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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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Hong Kong protests held at airport after Yuen Long attack – video report

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Staff at Hong Kong international airport have begun an 11-hour protest in an attempt to hold the government to account for violent attacks on residents by suspected gang members last week. Flight attendants and airport staff were joined by demonstrators dressed in black, the signature colour of the territory's protest movement. Protesters could be heard chanting 'free Hong Kong' as travellers arrived at the terminal

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Sea Shepherd Captain Paul Watson: 'I call what we do aggressive non-violence'

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New documentary Defend, Conserve, Protect follows the conservation organisation’s anti-whaling missions and plays out like a war movie on the high seas

At the bottom of the world, on the edge of the Antarctic continent, surrounded by ice and ocean, a scene of all-out war is taking place. A Japanese fishing vessel is firing water cannons and pounding a smaller ship, the Sea Shepherd’s Bob Barker, repeatedly ramming it against the side of a tanker. The activist-populated boat is positioned strategically, preventing the whalers from refuelling.

In the vicinity other boats jostle for positions: another two Sea Shepherd ships and five other whaling vessels. The chaotic tableau strikes me as the kind of scene that only plays out in high-seas war movies. It sounds like a cliche, but watching it I have to remind myself to keep breathing.

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Related: A vision of 2040: everything we need for a sustainable world already exists

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'So surreal': Hong Kongers take up self-defence classes in wake of thug attacks

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Free lessons teach how to stop punches and stick attacks after violence instills deep concern in community

“If you see attackers, you must be armed with basic skills to save your own lives,” Henry Chong, a sports therapist and karate expert, told his first self-defence class.

The class, which took place two days after the attack on unarmed commuters in the rural town of Yuen Long , was attended by mostly women aged 20-60.

Related: 'All Hong Kongers are scared': protests to widen as rural residents fight back

The events in Hong Kong don’t look good lately … everyone needs to know how to defend themselves

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Of Fish and Foe review – gripping tale of seals, salmon and saboteurs

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Clashes between pro-wildlife protesters and Scottish net fishers over the shooting of predators are the focus of this lively documentary

A documentary about conflict between Scottish net fishermen, hunt saboteurs, police, anglers and EU legislative wonks might sound like cinematic Valium, but this film, co-directed and produced by Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier, makes for surprisingly gripping viewing. For starters, regardless of whose side you find yourself taking as the story progresses – and there are several options – the landscape around Montrose in Angus, in north-eastern Scotland, where this was shot, is consistently spectacular, with its shards of islands, eerie slanting summer sunlight and quixotic seas.

The argument at the heart of the movie is a microcosm of what’s going on all over the UK, where battle lines are constantly being drawn between agricultural and commercial interests, environmentalists, police and parts of the legal establishment. Here, there are the Pullars, a clan who have been net fishing these waters for centuries and feel as if their very way of life and livelihood is under threat. Their main rivals are a team of animal rights protesters, led by indomitable southerner Jessie Treverton, who object to the Pullars’ licensed killing of grey seals that snatch salmon out of the Pullars’ nets. The hunt sabs also decry how these fishing methods harm endangered species of sea birds, and they’re not keen on people eating salmon in the first place. In one near-farcical interlude, the two sides obsessively film one another on GoPro cameras, mobile phones and other cameras to try to catch each other breaking the law.

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Hong Kong protesters to defy police ban on march after gang attack

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Demonstration ‘must go on’ in area where commuters were beaten with iron rods

Demonstrators in Hong Kong have vowed to march despite a police ban to condemn an attack by suspected gangs on commuters earlier this week.

On Thursday, police rejected an application by protesters to hold a rally in Yuen Long, in north-west Hong Kong, where dozens of masked men beat commuters on Sunday with rattan and iron rods.

Related: 'All Hong Kongers are scared': protests to widen as rural residents fight back

Why are people protesting?

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'Fck govt fck Boris' protest takes place on PM's first day in office – video

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On the day Boris Johnson was appointed Britain's new prime minister, hundreds of people gathered at London's Russell Square to protest against his ascension and the government. The demo, dubbed “fck govt fck Boris” after a lyric from Stormzy’s Vossi Bop and billed as a street festival, featured the words emblazoned on a bus as a nod to Johnson’s “£350m for the NHS” promise on the side of the Vote Leave campaign bus


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'Time to rebel': Greta Thunberg adds voice to new song by the 1975

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On band’s latest single, 16-year-old activist urges young people to act on climate emergency

Greta Thunberg has made her musical debut on a single by the 1975. On a track called The 1975, a version of which traditionally opens each of the British band’s albums, the 16-year-old environmental activist restates her position on the need to act on the climate emergency.

Over minimal orchestral backing, Thunberg says: “We have to acknowledge that the older generations have failed. All political movements in their present form have failed. But homo sapiens have not yet failed. Yes, we are failing, but there is still time to turn everything around.”

Related: Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment

We are right now in the beginning of a climate and ecological crisis.

And we need to call it what it is. An emergency.

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Boris Johnson's first day in office met with protests in London

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Greenpeace activists blocked his car on the Mall as ‘fck govt fck boris’ demo staged nearby

Environmental protesters blocked the path of Boris Johnson’s car on Wednesday as he made his way to Buckingham Palace to officially become Britain’s new prime minister.

The protesters said they were aiming to highlight the need to take on the climate emergency.

A very profane protest against Boris Johnson pic.twitter.com/LfqIajFUkZ

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Scott Morrison has something in common with this extreme animal rights activist | Calla Wahlquist

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The prime minister wants to help farmers but will the new anti-protest laws actually achieve this?

Scott Morrison has something in common with Chris Delforce, one of the creators of the Aussie Farms website that has been deemed responsible for the sharp rise in “farm invasions” in the past year.

They both want to increase the general public’s knowledge and understanding of modern farming practices and the reality of how we get our food.

Calla Wahlquist is a reporter for Guardian Australia

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I’m an ordinary person who joined an Extinction Rebellion blockade. Here's why you should too

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It was way out of my comfort zone, but as a scientist I can tell you that the climate emergency is much more terrifying

I am an ordinary mid-career professional. I work a nine-to-five job in the city, and I’m well respected and growing in my career. I have never broken the law. And recently, I joined Extinction Rebellion, blockading traffic.

I have never done anything like this before. It was way out of my comfort zone, and I felt like vomiting at the idea. But climate change makes me want to vomit even more. I am a scientist, and I can say with confidence: the science is absolutely terrifying. So I went.

Related: Extinction Rebellion protesters aren’t anarchists – we just want to save our world | Bob Rivett

Let me tell you a story. Many of us already know the climate catastrophe story, so let me tell you a different one

Related: Politicians’ reluctance on climate change is bizarre – action would not only be right but popular | Jeff Sparrow

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The Guardian view on violence in Hong Kong: an attack on the idea of democracy | Editorial

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Criminals may have launched the bloody assaults on rail passengers, but the incident is more likely to inflame than quell the anger at authorities

We are very unlikely to find out who arranged for thugs to rampage through a Hong Kong train station, armed with wooden sticks and metal rods, hospitalising 45 peaceful passengers. Yet if their approach was indiscriminate, their target was clear – protesters returning from an anti-government march – and their purpose equally plain: intimidation.

A pro-Beijing legislator was seen shaking the hands of the white-clad thugs at Yuen Long and has portrayed the men as local residents “defending their homes”. Carrie Lam, the region’s chief executive, condemned Sunday night’s violence – but spent more time criticising protesters who had surrounded Beijing’s liaison office and defaced its sign. Many in the protest movement disagree with such tactics. But political attacks on property can hardly be compared to a vicious assault that broke bones and left one man in critical condition.

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Li Peng: former Chinese premier known as 'Butcher of Beijing' dies aged 90

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Politician known abroad for his role in crushing 1989 Tiananmen Square protests

The former Chinese premier Li Peng, reviled by rights activists and many in the Chinese capital as the “Butcher of Beijing” for his role in the crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests, has died, according to state media.

Li, who was 90, died on Monday in Beijing, Xinhua reported, more than three decades after his government authorised a bloody suppression of student-led pro-democracy protests in the early hours of 4 June 1989.

Related: 'Sacred day': Chinese remember Tiananmen killings by fasting

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Hong Kong protesters pledge to stand up to thugs after attack

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Anger growing against police and authorities after masked men left 45 people in hospital

Protesters in Hong Kong have pledged to stand up to thugs who attacked demonstrators at the weekend as public anger grows towards the government and police.

Demonstrators have filed for a permit to hold a rally on Saturday in Yuen Long, the district on the outskirts of Hong Kong where dozens of masked men chased and beat commuters and protesters with wooden poles and metal rods, leaving at least 45 people in hospital. Police arrived after the assailants left.

Related: Hong Kong: why thugs may be doing the government’s work

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Puerto Rico police fire teargas at protesters demanding governor's resignation - video

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Police in San Juan fired teargas on Monday to disperse thousands of protesters calling on Puerto Rico’s governor Ricardo Rosselló to quit over leaked homophobic and misogynistic chats with his closest allies. The messages also included homophobic ridicule of singer Ricky Martin, who joined the 100,000-strong protest

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Union stages final protest over 'horrific' Amazon work practices

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Company denies that warehouse workers urinate in bottles and says it offers industry-leading pay

Union workers have staged the final in a series of protests outside an Amazon warehouse in Doncaster over “unsafe” and “appalling” working conditions. According to the GMB union, workers urinate in plastic bottles rather than go to the toilet during their shifts, and pregnant women are forced to stand for hours on end.

The protest follows international campaigns last week to coincide with the retail giant’s Prime Day promotion, with demonstrations being held outside seven British warehouses – what the company calls “fulfilment centres” – and in seven US cities.

Related: Amazon could give the world a gift on its 25th birthday – by paying more tax

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Why Hong Kong thugs may be doing the government’s work

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Sunday’s assault was blamed on criminals, but there are signs of links to pro-Beijing officials

At a pro-government rally on Saturday, one speaker made a disconcerting proposal for disciplining Hong Kong’s young protesters. “Do we have canes at home? Bring out your canes,” said Arthur Shek, a co-founder of the Economic Times newspaper. “Find a long one to beat your son. If you don’t have a cane, what do you do? We can still go to a hardware shop to buy a 20mm PVC pipe.”

The next day, dozens of men in white T-shirts and masks descended on a railway station in Yuen Long where they beat commuters with long bamboo rods and pipes.

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Adani protest: French journalists arrested while filming anti-coal activities

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Journalists charged with trespassing after filming Frontline Action on Coal activists include Hugo Clément

Four journalists working for the public television network France 2 have been charged with trespassing for filming a protest near the Abbot Point coal terminal, in north Queensland, targeting the operations of the Adani group.

The group of journalists includes Hugo Clément, a reporter well known in France for his documentaries about climate change and environmental issues.

Related: Adani faces prosecution over allegedly false information in annual report

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'Where were the police?' Hong Kong outcry after masked thugs launch attack

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Police accused of doing nothing to stop suspected triads storming train station and beating people including women and children

Pro-democracy activists and lawmakers in Hong Kong have accused the police of standing by as men dressed in white attacked commuters late on Sunday, leaving dozens hospitalised and one critically injured.

Video footage from Hong Kong media showed a group of about a dozen men, some with black masks, storming a subway station and indiscriminately beating passengers with wooden bats. Among those hurt in the attack at Yuen Long were demonstrators returning from a large anti-government rally, as well as a pregnant woman and a woman holding an infant, according to witnesses.

Ambulance was not enough for so many injured. I did saw the pregnant women who fainted but at once she nearly got assualted again. There was woman holding infant got assaulted too. Weirdest thing is the "leader" of triad tried to help! #antiELAB #ExtraditionBill #HongKongProtest

Snippet of a live broadcast from lawmaker Lam Cheuk ting, showing self-professed pro-Gov't mobsters attacking passengers in train cars at #MTR #YuenLong Stn. #HongKong has 1 of the world's highest cop to population ratio. Where were @hkpoliceforce? Lam was injured as shown live. pic.twitter.com/Aq5JmJlf5u

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'I thought they would kill me': Thai dissidents targeted in brutal crackdown

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Ever since sham elections in March, activists have been singled out in a series of brutal attacks as the military tightens its grip on power

The blows came hard and heavy on Sirawith Seritiwat’s head. The four men, dressed in motorcycle helmets, black gloves and balaclavas, brought their metal truncheons down again and again down onto the young activist’s face, shattering his nose and eye socket as blood poured from a wound in his head.

“I have never felt so much excruciating pain, I thought they would kill me,” said Sirawith, popularly known as “Ja New”. But as cries of “the police are coming” reverberated across the busy suburban Bangkok junction, the attackers jumped on motorcycles and drove off, disappearing as quickly as they had come.

Related: Murder on the Mekong: why exiled Thai dissidents are abducted and killed

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