A protester sits under a tent as she helps block an area around the government headquarters in Hong Kong. Pro-democracy protests in Beijing-controlled Hong Kong subsided on Monday as students and civil servants returned to school and work after more than a week of demonstrations, but activists vowed to keep up their campaign of civil disobedience.
A Ukrainian activist from battalion ‘Donbass’ gets his haircut by a comrade in their camp, which is based in a school, in the eastern Ukrainian town of Popasnaya, in Ukraine.
A Tibetan activist outside the UN offices in Geneva bears the names on his back of protesters who have died from self-immolation – setting fire to themselves. The protest took place as China was set to undergo a widely anticipated review of its rights record before the UN Human Rights Council, something required of each of the UN’s 193 member states every four years.
Greenpeace activist Anthony Perrett from Britain attends a bail hearing at a regional court on Wednesday in Murmansk, Russia.
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Police officers arrest protesters outside a drill site operated by Cuadrilla Resources on Monday in Balcombe, West Sussex, UK. The protesters, who continue to gather outside the plant, oppose fracking, the controversial method of extracting energy out of the ground. Hundreds of the climate change activists have promised 48 hours of “direct action” against the energy group
An activist checks her phone as she camps outside the home of Susana Santiago Montoya and her family to try to prevent their eviction in Madrid early on Wednesday. Santiago Montoya, 26, her husband Angel Gimenez de la Rosa, 26, and their two sons (10 and 7 years old) had been squatting for the past year in a social rent flat; unemployed and unable to afford rent. Several activists were detained trying to stop the eviction, which was eventually carried out later in the day.
A member of the Femen feminist activist group is arrested by police officers after she took part in a protest inside the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Wednesday. The group took action after a far-right writer and activist shot himself dead in front of the altar after denouncing gay marriage and immigration.
A Bahraini woman holds her national flag during an anti-government protest in solidarity with jailed political activist, Hisham Al-Sabbagh in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama. Al-Sabbagh, who is the spokesperson for the opposition party, Islamic Action Society (Amal), was arrested by police on April 26 following an early raid on his home, family said.