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‘Time is running out’: Extinction Rebellion activists on why they risked arrest

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We talk to some of the hundreds of XR protesters charged with public order offences

Hundreds of people who were arrested for their part in the peaceful Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests in April are being taken to court charged with public order offences under section 14.

Here we talk to some of them and hear why the scale of the climate crisis means they were prepared to risk arrest.

Related: Scores of Extinction Rebellion protesters face London courts

A section 14 notice allows the police to impose conditions on a static protest – in other words, one where a group of people gather in one place and stay put – rather than marching somewhere. 

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Scores of Extinction Rebellion protesters face London courts

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Green party’s Caroline Lucas condemns action against ‘brave XR activists’

Scores of environmental activists will appear in court this week in one of the UK’s biggest legal crackdowns on climate protests.

More than 80 people from around the country will go before judges at courts across London charged in relation to the peaceful civil disobedience protests organised by Extinction Rebellion (XR) in April.

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'Human rights before mining rights': German villagers take on coal firm

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Residents say they will not be ousted by energy firm seeking to expand the Garzweiler mine

A group of villagers living on the edge of one of Germany’s biggest surface coalmines have vowed not sell their properties to the energy company RWE, and to mount a legal challenge against any attempt to oust them from their homes.

The protest alliance is the first coordinated effort in more than 10 years against the expansion of the Garzweiler mine in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which threatens the existence of 12 villages that are home to 7,600 residents. Demolition of the first four villages is scheduled to begin in 2023.

Related: Germany's dirty coalmines become the focus for a new wave of direct action

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Arrests and rising tension as Hong Kong prepares for protests on China's national day

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Crackdown begins on high-profile activists in Hong Kong and the mainland ahead of 70th anniversary

Authorities have arrested at least two high-profile activists as Hong Kong prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on Tuesday.

A large demonstration organised by the group Civil Human Rights Front, which has organised previous mass protests, has been banned by the police, but protesters have vowed to turn out on 1 October to show their anger and frustration at the erosion of rights under Chinese rule.

Related: 'They don't understand Hong Kong': clash of ideologies looms on China's 70th anniversary

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Russian protesters demand end to political crackdown

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Activists from diverse political movements assemble in Moscow in sanctioned rally

Tens of thousands of demonstrators have rallied in Moscow to call for an end to prosecutions tied to this summer’s mass protests, as Russia’s opposition seeks to maintain its momentum after the largest anti-Kremlin demonstrations in years.

Russian police estimated at least 20,000 protesters – and organisers said the numbers were higher – joined the sanctioned rally on a drizzly autumn Sunday to listen to speeches attacking the political crackdown amid chants of “let them go”.

Related: Russian police carry out mass raids against opposition activists

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Protesters hit with teargas and petrol bombs in clashes with police in Hong Kong – video

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Police in Hong Kong have used teargas and pepper spray against thousands of protesters who gathered for an unsanctioned march in the Causeway Bay shopping district. The city is bracing for days of protests and clashes culminating in anti-government demonstrations on Tuesday, China’s National Day – a politically significant anniversary marking 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China

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Ex-Wrightbus staff protest at church linked to £16.1m donations from firm

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Protesters gathered outside church in Ballymena as Unite warn further 1,700 jobs at risk

About 500 former Wrightbus employees and their families have held a protest outside a church linked to the owners of the collapsed bus maker.

About 1,200 jobs were lost last week when the Ballymena-based producer of the Routemaster bus used in London went into administration. The Unite union has warned a further 1,700 jobs could be at risk in the engineering company’s supply chain.

Protestors have made it clear they do not blame co-founder of Wrightbus, 92yo William Wright, for firm’s collapse. He was warmly applauded as he arrived at Church.

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Police fire teargas and pepper spray as Hong Kong protests continue

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Riot officers confront crowds gathered in Causeway Bay shopping district

Hong Kong police have used teargas and pepper spray on thousands of protesters as demonstrations enter the 17th week in the city’s most serious political crisis in decades.

The protest, which was not sanctioned by police, was scheduled to start at 3pm local time (0800 BST) in the Causeway Bay shopping district, but dozens of riot police began guarding the area hours before. They stopped and searched a number of young people dressed in black.

Related: 'Hong Kong can't go back to normal': protesters keep Umbrella spirit alive

Why are people protesting?

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Rising voices: young people fight for climate action – video

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On 20 September, filmmakers Cybele Malinowski, Charlie Ford and Amy Low created a makeshift set at the global climate strike event held in Sydney, Australia. They interviewed 18 passionate young people from different backgrounds about why the event matters. The result is an intimate, raw and formidable series capturing the thoughts, fears and hopes of Australia’s next generation

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Teargas and water cannon fired at Hong Kong protesters – video

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Teargas and water cannon was fired at Hong Kong protesters by police during a large rally marking the fifth anniversary of the umbrella protests on Saturday 28.

Earlier in the day, activists put posters and banners on the 'Lennon wall' a series of messages through the city calling for democracy 

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'Hong Kong can't go back to normal': protesters keep Umbrella spirit alive

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Police fire teargas at rally marking five-year anniversary of pro-democracy movement

Large numbers of police were on the streets of Hong Kong on Saturday night as officers conducted stop and searches on public transit lines and questioned residents wearing black, the colour adopted by protesters, after a mass rally dispersed to mark the fifth anniversary of the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement.

Protesters changed into civilian clothes in alleys and behind walls of umbrellas in districts close to government headquarters, where earlier police fired a water cannon filled with dye and abrasive liquid from behind defensive barriers.

Related: No drones, drinking or dissent: China lays down law ahead of 70th anniversary

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Greta Thunberg meets Justin Trudeau amid climate strikes: 'He is not doing enough'

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Teen has private meeting with Canadian prime minister, who later says he ‘agrees with her completely’

The teen activist Greta Thunberg has urged Justin Trudeau and other world leaders to do more for the environment as she led half a million protesters in Montreal as part of a global wave of “climate strikes.”

The 16-year-old Swede met privately with the Canadian prime minister but later told a news conference with local indigenous leaders that he was “not doing enough” to curb greenhouse gases responsible for global warming.

Related: Greta Thunberg turns tables on Trump and quotes his mockery in new Twitter bio

Related: Trudeau's environmental record on the line in Canada election year

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Climate crisis: 6 million people join latest wave of global protests

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Week of strikes and demonstrations is ‘only the beginning’, say organisers

Six million people have taken to the streets over the past week, uniting across timezones, cultures and generations to demand urgent action on the escalating ecological emergency.

A fresh wave of climate strikes swept around the globe on Friday with an estimated 2 million people walking out of schools and workplaces.

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Egypt steps up security as country braces for more anti-Sisi protests

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Police seal off Cairo’s Tahrir Square before expected second weekend of demonstrations

Egyptian security forces have blocked access to Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the highly symbolic focal point of the 2011 revolution, as part of a wide-ranging crackdown on planned protests against President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Barricades and checkpoints on surrounding streets diverted traffic on Friday afternoon, and three metro stations underneath the square were closed. Security officials stopped and searched pedestrians in the vicinity. Qasr Al Aini Bridge, the site of a pitched battle between demonstrators and riot police in 2011, was also closed.

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Fresh wave of climate strikes takes place around the world

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Hundreds of thousands hit streets across continents to demand action on climate

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are taking place in the latest wave of climate strikes to demand urgent action on the escalating ecological emergency.

Last week, millions walked out of schools and workplaces, uniting across timezones, cultures and generations in the biggest climate protests in history before a special UN conference in New York.

Related: The climate crisis explained in 10 charts

New Zealand leading the way into Friday nr 2 in #WeekForFuture
Early reports speak of 170’000 people on #ClimateStrike in NZ. Or 3,5% of the population...
Good luck everyone striking around the world. Change is coming!!#FridaysForFuture

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The Guardian view on Egypt: Sisi isn’t everyone’s favourite dictator | Editorial

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While foreign leaders buddy up to Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, his people endure a brutal crackdown on rights

Even before Egyptian authorities warned that they would “decisively confront” any protests that take place on Friday, it was evident that it would require extraordinary courage to answer the call to the streets. Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s regime has repeatedly shown its utter ruthlessness since seizing power six years ago in a coup. Security forces killed thousands of people protesting against the takeover. The country has locked up 60,000 political prisoners. Executions have soared this year.

Yet hundreds of people did demonstrate in cities including Cairo, Suez and Alexandria last week. The authorities responded with teargas, rubber bullets, beatings and live ammunition. Almost 2,000 people have since been arrested – more than are thought to have taken part. They include several prominent figures who do not appear to have been involved in any way, including the internationally recognised rights lawyer Mahienour el-Massry, who was defending protesters; the journalist and opposition politician Khaled Dawoud; and Hazem Hosny, a former spokesperson for Sami Anan, the former military chief of staff detained since he tried to challenge Mr Sisi for the presidency last year.

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Over 1,900 arrested as Egypt braces for more protests

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Demonstrations planned for Friday against rule of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi

More than 1,900 people have been arrested in Egypt in the last week, as the country braces for further demonstrations on Friday against the rule of president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

The figures were compiled by the Cairo-based NGO the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights. Bystanders and others who had little to do with the protests were reportedly detained along with the demonstrators, and those arrested were being held across the country.

Related: Contractor, actor … protest leader? The Egyptian exile driving rare dissent

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Klaus Enrique's best photograph: a Donald Trump mask made from a piglet

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‘I used bacon, garlic and blueberries for eyes, the teeth are lima beans and the tongue is the piglet’s own’

The first Donald Trump sculpture I made was out of a chicken. It was July 2016, when he still seemed relatively harmless and I never thought his presidency would come to pass. I’d read the stories of him dodging Vietnam and I thought the chicken was perfect material, especially with its thin skin.

Then, a few months later, the Access Hollywood tape came out with him saying he could grab women by the pussy. He was suddenly a lot more disturbing. I wanted to show his true nature. I made this piece out of a dead piglet. I used most of its skin to create the face, then took the snout for his nose. You can see the dimensions of the piece because the piglet’s tail is at the bottom. It has the US food agency stamp that certifies this is American meat. It was important to show that this is not just about one person – it is an American problem.

It has the US food agency stamp that certifies this is American meat. This is not just about one person – it is an American problem

He would probably say it was the worst piece of art he had ever seen, and secretly be loving the fact that the whole world is consumed by him

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Royal Shakespeare Company threatened with boycott over BP sponsor

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School climate strike activists call on theatre group to sever ties with oil firm

School climate protesters who took to the streets in huge numbers across the UK last week are threatening to boycott the Royal Shakespeare Company over its sponsorship deal with BP.

In a letter being sent to the RSC on Thursday, a group representing young people in towns and cities across the UK, says it will launch a boycott campaign unless the theatre company severs its ties with big oil.

Related: Global climate strike: millions protest worldwide – in pictures

Related: BP boss says protests against its arts funding 'just feel odd'

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