Friday, August 22, 2014

Protests Continue in West Bank

Protests Continue in West Bank

Protests Continue in West Bank

Posted: 22 Aug 2014 10:43 AM PDT

Israeli soldiers fired dozens of canisters of tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters in Bil'in, a Palestinian village located near Ramallah in the West Bank. Protesters dispersed due to the gas only to regroup and continue protesting near the wall separating the village from the Israeli settlement built close by. The soldiers fired from a hill overlooking the village and from a vehicle parked inside the village near the wall.

Protesters hold weekly demonstrations every Friday in Bil'in to show their frustration with the Israeli wall built in 2004. They claim it was built on their land and want the wall removed and built further away.

Many attend the protests every week, which began in 2004. Some wave flags and wear gas masks or cloth around their faces.

The protestors are of all ages, religions, and nationalities, including protestors from the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, and even Israel.

Protests against the wall, settlements, and the war in Gaza are common across the West Bank and are usually suppressed with tear gas and rubber bullets.

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A night at a protest in Islamabad

Posted: 21 Aug 2014 10:52 PM PDT

Pakistan Awami Tehreek [PAT] and Pakistan Tehreek Insaf [PTI] are in to the eighth night of their sit-in [protest]. The third night at Constitution Avenue in front of the Parliament House and Parliament Lodges in the Red Zone.


Despite the heavy rain fall large groups of people arrive to witness and participate in the events unfolding. Many hundreds and thousands of these protesters have marched from Lahore to Islamabad for their voices to be heard by the Government of Pakistan.


Imran Khan, leader of PTI is calling for PM Nawaz Sharif [PMLN - Pakistan Muslim League Noon] to resign.


The crowd is chanting GO SHARIF GO.

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Imperial, ca rain flood

Posted: 21 Aug 2014 07:53 PM PDT


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Tear Gas

Posted: 21 Aug 2014 12:08 PM PDT

Tear gas deployed, bottles flying, bullets flying. Hit the deck.

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The Street Memorial for Michael Brown

Posted: 20 Aug 2014 06:15 PM PDT

This is the place where Michael Brown was killed. A woman shouted to those who passed by. Children, whose faces are obscured in these photos, drew chalk drawings on the sidewalk. Teens and young adults stood and stared. Two people actually took photos of themselves in front of the memorial.

Please note, when the woman shouts "Don't back up" she's not talking about traffic passing by. She's referring to the history of civil rights.

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Palestinian protestors in Chicago

Posted: 20 Aug 2014 05:49 PM PDT

Palestinian protestors demonstrated across the streets of Chicago. Hundreds of people from all races joined in the protest as they marched passed Millennium Park.

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Ferguson Today Wednesday 8-20-2014

Posted: 20 Aug 2014 05:27 PM PDT

West Florissant was pretty quiet today, mostly media and police force. It will never fail though to here the ever comforting (at this point) "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" from those that seem to be MOST rocked by this even, those who live in Canfield Apartments or friends and family of Mr. Mike Brown. Those faces that I see EVERY SINGLE DAY that march and DON'T STOP because they will be arresting for standing and protesting. They don't stop for Mr. Mike Brown, they don't stop for themselves, they don't stop for their sons and nephews and you have heard all of this over and over in the past 11 days because it is the same thing we are all saying. I could go on forever telling you about my Ferguson, my broken heart, my "people" that are looking at Ferguson from the behind the Blue Lines side. I could tell you about my march on West Florissant, my thoughts on how I feel personally but don't we all have a personal feeling about the issue. So what! I stood and spoke with Rev. Jesse Jackson? So what! I discussed this with Anderson Cooper at the corner of West. Florissant and Ferguson Ave.? Justice has to be the one to prevail. Justice has to be handed down the same way it would be for me and you if we killed someone in a manner that was full of rage. Every person on that street knows if not for a POST Certification, granting the right to police the street, that man would have been charged, booked and bonded by now.

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Beautiful Ferguson

Posted: 20 Aug 2014 04:08 PM PDT

I've never been to Missouri, Ferguson, or St. Louis before so I decided to explore this little town of about 21,000 people.

According to the Brookings Institute the number of households living in poverty in Ferguson has doubled since 2000. The number of households using Section 8 vouchers to pay rent has almost tripled in that same time period.

I think we all have so many stereotypes in our heads about what poverty is and is not, that I decided to photograph this town. Suburban poverty can be quite hidden. In the suburbs a person can have their 30-year mortgage paid off and live in a nice house while still needing to visit food banks twice a month to survive.

I also took photos of the schools since they are closed this week as a precautionary measure. Even with an entire extra week off I didn't see one single child outside playing in the parks on Tuesday.

There were some students at the library but the librarian asked me to use discretion about photographing them. I figured this town is under plenty of overexposure this month, so I chose not to photograph library patrons.

Outside of W. Florrisant Road where protests continue, Ferguson is a quiet, clean, and lovely town.

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Relocating | Islamabad Protest

Posted: 20 Aug 2014 12:42 PM PDT

With the call to prayer and the sun setting fast a hustle bustle starts amongst the gathered faithful – hopeful. Ready to move yet closer to Parliment House in the Federal capital' red zone.


Led by the disciplined followers of Tahir ul Qadri [PAT], the more zealous supporters of he Imran Khan [PTI] follow. Their resting point is outside the Parliament House, Supreme Court and the Parliament Lodges on Constitution Avenue.


Beyond its parameter the lush green grass and serenity of Parliament House couldn't be further from the chaos on the streets. Constitution Avenue and Jinnah Avenue have been turned into many campsites laden with trucks and articulated lorries carrying industrial steel cooking pots with food for the protestors. Food is being distributed free.


The resilience and commitment of these protestors is extraordinary. Scenes of tents outside the Supreme Court, hundreds sleeping without any cover whatsoever. Many seeking shelter under parked lorries and trailers. Temperatures have been souring close to 40 degrees Celsius.


Now that the two camps of Pakistan Awami Tehreek [PAT] and Pakistan Tehreek Insaf [PTI] have merged it is difficult to differentiate the two. Clusters of colourful umbrellas are visible as far as the eye can see sheltering people from the rain and the sun.


Street vendors provide momentary relief from the blazing heat, selling iced drinks. Generators have been set up to assist protesters in charging their phones.


Farooq is on holiday from Bristol, England. Residing in Islamabad's twin city Rawalpindi. He has been travelling to join the protest daily. His neighbour at the sit-in has travelled from Abbotabad in Khyber Pakhunkhwa Province.


There doesn't appear to be an end in sight as both protesting parties and the Government are at loggerheads. Negotiations have started today.

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