Anti-government protesters take shelter under a plastic sheet during heavy morning rain in front of the president’s house in the army guarded ‘red zone’, Islamabad
Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, a Sufi cleric and leader of Pakistan Awami Tehreek party, help a fellow supporter who is injured, during the Revolution March in Islamabad on Monday
Members of minority Sikh community shout slogans during a protest against the killing of a Sikh trader in Peshawar, Pakistan on Wednesday
Rain clouds hang over central Hong Kong as activists vow to shut down its financial district in protest at China’s attempt to hobble democratic elections in the city. Businessman Bernard Chan is preparing for the worst. Chan’s investment company has added backup phone lines, bought in extra laptops and stockpiled instant noodles in case its headquarters downtown is caught in the middle of the protest.
People hold placards and shout slogans while marching through Cape Town to protest Israel’s military campaign in Gaza and show their support to the Palestinian people, on Wednesday
Public sector workers march in central London during a 24-hour strike
Protesters demand restoration of the state programme of affordable housing, in front of volunteer soldiers of battalion Donbass, as they guard the Ukrainian parliament building in Kiev on Thursday to prevent “planned terrorist acts”, according to battalion commander Semion Semionchenko
An anti-government demonstrator dressed as Batman holds up a sign on the Lapa Arches during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A man argues with police during a demonstration on Thursday in São Paulo, Brazil, demanding better public services and protesting against the money spent on the World Cup football tournament
Protesters burn tyres during a demonstration against Yemen‘s fuel shortages near the house of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi in Sanaa
Members of the African National Congress Youth League, and supporters of the South African president Jacob Zuma, demonstrate outside the Weekly Mail and Guardian media offices, on Thursday, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The demonstrators were protesting against the election coverage by these media groups.
Far-right Golden Dawn party supporters demonstrate in front of the parliament in Athens before a vote that will decide whether the deputies of the party will be stripped of their immunity from prosecution over alleged criminal activities
Cleaning ladies employed by the public sector demonstrate at the entrance to the Finance Ministry in Athens, Greece, during a protest against layoffs
Military policemen hold their weapons as they are surrounded by a mob during a confrontation between anti-coup protesters and military at the Victory monument in Bangkok
Pro-Russian supporters demonstrate in front of Ukrainian police officers guarding the entrance of a state city building in Mariupol, Ukraine
An activist holds a placard near the Malacañang presidential palace in Manila, during a rally opposing the Enhanced Defense Co-operation Agreement between the Philippines and US
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.