Kyrgyzstan opposition activists rally in the capital Bishkek to demand reforms on Thursday. About a thousand people gathered for the protest organised by the National Opposition Movement, which was formed earlier this year from several smaller parties.
A demonstrator stands as he participates in a 24-hour general strike in Athens. Greek unions held a 24-hour anti-austerity strike on Wednesday shutting down ferry services to the country’s world-famous islands, disrupting rail travel and closing pharmacies and several government offices.
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Police detain a protester during a demonstration in Algiers against Algerian president Abdulaziz Bouteflika’s decision to run for a fourth term. Bouteflika formally registered his candidacy for April’s election, one of the few times the aging independence veteran has spoken in public since suffering a stroke last year
A woman walks past a graffiti covered caravan at a protest camp set up close to the entrance of the IGas exploratory gas drilling site at Barton Moss, near Manchester, northern England. Britain may be a prime location for shale gas exploration in Europe, but a lack of onshore drilling infrastructure and local opposition will impede development, experts and geologists said at a shale conference in London.
A worker passes a mural of Hugo Chavez at the military barracks where the former Venezuelan president is entombed in Caracas, Venezuela. Workers made last-minute preparations for Wednesday’s ceremony marking the first anniversary of Chavez’s death. The anniversary has been marred by three weeks of protests against the government of Chavez’s chosen successor, Nicolas Maduro.
Demonstrators take cover from a police water cannon as fireworks, thrown by other protesters, explode around them during a protest against the opening of a road that intersects part of the Middle East Technical University campus in Ankara.
Firemen spray a water cannon at protesters forcing their way towards the US embassy in Manila on Tuesday during a protest against the forthcoming visit of US president Barack Obama. The protesters were also calling for the pullout of US troops in the country under the Visiting Forces Agreement.
Anti-government protesters wait for riot police between clashes in the debris-filled main street of Malkiya, Bahrain. Rubbish and oil smeared on the road are meant to deter police jeeps from entering the village, where shops were shuttered in observance of a general strike called by opposition groups in the run-up to Friday’s third anniversary of the pro-democracy uprising in the Gulf kingdom.
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Port workers demonstrate outside the customs building in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The protesters say the government is not paying retired port workers their state pension plan, affecting over 1,000 of their union members.
African asylum seekers gesture during a protest outside the Ministry of Interior in Tel Aviv, Israel. Over 1,000 African migrants, which mostly arrive from Eritrea and Sudan, marched from southern Tel Aviv’s Levinski Park to the Ministry of Interior.
A rice farmer reacts to speeches during a protest demanding payment of a rice subsidy from the government outside the office of the permanent secretary for defense in Bangkok, Thailand. The ambitious rice-buying programme was intended by Thailand’s ruling party to uplift millions of its poor rural supporters
Protesters dance at a crossroad in Hebron, near Pretoria, on Friday during a protest for basic government services. South African police fired stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets on Thursday to disperse thousands of rioters demanding basic government services in communities near Pretoria and Johannesburg.
Anti-government protesters during a rally in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand’s main opposition party petitioned a court to annul last weekend’s disrupted national election, launching a legal challenge that could prolong the deeply divided country’s political paralysis.
A medic of the anti-government protest camp, left, with his security guard at the barricades near the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev. Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigned on Tuesday while deputies loyal to President Viktor Yanukovich, acting to calm violent street protests, overturned anti-protest laws they rammed through parliament 12 days ago.
Employees take pictures though a window as anti-government protesters march through Bangkok’s business district on Thursday. The government declared a 60-day state of emergency, hoping to prevent an escalation in protests that have entered their third month.
A protester throws a Molotov cocktail during an opposition supporters’ protest in downtown Kiev, Ukraine. Violence broke out Sunday at anti-government protests as hundreds of opposition supporters armed with clubs tried to break through a police blockade and storm the Ukrainian parliament. The demonstrations took on a sharper tone after last week’s passage of laws that protesters and human rights groups said were designed to stifle dissent. The laws criminalise libel, establish fresh penalties for unlawful protests and make it easier to strip legislators of their immunity.
Thousands of African migrants take part in a rally in front of the US embassy in Tel Aviv in protest against a law that allows the Israeli authorities to keep them in open-ended detention until their asylum requests are resolved
Ultra-orthodox Jews and rabbis gather during a demonstration to support ultra-orthodox Jews detained for refusing to report to a military recruitment centre in front of the Israeli military prison 6 near Haifa, Israel. Israeli police say more than a thousand people have protested.