An elderly woman sits on the ground as she is blocked by a barricade of policemen while marching down the street during a rally in central Seoul, South Korea. About 260,000 workers took part in the nationwide one-day strike, including about 60,000 government employees and 10,000 teachers, according to the Korean Federation of Trade Unions. They protested against the government’s push to cut pensions and ease rules for firing employees, according to local media
Nepalese riot police stand guard during a general strike in Kathmandu. The strike was called by various opposition parties to demand that the draft of a new constitution is done on time through consensus.
Pro-democracy protesters stand their ground on a barricaded road in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on Thursday
Barricade debris set up by pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on Thursday litters a street. Hong Kong is suffering its worst crisis since the handover to China in 1997, as opposition mounts against Beijing’s plan for electoral reform in the Chinese territory
A young Roma man stands next to a burning barricade during a Greek Roma community protest in Athens that blocked a main northern avenue in the city on Tuesday. The Roma are protesting authority plans to demolish their illegal settlement and move them to a remote spot in the countryside
French soldiers of the Sangaris contingent patrol the site of a barricade in central Bangui. Security forces fired warning shots as protesters in Bangui demanded the resignation of the interim government and the removal of foreign troops from Central African Republic on Friday
Ukrainians remove a barricade near Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine on Thursday
Pro-Russian activists guard a barricade set at the Ukrainian regional Security Service building on the eastern city of Donetsk on Monday. Ukraine’s embattled prime minister today accused Russia of trying to “dismember” his country by plotting seizures of government buildings in eastern regions that are seeking to break away from Kiev.
An anti-Yanukovich protester cries near a memorial for the people killed in clashes with police at Kiev’s Independence Square, the epicenter of Ukraine’s unrest. The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday delayed the formation of a government, reflecting political tensions and economic challenges following the ouster of the Russia-backed president.
An anti-government demonstrator sits behind a barricade on Friday in the central square in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovich moved to defuse the country’s worst crisis since independence by accepting calls for snap presidential elections and constitutional changes that would curb powers of the presidency.
An anti-government protester looks out from behind a barricade in Kiev, Ukraine
Protesters pause during another day of anti-government protest in Kiev, Ukraine.
A pro-EU activist guards a barricade at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, where massive anti-government protests are ongoing