NEWS DIGEST 03.12.2020: HK protesters jailed; Trump rails against ‘fraudulent’ US election

Today’s news digest comes from the ‘World’ page of the UK Google News site. The Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai, who is a main supporter of the recent pro-democracy protests in the autonomous region of Hong Kong, has been detained … Continue reading NEWS DIGEST 03.12.2020: HK protesters jailed; Trump rails against ‘fraudulent’ US election

FAIRLOP WATERS: Local conservationists protest lorry road plans for Ilford nature reserve

Hainault – VIJAY SHAH via AARON WALAWALKAR and Ilford Recorder Redbridge environmental campaigners are protesting against plans to construct a ‘haul road’ for heavy-duty lorries near the scenic Fairlop Waters nature reserve in Ilford, Essex, in the UK, according to a report published by their local newspaper, the Ilford Recorder. They fear the constant stream of large and noisy trucks carrying gravel on the new route will destroy the peace and feel of the Fairlop Waters Nature Park, which lies in the Hainault area, close to the A12 road and is Redbridge’s largest nature reserve and leisure spot. The park … Continue reading FAIRLOP WATERS: Local conservationists protest lorry road plans for Ilford nature reserve

EU FLAG PROMS: ‘Brexiteers’ angered by Royal Proms pro-EU flag distribution

London – VIJAY SHAH via JEFF FARRELL and The Independent As the United Kingdom heads for its possible withdrawal from the European Union in two years’ time, supporters of EU withdrawal, informally known as Brexiteers, have hit out at a pro-EU campaign group who distributed EU flags to visitors at a music festival, The Independent reports. The campaign group, EU Flag Proms Team, a previously unknown collective which favours UK remaining part of the European Union, had planned to distribute EU flags and banners outside the Royal Albert Hall in London, which plays host to a televised classical music festival, … Continue reading EU FLAG PROMS: ‘Brexiteers’ angered by Royal Proms pro-EU flag distribution

UPS: Petition calls for the banning of animal trophy shipments

London, UNITED KINGDOM VIJAY SHAH A petition launched five months ago on the website change.org by people angry that delivery parcel service UPS are shipping the remains of wild animals by hunters as trophies is receiving renewed attention and larger ground among supporters, the Half-Eaten Mind exclusively reports. The petition, created by Briton Paul Tully from Durham, calls on UPS, one of the world’s largest shippers, to cease providing services for people to send back ‘trophies’ from animal safaris in locations such as Africa. The trading in such animal trophies has come to the fore following the slaughtering of a protected Zimbabwean lion … Continue reading UPS: Petition calls for the banning of animal trophy shipments

FATHERS’ RIGHTS PROTEST: Two arrested after climbing British palace building

London, UNITED KINGDOM VIJAY SHAH via ABC News Two activists allied with a fathers’ rights group in the United Kingdom have been arrested after scaling the roof of a building in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, a London residence of Queen Elizabeth II, ABC News reported on Monday. The two men climbed up one of the buildings and remained on the roof for several hours before eventually returning to ground where they were met by police. The security breach occurred at the Queen’s Gallery, which holds the royal art collection and is a separate building with its own entrance away … Continue reading FATHERS’ RIGHTS PROTEST: Two arrested after climbing British palace building

HEATHROW AIRPORT EXPANSION: Activists block airport

Heathrow, UNITED KINGDOM VIJAY SHAH via The Telegraph Heathrow Airport, one of the main airports for the London region, is experiencing massive delays and ‘travel chaos’ after activists opposed to the airport’s expansion blockaded a tunnel leading to the facility, Britain’s Telegraph reports today. Activists belonging to campaign group Plane Stupid, who are opposed to an extra runway being built at the airport which lies near west London, created a traffic block in a tunnel leading to Terminals 1, 2 and 3, causing massive tailbacks for holidaymakers and other travellers in the area. Five people have already been arrested for … Continue reading HEATHROW AIRPORT EXPANSION: Activists block airport

OCCUPY CENTRAL: Hong Kong protesters cancel vote on street occupation

Occupy Central, a network of pro-democracy activists and university students who have brought much of central Hong Kong to a standstill in a weeks-long sit-in protest against what they see as mainland Chinese interference in the election of the former British colony‘s chief executive, have cancelled a vote on what their next steps will be in their street occupation, reports the Voice of America in Asia. The vote was dropped only hours before it was meant to take place, suggests reports from Hong Kong. Following landmark talks between leaders of the protest movement and representatives of the Hong Kong SAR assembly, the city-state’s authorities had planned to send a … Continue reading OCCUPY CENTRAL: Hong Kong protesters cancel vote on street occupation