2013 can easily be termed as the year for worldwide protests. The last twelve months have been dominated by ceaseless calls for change and people simply refusing to settle for what they didn’t want.
The social media was for the first time used as a tool of effective coverage that no amount of media reporting and word of mouth has ever achieved.
As a sign read very aptly during the protests in Turkey:
In all the calls for change, and people taking to the streets for their rights and demands, here are some that left a lasting impact on our minds.
Who can forget the woman in red during Turkey’s protests this year? She embodied the face of resistance.
Turkey's most violent riots in decades may have been started by the destruction of a small Istanbul park, but they exploded into a show of defiance by thousands against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s policies and creeping authoritarianism
An Opposition member in Turkey made the point no amount of rage and slogans could make against the government’s disregard and atrocities towards the protestor by presenting flowers to the country’s Interior Minister in a tear gas canister.
India stood up to rape and sexual harassment against their women. Indeed 2013 has been a painfully shameful year for the country as far as their women are concerned.
Protestors in Ukraine defied authorities, riot police and the elements to protest against the president’s decision to enhance ties with Russia and distance the nation from Europe.
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The riot police stood their ground as well and proved to be as determined as the protestors if not more; even when the weather got worse.
Thousands of demonstrators gathered in cities across Brazil to rally against what they deemed as poor public services, police violence and government corruption.
They blocked streets and halted traffic in more than a half-dozen cities, including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Brasilia.
Mass protests and disproportionate police response in Brazil seem not too dissimilar to those in Turkey: pic.twitter.com/No09kkHB8h— Mustafa Akyol (@AkyolinEnglish) September 7, 2013