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JK Rowling mocks Just Stop Oil protesters who spray painted Stonehenge

JK Rowling mocks Just Stop Oil protesters who spray painted Stonehenge

JK Rowling ridiculed Just Stop Oil protesters after they covered the ancient ruins of Stonehenge with orange cornflour spray. The climate activists vandalised the stones on Wednesday (19 June), and demanded that the next government sign a legally binding treaty to phase out fossil fuels by 2030. Video footage of the incident shows two people in Just Stop Oil t-shirts, named by the group as Rajan Naidu, 73, and Niamh Lynch, 21, running up to the ancient structure with what appears to be repurposed fire extinguishers filled with orange paint. The Harry Potter author wrote on X: “Public opinion’s definitely moving, mostly towards the conclusion that you’re funded by Big Oil.” “Let’s not target anyone or anything remotely responsible for climate change. Let’s attack a unique ancient monument to which everyone’s hugely attached, incidentally endangering rare lichen that only grows there,” she added in a reply on her post. This incident of vandalism comes just ahead of the summer solstice on Thursday, which is the longest day of the year and therefore a spiritually significant day …

Water firm seizes stake in Devon sewage protester’s home over unpaid bills | Water

Water firm seizes stake in Devon sewage protester’s home over unpaid bills | Water

South West Water has taken a legal stake in a customer’s home after she withheld her bill payments in a protest over sewage dumping in rivers and the sea. Thousands of water company customers are thought to be withholding payments but this is the first known case of a company enforcing a claim against a customer’s home. Imogen May, of Crediton, Devon, has withheld payment since 2019 and has a £2,809 debt. South West Water won a county court judgment over the debt and has claimed an interest in May’s cottage via the Land Registry. When it is sold, the company can claim what it says it is owed. May has also withheld payment of council tax, arguing that the funds are not spent on people’s priorities, such as environmental projects and children’s mental health services. The council is now applying for a court order to force the sale of May’s cottage. “This is about using my place of privilege as a homeowner to push the boundaries,” she said. “It’s about necessity – unless we …

The Israeli protesters trying to stop food aid getting to Gaza – podcast | News

The Israeli protesters trying to stop food aid getting to Gaza – podcast | News

Since the start of the year, groups of Israeli demonstrators have been gathering, first on the border with Gaza and then later in the West Bank, to lie down in front of food trucks – or in the West Bank even to attack them and their drivers – to try to prevent food aid getting into Gaza. Who are these protesters and why would they try to prevent supplies from getting into the Gaza Strip, where international agencies say some children are already starving? Emma Graham-Harrison went to speak to the protesters to find out. She tells Michael Safi how, while their actions may seem extreme, believing aid should not be sent to Gaza is a worryingly mainstream view in Israel. Michael Safi hears too about other protesters – those who are trying to help the truck drivers get through. Emma tells Michael of her interview with an activist from Standing Together who has risked his life to try to ensure people in Gaza will get aid. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA Support The Guardian The Guardian …

Protesters Break Fence, Swarm Tesla Gigafactory

Protesters Break Fence, Swarm Tesla Gigafactory

“Companies like Tesla are there to save the car industry, they’re not there to save the climate.” Car Swarm A truly strange scene played out in the dusty grounds of a German Tesla Gigafactory on Friday when a swarm of masked protesters broke down a fence and tried to breach a factory building, Wired reports. The mob, many wearing black and seemingly trying to do a mass Naruto run, were at the factory grounds near Berlin to protest the company’s unpopular expansion plans, which includes mowing down 250 acres of forest, according to CNBC. Police told CNBC that protesters have been camping near the factory since Monday, culminating in the fence breach and blocking roads. Police arrested multiple demonstrators, some of whom sustained injuries during the breach and clash with law enforcement. Tesla told staff to stay home on Friday, calling the temporary factory closure a “one-day planned production shutdown.” Factory Goods The protests sprang up after locals expressed displeasure at Tesla expansion plans at 60 percent in a February poll, according to Wired. Since then, …

Just Stop Oil protesters in their 80s target Magna Carta | UK News

Just Stop Oil protesters in their 80s target Magna Carta | UK News

Two climate activists in their 80s have targeted the Magna Carta at the British Library. Reverend Dr Sue Parfitt, 82, and Judy Bruce, an 85-year-old retired biology teacher, entered the library and tried to smash the glass case protecting the historic document using a lump hammer and chisel. The pair, from the Just Stop Oil protest group, then held up a sign which stated: “The government is breaking the law”. They could be also be heard asking: “Is the government above the law?” The Metropolitan Police said two people have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and are currently in custody. Image: The women used a hammer and chisel to try to break the glass. Pic: @JustStop_Oil The British Library in London holds two of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, with the others being held at Lincoln and Salisbury Cathedrals. It was issued in June 1215 and was the first document to put into writing the principle that the King and his government were not above the law. Rev Parfitt said: …

Protesters gather in support of Israel or Palestine during Eurovision contest in Sweden

Protesters gather in support of Israel or Palestine during Eurovision contest in Sweden

Just hours before the second Eurovision semi-final, on Thursday, May 9, Malmö looked like a city under siege: Helicopters buzzed overhead, while armored vehicles and hundreds of police officers roamed the streets. This unprecedented security detail had been deployed as two demonstrations were due to take place within hours of each other in the center of Malmö: one, called for by some sixty associations, to protest against Israel’s participation in the contest; the other, organized by the Jewish community, to support the Israeli candidate. The first demonstrators gathered mid-afternoon in Malmö’s main square, which was soon awash with a sea of Palestinian flags. Signs calling for a “ceasefire in Gaza,” an “end to genocide” and a “boycott of Israel” could be seen. Families came and the crowd swelled as trains came in bringing protestors from neighboring Denmark. Read more Subscribers only Malmö prepares for a high-tension Eurovision contest In their fifties, Jeanette Volfbrandt and her friend Karima (who, like many of those interviewed, did not wish to give her family name) came from Copenhagen, as …

Armenian protesters vow to oust prime minister – POLITICO

Armenian protesters vow to oust prime minister – POLITICO

“Pashinyan needs to go,” one middle-aged demonstrator told POLITICO, saying he preferred not to give his name as he feared reprisals. Asked who should take his place as prime minister, or how another leader would avoid conflict with Azerbaijan while still keeping the four villages, the demonstrator said: “Someone else will have a better plan.” Pashinyan has hailed the surrender of the four villages as a major step toward normalizing relations with Azerbaijan — the two countries have fought regularly since the fall of the USSR in 1991 — and respecting its international legal obligations. “We are reproducing the [legal] borders … at the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union,” he said last week. Earlier the same day, officials in Yerevan and Moscow confirmed that Russian border guards — stationed along Armenia’s frontiers with Azerbaijan since the 1990s — had been asked to leave their posts and begin withdrawing. In recent years, Armenia has frozen its membership in the Russian-led CSTO military alliance, which refused its calls for support when Azerbaijan launched an …

Eurovision 2024: Thousands of pro-Palestine protesters march in Malmo ahead of semi-final | Ents & Arts News

Eurovision 2024: Thousands of pro-Palestine protesters march in Malmo ahead of semi-final | Ents & Arts News

Thousands of pro-Palestine demonstrators protested in Malmo, Sweden on Thursday against Israel’s competing in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Protesters waving green, white, black and red Palestinian flags packed the historic Stortorget square near Malmo’s 16th-century town hall before a planned march through the city for a rally in a park several miles from the Eurovision venue. Police estimated that between 10,000 and 12,000 people took part. Among those in the crowd was Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. The march took place at the same time as Israel’s entrant – 20-year-old Eden Golan – was taking part in the final dress rehearsal for the second Eurovision semi-finals, in the Malmo arena. During the march – which included families with young children, and people with dogs and bicycles – smoke canisters in the colours of the Palestinian flag were set off, with some protesters carrying signs displaying images of Gaza civilians who have been injured amid the Hamas-Israel conflict. There was also a banner done in the style of Eurovision with the word “genocide” on it …

Eurovision protesters in Malmo, Sweden, object to Israel’s Eden Golan

Eurovision protesters in Malmo, Sweden, object to Israel’s Eden Golan

MALMÖ, Sweden — Thousands of demonstrators waving Palestinian flags are expected to flood Sweden’s third largest city on Thursday to protest Israel’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest here this week. The annual celebration of music and kitsch, watched by more than 150 million people, is often enmeshed in politics. But some observers say this is the most politically charged edition of the contest in its 68-year history. For weeks, artists and activists have been calling on Eurovision to ban Israel over its war in Gaza. Source link