, 1987-1993, is out now

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Tell us: are you planning on joining protests at the G7 summit?

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We’d like to hear from people who’re planning on demonstrating during this week’s G7 summit in Cornwall

Later this week, world leaders will be attending the G7 summit, at Carbis Bay, near St Ives in Cornwall, to discuss global issues including the Covid pandemic and climate change.

The coalition comprises seven countries; the UK, Japan, US, Italy, Germany, Canada and France.

Related: Cost of policing G7 summit estimated at £70m

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‘Absolutely intolerable’: China slams US and EU Hong Kong Tiananmen candles

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Tributes lit in the windows of the US consulate building and the European Union’s office are a ‘political show’, says China

China has berated the US and EU consulates in Hong Kong for displaying candles to commemorate the Tiananmen Square massacre , blasting it as a “clumsy political show” to destabilise the city.

Candles were seen lit in the windows of the US consulate building, which is next to the residence of Hong Kong’s Beijing-appointed leader Carrie Lam, and the European Union’s office on Friday night.

Related: Hong Kong finds new ways to remember Tiananmen Square amid vigil ban

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