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Here's what people are protesting today (PHOTOS)


Thai riot police stand guard near the Parliament during an anti-government protest on August 7, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.


Paula Bronstein

What gets people out on the streets differs from place to place. But whether it's religion, politics or one's right to work, it's the sense of injustice that's universal.

Here's GlobalPost's roundup of what people are protesting today:

1) Thailand

Around 2,000 anti-government demonstrators converged near Thailand's parliament Wednesday to protest a controversial bill offering amnesty for those who've been involved in political violence.

The proposed amnesty would scrap charges against those involved in political unrest between the time of the military coup that toppled then-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in September 2006 until May 2012. Leaders would be excluded.

Anti-government factions fear it will be manipulated by the ruling Puea Thai government to waive convictions against Thaksin, who is the current Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's brother.

Thai riot police near the parliament during an anti-government protest on Aug. 7, 2013 in Bangkok. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

2) Israel

"Women of the Wall," a pluralistic organization of religious Jewish women who demand to be allowed to pray at the Western Wall while not observing ultra-Orthodox custom, have gathered to pray at the Wall every month for more than 25 years.

Often there are protests. Ultra-Orthodox authorities in charge of the wall believe that women should only be allowed to pray there according to ultra-Orthodox custom. Dozens of policemen protect the women as they pray.

An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man blows a whistle during a protest against Women of the Wall as they pray at the plaza near the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, in Jerusalem's Old City on Aug. 7, 2013, marking the first day of the Jewish month of Elul. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

3) Gibraltar

It's been a frozen conflict for most of the past three centuries, but Spain's dispute with Britain over Gibraltar is heating up again. The head of Gibraltar's British-backed government has accused Spain of acting "like North Korea" by holding up traffic on the border and threatening a series of other measures against the tiny territory.

Following talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy offered to "reduce measures" at the border. The British government responded by saying it will heed actions, not rhetoric.

Spain's main police union stages a demonstration near the border with Gibraltar, Aug. 7, 2013. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images) 

4) Bahrain

Protesters in Diraz continue to rally in large numbers at night to protest the raids and imprisonment of "unsuspecting" activists. There is believed to be a large protest against the current leadership planned for Aug. 14.

Bahrain, a majority Shiite country ruled by the Sunni al Khalifa family, has been buffeted by political unrest since 2011, with mostly Shiite Bahrainis agitating for democratic reforms and more say in government.


5) Brazil

Hundreds of youths marched in Rio and Sao Paulo to protest the disappearance of a construction worker who was detained by police two weeks ago and hasn't been seen since. Protesters in both cities also demanded the resignation of Rio Governor Sergio Cabral and Sao Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckmin, as well as the demilitarization of police tactics.

Demonstrators in Sao Paulo demand the resignation of Alckmin and the demilitarization of the police, Aug. 6, 2013. (Nelson Almeida/Getty Images)

6) Morocco

Protests broke out after King Mohamed VI pardoned a convicted Spanish pedophile who was arrested in Spain on Aug. 5. Daniel Galvan Vina, a Spanish national, was found guilty of raping 11 children between the ages of 4 and 15 in Morocco and sentenced to 30 years in prison there.

In the face of angry protests, on Aug. 6, a Spanish judge ruled that Vina was a flight risk and would remain in custody while his extradition was being considered.

A young girl demonstrates Aug. 6 in Casablanca against King Mohamed VI of Morocco's pardon to a Spanish pedophile. (Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images)

7) South Korea

Korean workers at Kaesong-based companies continue to protest, pushing for the resumption of operations at the inter-Korean factory park, which has been closed for four months as tensions rise on the Korean peninsula.

South Korea on Wednesday accepted North Korea's proposal for a new round of talks next week. This attempt follows six previous rounds, each of which failed to normalize operations at the Kaesong industrial park. 

Hundreds of South Korean representatives from Kaesong-based companies hold a rally at Imjingak peace park in Paju near the border with North Korea on Aug. 7, 2013, urging the swift resumption of operations at the shuttered inter-Korean industrial zone. (Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images)

8) Benin

Every Wednesday since July 17, hundreds of Beninese have been taking to the streets wearing red to protest a constitutional reform proposed by President Yayi Boni. If implemented the constitutional reform would allow the outgoing president to stand for a third term in office after the end of his mandate in 2016.

(Fabien Zinsou/NewsPoint)

9) India

India on Tuesday said five of its soldiers were killed at a border post in Kashmir, a disputed area also claimed by Pakistan.

Here, activists in Mumbai burn a poster representing the map of Pakistan on Aug. 7, 2013. The Indian government is trying to prevent the attack on its troops in Kashmir from scuppering attempts to revive peace talks with Pakistan, and the opposition in India has accused them of going soft on Islamabad.

(Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)

10) Sri Lanka

On Aug. 7, Christian priests and nuns protested in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo against the Aug. 1 military crackdown of a protest by villagers against the contamination of their ground water supply at a village just outside Colombo. The Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, criticized the Sri Lankan army for storming a Catholic church and assaulting unarmed civilians who were sheltering there.

(Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images)

11) Egypt

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi take part in a sit-in outside Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque on Aug. 7, 2013. Western and Arab efforts to mediate an end to Egypt's political deadlock have failed, the presidency said, signaling a possible crackdown on Islamists that has sparked fears of more carnage.

(Gianluigi Guerica/AFP/Getty Images)

12) Tunisia

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Tunis on Tuesday to join an anti-government sit-in in Bardo Square. The protests began last week following the death of a second opposition leader, assassinated outside his home. Mohamed Brahmi, a member of the Arab nationalist Popular Front party, was killed July 25. The killing followed the assassination of party leader Chokri Belaid in February. An estimated 250,000 marched on the constituent assembly in Tunis on Tuesday night.

(The Vaih/NewsPoint)

13) Cambodia

Thousands rallied in Freedom Park in Phnom Penh on Tuesday to protest against election results. The supporters of Cambodia’s main opposition party called for an UN-backed inquiry into the recent general election, which saw the victory of current Prime Minister Hun Sen. CNRP leader Sam Rainsy, who returned from exile on July 28, said he rejected the idea of a coalition.

(Casey Nelson/NewsPoint)