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Anti-Pegida Demonstration 02
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 May 2015

During a scheduled Pegida demonstration and subsequent march through downtown Copenhagen under heavy protection by police and anti-riot vehicles, 100+ anti-Pegida protesters attempted to disrupt the demonstration and block the march. As Pegida marched police and anti-pegida protesters clashed.

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Anti-Pegida Demonstration 03
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 May 2015

During a scheduled Pegida demonstration and subsequent march through downtown Copenhagen under heavy protection by police and anti-riot vehicles, 100+ anti-Pegida protesters attempted to disrupt the demonstration and block the march. As Pegida marched police and anti-pegida protesters clashed.

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Anti-Pegida Demonstration 04
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 May 2015

During a scheduled Pegida demonstration and subsequent march through downtown Copenhagen under heavy protection by police and anti-riot vehicles, 100+ anti-Pegida protesters attempted to disrupt the demonstration and block the march. As Pegida marched police and anti-pegida protesters clashed.

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Anti-Pegida Demonstration 05
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 May 2015

During a scheduled Pegida demonstration and subsequent march through downtown Copenhagen under heavy protection by police and anti-riot vehicles, 100+ anti-Pegida protesters attempted to disrupt the demonstration and block the march. As Pegida marched police and anti-pegida protesters clashed.

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Anti-Pegida Demonstration 06
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 May 2015

During a scheduled Pegida demonstration and subsequent march through downtown Copenhagen under heavy protection by police and anti-riot vehicles, 100+ anti-Pegida protesters attempted to disrupt the demonstration and block the march. As Pegida marched police and anti-pegida protesters clashed.

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Anti-Pegida Demonstration 07
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 May 2015

During a scheduled Pegida demonstration and subsequent march through downtown Copenhagen under heavy protection by police and anti-riot vehicles, 100+ anti-Pegida protesters attempted to disrupt the demonstration and block the march. As Pegida marched police and anti-pegida protesters clashed.

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Anti-Pegida Demonstration 08
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 May 2015

During a scheduled Pegida demonstration and subsequent march through downtown Copenhagen under heavy protection by police and anti-riot vehicles, 100+ anti-Pegida protesters attempted to disrupt the demonstration and block the march. As Pegida marched police and anti-pegida protesters clashed.

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Anti-Pegida Demonstration 09
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 May 2015

During a scheduled Pegida demonstration and subsequent march through downtown Copenhagen under heavy protection by police and anti-riot vehicles, 100+ anti-Pegida protesters attempted to disrupt the demonstration and block the march. As Pegida marched police and anti-pegida protesters clashed.

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Anti-Pegida Demonstration 10
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 May 2015

During a scheduled Pegida demonstration and subsequent march through downtown Copenhagen under heavy protection by police and anti-riot vehicles, 100+ anti-Pegida protesters attempted to disrupt the demonstration and block the march. As Pegida marched police and anti-pegida protesters clashed.

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Anti-Pegida Demonstration 11
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 May 2015

During a scheduled Pegida demonstration and subsequent march through downtown Copenhagen under heavy protection by police and anti-riot vehicles, 100+ anti-Pegida protesters attempted to disrupt the demonstration and block the march. As Pegida marched police and anti-pegida protesters clashed.

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Anti-Pegida Demonstration 12
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 May 2015

During a scheduled Pegida demonstration and subsequent march through downtown Copenhagen under heavy protection by police and anti-riot vehicles, 100+ anti-Pegida protesters attempted to disrupt the demonstration and block the march. As Pegida marched police and anti-pegida protesters clashed.

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Anti-Pegida Demonstration 13
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 May 2015

During a scheduled Pegida demonstration and subsequent march through downtown Copenhagen under heavy protection by police and anti-riot vehicles, 100+ anti-Pegida protesters attempted to disrupt the demonstration and block the march. As Pegida marched police and anti-pegida protesters clashed.

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Anti-Pegida Demonstration 14
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 May 2015

During a scheduled Pegida demonstration and subsequent march through downtown Copenhagen under heavy protection by police and anti-riot vehicles, 100+ anti-Pegida protesters attempted to disrupt the demonstration and block the march. As Pegida marched police and anti-pegida protesters clashed.

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Anti-Pegida Demonstration 15
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 May 2015

During a scheduled Pegida demonstration and subsequent march through downtown Copenhagen under heavy protection by police and anti-riot vehicles, 100+ anti-Pegida protesters attempted to disrupt the demonstration and block the march. As Pegida marched police and anti-pegida protesters clashed.

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Anti-Pegida Demonstration 16
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 May 2015

During a scheduled Pegida demonstration and subsequent march through downtown Copenhagen under heavy protection by police and anti-riot vehicles, 100+ anti-Pegida protesters attempted to disrupt the demonstration and block the march. As Pegida marched police and anti-pegida protesters clashed.

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Anti-Pegida Demonstration 17
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 May 2015

During a scheduled Pegida demonstration and subsequent march through downtown Copenhagen under heavy protection by police and anti-riot vehicles, 100+ anti-Pegida protesters attempted to disrupt the demonstration and block the march. As Pegida marched police and anti-pegida protesters clashed.

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Anti-Pegida Demonstration 18
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 May 2015

During a scheduled Pegida demonstration and subsequent march through downtown Copenhagen under heavy protection by police and anti-riot vehicles, 100+ anti-Pegida protesters attempted to disrupt the demonstration and block the march. As Pegida marched police and anti-pegida protesters clashed.

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Anti-Pegida Demonstration 19
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 May 2015

During a scheduled Pegida demonstration and subsequent march through downtown Copenhagen under heavy protection by police and anti-riot vehicles, 100+ anti-Pegida protesters attempted to disrupt the demonstration and block the march. As Pegida marched police and anti-pegida protesters clashed.

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Anti-Pegida Demonstration 20
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 May 2015

During a scheduled Pegida demonstration and subsequent march through downtown Copenhagen under heavy protection by police and anti-riot vehicles, 100+ anti-Pegida protesters attempted to disrupt the demonstration and block the march. As Pegida marched police and anti-pegida protesters clashed.

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Anti-Pegida Demonstration 21
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 May 2015

During a scheduled Pegida demonstration and subsequent march through downtown Copenhagen under heavy protection by police and anti-riot vehicles, 100+ anti-Pegida protesters attempted to disrupt the demonstration and block the march. As Pegida marched police and anti-pegida protesters clashed.

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The Palestinian National Security Force
Jericho
By Ibrahim Husseini
02 May 2015

May 2, 2015
Palestine, West Bank

The Palestinian National Security Force put on a display of its tactical abilities at a public event in Jericho on May 2, 2015.

The contributor of this video provided the following description of the event:

“The Palestinian Authority is very interested in conveying a positive image to the Palestinian public about its security forces. This is to counter an ever increasing negative perception among ordinary Palestinians towards the PA for coordinating on security matters with the Israelis.

The PA wanted to show us through experience what it is like to be a member of the NSF.They wanted us to know full well, and to tell the world, that their men and women are well disciplined, conditioned and motivated to carry orders when given.

However what struck me the most is the moral of the men and women and their motivation. They see themselves as a nucleus of a regular Palestinian army and not just a mere special force to carry on an arrest. One member of the NSF alluded to the second Intifada and at the time when the Israeli army stormed the center of Ramallah and laid seige on the Presidential compound where Arafat was taking residence. It was as if he was saying this won't happen again. There was also a feeling of bitterness and resentment over the Israeli army incursions into Palestinian towns and cities.
Members of the NSF speak of themselves as if they were a border force in charge of defending borders of Palestine. Of course we cannot help but ask ourselves where do these borders lie.

I asked the Colonel in charge of media affairs about challenges. His reply was the "Israeli occupation" as the most direct challenge and obstacle to advance this force. He cited restrictions on procuring technology and equipment. To make a point about the various restrictions the Colonel talked about donors' refusal to fund a canine unit and how this unit was founded despite lack of funding.”

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Human Trafficking: A Migrant's Story
Kafranbel
By Transterra Editor
30 Apr 2015

Majd Bayoush is a 22-year-old who fled his hometown of Kafranbel in north Syria with the aim of smuggling himself into Europe. After a perilous and complicated journey that lasted for nearly three months, he reached Germany, where he is waiting for the final procedures before he is granted political asylum.

The following is his story as told to Transterra Media.

I arrived to the port city of Izmir, Turkey on September 22, 2014. On the same day, I took an inflatable boat with 47 other migrants and sailed to the Greek island of Samos. We reached our destination after 2.5 hours. The boat deflated and sank after it hit the rocky shore.   

We had agreed with the smuggler Abu Abdu, a Syrian man nicknamed ‘the Tiger’, to surrender to the Greek police once we reach the island. Before leaving Turkey, I deposited 8,000 euros at a money transfer office called ‘al-Saeed’ controlled by the smuggling gang.  [This transfer company has offices in other countries.] Abu Abdu took 2,500 euros out of that sum.

We climbed a mountain on the island of Samos and reached a police station, where policemen confiscated all our possessions, including our mobile phones, and detained us for three days. On Sept. 25, the police authorities placed us below the deck in a cruise boat, which headed to an island near Samos. I do not know its name. There was a camp that held other captured illegal migrants who were Afghans, Asians and Palestinians. However, most of them were Syrians. 

FULL TEXT IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

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Kathmandu
By Taylor Weidman
30 Apr 2015

Nepali soldiers and civilians try to pull down a dangerous section of severely damaged wall that is in danger of collapsing in Bhaktapur, Nepal on April 30, 2015. On April 25, 2015, Nepal suffered a magnitude 7.8 earthquake killing over 5,000 people and injuring thousands more.

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Samos
By Transterra Editor
28 Apr 2015

Majd and other migrants at the ferry boat dock before the voyage to Athens after being released from a detention camp near Samos, Greece.

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Human Trafficking: A Migrant's Story ...
Kafranbel
By Transterra Editor
27 Apr 2015

Majd Bayoush is a 22-year-old who fled his hometown of Kafranbel in north Syria with the aim of smuggling himself into Europe. After a perilous and complicated journey that lasted for nearly three months, he reached Germany, where he is waiting for the final procedures before he is granted political asylum.

SHOTLIST

Shot of migrants on climbing a mountain after reaching the Greek island of Samos

OFF CAMERA
00:09 – 00:16
“This is the boat after UNINTELLIGIBLE."

Shot of the migrants on the boat to Athens

NAT Sound
01:01 – 01:03
“Film where we were staying.”

01:08 – 01:11
“Film the mountain there.” Shot of the migrants walking along railroad tracks from Greece to Macedonia

OFF CAMERA
01:31 – 01:32
“The road to Macedonia.”

Shot of migrant encampment near the Greek-Macedonian border

NAT Sound
01:52- 01:56
“I hope you have not filmed me.”

02:07 – 02:10
“We need light bulb and electricity.”

Shot of a Macedonian soldier overseeing the migrant’s tents on the border after burning them

OFF CAMERA
02:25 – 02:31
“The Macedonian army. The Greek-Macedonian border.” 02:39 - 02:43
“All you do is film.” Shot of burnt tents near the Greek-Macedonian border
Shot of migrants around a fire in Gevgilija, Macedonia

OFF CAMERA
03:16 -03:24
“The Macedonian-Greek border. Syrian and Iraqi refugee.”

Shot of migrants in the outdoors in an unnamed area near the Macedonian-Serbian border
Shot of migrants walking railroad tracks near the Greek-Macedonian border

OFF CAMERA
03:54 – 03:56
“The Macedonian border.”

Shot inside the central prison in Gazi Baba, Skpoje

OFF CAMERA
04:30 – 05:14
“This is the bathroom. This is where we wash. Even animals are washed in a better place. Animals are washed in a place that is better than this. These are the sinks. We are in Skopje.[SHOWING A WATER HEATER] They have cut the wires so that we do not shower with hot water. This is the toilet.”

Shot of migrants arriving to a house owned by a Pakistani smuggler who called himself Ahmad.

OFF CAMERA
05:18
“The Macedonian-Serbian border.” 05:34
“The Macedonian-Serbian border.”

Shot of the courtyard of a house owned by a Pakistani smuggler who called himself Ahmad
Shot of migrants walking at night in the outdoors in Serbia

NAT Sound
05:57
“-Are you filming? -Yes.”

Shot of migrants being transported by tractor in Serbia

Shot of migrants walking at night in the outdoors in Serbia
Exterior shot of the house in which Majd lives in the village of Tönning near Hamburg

06:38
OFF CAMERA
“This is the house to which I was moved in Hamburg. They gave me this house until my residency permit is issued. This is a village called Tunning to the north of Hamburg.”

Traveling shot of a street in Tönning, near Hamburg

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Paris's 'Banlieus' 22
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
19 Apr 2015

10 years ago, on 27 October 2005, riots broke out in the French suburbs. NESS, a Hip Hop dancer, here seen in the suburb Sevran. 19 April 2015, Sevran France.

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Life in Green and White: An 'Ultra's'...
Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

Text and Photos by Karolis Pilypas Liutkevicius

Vilniaus Žalgiris scores a goal in a football match against Klaipėdos Atlantas, two of Lithuania’s top teams. The fan section of the stadium erupts in a ferocious show of support. Some fans stumble down the stadium platform to greet the players face to face, others light flares. Everything is engulfed by smoke, the air fills up with loud chants. However, not everyone knows what happens after the echoes of the seemingly primordial shouts of football fans bounce off the walls of the stadium for the last time, when the last whistle is blown.

This is about trying to look through the seemingly negative façade of the “ultra,” a word used to describe some of the most hardcore sports fans on the planet.

“You could call it my second family,” says Jonas Šečkus, 36.

Jonas is a father of two young kids, he’s happily married, enjoys his job as a geologist and as a geology lecturer at Kaunas and Klaipėda universities. He has been a hardcore football fan since 2010.

“Yes, I’m an ultra. What’s bad about being so into something? And of course, just like in any family there are people who are, to put it lightly, a bit weirder, but there’s also really good guys. What keeps everyone in line is that we have boundaries that should not be crossed”, explains Jonas.

Politics of the game

According to Jonas, being a dedicated football fan in Lithuania is a different experience than being one in countries that are more well-known for the sport. Žalgiris’s budget consists of a smaller amount than what the country’s most beloved sport – basketball - and it’s two biggest teams get. Since a football club is more expensive to maintain than a basketball team, the level at which this sport is played in Lithuania is lower than what people are used to in more football-oriented countries.

This contributes to the fact that there aren’t as many fans as is usual within football fan clubs elsewhere. The “Pietų IV Ultras,” are therefore considered a local phenomenon. The fan club which consists of around 100 people is strikingly dedicated and well known among the population, mostly for their ferocity that is often publically associated with fanaticism. Since the Žalgiris club was established in 1965, it has been heavily associated with national history, and this makes most of the fans very patriotic, in some cases even ethnocentric.

“I don’t think you can separate any sport from politics. But since football has the strength of being the biggest sport in the world, politics are easily visible in it,” Jonas explains. Žalgiris football club has played a major part in Lithuanian history as a means for everyday people to express the independence and freedom of their country.

“Of course if some sort of pro-Russian ‘vatnik’ would suddenly appear among us in the stadium and start preaching his ideology, it would end badly for him,” says Jonas while eating sandwiches made by his wife. He talks about violence in a very nonchalant way, but with some thoughtful reservations. Without saying exactly how badly it would end for someone with such a political disposition, he makes it clear that it certainly wouldn’t be nice.

A day to day ultra

In his home and at work Jonas makes an effort to live a normal life. A courier arrives with a new child’s bike, colored green – the prefered colours of his football club - that he looks forward to giving to his daughter as a gift. At his office, Jonas is extremely concentrated on preparing an upcoming lecture and making the slides as interesting for his students as he can.

“I love teaching. It’s not about the money, it’s about the experience that this occupation gives you,” Jonas admits.

“My students know that I’m an ultra, but I don’t parade that in front of them. I usually don’t wear my colors to lectures or my office.”

Contrary to what most people would think about “ultras,” football fandom fits into Jonas’s life without any repercussions, he says.

“It’s a way for people to vent,” he reflects. “After their stressful jobs, or with the intention to get something off their minds, people come here with the same intentions as those who go to shooting clubs, only we go to watch football and support our team. I think it’s meaningful. From the sidelines it may look violent, since we shout and light pyrotechnics, but we shout so they can hear us. We burn flares so they can see us. That’s what support is about.”

Jonas is clearly not a fan of the media and how it gives ultras a negative connotation by portraying their lifestyle as violent.

“Media wants bad news, because it is an easier sell. If a conflict between the police and fans erupts, they won’t even look into who’s the culprit,” he says. “Of course the fans are the bad guys, because police have the status of untouchable public guardians. That’s a normal view, but since there’s a lot that’s wrong with police in most countries, Lithuania included, everything gets complicated.”

Under scrutiny

The police, on the other hand, have a different opinion about Jonas’ fan club. Always hovering around the part of the stadium where the fans gather, they constantly observe them as they arrive.

“Once I arrived at the stadium, and a police officer, who I didn’t even know, greeted me by name. They monitor us very closely, maybe even take pictures of us,” a young fan from the fanclub said. “They’re annoying.”

This timidly hostile view of the police seems to be shared by many of the fans. Before the game they often glance at the officers in a belligerent way and murmur some remarks about them.

“There were times when I was involved with some violent stuff, but I won’t talk about it,” Jonas says while putting on his jersey before heading to the stadium.

It’s time for one of the most important matches in the Lithuanian football league. Klaipėdos Atlantas and Vilniaus Žalgiris are set to play at the home stadium of the latter team.

After passing the security checkpoint just outside the stadium, Jonas enters the area of the stadium reserved for the fan club. He seems to feel at home here. The constant smile on his face while he meets his friends quickly changes to an expression full of excitement by the time the match starts. The chanting begins, flares are lit and everything fades into a mist of excitement and smoke.

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Rua Alcindo Guanabara, 78-122 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-130,Brazil
By Antonio Franco
02 Apr 2015

Heriika S., 25, apologizes to her boyfriend. He helped her flee a rival favela after drug gangs made threats on her life. The women were joking about a rumor that there are rich Japanese businessmen wanting to marry for money.

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Rua Alcindo Guanabara, 78-122 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-130,Brazil
By Antonio Franco
02 Apr 2015

Lenice, 53, speaking about her life. She's a nursing technician and used to make a decent wage but had troubles with depression after both her parents died in her care. She can't get a job because she doesn't have a fixed address and is behind on her union dues.

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Rua Alcindo Guanabara, 78-122 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-130,Brazil
By Antonio Franco
02 Apr 2015

A good samaritan only known as Felipe (not pictured, refused to be identified) learned that it was David's (center) 1st birthday and bought him a cake. In a rare moment of joy, the homeless organized a makeshift birthday party for him. David was given to his grandmother, Vera Lucia, 65, (also not pictured) after his mother had no way of supporting him. David is not related to anyone else there.

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Rua Alcindo Guanabara, 78-122 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-130,Brazil
By Antonio Franco
02 Apr 2015

Gracie, 25, began smoking cigarettes at age 11 after her grandmother would ask her to light hers on the stove for her. She smokes 3 packs a day when she can afford it. She never made it past the 3rd grade in school.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

When Jonas is not working, he wakes up early to go to his office and polish up his presentations and material shown in lectures for his students.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

The smoking area is where Jonas spends his only breaks at work.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

"I don't see my colleague often" - Jonas describes why his office is always so empty.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

Jonas's wife Ramånä isn't a big football fan but has been to a couple of matches with her husband.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

The family bought a bike for their youngest member Aistä—. She just turned 2.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

Jonas doesn't like watching football on TV, he'd rather play it or see it live.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

Memorabilia plays a big role while supporting the club at the stadium. It is often used in various choreographic moments created by the fans.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

Fanclub consists of people from very varied age groups. Most of Jonas's good friends are older fans.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
By Nanook
02 Apr 2015

A drum with DIY drum stick, chants and merchandise colored accordingly to match the clubs color scheme - these are the weapons of choice for a fan supporting the team in the stadium.