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What we're protesting today


Thousands of anti-government protestors march in the streets of Quezon City during Philippine President Benigno Aquino III's state of the nation address on July 22, 2013.


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Once again protests around the world mark Monday. Some — like those in Turkey, Egypt and Bulgaria — have been going on for weeks.

Others, like those in the Philippines, Burkina Faso and Haiti have sprouted up in response to more recent events.

Here's our global roundup:

1) Philippines aflame

Anti-government protesters burn an effigy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III during a protest against Aquino's fourth State of the Nation Address on July 22, 2013 in Quezon City, Philippines.

Police said at least 15 people were hurt when anti-riot squads briefly clashed with thousands of protesters demanding jobs and land for poor farmers outside the heavily guarded House of Representatives, where Aquino spoke.

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2) Anti-gay in Haiti

More than 1,000 people took part in an anti-gay demonstration in the streets of Port-au-Prince in Haiti on Friday. The protest came after a Haitian gay rights group announced plans to submit a proposal allowing gay people to get married.

The crowd, which gathered various religious groups, carried anti-gay banners and chanted anti-gay slogans.

In this video,  protesters threaten to kill homosexuals:

(Bri kouri nouvel gaye/NewsPoint)

3) Indian children serious about school

Indian children and activists in New Delhi demonstrate against the death of 23 children in Bihar state after they ate poisoned meals at school.

A police investigation found that industrial-strength insecticide had been in the cooking oil used to make the meals of lentils, potatoes and rice. The insecticide was said to be five times stronger than commercial chemical insecticides.

(Raveendran/AFP/Getty Images)

4) Bulgarians with staying power

Thousands of Bulgarians, sick of a political class they see as too dependent on shadowy oligarchs, have taken to the streets every day since June 14, just four months after anti-poverty and corruption rallies ousted the previous conservative cabinet. This photo was taken in Sofia on July 19, 2013.

(Nikolay Doychinov/AFP/Getty Images)

5) Guatemala digs in

Residents of San Juan Sacatepequez, Guatemala, protest against the inauguration of a cement factory in the area that they say will damage the environment, on July 19, 2013.

(Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images)

6) Greece

Video footage shows police "attacking" protesters in the Greek neighborhood of Exarhia where hundreds of people attended two different solidarity events for anarchist Kostas Sakkas. Sakkas was released from prison earlier this month after staging a hunger strike for 38 days because he was detained for 31 months without trial.

According to the video source, a known activist in Athens, hundreds of people gathered to chase the police away, while residents threw water from their balconies above.

"Confronted by so many people, the Delta police thugs, along with a riot police brigade that was called to assist them, were soon forced to retreat and leave the area," the source told NewsPoint.

Sakkas' bail has been set at €30,000 ($40,000), which his supporters say is unrealistically high.


7) Bahrain

Bahraini protesters run for cover during clashes with riot police following a protest against the ruling regime in the village of Bilad Al-Qadeem, in a suburb of Manama, late on July 19, 2013.

Bahraini security forces clashed with anti-regime protesters, leaving several people wounded, including a policeman who was shot with a home-made gun, the interior ministry and witnesses said.

(Mohammed al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images)

8) Taiwan

Protesters gathered outside the Ministry of National Defense in Taipei, Taiwan to protest the suspicious death of Corporal Hung Chung-chiu on July 20, 2013.

Hung died two days before his discharge, allegedly due to the excessive physical training during disciplinary confinement for carrying a smart phone onto the army base.

(Ashley Pon/Getty Images)

9) Burkina Faso

Thousands of workers joined protests around Burkina Faso this weekend, demonstrating against rising costs for basic goods like rice and sugar.

Following the protests, Prime Minister Luc Adolphe Tiao said late Saturday that the government would begin talks with trade unions.

Here, a protester in Ouagadougou holds a sign that says "Some eat, others watch. This is how revolutions start," on July 20, 2013.

(Ahmed Ouoba/AFP/Getty Images)

10) Germany

There is widespread disquiet over claims that the US National Security Agency has hoovered up German emails, online chats and phone calls and shared some of it with the country's intelligence services.

This protest took place outside a suspected NSA listening station in Griesheim near Darmstadt, Germany, July 20, 2013.

(Boris Roessler/AFP/Getty Images)

11) Pakistan

Pakistani Muslim women protest the shelling of the shrine of Sayida Zeinab, granddaughter of the Prophet Mohammed, in Lahore on July 22, 2013.

Protests were held in several cities of Pakistan against the attack on the shrine outside Damascus, Syria.

(Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

12) Australia

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, facing an election this year, announced Friday that all asylum-seekers who arrive by boat will be sent to poverty-stricken Papa New Guinea, even if found to be genuine refugees.

Rudd said Monday that the new policy was already having the desired effect and deterring people from arriving on Australian shores by boat.

Australia is one of the world's biggest resettlers of refugees, and currently takes an annual quota of 20,000. But those coming by boat are overwhelming this number — more than 15,600 have arrived by boat since Jan. 1 — and immigration facilities are being strained as a result.

Australians protested the new policy outside a Labor meeting in Sydney on July 22, 2013.

(Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images)

13) Turkey

The unrest is turning into a weekend ritual this summer in the Beyoglu district of downtown Istanbul.

Riot police clashed with small groups of protesters Saturday night, after security forces fired tear gas, water cannons and plastic pellets to disperse anti-government demonstrators.

(Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

14) Spain

People hold signs that say "No to cuts" as they demonstrate against budget cuts and plans to partly privatize medical services in Madrid on July 21, 2013.

(Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

15) Egypt

Clashes continued Monday between anti- and pro-government activists in Cairo.

The video below allegedly shows activists supporting ousted leader Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood shooting at groups of anti-Morsi campaigners in Tahrir Square. Throughout the video, the group of men to the forefront of the camera shoot what appear to be pistols across the street, where anti-Morsi crowds have been protesting.

The men with the guns use makeshift shields to protect themselves. The group also appears to be hurling stones at the anti-government protesters. Gun shots can be heard throughout the video:


16) Kashmir killings

Indian and Kashmiri students protest in New Delhi on July 21, 2013, against the killing of four civilians in Kashmir.

Indian security forces on July 18, 2013, shot four demonstrators who were protesting against the alleged desecration of the Quran by Indian troopers during a search operation over Ramadan.

(Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)