UK Protest

Violent Clashes in Mong Kok, Hong Kong During Pro-Democracy Protests

Tom Grundy | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK
Tom Grundy

There were violent clashes, scuffles and brawls in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong last night as police deployed pepper spray and batons against pro-democracy protesters. Police say 9000 demonstrators were present and 26 people were arrested.

How Hong Kong Protesters Put the 'Civil' into 'Civil Disobedience'

Tom Grundy | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK
Tom Grundy

In the run-up to Hong Kong's occupation protests, the initiators of the movement were called "radicals" and "extremists" and their actions dubbed "terrorism". Yet the young people peacefully demonstrating for universal suffrage across the city have won hearts and minds across the world in what amounts to a meticulous reading of peaceful dissent. By putting the "civil" in "civil disobedience", these young protesters have already won an important moral victory, no matter what happens next.

What the Human Zoo Tells Us About Online Engagement

Kajal Odedra | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kajal Odedra

The web and sites like Change.org means that people can speak out and have more impact than ever before - proving wrong the assumption that the public don't care about politics. They care about the issues that matter to them and when institutions like the Barbican are challenged - we should celebrate that disruptive behaviour, whether you agree with Sara's campaign or not.

22 Incredible Pictures Of The Morning After Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution

Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK

Pro-Democracy protests in Hong Kong have continued into Monday morning with thousands of sleeping protesters still occupying the streets. While im...

Will the Missouri Riots Make a Difference?

Miriam Brown | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Miriam Brown

For too long, African Americans, Black and Asian Britons have felt targeted... In the USA, great steps towards racial equality have been made over the decades. In spite of this, time and time again we hear of fatal shootings between the white and the black populations... How many deaths will it take for something to be done? For things to change?

Louise Ridley

Meet The Man Who Is STILL Keeping An Assange Vigil Outside The Embassy

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK

Jim Curran is one of around 150 supporters of Julian Assange who have kept a vigil outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London for two years, while Assan...

Business Interests Are More Valuable to Bahrain's Western Allies Than Democracy and Human Rights

Nabeel Rajab | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Politics
Nabeel Rajab

The reality Bahrain's situation has not improved. Like most countries which saw uprising and revolution in 2011, it has only worsened. I am happy to say that the United States, one of Bahrain's closest allies and whose Fifth Fleet is station in my country, is keenly aware of these problems, though whether they will pressure the government to improve the situation remains to be seen. More concerning - and infuriating - is the British response to Bahrain's crisis.

Have Anti-Cuts Protests Damaged the Portrayal of Disabled People?

Simon Stevens | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK
Simon Stevens

The portrayal of disabled people is a complex affair as the many different interest groups try to portray us as a collective for their own agendas, when in reality we are just a collection of individuals labelled by society because of our difficulties, when the reality is we have very little else in common.

Protesters Shut Down Israeli Hip-Hopera at the Edinburgh Fringe. I'm Not Sure How I feel About This.

Axis of Awesome | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Axis of Awesome

My thoughts on this have been very mixed. I too have very strong views on Israel's aggression towards Palestine. But I find myself questioning whether picketing a small hip hop show at an arts festival is the best way to make a demonstration. Does the theatre company's receipt of a government grant really make them complicit in the assault on Gaza?

Londoners Show They're Not Happy About What's Going On In Gaza

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK

SEE ALSO Israel Gaza Conflict: The Innocent Children Paying The Terrible Price Of War (GRAPHIC PICTURES) Thousands of protesters have gathered in L...

Trade Unions Have a Key Role to Play in the Transformation of Our Broken Economic Model

Natalie Bennett | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

In general, unionised workers are better off than non-unionised. Even in Britain, home to the toughest anti-union legislation in Western Europe, unions make a difference; strong unions make a bigger one.

Stand Up Against Austerity

Marienna Pope-Weidemann | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Politics
Marienna Pope-Weidemann

Despite being one of the richest in the world, ours is a country where 1 in 6 children and 1 in 3 disabled people live in poverty... For George Osborne, austerity is the Only Answer... the rich are getting richer. But for most working families, life keeps getting harder.

World Naked Bike Ride To Hit London This Weekend (NSFW PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK

London will be a sea of undulating flesh on wheels this weekend – as the World Naked Bike Ride hits the capital. With sweltering temperatures ma...

Own Goal: How Brazil Is Stifling the Right to Protest

Thomas Hughes | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Sport
Thomas Hughes

Article 19 is calling on the Brazilian government to ensure the right to protest and freedom of expression is protected, by introducing a new law to regulate the use of police force during demonstrations, which should follow five principles, according to UN standards: legality, necessity, proportionality, moderation and convenience.

Why I Covered a Ukip Billboard Poster With My International Grey

Bill Drummond | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Politics
Bill Drummond

By the time you are reading this I may have been arrested. Maybe you have already read something about the arrest in the news.

What We Can Learn From Students Protesting Corporate Power on Campus

Zion Lights | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Zion Lights

This is not the first time that individuals have chosen to stand up for what is right by sitting down, and we can all learn from what they are doing. Hopefully for the sake of the integrity of our universities and the health of our planet, it's a battle they will win.

On the Brink of Extinction in Russia

Anna Bacciarelli | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics
Anna Bacciarelli

With rights groups shut down, opposition activists shut away and those attending public gatherings and protests potentially criminalised, Putin's government is overseeing a human rights dark age for Russians - no matter what message their placard bears.

Iran: Persecution of Arabs Intensifies Under Rouhani

Daniel Brett | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Brett

Today, April 15, marks the ninth anniversary of one of the most bloody yet poorly known uprisings in the Middle East. The peaceful Ahwazi intifada against forced displacement, discrimination and persecution against the indigenous Arabs of southwest Iran in 2005 was met with extreme brutality...

Nick Clegg's Post-Budget Photo-Op Did Not Go Well (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK

Nick Clegg was forced to abandon a photo-call outside the Houses of Parliament, after a protester doggedly kept interrupting the deputy prime minister...

Cardiff City Fans Prepare for the First Big Unified Protest

Phil Jones | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Sport
Phil Jones

About a year and a half later than it should have happened, all of the principal bodies representing Cardiff City supporters are finally uniting in a protest calling for the restoration of the club's traditional blue and bluebird emblem.

A Rant About Facebook Ranting

Lucy Robinson | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Comedy
Lucy Robinson

When a friend writes a Facebook rant it is as if they are vomiting, quite deliberately, all over your day. It starts like this:I'm sorry but... And it ends like this:..Right. Rant over!!!The 'Rant over' is, in many ways, more offensive even than the rant itself.

Protest Works - Eventually: The Anti-Iraq War Movement and Syria

Ian Sinclair | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Sinclair

The political elite has every interest in minimising and dismissing popular protest but it was the anti-war movement that played the crucial role in highlighting government deceit in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq and mobilising and educating so many people.

The Chinese Ivory Problem: Sometimes It Takes More Than a Little Crush to Fall in Love

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

At 11am this Saturday, many hundreds of people are expected to descend on Portland Place, London. Close to the maddening crowds of Oxford Street, and within earshot of the BBC, they'll have chosen to do something a little more poignant and powerful on their weekend than a trip to TopShop.

Why I Swapped Petitions and Placards for a Needle and Thread

Kirsty Morrissey | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Morrissey

I grew tired of always being against everything, traditional activism is a culture that exists in opposition to the world's wrongs. While positive thinking is constantly hailed as the optimum state of mind, here the aim was to draw attention to the negative. It was Twitter, normally happy to provide reasons to be disillusioned, that introduced me to an alternative - craftivism.

Founder of No More Page 3 Visits Warwick

Louisa Ackermann | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Louisa Ackermann

Writer and actor Lucy-Anne Holmes started the campaign in the wake of Jessica Ennis' incredible gold win at the 2012 Olympics, an amazing feat by anyone's standards and a rare opportunity for a woman to be recognized for sporting success in a world where newspaper sports pages are dominated by the boys.