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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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France braces for gilets jaunes anniversary marches

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One year on, divisions in the country persist and yellow vest protests are expected to surge

In a kebab shop on the outskirts of Bordeaux, Christine, 48, was planning the next steps of the local gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protest movement.

“We might seem less visible, but we’re still out here,” said the cardiac nurse who left her job after a “burn out” – like “so many” healthcare staff. “Some don’t want to wear a yellow vest anymore because of being targeted by police, but we’re organising meetings, mobilising citizens and we’ve still got public support. We’ve created a new sense of solidarity in France and that won’t go away.”

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Hong Kong minister falls to the ground after being mobbed in London – video

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Hong Kong’s justice minister Teresa Cheng fell after being surrounded by furious protesters outside an event in London on Thursday night. The Chinese embassy in the UK said Cheng was pushed to the ground, but this is not clear in the footage. China has lodged a formal complaint with Britain and urged UK authorities to investigate

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'Mini Stonehenges': Hong Kong protesters take on police, one brick at a time

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Demonstrators devise tactic that slows the progress of charging police but also hampers other road users

Hong Kong protesters have alighted on a new way to counter the police, as the five-month old anti-government resistance grinds on and their tactics evolve further.

The latest strategy being deployed across the city involves protesters stacking bricks that resemble mini-temples across thoroughfares to function as roadblocks.

These mini stone henge road blocks being set up. A protester setting them up says they are to slow down water cannons and police vehicles. When hit by a wheel, the block on top falls and helps buttress the other two. pic.twitter.com/DLyDBXbT3t

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Hong Kong: protesters lift highway blockade on proviso elections proceed

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Demonstrators say local elections must continue, amid fears of postponement to avoid losses for pro-China candidates

Protesters in Hong Kong have cleared part of a highway blocked by demonstrators since Monday as a gesture of goodwill, as political unrest paralysed the city for a fifth day in a row.

At a 3am press conference demonstrators at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, one of the main battlegrounds of the last week, said they would reopen the Tolo highway, a major traffic artery, outside of the school.

Related: Second death in Hong Kong protests as Xi Jinping demands end to violence

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Boris Johnson accused of running scared from public in Somerset

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PM cancels stop-off in Glastonbury after being heckled on visit to school

Boris Johnson has been accused of refusing to meet members of the public and running scared of protests during a visit to Somerset.

Johnson was in the south-west of England to try to bolster the campaigns of Tory colleagues against strong Liberal Democrat challenges. But in Taunton he was heckled by protesters as he visited a school and a planned stop-off at a bakery on the edge of Glastonbury was ditched.

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Burberry and Cathay Pacific profits dented by Hong Kong protests

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Retailer and airline report disappointing figures as anti-government rallies take toll

Two companies with substantial interests in Hong Kong have announced figures that underline the damage being inflicted on the economy by the continuing anti-government protests.

Burberry said its sales were down more than 10% and it had slashed £14m off the value of its 12 stores in the territory.

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