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Extinction Rebellion protest: Met accused of 521 abuses of power

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Network for Police Monitoring collated reports by XR protesters who took part in ‘autumn rebellion’

Police carried out widespread abuses of power during Extinction Rebellion’s two weeks of protests in October, according to investigators who have collated dozens of reports from protesters.

The Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) says it counted 521 reports by XR protesters of abuses of police power, including 200 accusations of rough handling and physical harm and 99 of intimidation or inappropriate behaviour.

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Former UK official in Hong Kong 'tortured in 15-day China ordeal'

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Simon Cheng, who worked at consulate, alleges repeated mental and physical abuse

A former employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong has alleged he was tortured while being detained in China, during a 15-day ordeal in which he said he was branded “a British spy and secret agent” and held in solitary confinement.

The UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has summoned the Chinese ambassador to demand an explanation after Simon Cheng, a Hong Kong citizen who worked for the British government for two years, went public with his account of repeated physical and mental torture.

Related: My beloved Hong Kong has become a war zone and daily life is full of anxiety

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Hong Kong has declared war against its young people | Avery Ng

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I witnessed the determined solidarity of the protesters, even while police stormed their university campus

Over the weekend, defiant young activists in Hong Kong demonstrated their capacity to look after themselves in the campus of Polytechnic University. I was there, and witnessed how the students worked together to build brick barricades, took over the canteen to feed hundreds and set up first-aid stations. This all amid a heavy police presence, and occasional volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets.

Then, on Sunday night, the police laid siege to the campus, saying everyone inside would be arrested for rioting – a serious offence punishable by 10 years in prison. The pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong has been in force since the summer, but the renewed anger is in response to the tragic death on 8 November of Chow Tsz-lok, a 22-year-old computer science student who fell from a car park during chaotic confrontations with the police.

The government continues to refuse permission for mass peaceful protests. It is adding fuel to the fire

Related: Hong Kong protests: about 100 still holed up at university

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UN urges Iran restraint amid reports of high protester death toll

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Concerns raised over alleged use of live ammunition against petrol price demonstrators

The United Nations has urged Iran to end its shutdown of the internet and ensure its security services show restraint after the “clearly very serious” extent of casualties in protests that have swept the country in response to steep petrol price rises.

The office of the United Nations high commissioner for human rights said it was “deeply concerned” about reports of live ammunition being used against demonstrators.

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Hong Kong protesters escape through sewers in attempt to leave university – video

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Protesters in Hong Kong have been going into the  sewers to escape the Polytechnic University campus they have been occupying since last week, which police have surrounded. About 600 protesters surrendered to authorities overnight, while 200 remain inside the building, which has become the focus of the most prolonged and tense confrontation between police and protesters in more than five months of conflict in the semi-autonomous city.

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Hong Kong protests: hundreds surrender to police after university standoff

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Carrie Lam says no children have been arrested but they may face further investigation

About 600 protesters who were trapped by police inside a Hong Kong university have surrendered to the authorities chief executive Carrie Lam has said.

Lam said that among those who had given themselves up to police were 200 children.

Related: Hong Kong courts have no power to rule on face mask ban, says China

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'They seem so helpless': Hongkongers flock to aid besieged protesters

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Volunteers and supporters streaming towards Polytechnic University were fearful of what might befall the demonstrators

As hundreds of protesters were trapped inside a university on Monday night, besieged on all sides by riot police, thousands of Hongkongers rose up in protest, filling highways, public squares and bridges trying to get to them.

The streets of the city were turned into a war zone as protesters, alumni, volunteers and other supporters streamed toward Polytechnic University in Kowloon, where anti-government protesters have been under siege for more than 36 hours.

Related: Hong Kong: police say surrender is only option for protesters

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The Guardian view on Hong Kong: a city on the brink | Editorial

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The authorities’ repression has only fuelled the crisis. It is up to them to de-escalate, as others should tell them

Hong Kong is burning. The authorities continue to pour fuel on the fire. On Monday, the People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of the Communist party, warned that there is “absolutely no room for compromise”. But it is not merely that Beijing and the Hong Kong government will not take a step back; they continue to escalate the crisis.

As the newspaper commentary was published, Hong Kong Polytechnic University was besieged by police, who fired round after round of teargas at protesters attempting to flee the scene. The message – no way out – was all the more disturbing given that officers had earlier threatened to use live fire if petrol bombs or weaponry were used against them again. Among the hundreds trapped were said to be secondary school pupils. Parents, lawmakers and a bishop who sought to talk to protesters and seek some kind of resolution were prevented from doing so, though the former head of Hong Kong’s legislative council was later allowed to enter. When tens of thousands more residents launched “save the students” marches converging upon the campus, they too faced rubber bullets and teargas, in some cases after people threw petrol bombs.

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Extinction Rebellion hunger strikers target UK political parties

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Activists stage protests at party HQs to push climate emergency on to general election agenda

Extinction Rebellion activists have begun hunger strikes outside a number of UK political party headquarters to push for more robust policies on tackling the climate emergency in the general election.

The action, in which one group of demonstators has occupied a lobby at the Labour party’s London headquarters, is part of a wider global Extinction Rebellion protest centred on a week-long hunger strike.

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Hong Kong protesters clash with riot police – in pictures

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Riot police have swooped on pro-democracy activists trying to flee a university they had set ablaze in one of the most violent confrontations in nearly six months of unrest. Hundreds of demonstrators clashed with officers who had threatened to use deadly force, as tensions flared elsewhere in the region

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Hong Kong protesters forced to remain in occupied university – video

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Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters have been trapped inside the Polytechnic University campus they have been occupying since last week. Despite a pledge from the university president that demonstrators could leave peacefully, those who tried to leave were forced back into the campus by teargas and water cannon 

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Hong Kong protests: up to 800 trapped as police lay siege to university

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Tear gas stops protesters escaping despite president of Polytechnic University assuring them of safe passage

Hong Kong police have trapped up to 800 people inside a university in the city, firing tear gas at any protesters trying to escape the campus.

Polytechnic University, a sprawling campus that has been occupied by protesters since last week, has become the site of the most prolonged and tense confrontation between police and demonstrators in more than five months of political unrest.

Related: Hong Kong riot police carry out dawn raid on university after battle with protesters

Police fire rounds and rounds of tear gas again at every exit they try to leave. The protesters are forced to trap in PolyU. #antielab #hongkongprotests pic.twitter.com/3BJv1QoV0O

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Hong Kong: protesters wary over elite troops clearing roadblocks

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Pro-democracy activists see move as effort by Beijing to intervene in HK’s affairs

On Saturday afternoon, a few dozen Chinese soldiers jogged out of their barracks in triple file line, wearing shorts and matching army green T-shirts. They cheerily joined a group of residents, clearing away road blocks set up by anti-government protesters, using brooms and plastic buckets.

One of the officers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), when asked by a local journalist what the group were doing, responded: “We volunteered! Stopping violence and ending chaos is our responsibility.” He shouted: “We are spreading positive energy!”

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Hong Kong protesters set bridge on fire amid clashes at university – video report

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Police deployed water cannon against protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday, in some cases using blue-dyed water laced with pepper spray. Teargas was also fired in an attempt to drive people away from the streets outside Polytechnic University. Protesters who occupied several university campuses last week have largely retreated, but hardliners have fortified themselves inside the Polytechnic and are refusing to leave

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Three lions on a beach: a sculpture for the age of Brexit

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What are three decrepit beasts doing washed up on Dover sands? Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor reveals why The Pride of Brexit protests the ‘most unpatriotic events’ Britain has ever seen

British lions aren’t supposed to look like this. They’re meant to be fierce, mighty and indomitable, lords of all they survey. But the three creatures here on Dover Beach look sick, emaciated and exhausted. They seem to be crawling to their deaths.

These sculptures were recently installed beneath the White Cliffs by Jason deCaires Taylor, who calls them The Pride of Brexit. “They convey,” says the British artist, “the sense of profound loss many of us remainers feel.” His installation is meant to be “a monument to one of the most unpatriotic events Britain has ever seen”.

These public works help draw the power struggle out into the open and reframe the debate

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Fire, rocks and teargas fly in day of battle at Hong Kong university

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Unrest continues to escalate as protesters fight police from barricaded campus

Riot police and protesters waged a day-long battle at a university in Hong Kong on Sunday, as police fired teargas and a water cannon at protesters shooting molotov cocktails, arrows and rocks from the barricaded campus.

After overnight clashes outside Polytechnic University, which demonstrators have taken over since last week, confrontations resumed on Sunday morning when protesters were seen throwing bricks at residents trying to clear a blockaded road.

(February 1, 2019) 

Related: Support for Hong Kong’s rebels wavers after most violent week yet

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Protests erupt in Iran after government raises price of petrol by 50%

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One person killed as violence flares during demonstrations blocking traffic in several cities

Protesters angered by Iran’s raising of government-set petrol prices by 50% blocked traffic in major cities and clashed with police after a night of demonstrations punctuated by gunfire. At least one person has reportedly been killed.

The protests put renewed pressure on Iran’s government as it struggles to overcome the US sanctions strangling the country after Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the country from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.

Related: Three killed by security forces in Baghdad protests

Related: Iran has 'military advantage over US and allies in Middle East'

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Hong Kong: China deploys troops to remove roadblocks at university – video

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Chinese soldiers stationed in Hong Kong came out to clear streets on Saturday, which protesters had strewn with debris to slow down any police advances while they had been on the campus. People's Liberation Army soldiers joined the clean-up outside Hong Kong Baptist University, the site of clashes earlier in the week. They can only be deployed to help with disaster relief or to maintain public order if requested by the local government. The controversial move threatens to escalate already high tensions in the Chinese territory

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Hong Kong: Chinese troops deployed to help clear roadblocks

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Controversial move could exacerbate tensions in territory dealing with months of anti-government protests

Chinese troops in Hong Kong have been deployed to help clear roads blockaded by anti-government protesters in a controversial move that could escalate the already high tensions in the Chinese territory.

Dozens of soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), dressed in shorts and T-shirts, jogged from their barracks in Kowloon to the Hong Kong Baptist University where protesters had built barricades to stop riot police from entering the campus. Joining a group of residents, they moved desks, signposts, and bricks blocking a road.

PLA soldiers are working at lightning speed to clear away bricks from the streets of Kowloon Tong. #HongKonghttps://t.co/qv37D9UeQQ pic.twitter.com/Ib8Kh8ROzq

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Chilean singer Mon Laferte exposes breasts at Latin Grammys to back protesters

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Musician reveals message painted on her chest in latest celebrity show of support for national demonstrations

The Chilean singer Mon Laferte exposed her breasts during a broadcast of the Latin Grammys, in the latest of a string of high-profile shows of support for anti-government demonstrators in her home country.

Related: Hundreds shot and beaten as Chile takes to the streets

Mi cuerpo libre para una patria libre. @latingrammys #latingrammys Instagram lo censura por eso las flores.

Related: Chilean lawmakers agree to referendum on new constitution

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