Anti-Conga Gold Mine Movement - Cajamarca, Peru 2012
Starting in 1993, Colorado-based Newmont Mining Corp. opened South America's largest gold mine in Cajamarca, Peru, promising prosperity and rapid development to the local population. More than 20 years later, many of the area's residents continue living in poverty and suffer a variety of illnesses from the mining waste found in their water supplies. In 2010, when Newmont Mining Corp. attempted to expand its mining operations in the region under a proposal known as the Conga Project, its efforts were met with ongoing indigenous resistance that has at times turned violent.
The Death of Mariano Ferreyra - Buenos Aires, Argentina 2012
The two year anniversary of the young student and activist Mariano Ferreyra’s death. He was shot and killed on 20th October 2010 in a protest involving railway workers of the Railway Union (UF). His murder led to widespread protests throughout Argentina and his story has become a symbol of workers’ struggles and human rights abuses.
Gezi Park Demonstrations - Ankara, Turkey 2013
Turkey saw nationwide protests after Recep Tayyip Erdoğan introduced a plan to convert Istanbul's Gezi Park into a shopping area. Activists and Turkish youth saw the move as an attempt to limit public spaces and weeks of clashes with police ensued, marking the first major challenge to the prime minister's leadership.
Black Lives Matter Movement - Oakland, California 2014
Racial profiling and the unchecked use of deadly force by the police is nothing new in the United States, but the Black Lives Matter movement began after countless police shootings of unarmed black men and women were caught on video and the nation's legal system still struggled to prosecute officers who used excessive force.
Post-Coup AKP Democracy Rallies - Ankara, Turkey 2016
Following a failed coup attempt in July 2016, supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP), attended nightly 'Democracy' rallies in cities throughout the country. These rallies lasted nearly a month and were attended by tens of thousands of people who took it upon themselves to defend the ruling party during and after the coup attempt.
Anti-Corruption Protests in Bucharest, Romania - 2017
After a one-month old government tried to pass legislation weakening corruption laws, Romania witnessed its largest mass demonstrations since the fall of communism in 1989. Initially unresponsive, members of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) were forced to scrap the controversial decree and some ministers resigned from their positions. Still, Romanian citizens, 600,000 of which rallied together on Feb. 5, 2017, made demands for the entire cabinet to resign and remained skeptical, expecting new corruption legislation to be introduced in the weeks, or months ahead.