revolutionary Mayday demo in Berlin

May 1st 2015 – Thousands of people marched through the streets in Berlin to protest against local, national and global policy with topics ranging from social, environmental and capitalistic issues. Compared to the rowdy Mayday demos in the late 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s the protest was calm with just 53 people being detained by police and 5 of them being charged for resisting arrest and breach of the peace.

 

70 year liberation of the KZ Sachsenhausen

April 17th 2015 – The memorial of the victims of Nazi Germany KZ Sachsenhausen on the 70 year anniversary of the liberation of the camp. More than 200.000 people were imprisoned, thousands were killed between 1936 and 1945 until Soviet and Polish troops arrived. Approximately 3.000 prisoners, doctors and nurses were found alive on the day of the liberation.

 

civil disobedience follows the murder of Mike Brown

Thai coup d’etat leads to martial law

May 2014 – The Commander of the Royal Thai Army General Prayut Chan-o-Cha declared a coup d’etat on May 22nd, just weeks after a court charged former Prime Minster Yingluck Shinawatra with abuse of power. The military junta under the name of National Council for Peace and Order [NCPO] dissolved the government and Senate, introduced martial law including a curfew, internet censorship and arrested political activists.

[UPDATE:] The court decision regarding Yingluck is expected to take place on August 25th 2017.

 

 

riots shake Bosnia and Herzegovina

February 2014 – Several cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina including Sarajevo were met with peaceful protests and violent riots. Thousands of people took to the streets to protest against high unemployment and a corrupt government. Municipal buildings were set on fire, police used tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon trucks to disperse the violent crowds.

 

the beginnings of the civil war in Ukraine

January until April 2014 – During the Maidan protest which led to the ousting of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich in February 2014 and an ongoing geopolitical stand off between NATO and Russia, thousands of people occupied the Independence Square in Kiev for several months. More than 100 people lost their lives in Kiev. In April 2014 Pro Russian seperatists have overthrown the regional governments in the Eastern cities of Lugansk or Donetsk which led to the ongoing civil war.

[UPDATE:] More than 10.000 people have died in the conflict.

 

Thailand protests against government

December 2013 – Thousands of people from all over Thailand came to the capital Bangkok to protest against the government under the countries first female Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

[UPDATE:] A military coup followed in summer 2014. The verdict against Yingluck is expected to take place on August 25th 2017.

 

typhoon Haiyan destroys the Philippines

November 2013 – Typhoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda in the Western World) hit the Philippines on November 8th and left more than 6.000 people dead and more than 1.000 people still missing.

 

 

 

moments

 

February 1982 until today – wandering through the streets with curiosity.

me at work