IN PICTURES: Protests Erupt Around the Globe, Not All For The Same Reasons

Here are the 2020 protests - in pictures!

The year 2020 is already being branded as the ‘year of revolution’. From poverty, racism, colorism to oppression – people have announced that they have had enough.

The killing of George Floyd has led to anti-racism protests across the globe. But this is not the only reason why people are out on the streets.


Here are the 2020 protests | IN PICTURES


Anti-Racism

Thousands of people protest in Cologne, Germany, on June 6, 2020, to protest against racism. Martin Meissner / AP
Demonstrators take part in a BLM rally in Brisbane, Australia, on June 6, 2020. Glenn Hunt / AAP Image / Reuters
In Seoul, South Korea, people protestors march during a solidarity rally over the death of George Floyd on June 6, 2020. AP Photo/Ahn Young-Joon
Premonstrators protest against police brutality in Nairobi, Kenya, on June 8, 2020. Khalil Senosi / AP
People hold placards during a protest against police brutality in Tokyo, Japan, on June 6, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Protestors attend a Black Lives Matter demonstrate to express solidarity with U.S. protesters in Melbourne, Australia, on June 6, 2020, and to demand an end to frequent Aboriginal deaths in custody in Australia. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

Inequality

Many of those demonstrating are people who have long felt shut out of the wealth of their country. In most cases, a rise in prices for essential services has proved the final straw.

People protest against lower wages and budget cuts imposed by the government amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Quito, Ecuador, on May 25, 2020. (AFP)

Corruption

Claims of corruption by the government are at the heart of several of the demonstrations and are closely linked to the issues of rampant inequality.

An anti-government protester throws back tear gas at riot policemen with a tennis racket during ongoing protests against the Lebanese government, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, June 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
Anti-government protesters burn awnings of the Le Gray hotel during ongoing protests against the Lebanese government, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, June 6, 2020.  (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
Iraqi protestors taking part in an anti-government protest at Al-Jumhuriyah bridge in Baghdad, Iraq, in early May, days after Prime Minister Mustafa Kadhemi’s government came to power. PHOTO: REUTERS
Iraq’s new prime minister promised to release demonstrators arrested during protests that erupted in October last year [Murtadha Al-Sudani/Anadolu Agency]

Political freedom

In some countries, protesters are angered by political systems in which they feel trapped.

A masked anti-government protester holds a flag supporting Hong Kong independence during a march against Beijing’s plans to impose national security legislation in Hong Kong, China May 24, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Police in Hong Kong detains a man during a protest against China’s national security legislation in Causeway Bay in Hong Kong, Sunday, May 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

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