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COP21 Protests 10
Paris, France
By Bruno Giambelluca
12 Dec 2015

A person raises his hands after protest 'D12' in Champs de Mars, Paris.

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COP21 Protests 11
Paris, France
By Bruno Giambelluca
12 Dec 2015

Thousands of people form a S.O.S. Champs de Mars, Paris. In the background, Eiffel Tower.

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Global Climate March - Madrid, Spain ...
Madrid
By Daniel Stemler
29 Nov 2015

Thousands of protesters marched through the center of Madrid (Spain) during the Global Climate March on Sunday. The protest aimed to draw attention to climate change and force world leaders to implement serious actions against climate change on the '2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference' (COP21) in Paris.
In Spain, the protests were organized by Alliance for the Climate, a coalition of more than 400 organizations including Greenpeace. The coalition organized several climate change marches in different Spanish cities. Apart from Madrid, there were protests in Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, Zaragoza, Valladolid, A Coruña, Pamplona, Murcia etc.
Worldwild there were more than 2000 Climate Marches on 29 November.

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Lebanon garbage crisis: Youstink mass...
Beirut
By mchreyteh
31 Aug 2015

August 29, 2015
Beirut, Lebanon

Thousands of Lebanese protested on Saturday, August 29 in Downtown Beirut, Lebanon.
The protesters vowed to escalate their measures next week if the state failed to meet their demands within 72 hours.

The protests started in August 17, 2015, pressing the government to find a solution for the garbage crisis. Soon the protests turned into demands by the “You Stink” movement and its supporters for a change of Lebanon’s leadership.

‘You Stink’ is also pressing the State Financial Prosecutor to pursue a corruption investigation of the country’s waste management sector, as well.

The campaign demands the Lebanese cabinet decision to transfer waste management authority to municipalities and hand over state money owed to them.

On Sunday, August 23, demonstrations turned violent, as police fired tear gas and hoses at thousands of protesters gathered in front of the office of Prime Minister Tammam Salam.

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Medical Services Protest in Spain
Cádiz, Zahara de los Atunes
By Victoria Herranz
18 Jul 2015

SPAIN, on July 19, 2015. A popular protest took place in the small village of Zahara de los Atunes, in Andalucia, to demand more medical services.
Zahara de los Atunes is famous in Spain as a holiday place for many Spanish celebrities. But during the winter, it’s just a small village with less of 1,000 inhabitants. The village does not have 24 hour medical services, no ambulances and the nearest hospital is one hour away.
Language: Spanish

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Greek Anti-Austerity Protest
Athens, Greece
By Nicola Zolin
13 Jul 2015

Anti-austerity protests swept through Athens the day after Greek Prime Minister Tsipras signed a framework deal set out by Eurozone leaders - a deal he said he "didn't believe in, but that was necessary for the future of the country." Experts, including representatives of the IMF, acknowledged that the deal was in many ways worse than the deal Mr. Tsipras set before the Greek people in a referendum.

Two days after the protests, the Greek parlaiment approved the deal, keeping Greece in the Eurozone, but passing reforms many consider draconian for a country already exhausted with austerity and rising unemployment.

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Quds Day in Bahrain 2015
Abu Seba, Bahrain
By MazenMahdi
10 Jul 2015

Shiite Bahrainis march in Abu Seba village, north of Manama, following morning prayers to mark Quds Day which is being observed under the slogan “Quds, the compass of the revolutionary”.

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Greek Anti-Austerity Protest 06
Athens
By Nicola Zolin
10 Jul 2015

KKE and worker unions members protesting against the possible deal in Syntagma square

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Greek Anti-Austerity Protest 07
Athens
By Nicola Zolin
10 Jul 2015

Leader of the Greek Communist Party (KKE) Dimitris Koutsoubas

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Bahrain Quds Day 01
Abu seba, Bahrain
By MazenMahdi
10 Jul 2015

Shiite Bahrainis march in Abu Seba village, north of Manama, following morning prayers to mark Quds Day which is being observed under the slogan “Quds, the compass of the revolutionary”.

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Bahrain Quds Day 02
Abu seba, Bahrain
By MazenMahdi
10 Jul 2015

Shiite Bahrainis march in Abu Seba village, north of Manama, following morning prayers to mark Quds Day which is being observed under the slogan “Quds, the compass of the revolutionary”.

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Bahrain Quds Day 05
Abu seba, Bahrain
By MazenMahdi
10 Jul 2015

Shiite Bahrainis march in Abu Seba village, north of Manama, following morning prayers to mark Quds Day which is being observed under the slogan “Quds, the compass of the revolutionary”.

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Bahrain Quds Day 07
Abu seba, Bahrain
By MazenMahdi
10 Jul 2015

Shiite Bahrainis march in Abu Seba village, north of Manama, following morning prayers to mark Quds Day which is being observed under the slogan “Quds, the compass of the revolutionary”.

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Greek Anti-Austerity Protest 01
Athens
By Nicola Zolin
10 Jul 2015

KKE and worker unions members protesting against the possible deal in Syntagma square

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Greek Anti-Austerity Protest 02
Athens
By Nicola Zolin
10 Jul 2015

KKE and worker unions members protesting against the possible deal in Syntagma square

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Greek Anti-Austerity Protest 03
Athens
By Nicola Zolin
10 Jul 2015

Speaker shouting slogan against the possible deal in Syntagma square

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Greek Anti-Austerity Protest 04
Athens
By Nicola Zolin
10 Jul 2015

Protesters in Syntagma Square outside Greek Parliament Building.

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Greek Anti-Austerity Protest 05
Athens
By Nicola Zolin
10 Jul 2015

KKE and worker unions members protesting against the possible deal in Syntagma square

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Wherever They Are, We Are
Beirut
By b.yaacoub
19 Jun 2015

The image of the masked protestor, with their fiery eyes and fist in the air is one of the most iconic images in popular culture. This character has become romanticized, demonized, idolized, and oftentimes misunderstood. The upheaval that has taken place around the world, especially in the last four years, has both reinforced and broken this stereotype.

But who are those who take to the streets? Why do they do it? What do they want?

A procession of women in Nigeria, marching together with placards reading “Bring Back Our Girls”, has a considerably different tone than the charged clashes between riot police and anarchists in Greece. A candlelight vigil held by journalists in Lebanon in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo does not have the same risk of deadly violence as villagers and farmers confronting trigger-happy gunmen in Syria. And a group of concerned citizens voicing their discontent with the privatization of a public beach does not have the same high social and political stakes as those trying to overthrow an authoritarian regime.

However, despite vast differences in context and situation, those who take to the streets often share a common drive to stand up for ideas they believe in. For many, there is a common belief that by taking to the streets and making their voices public, they can influence change in their world.

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Thousands of Syrians Flee Tal-Abyad
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
15 Jun 2015

Thousands of Syrian refugees have fled to Turkey as the battle between the YPG and Islamic State militants for the Syrian town of Tal Abyad rages. 

"YPG and Brigades of Raqqa rebels came from Kobane from the west of Tal Abyad to surround Tal Abyad to take ISIS positions," Hassan, a Syrian man from Tal Abyad who left a few days ago said. “Some groups from FSA are currently in Turkey and are ready to re-enter Syria to fight against ISIS. We would like to re-enter to fight side by side the Kurdish fighters, but they refused our support,”  he adds.

"The attacks started 2 weeks ago with airstrikes from the international coalition, and then the Kurdish fighters side by side with some groups of the FSA started fighting ISIS on the ground in order to reach center of Tel Abyad," said Mohammed from Tel Abyad, who was forced to flee.

Carrying whatever possessions they could, and with their children in tow, families flooded through the Turkish border at Akcakale after Turkish authorities reopened the border, previously closed - and across which ISIS militants and Turkish military men looked on at eachother from only yards away. Many of those attemting to escape were forced at gunpoint by ISIS militants to turn back.

There had earlier been chaotic scenes as some of the refugees crossed the border illegally through holes in fences, prompting rapid intervention from the Turkish army. Turkey had for several days been blocking the Syrians from entering Turkey, saying it would only allow them into the country in the event of a humanitarian tragedy.

"I have all my family in Tel Abyad, my father, mother, sisters and brothers all of them are under fire from all parties on the ground, ISIS, FSA, YPG and the international coalition," a woman from Raqqa said.

"There was a pregnant woman and she gave birth while she was waiting for the opening of the Turkish-Syrian border 4 days ago," Aysha, 60-year-old, Syrian woman from Raqqa who left Tal Abyad a week ago said.

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Akcakale Crossing 01
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

Syrians stand near by the border and watch smoke from a U.S.-led airstrike rises over the outskirts of Tal Abyad town. An old man points out the smoke far away and tells us, “These are the international coalition bombings, and on the other side you can see ISIS shells.”

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Akcakale Crossing 02
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

A Syrian woman from Raqqa takes part in a protest near by the Turkish border with the Syrian town of Tal-Abyad to ask the Turkish authorities to open the border. "I have all my family in Tel Abyad, my father, mother, sisters and brothers all of them are under fire from all parties on the ground, ISIS, FSA, YPG and the international coalition," she said.

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Akcakale Crossing 03
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

People are waiting their relatives and Syrians to enter from Tal-Abyad to Turkey.

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Akcakale Crossing 04
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

A Turkish solider helps a Syrian family in crossing the border near the Syrian town of Tal-Abyad.

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Akcakale Crossing 05
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

Syrian refugees cross into Turkey after breaking the border fence and crossing from Syria in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey.

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Akcakale Crossing 06
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

Syrian refugees cross into Turkey after breaking the border fence and crossing from Syria in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey.

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Akcakale Crossing 07
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

Syrian refugees cross into Turkey after breaking the border fence and crossing from Syria in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey.

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Akcakale Crossing 08
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

A Turkish solider helps a Syrian family in crossing the border into Turkey near the Syrian town of Tal-Abyad.

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Akcakale Crossing 09
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

A Turkish solider helps a Syrian family in crossing the border into Turkey near the Syrian town of Tal-Abyad.

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Akcakale Crossing 10
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

Syrian refugees cross into Turkey after breaking the border fence and crossing from Syria in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey.

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Akcakale Crossing 11
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

Turkish soldiers stand guard the border as the Syrian refugees wait for transportation before crossing into Turkey from the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, near Akcakale in Sanliurfa.

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Akcakale Crossing 12
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

A Turkish policeman carries a Syrian baby while they are crossing into Turkey from the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, near Akcakale in Sanliurfa.

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Akcakale Crossing 13
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

A Syrian man carries his baby while they are crossing into Turkey from the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, near Akcakale in Sanliurfa.

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Akcakale Crossing 14
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

A Turkish soldier stands guard the border as the Syrian refugees wait for transportation before crossing into Turkey from the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, near Akcakale in Sanliurfa.

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Akcakale Crossing 15
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

Syrian refugees are crossing into Turkey after breaking the border fence and crossing from the Syrian town of Tal-Abyad to in Akcakale town in the southeastern Turkey.

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Akcakale Crossing 16
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

Syrian refugees are crossing into Turkey after breaking the border fence and crossing from the Syrian town of Tal-Abyad to in Akcakale town in the southeastern Turkey.

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Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

Syrian refugees are crossing into Turkey after breaking the border fence and crossing from the Syrian town of Tal-Abyad to in Akcakale town in the southeastern Turkey.

"Bashar Al Assad is in Damascus, not in Tal-Abyad," said Fatima, a Syrian woman from Raqqa. "They should go there and fight against him in Damascus, instead of Tal-Abyad!”

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Akcakale Crossing 18
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

Syrian refugees are crossing into Turkey after breaking the border fence and crossing from the Syrian town of Tal-Abyad to in Akcakale town in the southeastern Turkey.

"There was a pregnant woman and she gave birth while she was waiting for the opening of the Turkish-Syrian border 4 days ago," Aysha, 60-year-old, Syrian woman from Raqqa who left Tal Abyad a week ago said.

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Akcakale Crossing 19
Akçakale, Turkey
By AhmedDeeb
13 Jun 2015

A Syrian woman carries her child while she is crossing from the Syrian town of Tal-Abyad to Akcakale town in the southeastern Turkey.