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Semi-naked activists protest against National Portrait Gallery's links to BP

Protesters from Extinction Rebellion and other groups drenched themselves in fake oil

Semi-naked environmental campaigners have been drenched in fake oil at the National Portrait Gallery to protest against its sponsorship by BP.

Activists from Extinction Rebellion, BP or Not BP? and Culture Unstained assumed the foetal position while others poured the “oil” on their nude bodies in the Ondaatje Wing main hall, where a collection of pieces sponsored by BP is on display.

The UK group of Extinction Rebellion has three core demands:

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On my radar: Weyes Blood’s cultural highlights

From environmental protest to a witty animated look at puberty, the California musician reveals what makes her tick

Born in California in 1988, as a teenager Natalie Mering began performing music under the name Wise Blood, taken from a Flannery O’Connor novel, later changing the spelling to Weyes Blood. She was active in the noise underground scene in Portland and Baltimore before releasing her solo debut, The Outside Room, in 2011. She has since released three more albums, including Front Row Seat To Earth (2016) and this year’s acclaimed Titanic Rising. She plays in Glasgow on 28 October, Manchester on 29 October and London on 30 October.

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On the ground with People's Vote marchers: ‘It’s not done by a long way’ – video

From morris dancers to a man dressed as death and everyone in between: the Guardian followed anti-Brexit protesters in London on Saturday as they marched to demand a fresh referendum. Organisers of the march said the turnout was comparable to that of another second referendum rally six months ago when a million people gathered in the capital

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Tube protest was a mistake, admit leading Extinction Rebellion members

Senior figures in protest group forced to rethink future tactics

Senior figures in Extinction Rebellion (XR) admit it was a mistake to target London’s public transport network at rush hour, a move that has split opinion within the movement. Future strategy is now being reassessed, they say.

At the end of the two-week global “uprising”, members of the movement’s political circle announced that it needed to learn from the angry scenes at Canning Town tube station last Thursday when commuters dragged protesters from the roof of an underground train and set upon them. Eight XR activists were arrested during the disruption, joining a total of 1,768 held during the fortnight of demonstrations.

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Urban warrior in Nikes and a hoodie leads charge against white orthodoxy

Rumors of War, by the black artist Kehinde Wiley, will soon move to the heart of the Confederacy. He is not alone in his challenge

“It’s a lot to be asked, to pledge allegiance to a country, to a world, that keeps you invisible.”

Related: Turbine Hall artist Kara Walker: 'Apparently, the only thing I am is black'

Rumors of War is all about the veneration of questionable heroes

The work will speak louder still when it reaches its permanent home

Related: Kehinde Wiley: 'When I first started painting black women, it was a return home'

Michael Henry Adams is an architectural-cultural historian and historic preservation activist who lives in, lectures on and conducts tours of Harlem. He is the author of Harlem, Lost and Found: An Architectural and Social history, 1765-1915 and the forthcoming Homo Harlem: and Gay Life in the African American Cultural Capital, 1915-1995

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Hong Kong activist stabbed handing out pro-democracy leaflets at 'Lennon Wall'

A 19-year-old democracy activist was allegedly stabbed by a man shouting pro-China slogans

A man handing out leaflets for a Hong Kong pro-democracy protest was attacked by a knife-wielding assailant who slashed his neck and abdomen on Saturday, days after a leading activist was left bloodied in another street attack.

The injured 19-year-old, wearing black clothes and a black face mask, was knifed near one of the large “Lennon Walls” that have sprung up around the city during months of demonstrations, police said.

Related: Hong Kong's Lennon walls - in pictures

Related: Why China fears sending the tanks into Hong Kong | Howard W French

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Chile's president reverses fare increase as unrest continues

Sebastián Piñera suspends public transport price hikes that sparked widespread protests

Chilean president Sebastián Piñera announced on Saturday that he would reverse public transport fare hikes which had caused widespread protests in the country.

Related: Chile protests: state of emergency declared in Santiago as violence escalates

Related: Chile students' mass fare-dodging expands into city-wide protest

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March organisers hail ‘one of the greatest protest marches in British history’

Led by mayor Sadiq Khan, around one million protesters gathered to demand a fresh referendum

In one of the largest public demonstrations in British history, a crowd estimated at around one million marched outside parliament to demand MPs grant them a fresh referendum on Brexit.

Organisers of the march said the turnout, buoyed by the dry weather and the promise of “super Saturday”, was comparable to the previous second referendum rally six months ago, when a million people gathered in central London.

'I want you to look around. This is what democracy looks like'

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Catalonia protests: key moments from a week of unrest – video

The jailing of nine pro-independence Catalan leaders over their roles in the failed push for secession two years ago has sparked five nights of violent unrest in Barcelona and other areas of Catalonia. The region's president, Quim Torra, has called for talks with the Spanish government after a peaceful march and general strike was followed by further clashes between protesters and police

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We marched with hope but few expectations. Yet history will side with us | Will Hutton

For the prime minister’s Europhobe supporters, Brexit has become nothing less than a religion. But it will never be the road to paradise

This was the third People’s Vote march I have joined – the most sombre, with the blackest humour. We could all read the runes: the best we could hope for was deferring the vote. Instinctive Tory tribalism and Jeremy Corbyn’s endless temporising had delivered insufficient momentum to muster parliamentary support for a second referendum.

Still, we cheered at the news that Oliver Letwin’s procedural deferment to avoid no deal had passed. But we knew that in a few weeks, barring Boris Johnson’s lies being quickly exposed, or his misplaying of the politics again, it could all be over – and a new fight that could last years would begin. To rejoin.

The new faith-based politics starts to distort a definition of political bravery or conception of political compromise

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Led By Donkeys book extract: ‘We decided that Boris Johnson said it, so he should own it’

The anti-Brexit guerrillas tell how they risked offending Solihull residents with one last - sweary - guerilla poster before they went ‘legit’

• Read Tim Lewis’s interview with Led By Donkeys

Any sense that Dover [where they put up four illegal posters in one night] is the climax of the project, that we’ll soon be winding down, is rendered redundant by the reaction to the posters. Many of the most influential journalists and commentators in the country are now following us, and we have a vaguely influential platform from which to offer our own commentary on the Brexit farce. We’re being inundated with suggestions for new posters – many of them examples of thermonuclear hypocrisy – and by the end of the day Will has knocked up five new designs and we’re discussing where and when to strike next. There are scores of demands that we take the campaign national.

Ideally we’ll hit the north-east, preferably Sunderland. Its place in the Brexit story was cemented when it declared early on the night of the EU referendum, and became the first indicator that Britain had voted to leave. Certainly we need to get out of the south-east.

Yet more examples of fantasy and hypocrisy are flooding in from the public. Then we’re contacted by the people at

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The Chicago teachers' strike shows how to go on offense against neoliberalism | Miles Kampf-Lassin and Micah Uetricht

Chicago teachers led the battle against destructive reforms seven years ago – now they’re showing all working people left behind by cuts how to fight

In 2012, when Chicago teachers walked off the job in their first strike in 25 years, the cards were stacked against them, nationally and locally. Today, they’re on strike again – and on the offense against austerity.

Seven years ago, Rahm Emanuel had just been elected mayor and was looking to deal the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), who he saw as a barrier to privatizing the city’s education system, a crushing defeat. That agenda was shared by both Republicans and Democrats across the country, with a barrage of attacks on teachers’ unions, devastating budget cuts to schools and charter school networks – intended to undercut public schools and do an end run around their unions – rapidly multiplying.

Miles Kampf-Lassin is an editor at In These Times.

Micah Uetricht is the managing editor of Jacobin and host of its podcast The Vast Majority. He is the author of Strike for America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity and coauthor of the forthcoming Bigger Than Bernie: How We Go From the Sanders Campaign to Political Revolution in Our Lifetimes

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'Older generations can't understand': XR Youth on being heard

For young Extinction Rebellion members, there is an urgency they say others struggle to fully grasp

When five members of Extinction Rebellion’s youth faction climbed on top of the entrance to YouTube’s HQ on Wednesday, they were protesting against a problem that has particular relevance for their generation.

In a letter to the company, they demanded that YouTube changes what the group claims is its disproportionate platforming of climate denial, on a site which is the most watched platform for 16-24-year-olds.

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Police seek tougher powers against Extinction Rebellion

Strengthening public order laws could be ‘shocking assault on right to protest’, warn civil rights lawyers

Government and police have held talks to strengthen public order laws to allow a tougher crackdown on future Extinction Rebellion (XR) climate demonstrations in what civil rights lawyers warn would be a “a shocking assault on the right to protest.”

The move, which comes as XR’s two-week “uprising” drew to a close on Friday, follows widespread criticism of the Metropolitan police after officers implemented a city wide ban on the protests earlier this week.

Related: Extinction Rebellion’s right to protest must be respected | Letters

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Chile protests: state of emergency declared in Santiago as violence escalates

President announces order in televised address after fare-dodging protest by students in capital widens

A state of emergency has been declared in the Chilean capital after simmering protests against a rise in metro fares spilled out into widespread vandalism and violence fuelled by rising cost-of-living pressures.
As ordained by Chile’s dictatorship-era constitution, the state of emergency will apply to Santiago and can last for 15 days. It grants the government additional powers to restrict citizens’ freedom of movement and their right to assembly. Ominously, soldiers will return to the streets for the first time since an earthquake devastated parts of the country in 2010.

“The aim is to ensure public order and the safety of public and private property,” President Sebastián Piñera said in a televised address, “There will be no room for violence in a country with the rule of law at its core.”

On Friday evening, the palm trees in Santiago’s colonial Plaza de Armas were shrouded in plumes of tear gas thrown by police agents to disperse protesters, and the headquarters of Italian energy company Enel were engulfed in orange flames as the sounds of helicopters and wailing sirens filled the night sky.

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