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Climate protesters disrupt Hammond’s Mansion House speech

Climate protesters disrupt Hammond’s Mansion House speech

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Climate change protesters disrupted the beginning of Chancellor Philip Hammond's Mansion House Speech.They were removed from the City of London event after several minutes and Mr Hammond was able to continue soon afterwards."The irony is that this is government that has just led the world by committing to a zero carbon economy by 2050," said the chancellor.Greenpeace said: "Business as usual is no longer an option."The organisation said 40 activists had "gatecrashed" the chancellor's speech.Climate campaigner Areeba Hamid, said: "The real bottom line, the priority that needs to come before all others, is not profit, revenue or growth, but survival. "That needs to be recognised in every boardroom a...
Hong Kong extradition bill: Protesters return to streets despite suspension

Hong Kong extradition bill: Protesters return to streets despite suspension

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Thousands of people protested in Hong Kong on Sunday against a controversial extradition bill, despite a government decision to suspend the bill.The new law, which would have allowed extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China, prompted hundreds of thousands to demonstrate in the past week.Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Saturday that the plans had been "suspended" for the time being.But protest leaders demanded that the bill was scrapped.Some have called on Ms Lam to resign over the unrest.By early Sunday afternoon, large crowds had gathered in the city's Victoria Square, many wearing black or carrying white flowers. Organisers said they hoped more than a million people would attend...
Hong Kong extradition: Police fire rubber bullets at protesters

Hong Kong extradition: Police fire rubber bullets at protesters

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Police have fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters in Hong Kong where anger at a new extradition bill has spilled over into violence. Protesters have blocked key roads around government buildings and threw bricks and projectiles at police. The government is still pushing for the bill which would allow extradition to mainland China and it is expected to pass its final vote on 20 June.But the Legislative Council (LegCo) has now delayed its second reading.Follow live: Hong Kong protesters and police face offThe pro-Beijing LegCo said Wednesday's scheduled meeting would instead be held at an unspecified "later time". This is the first time rubber bullets have been used in Hong Kong for decades. What's happe...
Hong Kong protesters clash with police and try to storm govt building

Hong Kong protesters clash with police and try to storm govt building

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Police in Hong Kong have used pepper spray to disperse protesters embroiled in violence outside the territory's parliament building.They were part of an earlier demonstration on Sunday calling for authorities to block a controversial extradition bill that is feared could be used by China to make critics "disappear". The bill, if passed into law, will allow suspected criminals in the territory to be sent to the mainland to face trial. Image: Several hundred protesters clashed with police outside Hong Kong's parliament building Image: Protests against the extradition bill turned violent late on Sunday evening Hundreds of thousands of people took part in the protest, which was mos...
Extinction Rebellion: How might ministers win over the protesters?

Extinction Rebellion: How might ministers win over the protesters?

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Protests by Extinction Rebellion's seemingly inexhaustible army of activists made plenty of headlines last week.They say politicians are out of touch with climate reality. But what do they want, and can ministers realistically make it happen?Let's consider XR's three core demands: for the government to "tell the truth about climate change", to create a citizens' assembly to oversee progress, and to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025. If Mrs May regularly referred to a "climate crisis" or "climate emergency", that might fulfil their wish that the government should "tell the truth" A citizens' assembly looks unlikely, especially during the current constitutional mayhem of Brexit The third objective of cutting CO2 emissions to almost zero by 2025 is sur...