2013: A Year in Protests

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Kosovo Albanians throw flares during a protest in Pristina on Jan. 20, 2013. Early that morning, Serbian authorities removed the monument erected in the ethnic Albanian stronghold town of Presevo, which was dedicated to the fighters in the 2001 conflict against Serbian security forces.

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Protesters clash with anti-riot police during a demonstration against the government's austerity measures on Oct. 31, 2013 in downtown Rome.

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A protester talks to riot police blocking Khreshatyk street in Kiev city center on Dec. 9, 2013. Hundreds of thousands had filled Independence Square the day before, to denounce President Yanukovych's rejection of an EU pact under Kremlin pressure. It was one of the biggest protests since the 2004 Orange Revolution.

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Anti-riot policemen face employees of the French auto giant Peugeot Citroen Aulnay's plant during a protest on Mar. 18, 2013 in Paris.

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Police try to stop Ukrainian feminist activist Inna Shevchenko from protesting on St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Jan. 13, 2013. Four Femen activists stripped off in St. Peter's Square in a protest for gay rights just as Pope Benedict XVI was reciting his traditional weekly Angelus prayer from the second window at the top of the building. The four topless women had "In Gay We Trust" scrawled on their bodies.

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Firefighters spray foam during a protest on Oct. 7, 2013 near the residence of the Belgian prime minister, while ministers were holding a cabinet meeting to discuss the budget. Firefighters were asking for more funding for their service.

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A young child draped in the British Union flag stands with loyalist protesters during a demonstration outside Belfast City Hall on Jan. 12, 2013, as part of an ongoing campaign opposing Belfast City Council's decision to restrict the days on which the British Union Flag would fly over the City Hall. 

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A demonstrator is chased by police during a teachers' protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sept. 30, 2013. Brazil saw street protests directed towards the country's ruling elite since June, in demand of better public services and an end to political corruption.

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Employees of French auto giant PSA Peugeot Citroen Aulnay hold flares during a protest on Mar. 18, 2013 outside PSA headquarters in Paris, where an extraordinary council was being held to present the group's restructuring plans to trade union representatives.

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Bahraini Shiite Muslim women take part in the funeral of Habib Ebrahim Abdullah on Jan. 13, 2013 in the village of Malikiyah, south of Manama. Abdullah, 88, died in the hospital after developing respiratory complications. His relatives claim that his death was due to the inhalation of poisonous tear gas that riot police used during a protest in October 2012.

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A pensioner shouts a slogan in central Athens during an anti-austerity demonstration on April 19, 2013.

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Police using water canons on Bharatiya Janata Party workers protesting against minister Sushilkumar Shinde's Hindu terror remark on Jan. 24, 2013 in Chandigarh, India. Home Minister Shinde has alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Party were behind Hindu terror during a Congress Conclave at Jaipur.

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A police officer stops demonstrators from using a loudspeaker as they take part in a protest in New York on Feb. 26, 2013, to mark the one-year anniversary of the fatal shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.

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A woman stands behind a police officer during a demonstration of Spanish health workers against government welfare cuts and privatization plans, in Madrid on Jan. 13, 2013.

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Supporters of the detained opposition lawmakers protest in front of a court in Kyrgyzstan's capital, Bishkek, on Jan. 25, 2013. The head of the nationalist opposition Ata-Zhurt party, Kamchybek Tashiev, was arrested last year along with two other lawmakers over their role in a protest demanding the nationalization of the Canadian-owned Kumtor mine.

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Riot police surround protesters at the end of a demonstration called La Manif Pour Tous (Demonstration For All) which gathered tens of thousands of opponents of a gay marriage bill on Apr. 21, 2013 in Paris.

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Riot police block protesters approaching the Iranian Embassy in Ankara on Jan. 29, 2013. Protesters marched against the conviction of two jailed Kurdish politicians, brothers Lokman and Zanyar Muradi, in Iran.

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A protestor is arrested by riot policemen during a demonstration on Jan. 18, 2013 in Manama. The protest was organized by the February 14 Youth Coalition, an Internet group that regularly calls for protests in the Shiite-majority kingdom. Bahrain's government said the demonstration had not been authorized and warned that security forces would prevent it from going ahead.

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Supporters of Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri wave flags as they chant slogans on the third day of a protest rally in Islamabad on Jan. 16, 2013. The populist cleric urged Pakistani politicians to join tens of thousands taking part in the largest protest in Islamabad for years, ratcheting up the pressure on the government to step down.

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Anti-riot police hold shields after protesting workers from U.S. Goodyear Tire & Rubber threw eggs at them in front of the group's headquarters in France on Feb. 12, 2013.

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A protester sits holding cooking pots sits amid the rubble of one of two sit-ins organized by supporters of the ousted President Mohamed Morsy, near Rabaa Adawiya mosque, in Cairo on Aug. 14, 2013. 

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Cambodians from Boeung Kak lakeside community clash with police and security guards at a park near Prime Minister Hun Sen's house in Phnom Penh on Mar. 13, 2013. Land conflicts are Cambodia's most pressing human rights issue and protests have intensified in the last year amid what rights groups say is a worsening crackdown on human rights activists.

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Indian police try to stop the leaders and supporters of the pro-India Peoples Democratic Party during a protest in the capital of the Kashmir region, Srinagar, on Jan. 5, 2013. The region's main opposition party took to the streets to march against corruption.

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A Bahraini boy flashes the sign of victory on Feb. 16, 2013, following the funeral of a teenager killed in protests marking the second anniversary of a Shiite-led uprising, in the village of Daih, west of Manama. Clashes broke out at the funeral with police using tear gas against mourners, witnesses said.

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