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Danes Celebrate International Workers...
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 May 2015

The Red-Green Alliance held a gathering at Blaagaardsplads in Copenhagen commemorating International Workers' Day before marching to Faelledparken to participate a traditional event where representatives from the Political Left and Centre-Left gave speeches, including the Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

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Copenhagen Labor Day 04
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
01 May 2015

International Workers' Day in Copenhagen. The Red-Green Alliance held a gathering at Blaagaardsplads before marching to Faelledparken to participate in the traditional Workers' Day event, where representatives from the Political Left and Centre-Left gave speeches, hereunder the Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Party leader Johanne Schmidt-Nielsen speaking to the assembled at Blaagaardsplads.

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Copenhagen Labor Day 05
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
01 May 2015

International Workers' Day in Copenhagen. The Red-Green Alliance held a gathering at Blaagaardsplads before marching to Faelledparken to participate in the traditional Workers' Day event, where representatives from the Political Left and Centre-Left gave speeches, hereunder the Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Party leader Johanne Schmidt-Nielsen speaking to the assembled at Blaagaardsplads.

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Copenhagen Labor Day 06
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
01 May 2015

International Workers' Day in Copenhagen. The Red-Green Alliance held a gathering at Blaagaardsplads before marching to Faelledparken to participate in the traditional Workers' Day event, where representatives from the Political Left and Centre-Left gave speeches, hereunder the Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Supporters of the Red-Green Alliance marching towards Faelledparken.

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Copenhagen Labor Day 07
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
01 May 2015

International Workers' Day in Copenhagen. The Red-Green Alliance held a gathering at Blaagaardsplads before marching to Faelledparken to participate in the traditional Workers' Day event, where representatives from the Political Left and Centre-Left gave speeches, hereunder the Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Spectators watch the protesters as they make their way towards Faelledparken.

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Copenhagen Labor Day 09
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
01 May 2015

International Workers' Day in Copenhagen. The Red-Green Alliance held a gathering at Blaagaardsplads before marching to Faelledparken to participate in the traditional Workers' Day event, where representatives from the Political Left and Centre-Left gave speeches, hereunder the Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Spectators watch the protesters as they make their way towards Faelledparken.

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Copenhagen Labor Day 10
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
01 May 2015

International Workers' Day in Copenhagen. The Red-Green Alliance held a gathering at Blaagaardsplads before marching to Faelledparken to participate in the traditional Workers' Day event, where representatives from the Political Left and Centre-Left gave speeches, hereunder the Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Supporters of the Red-Green Alliance march towards Faelledparken as banners in support are hung from windows along the route.

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Copenhagen Labor Day 11
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
01 May 2015

International Workers' Day in Copenhagen. The Red-Green Alliance held a gathering at Blaagaardsplads before marching to Faelledparken to participate in the traditional Workers' Day event, where representatives from the Political Left and Centre-Left gave speeches, hereunder the Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Supporters of the Red-Green Alliance march towards Faelledparken to the sound of music.

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Copenhagen Labor Day 12
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
01 May 2015

International Workers' Day in Copenhagen. The Red-Green Alliance held a gathering at Blaagaardsplads before marching to Faelledparken to participate in the traditional Workers' Day event, where representatives from the Political Left and Centre-Left gave speeches, hereunder the Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt depicted as she is making her speech.

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Copenhagen Labor Day 13
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
01 May 2015

International Workers' Day in Copenhagen. The Red-Green Alliance held a gathering at Blaagaardsplads before marching to Faelledparken to participate in the traditional Workers' Day event, where representatives from the Political Left and Centre-Left gave speeches, hereunder the Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt depicted as she is making her speech.

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Copenhagen Labor Day 14
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
01 May 2015

International Workers' Day in Copenhagen. The Red-Green Alliance held a gathering at Blaagaardsplads before marching to Faelledparken to participate in the traditional Workers' Day event, where representatives from the Political Left and Centre-Left gave speeches, hereunder the Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Social Democratic supporters applauding the Prime Minister's speech at Faelledparken.

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Copenhagen Labor Day 15
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
01 May 2015

International Workers' Day in Copenhagen. The Red-Green Alliance held a gathering at Blaagaardsplads before marching to Faelledparken to participate in the traditional Workers' Day event, where representatives from the Political Left and Centre-Left gave speeches, hereunder the Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Social Democratic supporters applauding the Prime Minister's speech at Faelledparken, while a protester imititates a politician wearing ear guards, sun glasses and blinkers.

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Copenhagen Labor Day 01
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
01 May 2015

International Workers' Day in Copenhagen. The Red-Green Alliance held a gathering at Blaagaardsplads before marching to Faelledparken to participate in the traditional Workers' Day event, where representatives from the Political Left and Centre-Left gave speeches, hereunder the Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Here a protester from the Anarchists participating in the event on Blaagaardsplads.

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Copenhagen Labor Day 02
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
01 May 2015

International Workers' Day in Copenhagen. The Red-Green Alliance held a gathering at Blaagaardsplads before marching to Faelledparken to participate in the traditional Workers' Day event, where representatives from the Political Left and Centre-Left gave speeches, hereunder the Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Even the youngest support the Red-Green Alliance (represented by the letter, Ø) and behind her the sign reads "Shit Government" referring to the present Social democratic government of Denmark

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Copenhagen Labor Day 03
Copenhagen
By Noe Falk Nielsen
01 May 2015

International Workers' Day in Copenhagen. The Red-Green Alliance held a gathering at Blaagaardsplads before marching to Faelledparken to participate in the traditional Workers' Day event, where representatives from the Political Left and Centre-Left gave speeches, hereunder the Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Here supporters of the Red-Green Alliance gathered at Blaagaardsplads.

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The Syrian Refugee Odyssey - Istanbul
Istanbul
By Mauro Prandelli
15 Apr 2014

What was once a welcoming and supportive reception for Syrian refugees in Turkey has turned to resentment and destitution. As the Syrian war has dragged on, Istanbul, Turkey's economic and touristic hun, has seen the population of destitute Syrians swell. As a result, the patience of the local population and aid from the government is wearing thin. While Istanbul has long been a hub for migrants traveling to and from Europe, Syrians have been trapped in Turkey, as it is almost impossible for them to obtain visas for onward travel to Europe, and many cannot return to Syria out of concern for their safety. Many now find themselves living in squalor with little hope or options for the future. 

One Syrian refugee described their situation in Turkey by saying:

"Life in Turkey is very hard, Syrians cannot work because they do not have the necessary permits and the only solution is to work illegally. There are children who work 15 hours per day to bring to their families a little money which is not even enough to buy bread. When the war is over I want to go back to Damascus, to my family, to my land."

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Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen's bo...
Siem Reap Cambodia
By George Nickels
05 Jul 2013

With the Cambodian election campaigns now in full swing ruling party CPP leader prime minister Hun Sen makes a highly guarded visit to Siem Reap to attend various meetings. Hun Sen is the second longest serving leader in Southeast Asia and is one of the longest serving prime ministers in the world, having been in power through various coalitions since 1985. In 1987, Amnesty International accused Hun Sen's government of torture of thousands of political prisoners using "electric shocks, hot irons and near-suffocation with plastic bags. Hun Sen's government has been responsible for the sale of vast amounts of land to foreign investors resulting in the forced eviction of thousands upon thousands of residents from their homes throughout the country.

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Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen's bo...
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By George Nickels
05 Jul 2013

With the elections approaching on the 28th of July Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen shows considerable force whilst visiting Siem Reap.

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Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen's bo...
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By George Nickels
05 Jul 2013

2nd lieutenent Vorn Ratha inspects his chinese made pistol. Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen's bo...
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By George Nickels
05 Jul 2013

2nd lieutenent Vorn Ratha loads a clip into his chinese made pistol. Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen's bo...
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By George Nickels
05 Jul 2013

Prime minister Hun Sen's body guards stand proud for a photograph underneath a large sign commemorating the late king Norodom Sihanouk who died on the 15th October 2012. Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen's bo...
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By George Nickels
05 Jul 2013

In advance of the Cambodian elections on the 28th of July, 2013, prime minister Hun Sen makes a highly guarded visit to Siem Reap to attend meetings. Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen's bo...
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By George Nickels
05 Jul 2013

One of CPP leader and prime minister Of the Kingdom Of Cambodia Hun Sen's body guards takes a well needed sleep in the royal palace gardens, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's Bo...
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By U.S. Editor
04 Jul 2013

With the Cambodian election campaigns now in full swing ruling party CPP leader prime minister Hun Sen makes a highly guarded visit to Siem Reap to attend various meetings. Hun Sen is the second longest serving leader in Southeast Asia and is one of the longest serving prime ministers in the world, having been in power through various coalitions since 1985. In 1987, Amnesty International accused Hun Sen's government of torture of thousands of political prisoners using "electric shocks, hot irons and near-suffocation with plastic bags. Hun Sen's government has been responsible for the sale of vast amounts of land to foreign investors resulting in the forced eviction of thousands upon thousands of residents from their homes throughout the country.

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Rival Football Hooligans Unite Agains...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Jodi Hilton
04 Jun 2013

Soccer fans gathered outside Taksim Square on June 4, 2013, prepared to battle police after having built barricades. Fans of rival teams, Besiktas, Fenerbache and Galata Saray joined forces chanting slogans against the Prime Minister Erdogan and encouraging police to "be real men" and lay down their weapons.

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Rival Football Hooligans Unite Agains...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Jodi Hilton
04 Jun 2013

Soccer fans gathered outside Taksim Square on June 4, 2013, prepared to battle police after having built barricades. Fans of rival teams, Besiktas, Fenerbache and Galata Saray joined forces chanting slogans against the Prime Minister Ergogan and encouraging police to "be real men" and lay down their weapons

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Rival Football Hooligans Unite Agains...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Jodi Hilton
04 Jun 2013

Soccer fans gathered outside Taksim Square on June 4, 2013, prepared to battle police after having built barricades. Fans of rival teams, Besiktas, Fenerbache and Galata Saray joined forces chanting slogans against the Prime Minister Ergogan and encouraging police to "be real men" and lay down their weapons.

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Rival Football Hooligans Unite Agains...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Jodi Hilton
02 Jun 2013

Protesters carry stones during clashes with police outside Besiktas soccer stadium in Istanbul.

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Rival Football Hooligans Unite Agains...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Mais Istanbuli
02 Jun 2013

ISTANBUL, TURKEY--

Rival Turkish football fans have battled each other for years. But for the first time in history, fans from Istanbul's most powerful teams, Galatasaray, Besiktas and Fenerbahce have found a common enemy; Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AK Party. For nearly a week the three major fan's firms, Carsi, UltrAslan and Genc FB have put their differences aside.
Galatasary football fan Baris Demerli remarked "One month ago, we were killing each, now we got together and have formed 'Istanbul United'."
Nightly they don ski goggles and face masks and wrap themselves in football scarves against the effects of tear gas to do battle with the police. They see themselves as an army of resistance, the protectors of the people. And the people they are protecting are the thousands of peaceful protesters camped out in Istanbul's Gezi Park, demanding a change in the Turkish leadership's policies on urban development.

According to Hasan Esin, a die-hard, card-carrying Galatasaray fan and member of the UltrAslan fan club, the call to fight went out last Friday.

"Besiktas is bad, we need reinforcements," was the message that came through Twitter and Facebook. "We all went down to help", says Esin, who is a towering, powerful man with a gentle smile. Thousands came to fight with police every night since. Many have been injured, and officially three people have died, one police officer and two protesters. Erin says it's devolved into a guerrilla war. The football fans whose only weapons are paving stones have had to fight the "excessive force" of the police with "excessive cleverness."

They have built barricades from burned out vehicles, police gates, lamp posts, sign posts, paving stones, fencing and all sorts of metal objects they've harvested from the urban landscape. They use the barricades to block the police. Taksim Square is surrounded on all sides. Police can not come to Gezi Park without first bulldozing the barricades, which means facing off against the football fans.

Police have fired thousands of rounds of tear gas. They've used water cannons and rubber bullets. The football fans have used a series of tactics. They throw stones, they try to toss back teargas canisters. They yell, they chant vulgar slogans. One day they decided to pour gallons of olive oil on the steep incline up to Taksim Square. The police tank skidded each time it attempted to climb.

The violence began last week May 30, 2013 when police forces raided Gezi Park, surrounding sleeping protesters, tear gassing them and lighting tents on fire. The excessive use of force ignited tens of thousands of people to rise up against the government's heavy-handed tactics in support of Gezi Park. Nowadays the park is full of protesters camping out, playing music, dancing, chanting, sharing food, books, medicine and even offering "free hugs".

Erdogan "crazy projects": a third Bosphorus Bridge, a third airport for the city and a new shipping canal have infuriated environmentalists, urban planners and ordinary citizens of the already sprawling megalopolis. The destruction of a small park in the center of the city in favor of yet-another shopping mall—the city already boasts more than one hundred—was the last straw.

While free hugs and free love dominant the mood in Gezi Park, the football hooligans, hyped up on adrenaline, suffer casualties (some say 50 people have died facing off against the police). Volunteer medics rush people to nearby makeshift clinics to be treated for the effects of tear gas, oftentimes breathing problems and impact wounds from the teargas canisters.

Brave or bold, the football fans continue. A video circulating online makes light of the situation. In it, football fans dial the police emergency number.

"Please, police, send more gas," demands the addicted football fan. "Okay, we are coming," promises the police officer.

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Rival Football Hooligans Unite Agains...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Jodi Hilton
02 Jun 2013

In Besiktas quarter protesters threw rocks at the police during the Occupy Gezi Park protest which has taken over many Istanbul neighborhoods.

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Rival Football Hooligans Unite Agains...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Jodi Hilton
02 Jun 2013

In Besiktas quarter, many Turks gathered to confront the police during the Occupy Gezi Park protest which has taken over many Istanbul neighborhoods.

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Rival Football Hooligans Unite Agains...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Jodi Hilton
02 Jun 2013

People build barricades out of salvaged paving stones on the 6th straight day of protests across the city.

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Rival Football Hooligans Unite Agains...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Jodi Hilton
02 Jun 2013

Protesters run from police during clashes outside Besiktas soccer stadium in Istanbul.

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Rival Football Hooligans Unite Agains...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Jodi Hilton
02 Jun 2013

Protesters clash with police outside Besiktas soccer stadium in Istanbul

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Rival Football Hooligans Unite Agains...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Jodi Hilton
02 Jun 2013

Protesters carry an injured man to a taxi to be taken to hospital outside Besiktas soccer stadium in Istanbul.

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Rival Football Hooligans Unite Agains...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Jodi Hilton
02 Jun 2013

A man with a broken leg is treated by volunteer doctors outside Besiktas soccer stadium in Istanbul.