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Fake blood sprayed on Treasury in Extinction Rebellion protest – video

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Extinction Rebellion activists have sprayed 1,800 litres of fake blood on the Treasury's building in Westminster.

Protesters used an out-of-commission fire engine to drench the front of the building in red liquid and also erected a banner that read: 'Stop funding climate death'

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Internet down across most of Iraq on third day of protests

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Monitor says ‘intentional restrictions’ by major providers have caused near-blackout

The internet is down across most of Iraq on the third day of protests that were called for on social media, with a monitor saying “intentional restrictions” by major providers have caused the near-blackout.

Iraqis protesting in the capital and southern cities have struggled to communicate with each other or post footage of the demonstrations since Wednesday.

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Extinction Rebellion protesters spray fake blood on to Treasury

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Activists use fire engine to launch water dyed red towards London government building

Four Extinction Rebellion activists have been arrested after spraying fake blood at the Treasury in Westminster from the top of a fire engine.

Dressed in funeral attire, the protesters criticised the UK’s military role in the Middle East, highlighted how UK companies cause large fossil fuel emissions and called on others to rebel.

Related: Specialist police assigned to Extinction Rebellion rallies

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Djab Wurrung activists allow highway work to resume as 15 sacred trees saved

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Traditional owners continue fight to obtain federal heritage protection for birthing trees

Works will resume on a controversial Victorian highway upgrade after a partial agreement was struck between the state government and protesters and traditional owners protecting sacred, Indigenous birthing trees.

Construction will now start on duplicating a 3.8km stretch of the Western Highway.

Related: The government wants to bulldoze my inheritance: 800-year-old sacred trees | Nayuka Gorrie

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At least seven killed as Iraqi security forces fire on protesters

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More violence marked second day of angry rallies against unemployment and corruption

At least seven people have been killed and dozens wounded in clashes across Iraq, as security forces fired live ammunition and teargas for the second day to disperse anti-government protesters demanding jobs, improved services and an end to corruption.

The deaths brought the overall number of protesters killed in two days of violence to nine. Protests on Tuesday had left two dead – one in Baghdad and another in the city of Nasiriyah – and over 200 wounded.

Related: Baghdad at 10 million: fragile dreams of normality as megacity status beckons

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Specialist police assigned to Extinction Rebellion rallies

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Scotland Yard plans ‘proactive and swift’ counter-action as forces send extra officers to London for October protest

Specialist police teams will be heading to London this weekend to help deal with two weeks of protests planned by Extinction Rebellion, the environmental activists who brought the capital to a standstill over Easter.

Metropolitan police will be put on 12-hour shifts from Monday, the first day of Extinction Rebellion’s action, to free up as many officers as possible from regular duties.

Related: When our planet is under attack we have to stand up and fight back | Luke Buckmaster

Related: Extinction Rebellion blocks UK fracking site in climate protest

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Activists set sail across the Atlantic to Chile to demand curbs on flying

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Sailing ship leaves Amsterdam for COP25 climate summit with 36 campaigners on board

A group of environmental activists have set sail from Amsterdam on a seven-week voyage to South America to attend the UN climate conference.

It had been raining on the Amsterdam waterfront on Wednesday but the sun came out in the early afternoon as a small crowd waved and whooped farewell to the 36 activists and five crew on the boat.

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The climate protest movement must not alienate Britain’s working classes | Lisa Nandy

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Rooting calls for action in the reality of people’s lives is vital if the likes of Extinction Rebellion are not to fuel further division

Next week thousands of Extinction Rebellion protesters will descend on Westminster, the latest example of direct action in a year when committed women, men and children across the world have pushed climate change to the top of the global agenda, where it belongs. Although London will again be the focal point, the movement mustn’t overlook the committed activists in places such as Bolton, Wigan, and Sunderland who are also spreading the message across the country. For the climate movement to succeed we have to build a broad coalition that covers our nation’s towns as well as our cities, and reaches out across class divides.

Calls for individual action can’t just be modelled on the lifestyles of middle-class city dwellers. Telling people to get out of their cars can’t be the solution in those parts of the country where decades of chronic underinvestment have left us without public transport. In towns such as Wigan, jobs have disappeared as investment flowed into cities, creating lengthy commutes on public transport for most working-age people. Trains are overcrowded, deeply unreliable and ceased to function entirely for a large part of last year, while the buses are few and far between, and often more expensive than getting a taxi. Demanding people abandon their cars isn’t realistic if the alternative is a round trip of 42 miles a day on foot or by bike, just to get to work. Campaigns to tackle climate change need to link up with campaigns for better transport and fairer funding for it, particularly for buses.

Related: Tiny changes might seem insignificant. But they are how we save the planet | Peter Beaumont

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'This means war', says Hong Kong protester at school sit-in after teenager shot – video

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Hundreds of college students have staged a sit-in in Hong Kong to condemn the police officer who shot a teenager in the chest during protests on China's national day. At a news conference outside Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial college, where the teenager is a student, a masked protester called for a new government and said 'this means war'

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Watchdog bans Burger King tweet about 'milkshaking' Nigel Farage

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ASA says tweet condoned antisocial behaviour of throwing milkshakes at politicians

A Burger King tweet has been banned by the advertising watchdog for condoning antisocial behaviour and encouraging political protesters to “milkshake” the Brexit party leader, Nigel Farage.

In May, a day after it emerged that a McDonald’s restaurant in Edinburgh had been asked by police not to sell milkshakes because it was located within 200 metres of where Farage was to hold a rally and protesters might throw them, Burger King tweeted: “Dear people of Scotland. We’re selling milkshakes all weekend. Have fun. Love BK. #justsaying”.

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Hong Kong protester shot as China National Day demonstrations intensify – video

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Hong Kong police shot an 18-year-old protester in the chest with live ammunition as demonstrations in the city intensified.

The incident came as many Hongkongers defied a ban on demonstrations on the day marking the 70th anniversary of communist rule in China.

Protests called to mark a ‘national day of grief’ saw tens of thousands of people demonstrate across the city in what was the most widespread show of public anger towards Beijing yet.

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Hong Kong protesters rain on China’s anniversary parade

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Beijing’s carefully planned celebrations turned into a PR disaster for Xi Jinping

October 1 was meant to be a carefully choreographed showcase of China’s military and economic might on the 70th anniversary of communist rule, and a celebration of the strongman president, Xi Jinping.

But after a picture-perfect parade was beamed around the world from Beijing, the one part of the country that is not under his full control ripped up the playbook, with the people of Hong Kong pouring on to the streets to challenge Xi’s vision for China.

(October 1, 1949) 

The complete withdrawal of the proposed extradition bill

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Hong Kong protesters and police exchange blows in China National Day clashes – video

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Violent clashes have rocked Hong Kong as riot police forcefully broke up protesters on the day China celebrated the 70th anniversary of Communist party rule.

The event is the country's most important of the year as it looks to project its assurance in the face of mounting challenges, including nearly four months of anti-government protests in Hong Kong and an economy-sapping trade war with the US


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Hong Kong protesters use chairs as barricade during riots – video

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Demonstrations in Hong Kong on China's National Day escalated into violence as protesters threw petrol bombs at police, who retaliated with teargas and rubber bullets. One group of protesters made a barricade with three linked chairs as they took cover from police fire

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The Guardian view on the People’s Republic of China at 70: whose history? | Editorial

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Seven decades of Communist rule have seen notable advances but at horrific cost

The 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, which will be marked on Tuesday by a mass military parade in the heart of Beijing, is less a historical commemoration than a political event. The Communist party of China (CPC) has understood the power of history ever since it seized the reins in 1949: in its earliest days, it encouraged citizens to “recall past bitterness”, to make the New China all the sweeter. Xi Jinping understands history’s importance better than any leader since Mao Zedong. Not long after taking power, he warned his colleagues that “historical nihilism” was an existential threat to the party’s rule on a par with western democracy.

The tanks, planes, troops and missiles tell a story: in 1949, the republic’s 17 aircraft were ordered to fly over twice, to make the display look more impressive. This time the west will watch closely as the People’s Liberation Army unveils new missile, stealth and unmanned vehicle capabilities. The PRC has outlived its big brother, the Soviet Union, and outgrown western economies. Yet it now faces new challenges.

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Is defeat inevitable for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement? | Simon Tisdall

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Western governments could have joined the battle against China’s repression. Instead they offered spineless servitude

Who lost Hong Kong? It’s a question that should worry – and anger – western politicians and voters as they watch from afar the slow, merciless strangulation of the former British colony’s courageous pro-democracy movement. Once the grand panjandrums of China’s ruling Communist party have completed Tuesdays national day celebrations, additional, potentially fatal twists of their state security garrotte appear inevitable.

The malign nature of Beijing’s looming actions may only be intensified by the large-scale demonstrations planned in Hong Kong to coincide with the People’s Republic’s 70th anniversary. Multiple protests and strikes are going ahead despite official bans, pre-emptive arrests, brutal police tactics and media intimidation. But they look destined to end in more damagingly futile violence, similar to that seen at the weekend.

What the west's dereliction implies for other movements opposed to authoritarian regimes is gravely dismaying.

Related: Change will come to China, but not through following western ways | Hans van de Ven

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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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