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Mexico president accused of hypocrisy for backing tough anti-protest laws

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Andrés Manuel López Obrador – who made his name as a protester – backs laws that could see activists jailed for 20 years

Mexico’s president – a man who made his name blockading Pemex petroleum installations in southeastern Tabasco state – has been criticised over his support for a state law prohibiting protests.

On Monday, Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s partisans in Tabasco approved legislation that metes out stiff punishment for protests, including prison sentences of up to 20 years for blocking access to businesses and 13 years for impeding work on public works projects.

Related: Mexico: Amlo says sale of presidential plane will fund migrant crackdown

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Philippines is deadliest country for defenders of environment

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Nation replaces Brazil for first time in annual list of murders compiled by Global Witness

The Philippines has replaced Brazil as the most murderous country in the world for people defending their land and environment, according to research that puts a spotlight on the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

More than three defenders were killed across the world every week in 2018, according to the annual toll by the independent watchdog Global Witness, highlighting the continued dangers facing those who stand up to miners, loggers, farmers, poachers and other extractive industries.

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Anti-racism activists end Goldsmiths occupation

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University will introduce ‘race awareness’ training for staff, among other measures

Anti-racism campaigners have ended a long-running occupation on a university campus in London, saying the institution has met their demands.

The activists took control of Deptford town hall on the campus of Goldsmiths, University of London in March and demanded a series of measures be taken. Relations between the two sides became severely strained as the university sought and won a high court order against the occupation.

Related: Goldsmiths anti-racism protest marks 100th day with rally

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Boris Johnson drops investigation into MP who manhandled protester

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No 10 says inquiry into Mark Field’s conduct was a matter for the previous PM

Boris Johnson has dropped the Whitehall investigation into Mark Field, the Tory MP who was caught on camera manhandling a Greenpeace activist out of a black-tie dinner.

Johnson has sacked Field from his role as a Foreign Office minister since taking over as prime minister and decided that the investigation was no longer needed.

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

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The shocking treatment of Alexei Navalny and the arrest of hundreds of protesters expose the dark underside of the presidency

Vladimir Putin is no ordinary two-faced politician. For Russia’s Janus-like president, double-speak, disingenuousness and duplicity are a way of life. For 20 years, he has shown himself the master of having it both ways. But is he about to be found out? As riots shake Moscow, with the promise of more to come, is an end to the long, dark night of the Putin supremacy a dawning possibility?

On the infrequent occasions when Putin openly presents himself to the Russian public, he cultivates the persona of a caring, fatherly figure, not unlike a tsar, valiant in the cause of people and nation. Kremlin publicists project images of a bare-chested, no-nonsense tough guy and stern, stalwart patriot, as was the case on Sunday when he was pictured reviewing a St Petersburg naval parade.

Media are censored, courts and judges are nobbled, and NGOs, minorities and human rights activists are harassed

Related: Vladimir Putin’s Russia is rehabilitating Stalin. We must not let it happen | Irina Sherbakova

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Alexei Navalny: Russian opposition leader may have been poisoned, says doctor

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Politician was taken to hospital from jail where he was detained over call for protests

The Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny remains in hospital after being rushed there on Sunday morning with symptoms that one of his doctors said could indicate poisoning.

Navalny was taken to hospital from jail, where he was serving a 30-day sentence after being arrested last week for calling people to attend an anti-government protest.

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Russian opposition calls for more protests after mass arrests

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Further action planned to press authorities to let candidates stand in Moscow city elections

Russian opposition politicians have called on their supporters to keep up with street rallies, the day after the most forceful police response to protests in the country for years.

More than 1,300 people were detained by police on Saturday, at a protest called in response to the refusal of electoral authorities to register independent candidates for the Moscow city council elections in September.

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Hong Kong: police fire teargas at protesters outside China liaison office - video

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Hong Kong authorities stepped up security around China's main representative office on Sunday as crowds rallied and protests broke out, with anger simmering over what many protesters see as an increasing cycle of violence against them. Riot police fired teargas and protesters attempted to throw the canisters back

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A very modern protest: Hongkongers take democracy struggle to the UK

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Group is using social media to target British politicians to remind them of responsibilities to former colony

Chris, one of thousands who have been protesting in Hong Kong over the past seven weeks, is on what he calls the “keyboard frontline”. The twentysomething Hongkonger, who uses an alias for security reasons, is fielding phone calls on the final version of an advert he and other protesters are placing in a paper the next day. He looks over the final cut of a video, going out in 20 minutes. He has two phones, one for his daily use and another that he takes to the protests in case it gets damaged in the chaos.

Chris is part of a group that calls itself StandwithHK, which has launched a media blitz aimed at the UK, calling on British residents to defend their country’s former colony, Hong Kong. Full-page adverts appeared in major British newspapers, including the Guardian, while videos were launched on Facebook, Twitter and other platforms. A flashmob was held in Trafalgar Square. An online petition automatically sends a letter to one’s MP, based on the postcode given. On Sunday, protesters plan to hold rallies around the UK.

Related: Hong Kong: police fire teargas as thousands march in Yuen Long

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'No difference': Hong Kong police likened to thugs after Yuen Long violence

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Images circulate online comparing gang attacks to police baton charge as fresh protests begin on Sunday

Hong Kong police have come under criticism for charging protesters in a mass transit station in Yuen Long, where some were resting or preparing to leave after clashes with police on Saturday.

In scenes that protesters and critics said were reminiscent of an attack on commuters by suspected triad gangs last week, police fired tear gas and rushed into the station shortly before 10pm. The team, a special tactical unit, pepper sprayed and beat people with batons, causing panic. Some protesters attempted to fight back with fire extinguishers. Bloodied gauze and drops of blood could be seen on the station floor.

Related: Hong Kong: police fire teargas as thousands march in Yuen Long

Less than an hour after the clashes inside Yuen Long station, here’s how the protest Internet has responded

First panel shows the pro-government/triad attack last week, second panel shows riot police this evening. pic.twitter.com/SQxAzzkkAn

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It’s as if Hong Kong is now unmoored, so fast have the old ways unravelled | Louisa Lim and Ilaria Maria Sala

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By refusing to address protesters, Carrie Lam is guilty of fuelling rising violent unrest

Recent scenes from Hong Kong might have come from an 1980s gangster film, with hundreds of white-shirted triad members rampaging through subway trains brutally beating all in their path with bamboo poles and metal rods.

Yet this was no movie. The police were mysteriously absent and emergency services didn’t answer the 24,000 phone calls seeking help. By the end of last Sunday night, 45 people were in hospital.

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Panic Attack review: a wake-up call the woke won't read

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Tagging Robby Soave’s book with a Tucker Carlson quote is a mistake – he makes a good case for the virtues of free speech

When a member of the American Nazi party spoke at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1964, he did so at the invitation of a leftwing student group. As a stunt to promote the event – part of a series which also featured Malcolm X, the conservative William F Buckley, communists and a member of the fringe rightwing John Birch Society – the students wore Nazi uniforms.

Related: The Once and Future Liberal reviews: identity and the American body politic

Soave believes 'intersectionality' has become a snake eating its own tail

Soave sees leftwing outrage culture and rightwing trolling culture as symbiotic and self-perpetuating

Related: ‘Reason is non-negotiable’: Steven Pinker on the Enlightenment

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A stitch in time: how craftivists found their radical voice

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If street protests are too shouty, craftivism may offer an alternative and still powerful means of political expression

Craftivism is like punk. Sarah Corbett say this so gently and rationally that if you squint at her workshop of women peacefully stitching dream clouds in a Devon studio, you might try to summon the spirit of the Sex Pistols at Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall. You might.

Where punk snarled and spat to dramatically shake up the nation, craft looks ineffably twee by comparison: needlework is not the Buzzcocks, knitting is not the Ramones. And yet through painstaking, collective action, craftivism has become an unlikely social and political force.

My approach is not aggressive or loud, it’s gentle protest – and I mean that in a non-fluffy sense.

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Cancer Town: Rev William Barber challenges presidential hopefuls to visit

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Poor People’s Campaign leader travels to Reserve, Louisiana, town with America’s highest risk of cancer due to airborne toxins

The social justice and moral revival campaigner Rev William Barber has called on 2020 presidential candidates to visit Reserve, Louisiana, the town with America’s highest risk of cancer due to airborne toxins.

Related: Residents of US Cancer Town diagnosed at 'highly unusual' rates, study says

You can have jobs and you can have regulation on not poisoning water, poisoning air and destroying people’s lives

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Yuen Long protests: screams as Hong Kong police fire teargas on crowds – video

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Police fire teargas on thousands of protestors in the Hong Kong village of Yuen Long on Saturday, who had gathered despite a police ban. Last week thugs indiscriminately attacked commuters at Yuen Long train station, a move critics see as a covert attempt by the mainland Chinese government to intimidate pro-democracy protesters

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Man climbs Bahrain embassy in London to protest against executions – video

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A rooftop protest against three executions carried out by Bahrain was held at the country's embassy in London by activists from the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy. Police said they arrested one person for trespassing on a diplomatic premises. International rights groups including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and a UN human rights expert had urged Bahrain to halt the executions on the basis that confessions were allegedly obtained through torture

Bahrain executes three people, despite human rights outcry

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Moscow police detain hundreds over election protests – video

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Russian police arrested more than 600 people, including prominent activists, around a political protest in Moscow to demand that members of the opposition be allowed to run in a local election later this year. The protest, which authorities declared illegal beforehand, did not represent a significant challenge to Vladimir Putin and his allies, who have the resources to break up such demonstrations and jail people. Chants of 'Russia without Putin' and 'Putin resign' echoed through central Moscow as guardsmen clad in riot gear beat back protesters with batons and roughly detained people. Jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny had called for the protest

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Moscow police arrest up to 200 ahead of election protest

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Protesters are demanding opposition candidates be allowed to run for city council

Russian police on Saturday detained hundreds of people outside the Moscow mayor’s office ahead of an election protest demanding that opposition candidates be allowed to run for the Moscow city council.

The dispute comes as the Kremlin is struggling with how to deal with strongly opposing views in its own sprawling capital of 12.6 million people.

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Hong Kong: thousands march in Yuen Long, scene of thug attacks

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Activists defy police ban to stage protest at site where attacks took place last weekend

Thousands of protesters are marching in Yuen Long where last weekend suspected gang members attacked Hong Kong commuters with poles and rods, leaving 45 hospitalised.

Protesters filled the street in defiance of police, who had banned the demonstration, chanting “Go Hong Kong!” and “Nasty police!” Others said: “Hong Kong police, they know the law but they break the law!”

Related: What are the Hong Kong protests about?

[Sound on] 'Hongkongers add oil': A Cathay Pacific pilot landing in Hong Kong from Japan on Friday reassured passengers about the anti-extradition law protests at the airport: https://t.co/ZBMxDApWoh #HongKong #NoToChinaExtradition #china #antiELAB pic.twitter.com/S74wK1GPJ7

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V&A to display collection of Extinction Rebellion artefacts

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London art and design museum praises environmental group’s distinctive visual identity

A year ago, the climate activist movement Extinction Rebellion did not even exist. Now, just nine months after its first public action, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London has acquired a number of artefacts associated with the group, saying the visual impact of its campaigns can be compared to that of the suffragettes.

A green, blue and pink flag printed with the movement’s distinctive extinction symbol, two printing blocks used by activists early in the campaign to make their own protest banners and an already rare pamphlet from the first print run produced by the group will join the V&A’s permanent collections as part of its “rapid response” programme to put contemporary and newsworthy objects on display.

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