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What we're protesting today


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Andrew Cowie

Another Monday, another spate of protests.

Things are heating up in Kashmir, on the Indian and Pakistan sides respectively. Many activists around the world are showing up in solidarity with the fight for gay rights in Russia. And anti-govenrment protests are going strong on their 60th day, which is today.

GlobalPost goes round the world in angsty days:


Tensions continue to simmer in Kashmir, which was split between Pakistan and India after the countries gained their independence from the UK in 1947.

Seven towns in the Indian portion are under an indefinite curfew following sporadic clashes between local Hindus and Muslims that erupted Friday after prayer services marking the end of Ramadan.

Here, a Muslim Khawateen Markaz (MKM) activist looks on as she participates in a protest march in Srinagar, the capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, on Aug. 12, 2013. The activists demanded the protection of Muslims in Jammu. 

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Here, the prime minister of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, leads an anti-Indian protest rally in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, on Aug. 12, 2013. Pakistan summoned India's deputy ambassador on Aug. 12 to protest over the latest round of firing in the disputed Himalayan territory.

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2) Iran

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Zanjan in northwestern Iran on Sunday to protest against air pollution caused by a zinc and lead plant located in the area. The protesters, who gathered near the governor's office, carried banners reading "Stop Cancerization" and "I want to live." According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a broad coalition of democratic Iranian organizations, the protesters called for the plant to be shut down.

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3) Egypt

Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi continue to protest at sites across Cairo more than one month after the Egyptian military deposed Egypt's first democratically elected president on July 3.

Here, Morsi supporters take part in morning prayers during a sit-in demonstration near the Rabaa al-Adweya Mosque in the Nasr City district on Aug. 12, 2013 in Cairo.

Egyptian security forces threatened to begin a siege of pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo overnight on Aug. 11, however Egypt's Interior Ministry appeared to have put off plans to crack down on protesters early on Monday. 

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4) Gay rights in Russia

LGBT rights protesters are demonstrating around the world against the attacks on LGBT people by the Russian government and citizens. Activists have asked to move the Sochi Winter Olympics because of Russia's record on LGBT rights.

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In this video, political campaigner Peter Tatchell speaks at a protest on Sunday in Whitehall, London, against the discrimination faced by LGBT people in Russia. 


5) Dominican Republic

Dominicans are protesting their government ahead of the Aug. 16 anniversary of President Danilo Medina's tenure, calling for the dismissal of officials accused of corruption. 

Here, a girl holds a magazine depicting Medina during a citizen gathering at Independencia Park in Santo Domingo to demand justice for those responsible for the country's financial deficit on Aug. 11, 2013. 

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6) Netherlands

About 400 people took to the streets of Rotterdam on Saturday to protest Dutch and European immigration policies. Protesters chanted "No one is illegal" as they made their way through the city. Police were out in force and the demonstration took place without incident.


7) Brazil

Protests continue across Brazil in areas like Rio de Janeiro and San Juan against government corruption. So far, according to some estimates, more than 2 million people have taken part in the ongoing protests in Brazil. Recent reports, however, suggest government approval ratings are climbing again slightly, probably due to newfound optimism in the economy.


8) Bulgaria

Demonstrations in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia reached their 60th day on Aug. 12. The crowd presence has dwindled, as the video below shows from Day No. 57, but is still holding its own. In the footage, a small group of people are seen gathered outside the parliamentary buildings, which have been cordoned off.


9) Israel

The Israeli government approved on Sunday the construction of some 1,200 homes in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem. The move comes days before planned peace talks between Israel and Palestine, which Palestinians are saying proves that Israel is "not serious" about the talks. 

Here, Israeli activists protest the planned housing units in the Jewish neighborhood of Armon Hanatsiv in annexed east Jerusalem on Aug. 11, 2013. 

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10) United States

The United States is not immune. As President Barack Obama addressed a group of disabled veterans over the weekend in Orlando, Fla., he was greeted by protesters. Obama promised faster attention to a backlog of veterans' disability claims and announced a new mental health initiative on Saturday.

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