Global protests

Stills of demonstrations from around the world.—Images by Agencies

A Bahraini boy holds flowers in an empty tear gas canister that was fired by riot police during a previous demonstration as he takes part an anti-regime rally in the village of Diraz, west of Manama, on April 5, 2013. The Gulf state has been shaken by unrest since its forces in March 2011 crushed a month of popular Shiite-led protests demanding greater rights and an end to what they said was discrimination by the Sunni royals.

Egyptian protesters raise their shoes as they shout political and religious slogans outside the Iranian ambassador's residence in Cairo on April 5, 2013 during a demonstration organised by Salafists to protest against Iranian tourists visiting Egypt and any political and diplomatic relations between Iran and Egypt.

A boy sits on a fence with pro-democracy protesters during Friday prayers at a weekly rally on Siteen Road in Sanaa.

A Palestinian boy carrying toy balls walks past Israeli border guards in Jerusalem's Old City. Israel's police deployed reinforcements in Jerusalem, fearing days of violent protests in the West Bank could spread to the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound after weekly Muslim prayers.

Israeli security forces take position next to burning tyres set on fire by Palestinian demonstrators during clashes following a protest against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kfar Qaddum near Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

Bangladeshi Hifazat-e Islam activists shout slogans during a rally in Dhaka. Both secular and Islamist protesters have taken to the streets over the war crimes trials of leaders of the Islamic Jamaat-e-Islami party in cases related to the 1971 liberation war against Pakistan. Operators of top Bangladeshi blogs said they had blacked out their sites to protest against a government crackdown on atheist bloggers in the face of pressure from radical Islamists.

Mexico's Federal Police officers stand guard as public school teachers protest near Mexico's Interior Ministry in Mexico City. Radical Mexican public school teachers are holding marches and blocking roads to battle a newly enacted education reform that would weaken union powers.

A protester attends a prayer staged by Christian fundamentalists from the Civitas Institute as they demonstrate against gay marriage, adoption and procreation assistance outside the Senate building in Paris, April 4, 2013. The French Senate took its first look on Thursday at controversial gay marriage bill, which gives homosexual couples the right to marry and adopt children. The bill has passed in the lower house but divided society, as opponents clamoured for a referendum.

A pro-democracy protester shouts slogans as he marches to demand Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh's immunity be stripped and that he stands trial for the killings of protesters who demanded the end of his 33-year rule, in Sanaa April 4, 2013. Yemen's ousted president arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for medical tests, and a government official said he should stay in exile as his presence provoked separatists and rebels in a nation struggling to regain stability. The writing on the face reads: "He (Sal

A protester burns the EU flag in front of the Cyprus' parliament during an anti-bailout rally in Nicosia. Bank employees in Cyprus will walk off the job for two hours and march toward parliament to protest against looming job and benefit cuts being taken as part of an international bailout. Thousand of employees from across the country are expected to be bussed in for Thursday's demonstration.

A FEMEN activist protests in front of the Tunisian Consulate in Milan. The radical feminists, calling for more sexual freedom for Arab women, were protesting in support of a young Tunisian woman who received online death threats from ultraconservative Muslims after posting topless photos of herself online.

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