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Hongkongers sing God Save the Queen in plea for UK support - video

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Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters sang God Save the Queen and waved the union flag as they rallied outside the British consulate on Sunday to demand the UK ensures China honours its commitments to the city’s freedoms. The Sino-British joint declaration, signed in 1984, laid out a ‘one country, two systems’ formula

‘We will not surrender’: Hongkongers rally for support outside UK consulate

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Jailed Turkish writer Ahmet Altan: My words cannot be imprisoned

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Newly nominated for a Baillie Gifford literary prize, the political prisoner has written a novel from behind bars

“You can imprison me but you cannot keep me here,” writes Ahmet Altan at the end of his acclaimed book I Will Never See the World Again. “Because, like all writers, I have magic. I can pass through your walls with ease.”

The novelist’s series of essays, smuggled out of jail among notes to his lawyers, was lauded by critics as an instant classic when it was published in Britain in spring this year, and last week it was longlisted for the £50,000 Baillie Gifford nonfiction prize.

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How Sunday lunch at nan’s led to a vegan’s battle against the climate crisis

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Animal Rebellion’s actions highlight the impact of meat eating on the planet’s future

In 1991, 17-year-old Alex Lockwood was flipping through the Guardian Weekend magazine in his family’s car, en route to a family Sunday roast, when he spotted an image that changed his life. A harpooned whale, its body bloodied and lifeless, drew him to a feature about its killing.

“That picture just shook me; it seemed so wrong. When I got to my nan’s house it hit me that the roast on the table was an animal that had also been killed.” He became vegetarian, then vegan, and nearly three decades later is one of the founding members of Extinction Rebellion’s new sister organisation, Animal Rebellion, which formed in June and plans to blockade London’s Smithfield Market – Britain’s largest meat distribution market – in October.

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Call to stop ‘badger massacre’ as cattle TB rises in cull zones

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Latest data ‘not released until Defra announced 60,000 animals would be killed in 2019’

Tuberculosis levels in cattle have risen in the original two areas of the country where the badger cull has been piloted over the past five years, raising questions about the merit of expanding the scheme.

The figures are confirmed in official data quietly released last week as the government announced plans to expand the controversial cull in England, which campaigners say could see more than 60,000 badgers killed this year.

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'Going to the streets again': what you need to know about Friday's climate strike

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Organisers expect a stronger presence from unions, workers and companies as student activists reach out to adults

Thousands of Australian school students are again preparing to walk out of classrooms across the country to demand action on the climate crisis.

The global mass day of action will take place on Friday 20 September, three days before the United Nations climate summit in New York.

Related: Australian tech company Atlassian urges business to support climate strikes

Related: NSW Uniting church backs school climate strike, Sydney Anglicans and Catholics decline

Does climate change cause bushfires?

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Hong Kong protesters clash after standoff in shopping mall – video

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Rival groups of protesters clash in the Amoy Plaza mall in another weekend of mass demonstrations after months of political unrest. Dozens of protesters scuffled at the shopping district in Kowloon Bay, with groups of people trading blows and some using umbrellas to hit their opponents. Police detained several people.

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Judge blocks attempt to remove Charlottesville Confederate statues

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  • Statues of Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson will stay
  • Lee statue was at heart of deadly far-right violence in 2017

Efforts to remove the statue of Robert E Lee which was at the centre of deadly far-right violence in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 have been blocked in court.

Related: I lost my column for keeping Charlottesville police accountable. I'd do it again | Molly Conger

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Hong Kong enters 15th week of mass protests as unrest continues

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Pro-democracy demonstrators clash with Beijing supporters as riot police subdue protesters

Rival groups of demonstrators clashed in Hong Kong and police made arrests in another weekend of mass protests after months of political unrest.

Dozens of pro-Beijing protesters waved Chinese flags and chanted “support the police” at a mall in Kowloon Bay on Saturday, as pro-democracy demonstrators gathered, clad in black and wearing masks. After a standoff, members of the two sides began to fight, throwing punches and hitting each other with umbrellas before police separated them. At least one man was seen bleeding from the head.

Related: 'I'll take the blow for them': the volunteers protecting Hong Kong protesters

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'We have a once-in-century chance': Naomi Klein on how we can fight the climate crisis

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In this extract from her latest book On Fire, the No Logo author looks at why capitalism and politics have got in the way of addressing the climate crisis

• Interview with Naomi Klein: ‘We are seeing the beginnings of the era of climate barbarism’

On a Friday in mid-March, they streamed out of schools in little rivulets, burbling with excitement and defiance at an act of truancy. The little streams emptied on to grand avenues and boulevards, where they combined with other flows of chanting children and teens. Soon the rivulets were rushing rivers: 100,000 bodies in Milan, 40,000 in Paris, 150,000 in Montreal. Cardboard signs bobbed above the surf of humanity: THERE IS NO PLANET B! DON’T BURN OUR FUTURE. THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE!

There was no student strike in Mozambique; on 15 March the whole country was bracing for the impact of Cyclone Idai, one of the worst storms in Africa’s history, which drove people to take refuge at the tops of trees as the waters rose and would eventually kill more than 1,000 people. And then, just six weeks later, while it was still clearing the rubble, Mozambique would be hit by Cyclone Kenneth, yet another record-breaking storm.

Humanity has a once-in-a-century chance to fix an economic model that is failing the majority of people on multiple fronts

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Dozens arrested as Extinction Rebellion protesters blockade Melbourne bridge

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The climate protesters had promised to shut down the Princes Bridge near Flinders Street station from midday

Climate protesters have blockaded a bridge in central Melbourne with police moving in and arresting multiple people.

Organisers from the Extinction Rebellion movement promised to shut down the Princes Bridge near Flinders Street station from midday.

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Greta Thunberg and youth climate activists protest outside White House

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Young activists rallied in protest of inadequate government action on the climate crisis, chanting: ‘Protect our future’

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg – who has inspired young people around the world to strike in protest of inadequate government action on the crisis – accompanied her American counterparts in the youth climate movement at a rally near Donald Trump’s White House on Friday.

Thunberg quietly joined near the edge of the group, whispering along with chants and shaking her head when thanked by other advocates.

Related: Greta Thunberg responds to Asperger's critics: 'It's a superpower'

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Extinction Rebellion activists target London fashion week

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Protesters to hold fashion funeral in demand for industry to take climate crisis seriously

Not long ago, high drama at London fashion week meant a battle over hemlines or between designer egos. But as the climate crisis challenges fashion’s fundamental viability as an industry, the stakes, and tempers, have been raised.

Hours before the first catwalk show of the five-day run, the climate campaign group Extinction Rebellion staged a “die-in” outside the central London venue, throwing buckets of fake blood to symbolise how “business as usual” for fashion and other industries is leading toward the extinction of life on earth. The group is calling for the industry to be “cancelled” and is planning continued disruption to fashion week, culminating in a “funeral procession for fashion” to be staged on Tuesday evening.

Our generation has been very self-centred ... now we have to take some responsibility

Related: Scrap the catwalk: Extinction Rebellion is right – London fashion week is unsustainable

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Uncle Wong, 82: protecting Hong Kong protesters with his walking stick – video

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Uncle Wong is part of Protect the Children, a community group whose members put their bodies between the police and young Hongkongers protesting against the government. Waving his walking stick in the air and wearing swimming goggles to protect against teargas, he tries to reason with police and provide a distraction to allow activists to evade arrest. As tensions continue to rise between protesters and police, however, so does the emotional burden on Uncle Wong

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'I'll take the blow for them': the volunteers protecting Hong Kong protesters

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Informal group including social workers, pastors, lawyers and medics have banded together to support demonstrators

Last Saturday, as Hong Kong braced for another weekend of youth-led mass pro-democracy protests, a group of middle-aged and elderly volunteers prepared for their own rebellion.

Gathered in a metro station, they put on bright yellow vests and fumbled with goggles and gas masks. They listened attentively as an organiser went over tactics for slowing the police down and letting protesters escape: distract the officers by asking for change, to borrow their phone, or even by pretending to faint.

Related: Hong Kong: ‘Revolution is war, and no war is without bloodshed’

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Two protesters arrested over Heathrow drone threat

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Flights operate as normal after climate activists ‘blocked by signal-jamming technology’

Two people have been arrested as protesters attempted to fly drones near Heathrow to highlight the role air travel plays in the escalating climate emergency.

Activists attempted to launch the first drone at about 3am within the airport’s three-mile (5km) exclusion zone but they said the authorities used jamming technology to prevent it taking off.

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Russian police carry out mass raids against opposition activists

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Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny says searches show ‘Putin is very angry’ after Moscow polls

Russian state security services have carried out simultaneous nationwide raids on the Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s regional headquarters four days after pro-Putin candidates suffered massive losses in the Moscow city assembly elections.

The operation, involving more than 1,000 officers in at least 200 individual raids and ostensibly in connection with money-laundering charges Navalny says are politically motivated, was carried out across 40 towns and cities the length and breadth of Russia, from Murmansk in the Arctic to Vladivostok on the Pacific coast. The homes of dozens of Navalny activists were also searched.

Born in 1976 just outside Moscow, Alexei Navalny is a lawyer-turned-campaigner whose Anti-Corruption Foundation investigates the wealth of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. 

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'Glory to Hong Kong': pro-democracy anthem embraced by protesters

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Thousands have gathered this week in shopping centres and at football matches across the city to sing in solidarity

A newly composed song has become the rallying point for Hong Kong’s anti-government movement this week as thousands gathered at shopping centres and a football match to sing what protesters have embraced as their unofficial anthem: Glory to Hong Kong.

The evening singing sessions have spread across the city this week, coming as a respite after weeks of intensifying violent clashes between protesters and police in an ongoing political crisis that has entered its fourth month.

Related: Hong Kong journalists warn of rising police violence against them

Related: Hong Kong activist's visit to Berlin draws anger from China

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‘Glory to Hong Kong’: thousands sing protest anthem in shopping malls – video

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Protesters in Hong Kong gathered in shopping malls across the territory in support of the pro-democracy movement. The song Glory to Hong Kong has been adopted by the demonstrators as their unofficial anthem. The peaceful gathering marked a moment of respite after violent clashes over the weekend

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Activist Joshua Wong urges Germany to stop selling arms to Hong Kong police – video

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Joshua Wong called for Germany to stop the export of riot control weapons and equipment to Hong Kong police, as he embarked on a global tour to promote his pro-democracy message. He said Hong Kong police were using water cannon manufactured in Germany to suppress protests. Wong urged Germany to suspend trade negotiations with China until Beijing puts on the agenda human rights laws ‘that respect European standards’

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Chaos is being normalised. It is all part of Boris Johnson’s pernicious plan | Paul Mason

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To expedite his power grab, the prime minister has brought darkness to our democracy and to our streets. We must resist

On Saturday, for the first time in living memory, neo-fascists were chanting the name of the serving prime minister. Supporters of the English Defence League and the Democratic Football Lads Alliance wandered around Whitehall some drunk, harassing random remain protesters and shouting into the faces of journalists until, inevitably, they attacked the police.

It’s part of an unnerving trend that’s emerged in the past two weeks: the normalisation of chaos.

Related: Proroguing parliament is bigger than Brexit. It’s a display of political power | Jonathan White

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