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Here's what people are protesting about today

You can count on people to protest.

It may not be the exact same issues that push people to march from country to country, but there certainly are recurring themes — wanting transparency, craving independence and pushing for regime change among them.

Here's what people are fired up about today:

1) Egypt — Anti-government protesters in Egypt stormed the Muslim Brotherhood's headquarters located in Cairo's Mokattam area. The protesters ransacked the building overnight, eyewitnesses said.

Egypt's military said Monday that it will give the country's rival political forces 48 hours to resolve the current political crisis, or it will intervene with a roadmap for the nation's future.

Youths can be seen in this video hurling petrol bombs and rocks at the offices.

(Hassan Amer/Newspoint)

2) Hong KongTens of thousands of protesters marched in Hong Kong on Monday calling for democractic reform.

The protesters also denounced the increasing influence of Beijing in Hong Kong's affairs, according to NewsPoint. Organizers said the rally gathered more than 400,000 people. Police put the number at about 66,000.

The march also marked the 16th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from British to Chinese rule. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day has been celebrated every July 1 in Hong Kong since 1997.

(Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)

3) West Papua — The Aliansi Mahasiswa Papua (AMP), also known as the Papuan Student Alliance, held protests across West Papua on Monday calling for independence. The Papuan movement for independence from Indonesia has been ongoing for decades.

Today's protests coincided with the day the Republic of West Papua was created. The Republic of West Papua is not recognized by Indonesia or other countries. It includes the provinces of Papua and West Papua.


4) BrazilViolent clashes erupted on Sunday near Rio's iconic Maracana stadium, with police forces firing rounds of tear gas to disperse protesters, who threw rocks and petrol bombs.

The clashes erupted minutes before the start of the Brazil-Spain final of the Confederations Cup.

Thousands of people gathered ahead of the match calling for improved public services and protesting against the high cost of hosting next year's World Cup.

5) Pakistan —  Pakistani Shiite Muslims protested ongoing attacks on their community in Lahore on July 1. Bomb attacks killed 53 people in Pakistan on June 30, officials said.

In the two deadliest attacks, a suicide bomber killed 28 people at a checkpoint near a Shiite Muslim mosque in the southwestern city of Quetta, and a car bombing killed 17 in the northwest. 

(Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

6) India — Activists of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) shouted slogans as they burned an effigy of Punjab state Congress Party Chief Partap Singh Bajwa during a demonstration in Amritsar on July 1. The protesters said that Bajwa had links with "terrorist" organizations.

(Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

7) Tunisia — Tunisians shouted slogans against the ruling Ennahda Party during a protest in front of the Constituent Assembly on July 1 in Tunis, the capital.

Tunisia's National Assembly began debating for the first time the draft constitution, which has been criticized by opponents of the Islamist-led government and took far longer to promulgate than originally planned.

(Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images)

8) South Africa — Hundreds of people marched to the US embassy in South Africa before President Barack Obama's visit this weekend.

The rally, organized by trade unionists and members of the South African Communist Party, was aimed against US policy on Cuba, the war in Afghanistan, and global warming, AP reported. Photographs posted on social media showed protesters setting fire to the American flag.

South African riot police clashed with protesters in Soweto on Saturday shortly before Obama's visit there Saturday, according to Reuters.

(Myriam Chouchouna/Newspoint)