Protest

A military policeman from the special unit Chope fires a tear gas gun late on June 19, 2013 to disperse protesters during clashes in the center of Niteroi, 10 km from Rio de Janeiro. Protesters battled police late on June 19, even after Brazil's two biggest cities rolled back the transit fare hikes that triggered two weeks of nationwide protests. (Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images)

A military policeman from the special unit Chope fires a tear gas gun late on June 19, 2013 to disperse protesters during clashes in the center of Niteroi, 10 km from Rio de Janeiro. Protesters battled police late on June 19, even after Brazil’s two biggest cities rolled back the transit fare hikes that triggered two weeks of nationwide protests. (Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images)

A student is knocked off a fence by a jet of water sprayed by riot police, during a protest against the government to demand changes in the public state education system, in Santiago, Chile, on June 26, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Vera)

A student is knocked off a fence by a jet of water sprayed by riot police, during a protest against the government to demand changes in the public state education system, in Santiago, Chile, on June 26, 2013. (Reuters/Carlos Vera)

A Bahraini riot-police car is hit by a petrol bomb during clashes with demonstrators following the funeral of Hussein Abdullah, in the village of Saar, west of Manama, on June 26, 2013. (Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images)

A Bahraini riot-police car is hit by a petrol bomb during clashes with demonstrators following the funeral of Hussein Abdullah, in the village of Saar, west of Manama, on June 26, 2013. (Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images)

Protesters with their mouths taped take part in a protest in solidarity to the employees of Greek state broadcaster ERT, in Thessaloniki, Greece, on June 21, 2013. Greece's fragile coalition government was left bruised but standing after a junior party decided to pull its two ministers from the cabinet following a falling-out over the unpopular closure of state broadcaster ERT. (AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis)

Protesters with their mouths taped take part in a protest in solidarity to the employees of Greek state broadcaster ERT, in Thessaloniki, Greece, on June 21, 2013. Greece’s fragile coalition government was left bruised but standing after a junior party decided to pull its two ministers from the cabinet following a falling-out over the unpopular closure of state broadcaster ERT. (AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis)

A riot police officer throws a tear gas canister at students during a demonstration against the government to demand changes in the public state education system in Valparaiso city, Chile, on June 26, 2013. (Reuters/Eliseo Fernandez)

A riot police officer throws a tear gas canister at students during a demonstration against the government to demand changes in the public state education system in Valparaiso city, Chile, on June 26, 2013. (Reuters/Eliseo Fernandez)

Riot police clash with demonstrators during a protest on the streets of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on June 26, 2013. Tens of thousands of Brazilians have taken to the streets this month in the biggest protests in 20 years, fueled by an array of grievances ranging from poor public services to the high cost of World Cup soccer stadiums and corruption. (Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino)

Riot police clash with demonstrators during a protest on the streets of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on June 26, 2013. Tens of thousands of Brazilians have taken to the streets this month in the biggest protests in 20 years, fueled by an array of grievances ranging from poor public services to the high cost of World Cup soccer stadiums and corruption. (Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino)

Japanese Buddhist Monk and Anti-nuclear campaigner Toyoshige Sekiguchi prays at the outer security gate leading to the G8 summit in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, on June 18, 2013. Sekiguchi, from Japan, spent the last nine days walking from Belfast to Enniskillen carrying a banner and beating a small drum. The 48-year-old said he has been marching for peace since 2009, and last year walked 200 miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to the USA's G8 summit venue at Camp David, in Maryland. (Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images)

Japanese Buddhist Monk and Anti-nuclear campaigner Toyoshige Sekiguchi prays at the outer security gate leading to the G8 summit in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, on June 18, 2013. Sekiguchi, from Japan, spent the last nine days walking from Belfast to Enniskillen carrying a banner and beating a small drum. The 48-year-old said he has been marching for peace since 2009, and last year walked 200 miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to the USA’s G8 summit venue at Camp David, in Maryland. (Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images)

Egyptians hold up signs as they dive during a protest against Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, underwater in Colored Canyon in Sharm el-Sheikh, about 465 km (289 mi) southeast of Cairo, on June 28, 2013. The text on the signs reads "Go Away". (Reuters/Stringer)

Egyptians hold up signs as they dive during a protest against Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, underwater in Colored Canyon in Sharm el-Sheikh, about 465 km (289 mi) southeast of Cairo, on June 28, 2013. The text on the signs reads “Go Away”. (Reuters/Stringer)

Protesters try to stop an armored crowd control truck from which the riot police fire water cannon at Taksim Square in Istanbul, on June 22, 2013. Turkish riot police fired water cannon to clear thousands of protesters from Istanbul's Taksim Square on Saturday, the first such confrontation there in nearly a week. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)

Protesters try to stop an armored crowd control truck from which the riot police fire water cannon at Taksim Square in Istanbul, on June 22, 2013. Turkish riot police fired water cannon to clear thousands of protesters from Istanbul’s Taksim Square on Saturday, the first such confrontation there in nearly a week. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)

A protester prepares to throw stones at riot police on a street near Taksim Square in Istanbul, on June 22, 2013. Turkish riot police fired water cannon and teargas to disperse thousands of anti-government demonstrators in central Istanbul, as Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan castigated those behind protests he said had played into the hands of Turkey's enemies. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)

A protester prepares to throw stones at riot police on a street near Taksim Square in Istanbul, on June 22, 2013. Turkish riot police fired water cannon and teargas to disperse thousands of anti-government demonstrators in central Istanbul, as Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan castigated those behind protests he said had played into the hands of Turkey’s enemies. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)

Soccer balls representing lawmakers lay in rows outside Congress as part of a protest against spending on the Confederations Cup soccer tournament in Brasilia, Brazil, on June 26, 2013. The wave of protests that hit Brazil on June 17 began as opposition to transportation fare hikes, then expanded to other causes including anger at high taxes, poor services and high World Cup spending, before coalescing around the issue of rampant government corruption. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Soccer balls representing lawmakers lay in rows outside Congress as part of a protest against spending on the Confederations Cup soccer tournament in Brasilia, Brazil, on June 26, 2013. The wave of protests that hit Brazil on June 17 began as opposition to transportation fare hikes, then expanded to other causes including anger at high taxes, poor services and high World Cup spending, before coalescing around the issue of rampant government corruption. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Across the world these last few weeks, we have seen mass protest against unpopular governments who are not acting in the best interests of the people they are elected to serve: Spain, Greece, Turkey, Brazil, Egypt …

As these protests have shown, people are not apolitical, they are not interested in those in power, they are prepared to bypass the usual channels.

The Atlantic has published an incredible set of pictures of these protests taking place across the world.

One Response to “Protest”

  1. keithpp Says:

    Protest photos
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