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Yemeni Houthis Intensify Anti-Governm...
Sana'a
By Yousef Mawry
29 Aug 2014

Sanaa, Yemen
August 29, 2014

Tens of thousands of Yemeni followers of the Shia'a Houthi group, massed in the country's capital Sana'a in a protest calling for the government to reverse a decision on cutting fuel subsidies and resign. The rally is part of an ongoing demonstration that has been going on for over a week and is growing in size. The Houthis are a powerful force in Yemen and have been fighting for years for more representation for their Shia'a sect in the northern part of the majority Sunni nation.

SOUNDBITE : Yemeni Protester (Man, Arabic, 25 sec) 'We are protesting against the government's decision to lift subsidies on oil derivatives, and making it harder to the people to buy petroleum products. We will remain protesting peacefully until our demands are fulfilled, and they will be achieved with God's will (Inchallah)'

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View from East Ukraine 4
Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine
By lordcob
18 Feb 2014

Empty tents installed by the Yanukovich's Party of Regions in front of the city hall.

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Students Protest in Venezuela
By Carlos Hernandez
18 Feb 2014

Students go out to the streets to protest against the government in Caracas, Venezuela.

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A View From East Ukraine
Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine
By lordcob
17 Feb 2014

Following the river Dnepr, 500 km east of Kiev, sits the city of Dnepropetrovsk, with its million inhabitants. Famous for a forbidden city during the Soviet time where rockets and nuclear weapons were built, now, remaining heavily industrial, it is known as one of the strongholds of Ukrainian President Yanukovich in Eastern Ukraine.

Regardless of this fact, hundreds of protesters meet every day in Europe Square to show their support to the occupation of Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), the main square in the capital, which has been occupied since end of November to protest the turn of Yanukovich on the signature of an association agreement in Vilnius, an important step toward European integration. Pictured in the following photo essay are unique shots of the people of this eastern city, both those who support the protest movement in Kiev and those who are against it.

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Following the river Dnepr, 500 km east of Kiev, sits the city of Dnepropetrovsk with its million inhabitants. Famous for being, during Soviet time a forbidden city, where rockets and nuclear weapons were built, now, remaining heavily industrial, is one of the strongholds of Ukrainian president Yanukovich in Eastern Ukraine.

Regardless of this fact, hundreds of protesters meet every day in Europe square to show their support to the occupation of Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), the main square in the capital, which has been occupied since end of November to protest the turn of Yanukovich on the signature of an association agreement in Vilnius, an important step toward European integration. What was initially a demand to reconsider the agreement, became a firm request to Yanukovich to resign. Maxim Goshovski, 25, just came back from Kiev, where he brought support, together with 50 other fellow citizens who live in a tent on Maidan, during the violent riots of Hrushevskoho Street.

The protests in Dnepropetrosk were more peaceful, reminding the ones in Kiev during the month of december. Actions included picketing of some of Yanukovich properties, such as the supermarket chain Epi-Centre. During the weekend, the number of protesters grew to several hundred people, with women and children marching towards the City Hall and handing flowers to the riot policemen who surrounded it. To quantify their absolute number is difficult because, as Vitaly Fylovyat, 24, says, the people in Dnepropetrovsk do not like to share their opinion in general, and now there is definitely fear to express them. Stepan Klimov, 37, normally a IT manager and acting as a blogger for the protest, was brought into a tent and beaten. “ They were "Titushkas" (government hired thugs), they saw on which side I was and they wanted to give me a lesson,” he said.

In the Regional Library every week, Anton Rusanov, 28, gathered several NGOs to guide a discussion about the current situation to try to prevent a further radicalization of the conflict. “We are not pro-government but we would like to have a stable one, our way of influencing politics is through dialogue, not through riots and disorders,” he said. The reciprocal mistrust on both sides is growing and they both accuse the media to be biased. Anton showed the listeners a video of the main moment of violence in Dnepropetrovsk, the day when a group of anti-government “Ultras” tried to break into the City Hall, in which a person is wildly beaten by a group of masked men. “As you can see anti-government supporters show only the last part of the video, without the beginning in which a large number of anti-government radicals are slowly gathering together with peaceful anti-Maidan protesters and nobody, even policemen, did anything.”

Egor Slavianov, 25, a trainer expert in Mixed Martial Arts, raised his hand and said that the chairman was right, he was personally there with his group of friends, which he calls the People Militia (Narodonoe Opolcenie): “Our group is for maintaining peace and security in our city, we are not pro-government or with the right sector, we are neutral but we don’t want to have violence in the streets and we try to prevent it, that’s why we tried to stop armed people from mixing with the peaceful protesters. We later helped defending the city hall. People often called us Titushki but we are not. There are Titushki and the government uses them as provocators, but we don’t like them too.”

This kind of support is particularly encouraged by the government and the Mayor of Dnepropetrovsk, Ivan Kulichenko, through a City Hall decree, that formalized these sportsmen militias. There are now 82 different formations who have rights to ask for documents, bring people to the police stations and use any kind of weapons except guns.

The situation fell uncertain and in Eastern Ukraine, the richest part of the country, where most of the large industries are located, many factory workers support Yanukovich. One of these supporters are Eughenyi Valdimirovich, 60, a recently retired employee of a large mechanical factory, who explained, “It makes more sense to us to have an economical relationship with Russia, we sell to them and we also get their energy to run our factories.” There is a large fear that these obsolete factories would have to close down, if entering in Europe, because they wouldn’t comply with European ISO standards. “I really don’t like what is happening in Kiev”, Eughenyi continues, “the protesters wants to be in Europe without using any European method at all and we need stability, not chaos”.

Pavlov Vasily, 42, a university technician, is definitely for a strong government: “If I will not vote for Yanukovich again, it will be for the way he handled this protests. In Europe they would have never allowed people to occupy the main square of the country, it would have been quickly repressed. Yanukovich is a self-made man, our American dream, and yes, he has his own interest and he acts like an oligarch. But isn’t it the Italian ex-president Berlusconi an oligarch too? But people still vote for him and in a democracy you should respect this. I don’t like to live in an unstable situation like and if safety come at the price of freedom then I really wouldn’t mind if Ukraine would be like Belarus.”

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Venezuela Student Protests
By Manaure Quintero
12 Feb 2014

In the protests that have turned violent in Venezuela, at least 10 people were killed and more than a hundred were injured, as thousands continue to take to the streets, asking the Venezuelan Government to release students who were detained during protests in San Cristobal City. People are demonstrating against the government's crackdown on dissent, restrictions of freedom of speech and the arrest of Leopoldo Lopez.

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Bangkok, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
09 Dec 2013

Thousands of anti-government protesters at Government House to overthrow thai prime minister. The prime minister has dissolved the House of Representatives on Monday morning. She also called for new elections and proposed a national referendum. Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.

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Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
08 Dec 2013

Anti-government Rally leader Suthep Thuagsuban waving to supporters as he marches to Government House. The former Democrat MP urged people to leave their residences onto the city streets and head for the Government House. He asked civil servants to go on strike and join the peoples massive demonstrations despite a reported attempt by the government to block them. Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.

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Bangkok , Thailand
By Biel Calderon
08 Dec 2013

One anti-government protester at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

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Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
03 Dec 2013

Protesters celebrate as they enter the grounds of Government House after demonstrations were called off in Bangkok. The Thai government said it had ordered police confronting anti-government protesters in the capital to stand down to avoid violence. Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

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Bangkok , Thailand
By Biel Calderon
03 Dec 2013

Anti-government protesters swarmed into the Thai prime minister's office compound Tuesday as police stood by and watched, allowing them to claim a symbolic victory after three days of bitter clashes. Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

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Bangkok , Thailand
By Biel Calderon
03 Dec 2013

Anti-government protesters pulling out barriers after successful negotiations with core leaders and the police. Protesters were allowed to enter the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) grounds on Sri Ayutthaya road. Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

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Bangkok , Thailand
By Biel Calderon
03 Dec 2013

Group of police off guard. After successful negotiations between the demonstrators' core leaders and the police, protesters were allowed to enter the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) grounds on Sri Ayutthaya road. Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

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Bangkok , Thailand
By Biel Calderon
03 Dec 2013

Anti-government protesters gather in the compound of Government House in Bangkok. Anti-government protesters swarmed into the Thai prime minister's office compound Tuesday as police stood by and watched, allowing them to claim a symbolic victory after three days of bitter clashes. Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

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Bangkok , Thailand
By Biel Calderon
03 Dec 2013

An anti-government protester carries a thai flag near by Democracy Monument. Intensifying protests in Thailand's capital stopped Tuesday as police took down barricades and allowed protesters onto the grounds of Government House and other fortified compounds. Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

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Bangkok , Thailand
By Biel Calderon
03 Dec 2013

Anti-government protesters gather in the compound of Government House in Bangkok. Anti-government protesters swarmed into the Thai prime minister's office compound Tuesday as police stood by and watched, allowing them to claim a symbolic victory after three days of bitter clashes. Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

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Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
03 Dec 2013

Chuwit Kamolvisit, center, leader of the opposition Rak Thailand Party, gestures as he is surrounded and reviled by anti-government protesters after they stormed Government House in Bangkok. Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

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Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
03 Dec 2013

Intensifying protests in Thailand's capital stopped Tuesday as police took down barricades and allowed protesters onto the grounds of Government House and other fortified compounds. Bangkok, Thailand Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

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Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
02 Dec 2013

Anti-government protesters covering themselves with doors from police cannons water, rubber bullets and tear-gas during their attempts at storming at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Bangkok , Thailand
By Biel Calderon
02 Dec 2013

Anti-government protesters try to remove smoke from tear-gas can during their attempts at storming at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Bangkok ,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
02 Dec 2013

Anti-government protesters covering themselves with doors from police cannons water, rubber bullets and tear-gas during their attempts at storming at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 16
Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
02 Dec 2013

Anti-government protesters covering themselves with doors from police cannons water, rubber bullets and tear-gas during their attempts at storming at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 14
Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
02 Dec 2013

An anti-government protester covering himself with a shield from police cannons water, rubber bullets and tear-gas during their attempts at storming at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
02 Dec 2013

One anti-government shows rubber bullet thrown by police at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Bangkok, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
02 Dec 2013

Anti-government protesters during a break of their attempts at storming at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 Dec 2013

One anti-government protester crouches behind the barrier and directed a fire extinguisher towards police at Chamai Maruchet Bridge near Government House. Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013

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Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 Dec 2013

One anti-government protester challenges police at Chamai Maruchet Bridge near Government House. Recently, several violent incidents have marred the protests. Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

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Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 Dec 2013

One anti-government protester throws a brick at a bus carrying around 30 red shirts to rally at Rajmangla Stadium. 3 injured in bus attack has been reported. Red shirts gathered at Rajmangla Stadium. Hundred meters from the Stadium, at Ramkhamhaeng University, anti government protesters, mostly students, were holding another gathering. Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.

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Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 Dec 2013

Anti-government protester hit by tear-gas cans at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

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Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 Dec 2013

Police hurled tear-gas canisters at a crowd of anti-government protesters approaching at Chamai Maruchet Bridge near Government House. Some anti-government protesters has been hit by tear-gas. Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013

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Bangkok , Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 Dec 2013

Anti-government protesters crouches throws water to a tear-gas can at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

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Bangkok , Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 Dec 2013

Anti-government protesters covering themselves with doors from police cannons water, rubber bullets and tear-gas during their attempts at storming at Metropolitan Police. Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Bangkok , Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 Dec 2013

Anti-government protesters covering themselves with doors from police cannons water, rubber bullets and tear-gas during their attempts at storming at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Bangkok , Thailand.
By Biel Calderon
01 Dec 2013

One anti-government protester uses a slingshot during his attempt at storming at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Bangkok , Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 Dec 2013

One anti-government protester has his eyes treated for tear-gas exposure during his attempts at storming barricades at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

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Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 Dec 2013

Anti-government protesters uses cannon water during their attempt at storming at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Bangkok , Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 Dec 2013

Anti-government protesters get soaked by police water cannons during their attempts at storming the barricades at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

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Anti-government protests in Bangkok 29
Bangkok,Thailand
By Biel Calderon
30 Nov 2013

Anti-government protesters, mostly students gathered at University Rajmangla Stadium. Hundred meters from the University, at Ramkhamhaeng, red shirts were holding another gathering. Protests turned violent during the day in fights between red shirts and anti-government protesters. Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.

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Bangkok, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
30 Nov 2013

Anti-government protesters at Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB). Violent clashes between protesters and police are expected to occur throughout the day. Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.