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Hong Kong protests: Australia issues travel alert as China warns of worst crisis since 1997

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Australia tells tourists there is a risk of violence between protesters and police or ‘criminally linked individuals’

Australians travelling to Hong Kong have been warned to exercise a “high degree of caution” as China said Hong Kong was facing its worst crisis since the former British colony was handed back in 1997.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Dfat) said: “There is a risk of violent confrontation between protesters and police, or criminally linked individuals, particularly at unauthorised protests.” Ireland, the UK, and Japan have all issued Hong Kong travel warnings since July.

Related: Hong Kong’s peace prospects recede amid teargas and smoke

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Masked men destroy Hong Kong Lennon wall at Australia's University of Queensland

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Campus steps up security around protest site after four vandals caught on camera

The University of Queensland has promised to take action after a pro-Hong Kong Lennon wall on its campus was torn down on Monday night by four masked men.

The colourful protest wall – similar to those around Hong Kong and the rest of the world – had attracted hundreds of notes calling for democracy and solidarity with Hong Kong, and opposing the totalitarianism of the Chinese government.

Related: 'We cannot be seen': the fallout from the University of Queensland's Hong Kong protests

Please RT: Over night, masked CCP thugs tore down a large pro-Hong Kong Lennon Wall at UQ. Pro-CCP wall is of course still intact. No statement from the university. I am utterly shocked and appalled. What is happening to us? pic.twitter.com/cFaQ1rQ5Ya

HK students have responded to the tearing down of their Lennon Wall with this. #hk #hongkong #uq #uqprotests pic.twitter.com/TnZjnjQJCR

Here are some of my images of the pro-democracy posters at the Sandy Bay @UTAS_ campus. Staff and security intervened this afternoon to stop the removal of the display #HongKong @togatus_ pic.twitter.com/2sTQgiBlAR

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Russian couple face losing son after taking him to opposition rally

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Prosecutors seek to remove parental rights claiming child’s health and life put in danger

Russian prosecutors are seeking to take an infant away from his parents after they brought him to an unsanctioned opposition rally last week.

The request could mark a new tactic in Moscow’s attempts to quash recent political protests, which have led to more than 2,000 people being detained, including dozens of underage demonstrators.

Related: 'We have to fight for our rights': Is Russia ready to defy Vladimir Putin?

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Hong Kong’s peace prospects recede amid teargas and smoke

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As protests intensify it is hard to see how deadlock can end without death or serious injury

Over the last few weeks, protesters in Hong Kong have taken to spraypainting traffic barriers, bridges, police stations and more with the words: “If we burn, you burn with us.”

On Monday, much of the city burned under clouds of teargas, hails of rubber bullets, and fires lit by angry protesters facing off against riot police. Protesters and a group of men brawled on the street, hitting each other with wooden rods and traffic cones. In another neighbourhood, two people were knifed. Three cars rammed through crowds of protesters, injuring one person.

Related: The Hong Kong protests are putting China on a collision course with the west | Simon Tisdall

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Hong Kong protesters hold 'first civil press conference' – video

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Masked Hongkongers have staged their first press conference, calling for the return of power to the people. 'We are Hong Kong citizens from different positions from the movement,' one masked man said. 'This is the first civil press conference of Hong Kong – by the people, for the people.' The city's chief executive, Carrie Lam, had announced this week that the police force would be holding daily press conferences. In response, a group of protesters have 'initiated a citizens' press conference to bring the people’s unheard voice to the public'. 

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Masked Hong Kongers dismiss government warnings amid fresh fears of China thugs

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Hong Kongers stage first press conference to challenge government’s ‘empty rhetoric’ on protests after fresh clashes

Masked Hongkongers have staged their first press conference, calling for the return of power to the people and the pursuit of democracy, as protest groups and authorities attempt to control the narrative of the events that have shaken the city for more than two months.

“Netizens have initiated the citizen’s press conference, to bring the people’s unheard voice to the public and to highlight the repeated condemnations and empty rhetoric presented by the HKSAR [Hong Kong special administrative region] government,” said an unidentified speaker wearing a yellow hard hat, which has become a symbol of the protest movement, accompanied by a sign language translator.

Related: The Hong Kong protests are putting China on a collision course with the west | Simon Tisdall

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Latest Heathrow strike off after talks between airport and union

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Unite suspends 48-hour stoppage and will consult members over new offer

A strike by more than 4,000 Heathrow staff that was expected to cause widespread disruption for air passengers on Tuesday has been called off, after the airport made a new offer to security guards, firefighters, engineers and passenger service workers.

Trade unions have been locked in talks with the airport over pay and had warned that up to 88,000 passengers could be affected by a 48-hour stoppage on Monday and Tuesday.

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Woman says she was permanently disfigured by Portland police at protest

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Michelle Fawcett filed lawsuit after receiving severe chemical burns when police fired ‘flash bang’ rounds at a crowd last August

A Portland woman is suing the city’s government for $250,000, and claiming she was “permanently disfigured” by ordnance fired by the Portland police bureau (PPB) at a protest a year ago.

The ACLU of Oregon and law firm Tonkon Torp filed the suit in Multnomah county court on behalf of Michelle Fawcett, 53.

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Environmental activist murders double in 15 years

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Death toll almost half that of US troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001, data shows

Killings of environmental defenders have doubled over the past 15 years to reach levels usually associated with war zones, according to a study that reveals how murders of activists are concentrated in countries with the worst corruption and weakest laws.

At least 1,558 people in 50 states were killed between 2002 and 2017 while trying to protect their land, water or local wildlife, says the analysis, which calculates the death toll is almost half that of US troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.

Related: Philippines is deadliest country for defenders of environment

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Hong Kong protests: fights break out and police fire teargas – video

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Chaos erupted on the streets of Hong Kong on Monday as the city entered its ninth consecutive week of anti-government protests. In North Point, protesters clashed with a group of men carrying sticks, while riot police deployed teargas in various parts of the city to disperse demonstrators

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Hong Kong riot police fire teargas at protesters as two cars ram crowds

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Tensions escalate as swaths of city paralysed during its first general strike in 50 years

Riot police in Hong Kong have fired teargas and rubber bullets on protesters in at least five locations as demonstrators staged a daylong citywide strike, and two cars have rammed the crowds.

Officers charged protesters who had occupied roads, surrounded police stations, and staged a rally near government offices on Monday, firing multiple rounds of teargas, pepper spray and rubber bullets. Police had arrested 82 people by the early evening.

Why are people protesting?

Hong Kong's democratic struggles since 1997

Related: The extradition bill might be ‘dead’ but in Hong Kong, we cannot afford to back down | Nathan Law

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Violence, strikes and chaos as protests sweep Hong Kong – in pictures

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For the ninth consecutive weekend pro-democracy protesters rallied on the streets of Hong Kong against a controversial extradition bill. As clashes between protestors and police became more violent, Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, apologised for introducing the extradition bill and declared it ‘dead’. However protesters – who are calling for Lam’s resignation and for the complete withdrawal of the bill – continued to draw huge crowds

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'Time to bring back order': Carrie Lam denounces Hong Kong protests – video

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Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam has called for stability after another weekend of chaotic protests that rocked the special administrative region, saying: 'The govt will be resolute in maintaining law and order in Hong Kong.' The Beijing-backed chief executive refused to resign in her first media appearance in two weeks. She warned again that the protests gripping the city were a challenge to China's sovereignty and pushing it to the verge of an 'extremely dangerous situation'.  'These illegal actions endanger the one country, two systems and destroy Hong Kong's prosperity,' she said.




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Hong Kong brought to a standstill as city-wide strikes and protests hit

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More than 150 flights cancelled and train services suspended as city braces for fresh marches

Transport across Hong Kong has been brought to a standstill and more than 150 flights out of the city have been cancelled due to a city-wide strike, as protesters and residents engaged in mass civil disobedience.

Almost 100 outbound and 100 inbound flights were cancelled at Hong Kong on Monday, due to the strike, with Hong Kong airport posting a warning that “potential circumstances on Monday, 5 August might affect airport operation” and advising passengers to check with their airlines before heading to the airport. Protesters also blocked key roads and trains, as shops and businesses shuttered for the day.

Related: Hong Kong protesters use flashmob tactics to evade police

At Lai King station, dozens of young people in black and masks have been blocking the trains to central and HK since 7:30am. Some passengers blamed them for stopping them for work. A middle aged man in blue pushed a protestor off the train which caused chaos #antiELAB pic.twitter.com/h7QmTRyySv

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Hong Kong protesters return to streets a day after violent clashes

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Thousands march in Tseung Kwan O area as separate rally is held in Western district

Protesters have taken to the streets of Hong Kong for another round of mass anti-government demonstrations as political unrest continues to roil the city.

Less than 24 hours after violent clashes between protesters and police, thousands of residents marched in the town of Tseung Kwan O in Hong Kong’s New Territories on Sunday. Later, protesters streamed towards a separate rally in the Western district, close to China’s liaison office in the city, which has been a target of demonstrators.

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Anti-fascist activists clash with Tommy Robinson supporters in London

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Stand Up to Racism says rising bigotry at the top of society is emboldening the far right

Anti-fascist counter-protesters declared Tommy Robinson supporters “can’t march unopposed” as opposing demonstrations were kept apart by police in central London on Saturday.

Singing “We want Tommy out”, hundreds of supporters of the jailed far-right activist congregated at Oxford Circus under strict conditions imposed by the Metropolitan police, which limited the groups to specific areas and a certain time period.

Related: Met police pay out £700,000 to detained anti-fascist protesters

Anti Fascists marching against racist Tommy Robinson supporters today in London#NoRacismNoFascism #StopFasistTommy pic.twitter.com/nr45XRxeV1

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Hong Kong protesters start fire outside police station – video

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Protesters light a fire on the steps outside a police station in Hong Kong as anti-government discontent continues. Police said a large group of protesters had marked the police station, in one of Kowloon's shopping districts, with paint and damaged a vehicle inside. The police said officers had told demonstrators 'to stop their illegal act at once and disperse peacefully'. Riot police could be seen outside the police stations in Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok.

Hong Kong police fire teargas in clashes with protesters

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Hong Kong police fire teargas in clashes with protesters

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Thousands of demonstrators defy police orders by deviating from approved route

Demonstrators in Hong Kong clashed with riot police on Saturday evening as the city entered its third day of consecutive mass protests.

As night fell after a peaceful march earlier in the day, thousands of protesters had occupied roads in Kowloon, where they built barricades out of dismantled metal traffic barriers and handed out hard hats, goggles and gas masks.

Why are people protesting?

Hong Kong's democratic struggles since 1997

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Trump and Putin have killed off a vital nuclear treaty. Here's how we fight back | Rebecca Johnson

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Ditching the INF treaty is a dangerous move. In the spirit of Greenham Common, collective, creative action is now required

When the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty was signed by the US and the Soviet Union in 1987, it meant the 96 ground-launched cruise missiles at Greenham Common – each with a warhead 15 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb – would be scrapped. This week that important treaty is being killed off by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, putting the world at heightened risk of pre-emptive nuclear weapon use and war.

When it was signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, the INF treaty also freed me up to leave the Greenham Common women’s peace camp and get on with the rest of my life. I’d arrived on 9 August 1982 – the anniversary of the second atomic bomb, in Nagasaki – and planned to stay a week. After five extraordinary years of feminist peace action at Greenham I left the camp and began organising for further disarmament treaties.

Related: Death of the treaty that removed missiles from Greenham Common

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Russian protesters threatened with jail on eve of planned rally

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Move follows police violence during last week’s protests over forthcoming Moscow elections

Russian authorities have threatened protesters in Moscow with lengthy jail sentences in an attempt to dampen an unexpected surge in protest mood before a planned rally on Saturday.

Last weekend police detained a record number of people, some of them violently, for taking part in a peaceful protest in central Moscow over access for opposition candidates to local elections in September.

Related: Putin’s treatment of protesters and rivals shows weakness, not strength | Simon Tisdall

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