Protests from around the world that rocked 2016

When millions came together to be heard and create an impact

Protests around the world in 2016

January; Tunisia unemployment protests, Africa
Solidarity rallies were held in cities including Tunis, Sidi Bouzid and Gafsa, with several reports of suicide attempts as frustration over the lack of jobs boiled over.
Protests and clashes with security forces started in Kasserine after the death of an unemployed man who was electrocuted on top of a power pole near the governor's office.
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February; JNU protests, India
Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) held a protest on their campus against the capital punishment meted out to the 2001 Indian Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, and Kashmiri separatist Maqbool Bhat. The organizers of the event were former members of the Democratic Students Union (DSU).
Four days after the event, JNU Students' Union President Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested by the Delhi police and charged with sedition
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March; Anti-Assad protests, Syria
Less than a week into a tenuous cease-fire in Syria, anti-government protests spread across much of the territory held by rebel forces that have been fighting to overthrow the regime of President Bashar Assad.
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April; 'Democracy Spring', United States
A group of Democracy Spring participants began a ten-day march from Philadelphia to Washington, DC, on April 2, 2016.
The protest began with a rally and participants included progressive political commentator Cenk Uygur, actress Rosario Dawson, educator and activist Lawrence Lessig, filmmaker Annabel Park, Ben & Jerry's founders, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, and "many attendees sporting Bernie Sanders clothing and signs.” Demonstrators slept in local churches and in tents set up near Union Station with a permit.
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May; May Day protests, Seattle, Paris and Istanbul (for workers and immigration rights)
Protesters gather on May 1 each year to focus attention on labor and immigration issues
As thousands across the world rallied for workers and immigration rights in celebration of May Day, some protests in Seattle, Paris and Istanbul went from peaceful to violent as protesters clashed with police.
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Protests around the world in 2016

June; Brexit protests, United Kingdom
The March for Europe aimed to put pressure on the government to delay activating the formal process of leaving the EU. Rallies took place across the UK, including in Edinburgh and Birmingham.
A sea of blue EU flags filled Parliament square, where protesters sang along to The Beatles' hit Hey Jude, replacing the title words instead with "EU". Demonstrators were calling for the government to make tight economic, cultural, and social ties with the rest of Europe.
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July; #BlackLivesMatter protest, United States
Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an international activist movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against violence and systemic racism toward black people. BLM regularly holds protests against police killings of black people and broader issues of racial profiling, police brutality, and perceived racial inequality in the United States criminal justice system.
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August; #ThisFlag protest Zimbabwe (Anti-President Mugabe)
The Protest began after Zimbabwean Pastor Evan Mawarire posted a video on social media. The video attracted hundreds of hits. Mawarire, unexpectedly, inspired many when he posted the video with the hashtag #thisflag.
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September; Venezuela food protest (Asking for the removal of President Maduro)
Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro claimed to have mobilized a million demonstrators in the biggest rally in decades, demanding a referendum on removing him from power.
Demonstrators dressed in white marched in the east of the capital, yelling “Venezuela is hungry” and “This government is going to fall.”
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October; Black Wednesday protests in Argentina
Thousands took to the streets in cities across Argentina on Wednesday to protest violence against women, after the rape and killing of a teenager.
Lucia P�rez, 16, was drugged, repeatedly raped and tortured, which led her to suffer a cardiac arrest and then die from internal injuries in the city of Mar del Plata on Oct. 8
Activists called Oct. 19 Black Wednesday and turned it into a day to protest against violence towards women in the South American country. They urged participants to wear black and join street marches. Many walked out of work for an hour to take part
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November; Not My President (against Donald Trump), United States
Protesters in cities across the country took to the streets for "Not My President's Day" rallies with a strong anti-Trump message. Rallies were staged in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia and more than two dozen other cities across the nation in a spirited display of defiance against president Trump
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Protests around the world in 2016

December; Protests against President Joseph Kabila, Democratic Republic of Congo
Protests erupted in several neighborhoods of the Congolese capital Kinshasa, just before President Joseph Kabila's mandate was about expiring that night
Demonstrators in the districts of Kalamu, Matete and Lingwala and at Kinshasa University blew whistles to signal to Kabila that it was time to leave, and students at the university burned tires.
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