A French riot police officer gestures as he is surrounded by flames, during a demonstration against the controversial labour reforms of the French government in Paris
Riot police watch a dog cross the police line as they stop students of the public Central University of Venezuela during a demonstration in demand of the referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas
French riot police officers stand guard after receiving some paint on their uniform, during a demonstration to protest against the government’s labour reform today in Bordeaux. France was disrupted by a third straight day of strikes and demonstrations as the prime minister called for protesters who torched a police car to face “harsh” punishment. The labour reforms have sparked two months of protests on France’s streets, drawing 68,000 nationwide on Tuesday, police said, while organisers put the turnout at 220,000.
Nepalese riot police stand guard as activists from the Federal Alliance (members of the Madhesi and ethnic communities) demonstrate against the government in Kathmandu
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An informal settler throws a bottle at riot police during a demolition in Quezon City, northeast of Manila, Philippines
A riot policeman (L) prepares to throw a teas gas canister as others walk by fires caused by petrol bombs thrown by youths following brief clashes between police and protesters during a 24-hour general strike in central Athens, Greece
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Anti-government protesters continue to clash with police in Independence Square, despite a truce agreed between the Ukrainian president and opposition leaders on Wednesday in Kiev. After several weeks of calm, violence has again flared between police and anti-government demonstrators, who are calling for the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovich over corruption and an abandoned trade agreement with the EU.
Anti-government protesters carry an injured man on a stretcher in Independence Square in Kiev on Thursday morning. Ukrainian protesters seized back Kiev’s Independence Square in fresh clashes with riot police on Thursday that left several injured and possibly two demonstrators dead.
Police catch fire as they stand guard during clashes with anti-government protesters in Kiev, Ukraine. Several thousand protesters clashed with police near the Ukrainian parliament after being stopped from marching to the building in a move to keep up pressure on President Viktor Yanukovich. After being blocked by a line of trucks about 100 metres short of the building, protesters hurled stones at police, a Reuters witness said.
Riot police assist a colleague after an explosion during clashes with anti-government protesters near Government House in Bangkok. A police officer was killed and dozens of police and anti-government protesters were wounded in gun battles and clashes in Bangkok, officials and witnesses said.
Riot police stand behind crosses installed by anti-government protesters in Kiev, in memory of the people who have died or gone missing during clashes in the Ukraine
Units of the Zomo riot police take part in a re-enactment of riots that took place on December 13 1981, in Lublin, Poland, when martial law was declared by General Wojciech Jaruzelski, with the aim of blocking reforms urged by the Solidarity movement
Riot police officers block Pro-EU activists gathered at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine. The policemen formed a chain across Kiev’s main street outside the city building.
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A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi shouts slogans as riot police and soldiers fire tear gas during clashes at Talbiya, in Giza, Egypt
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Supporters of Mohamed Morsi, the deposed president of Egypt, run from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes on the Sixth of October Bridge over the Ramsis square area in Cairo. Police moved in when protesters, calling for the reinstatement of Mr Morsi, scuffled with drivers and passers-by who became annoyed by the road being blocked
A protester sleeps at a bus stop sprayed with graffiti at Taksim Square in Istanbul on Tuesday. Pockets of protesters clashed with Turkish riot police overnight and a union federation began a two-day strike on Tuesday as anti-government demonstrations in which two people have died stretched into a fifth day. Hundreds of police and protesters have been injured since Friday, when a demonstration to halt construction in a park in an Istanbul square grew into mass protests against a heavy-handed police crackdown and what opponents call Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s authoritarian policies