Despite our differences, we're all human beings. These powerful images have restored all my faith in the world.
Man playing piano for police [Kiev, Ukraine, 2013]reddit.com
Earlier this December, Ukrainians participated in their largest popular protest since 2004. The 2013 protests were shrouded with violence from both sides, including 200 protesters who commandeered a digger and attacked the presidential palace. The protests and riots followed the Government’s decision to side with Russia rather than the European Union.
An anti-government protester offers a rose to a soldier [Bangkok, Thailand, 2013]buzzfeed.com
A girl delivers sandwiches to protesters amongst the chaos [Ukraine, 2013]kindnessblog.com
Flower power during the Vietnam War Protests [Arlington, Virginia, 1967]wikipedia.org
Riot police and protesters shed tears together [Sofia, Bulgaria, 2013]reddit.com
In Bulgaria, students and other protesters converged on parliament in November due to poverty and corruption. The protests against the socialist-backed Government, named the ‘Red Mafia’ saw several injured.
Egyptian woman kisses a policeman during the revolution against the Mubarak Government [Egypt, 2011]msnbcmedia.msn.com
In the midst of the Arab Spring, weeks of protests and violence began in an attempt to overthrow the Mubarak Government. More than 2 million protesters occupied Tahrir square and clashes with police and Mubarak supporters resulted in 846 deaths. In February, the army refused to fire on protesters with live rounds and Mubarak was forced to resign.
An injured woman is helped by her boyfriend after disappointed hockey fans turn violent [Vancouver, Canada, 2011]twitter.yfrog.com
In 2011, hockey fans took to the streets of Vancouver after the Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals. Over 140 were injured and $5 million worth of damage done.
A student protesting education reform leans in to kiss a riot officer [Bogotá, Colombia, 2011]msnbcmedia.msn.com
Whilst the 2011 protests against student reform were mostly peaceful, violence broke out when small groups of people threw rocks at police. After this initial violence, police used tear gas and water against the 30,000 protesters.
Christians protecting Muslims as they pray during the revolution [Cairo, Egypt, 2011]reddit.com
German riot officers take off their helmets and escort Occupy protesters [Frankfurt, Germany, 2011]reddit.com
Protesters help a dog affected by tear gas [Istanbul, Turkey, 2013]imgur.com
A brave priest organises a human shield between protestors and police [Kiev, Ukraine, 2013]livejournal.com
Officer Joselito Sevilla is comforted after being berated by a protester [Manila, Philippines, 2013]abs-cbnnews.com
Woman defends a wounded protester from a military bulldozer [Egypt, 2013]buzzfeed.com
Protesters dressed as clowns entertain guards at a G20 meeting [Toronto, Canada, 2010]Mark Keeler
A student protesting education reform hugs a policeman [Bogotá, Colombia, 2011]telegraph.co.uk
Child touches his reflection during a KKK demonstration [Georgia, USA, 1992]reddit.com
The young child in KKK attire became famous when this image hit the presses because of the way that it showed the innocence of children. Although the child is only known by his first name, Josh, the photographer and trooper met in 2012, 20 years after the image was taken.
A young boy offers a heart-shaped balloon to police [Bucharest, Romania, 2012]reddit.com
7. In 2012, health reforms triggered protests in Romania. They quickly became violent and resulted in the resignation of the Prime Minister, Emil Boc.
An Iranian police officer is protected by civilians after being beaten by rioters [Tehran, Iran, 2009]cryptome.org
Caring citizens offer tea to British riot police [London, England, 2011]thesun.co.uk
Riots over a police shooting in England were quickly used as an excuse to loot by small numbers of protesters in cities across the country. Six deaths were reported, all inflicted by looters. The violence lacked popular support, resulting in many scenes of police and public cooperation.
A Turkish protestor plays guitar for police [Turkey, 2011]reddit.com
A child poses beside National Guard members during the LA Riots [Los Angeles, USA, 1992]reddit.com
On March 3, 1991, Rodney King, an African America, was badly beaten by white police officers. On April 29, 1992, the officers were acquitted in court and on the same day riots broke out throughout LA as a result. Around 2000 were injured and 58 died in some of the worst race riots in American history.
Citizens band together to clean up the mess following London riots [London, England, 2011]twitter.yfrog.com
Protesters share crackers with Colombian riot police [Columbia, 2013]reddit.com
Riot police help a woman affected by tear gas [Ankara, Turkey, 2013]reddit.com
What started as an attempt to protect Gezi Park from becoming a mall snowballed and protesters are now calling for many other concessions. In all, 11 people have died and over 8000 have been injured.
Woman successfully defends a group of cornered riot officers from angry protesters [Bogotá, Colombia, 2013]reddit.com
What started as a peaceful protest in Bogotá to support a farmers strike quickly turned violent. Small elements of the protesters assaulted police and began looting.
Girl hands water to two officers [Bosnia, 2013]reddit.com
Young protester embraces police officer [Lisbon, Portugal, 2012]reddit.com
In 2012, Lisbon faced austerity measures and tax hikes like those seen in Spain and Greece. This resulted in a number of protests throughout the country.
Mourners form a 5-mile barrier between a soldier's funeral and the Westboro Baptist Church [USA, 2012]reddit.com
Protesters in Brazil bring cake to an officer for his birthday [Brazil, 2013]reddit.com
A Turkish couple moments after being doused by water cannons [Istanbul, Turkey, 2013]imgur.com
Berkeley professor teaches his class on the side of a building after an evacuation following protest [University of California, USA, 2011]imgur.com
Occupy protesters help a woman in a wheelchair escape teargas [Oakland, USA, 2011]www.reddit.com
Egyptians embrace army soldiers after they refuse orders to fire on civilians [Cairo, Egypt, 2011]
After a year filled with struggle, perseverance, and progress across every continent, it is important to remember that no matter what values are at stake, we are all on the same team.