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Horseriding
By Ulrik Pedersen
09 Mar 2014

A man scouting the area around Chevron's compound. Horses are still the main means of transportation in Pungesti.

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Police filming protesters
By Ulrik Pedersen
09 Mar 2014

Police filming protesters. Activists often post videos on social media to raise awareness about their cause. As a result, the police also started filming the protests in case protesters accuse them of brutality.

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Gendarmerie
By Ulrik Pedersen
09 Mar 2014

A police officer observing villagers protesting against Chevron's fracking activities in the area. Pungesti is one of the poorest villages in Romania but its people have been standing up against the US giant corporation Chevron for months.

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Encounter
By Ulrik Pedersen
09 Mar 2014

A protester is trying to provoke a police officer from the gendarmerie. Both parties constantly try to provoke each other to justify their presence and actions.

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Villagers gathering
By Ulrik Pedersen
09 Mar 2014

Villagers discussing Chevron's activities. Residents and farmers of Pungesti are determined to keep fighting against Chevron's exploitation of their land.

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Villagers Gathering
By Ulrik Pedersen
09 Mar 2014

Men from the village often gather to discuss issues and strategies related to Chevron's activities in the area.

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Horseriding
By Ulrik Pedersen
09 Mar 2014

A carriage on a muddy road in Pungesti. Pungesti is one of Romania's poorest villages. It lacks basic infrastructures. Only the village's main road is paved.

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Pungesti village
By Ulrik Pedersen
08 Mar 2014

Pungesti is a typical Romanian village, with a church, a bar and a small bank and post office. Pungesti, Romania. Unemployment and poverty is forcing young people to leave the village.

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Children playing
By Ulrik Pedersen
08 Mar 2014

Children playing football in front of the fields used by local farmers and also located next to Chevron's compound.

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Chevron's guards
By Ulrik Pedersen
08 Mar 2014

Chevron guard signaling demonstrators to back up from Chevron's compound in Pungesti. Guards are well equipped with helmet, shin pads and glasses. Many residents were injured by guards and the riot police in protests that turned violent.

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Pungesti: The village that said no
pungesti, romania
By Ulrik Pedersen
06 Mar 2014

The villagers of Pungesti, Romania are unlikely eco-activists. The tiny village garnered worldwide attention in October 2013 when villagers started protesting against US energy giant Chevron's fracking activities in their village. Hundreds of activists from across the country also flocked to the Pungesti to support the residents in their fight. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, consists of pumping chemicals at high pressure into deep rock to extract oil or gas. The village's inhabitants, most of whom are elderly farmers who rely on agriculture to survive, are worried fracking could damage the local environment by contaminating their land and ground water. They say fracking will lead to health problems, air pollution and deforestation. Following the protests, police and gendarmerie increased their presence in the village and many residents were subsequently injured in protests that turned violent.

In 2010, the Romanian Government quietly allowed fracking operations to commence by signing an agreement with Chevron, giving it access to more than two million acres of land in Romania. The villagers managed to collect over a thousand signatures from a population of 3,300 for a petition demanding the dismissal of the mayor, who they accuse of corruption. However, the Romanian government disregarded the petition and the mayor remains in office.

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Ukraine's Standoff with Russia
By ttmadmin
05 Mar 2014

Heavily armed anonymous soldiers standing guard at the Coast Guard Headquarter on Karl Marx Street in Simferopol, Crimea (Ukraine) on March 5th, 2014.

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Caracas, Venezuela
By Manaure Quintero
26 Feb 2014

Women demonstrate in Caracas, Venezuela, on February 26. They walk to the General Headquarters of the Venezuelan National Guard, asking to stop oppression of students and protestors and release political prisoners.

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Caracas, Venezuela
By Manaure Quintero
26 Feb 2014

Leopoldo Lopez's wife, Lilian Tintori, waves a flag during the women's demonstration in Caracas on February 26. The women walk to the General Headquarters of the Venezuelan National Guard, asking to stop oppression of students and protestors and release political prisoners.

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Caracas, Venezuela
By Manaure Quintero
26 Feb 2014

Women demonstrate in Caracas, Venezuela, on February 26. They walk to the General Headquarters of the Venezuelan National Guard, asking to stop oppression of students and protestors and release political prisoners.

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Caracas, Venezuela
By Manaure Quintero
26 Feb 2014

Women demonstrate in Caracas, Venezuela, on February 26. They walk to the General Headquarters of the Venezuelan National Guard, asking to stop oppression of students and protestors and release political prisoners.

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Caracas, Venezuela
By Manaure Quintero
26 Feb 2014

Leopoldo Lopez's wife, Lilian Tintori, waves a flag during the women's demonstration in Caracas on February 26. The women walk to the General Headquarters of the Venezuelan National Guard, asking to stop oppression of students and protestors and release political prisoners.

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Women Demonstrate in Caracas
Caracas, Venezuela
By Manaure Quintero
26 Feb 2014

On February 26, women in Caracas wear white and walk to the General Headquarters of the Venezuelan National Guard, asking to stop oppression against students and protestors and release political prisoners.

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Venezuela Student Protests 1
Caracas
By Manaure Quintero
12 Feb 2014

Students in Caracas realize a demonstration asking goverment to release students in jail in San Cristobal. Feb 12th 2014

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anti american protest
sanandaj
By Ulrik Pedersen
11 Feb 2014

Despite the anti government resentment among the Kurds some are participating in marking the 35th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution. They are having signs with "down with america" and burns American and Israeli flags. As most like America they are mostly there because they are forced to participate. Sanandaj, Iran.

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The Frontline of Kiev 56
Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
06 Feb 2014

Massive barricades on occupied Hrushevskoho Street are blocking the riot police from entering the area around the Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) in Kiev, Ukraine.

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Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
06 Feb 2014

Riot police guarding the way to the Cabinet of Ministers are observing the demonstration of priests and mothers in front of the barricades on occupied Hrushevskoho Street.

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Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
06 Feb 2014

Activists at the occupied Independence Sqaure (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) watching the Ukrainian Constitution Talks on a screen mounted on the protester's stage.

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Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
06 Feb 2014

Activists at the occupied Independence Sqaure (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) watching the Ukrainian Constitution Talks on a screen mounted on the protester's stage.

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Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
05 Feb 2014

The Ukrainian flag attached to barricades on occupied Hrushevskoho Street with riot police guarding the way to the Cabinet of Ministers in the background.

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Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
05 Feb 2014

The statue of Valeriy Lobanovskyi, the former coach of Dynamo Kyiv, in the occupied Hrushevskoho Street close to the stadium has been carefully wrapped to protect it from destruction.

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Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
05 Feb 2014

The mothers of activists involved in the "EuroMaidan" movement demonstrate between riot police and heavy barricades at occupied Hrushevskoho Street in Kiev, Ukraine.

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Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
05 Feb 2014

Ukrainian priests gather at occupied Hrushevskoho Street in front of the barricades and riot police for a public service on February 5th, 2014.

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The Frontline of Kiev 7
Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
05 Feb 2014

Journalists crowd around the praying community demonstrating in front of the barricades at occupied Hrushevskoho Street in Kiev, Ukraine.

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Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
05 Feb 2014

Priests and mothers of activists involved in the "EuroMaidan" movement gather at Hrushevskoho Street to mourn the violence that took place on occupied Hrushevskoho Street just a few days ago.

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Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
05 Feb 2014

Ukrainian priests gather at occupied Hrushevskoho Street in front of the barricades and riot police for public service on February 5th, 2014.

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The Frontline of Kiev 14
Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
05 Feb 2014

Ukrainian priests arrive at the "Frontline" on occupied Hrushevskoho Street to hold a public service in front of the riot police blocking the way.

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Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
05 Feb 2014

Priests and mothers of activists involved in the "EuroMaidan" movement gather at Hrushevskoho Street to mourn the violence that took place on occupied Hrushevskoho Street just a few days ago.

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The Frontline of Kiev 9
Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
05 Feb 2014

Riot police guarding the way to the Cabinet of Ministers in front of barricades on Hrushevskoho Street in Kiev, Ukraine.

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Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
05 Feb 2014

Riot police guarding the way to the Cabinet of Ministers in front of barricades on Hrushevskoho Street in Kiev, Ukraine.

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The Frontline of Kiev 16
Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
05 Feb 2014

Two protesters having a break at the barricades dividing activists and riot police on occupied Hrushevskoho Street in Kiev, Ukraine.

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Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
05 Feb 2014

The mothers of activists involved in the "EuroMaidan" movement demonstrate between riot police and heavy barricades at occupied Hrushevskoho Street in Kiev, Ukraine.

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Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
05 Feb 2014

Ukrainian priests arrive at the "Frontline" on occupied Hrushevskoho Street to hold a public service in front of the riot police blocking the way.

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Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
05 Feb 2014

Ukrainian priests arrive at the "Frontline" to hold a public service in front of the riot police blocking the way.

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Kiev, Ukraine
By Daniel Van Moll
05 Feb 2014

A Ukrainian priest is holding a religious image while standing between heavy barricades and riot police on occupied Hrushevskoho Street.