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Politics 2017 was the year of protests — here are the most powerful photos from the turbulent year

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From India to the United States, millions of people protested across the world in 2017.

A protester hoists a Venezuelan flag as a part of the Supreme Court of Justice burns in Caracas. play

A protester hoists a Venezuelan flag as a part of the Supreme Court of Justice burns in Caracas.

(Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

With nationalism and authoritarianism sweeping the globe, 2017 saw protests and marches break out from India to Kenya to the United States.

The massive political gatherings that have taken place across the world this year featured incredible scenes of human resilience and perseverance, and reporters have been there to cover every one.

Here are 17 of the most inspiring photos from protests this year:

January 21: The day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, who once bragged about being able to grab women "by the p---y" on tape, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington, DC for the massive Women's March. Many more participated in sister marches in cities around the world.

January 21: The day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, who once bragged about being able to grab women "by the p---y" on tape, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington, DC for the massive Women's March. Many more participated in sister marches in cities around the world. play

January 21: The day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, who once bragged about being able to grab women "by the p---y" on tape, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington, DC for the massive Women's March. Many more participated in sister marches in cities around the world.

(Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

Source: Business Insider



February 22: The protest camp on the Standing Rock Reservation burns down as protesters are evacuated after Trump's administration reversed a decision by former President Barack Obama on to shut down the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

February 22: The protest camp on the Standing Rock Reservation burns down as protesters are evacuated after Trump's administration reversed a decision by former President Barack Obama on to shut down the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. play

February 22: The protest camp on the Standing Rock Reservation burns down as protesters are evacuated after Trump's administration reversed a decision by former President Barack Obama on to shut down the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

(Terray Sylvester/Reuters)

Source: Business Insider



March 8: A Muslim woman got arrested at the "Day Without a Woman" protest in New York City, which was organized as a followup to January's Women's March.

March 8: A Muslim woman got arrested at the "Day Without a Woman" protest in New York City, which was organized as a followup to January's Women's March. play

March 8: A Muslim woman got arrested at the "Day Without a Woman" protest in New York City, which was organized as a followup to January's Women's March.

(Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Source: Business Insider



April 19: During ongoing protests against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, a protester helps another injured demonstrator in Caracas. Both are wearing gas masks to guard against tear gas.

April 19: During ongoing protests against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, a protester helps another injured demonstrator in Caracas. Both are wearing gas masks to guard against tear gas. play

April 19: During ongoing protests against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, a protester helps another injured demonstrator in Caracas. Both are wearing gas masks to guard against tear gas.

(Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

Source: Business Insider



April 28: A demonstrator kicks a vehicle in a protest against President Michel Temer's proposal to reform Brazil's social security system during a general strike in Rio de Janeiro.

April 28: A demonstrator kicks a vehicle in a protest against President Michel Temer's proposal to reform Brazil's social security system during a general strike in Rio de Janeiro. play

April 28: A demonstrator kicks a vehicle in a protest against President Michel Temer's proposal to reform Brazil's social security system during a general strike in Rio de Janeiro.

(REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes)

Source: Reuters



May 11: A Palestinian launches a stone out of a sling-slot at the Israeli army during protests supporting Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails on a hunger strike.

May 11: A Palestinian launches a stone out of a sling-slot at the Israeli army during protests supporting Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails on a hunger strike. play

May 11: A Palestinian launches a stone out of a sling-slot at the Israeli army during protests supporting Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails on a hunger strike.

(Mohamed Torokman/Reuters)

Source: Business Insider



June 27: Women supporting Planned Parenthood stand dressed as handmaids from the show the "The Handmaid's Tale" to protest the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

June 27: Women supporting Planned Parenthood stand dressed as handmaids from the show the "The Handmaid's Tale" to protest the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. play

June 27: Women supporting Planned Parenthood stand dressed as handmaids from the show the "The Handmaid's Tale" to protest the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

(Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Source: Business Insider



July 9: Anti-capitalist protestors held peace signs in front of riot police in Hamburg, Germany during protests against the G20 summit in the city. The protests, and the police response to them, shut down the northern Germany city.

July 9: Anti-capitalist protestors held peace signs in front of riot police in Hamburg, Germany during protests against the G20 summit in the city. The protests, and the police response to them, shut down the northern Germany city. play

July 9: Anti-capitalist protestors held peace signs in front of riot police in Hamburg, Germany during protests against the G20 summit in the city. The protests, and the police response to them, shut down the northern Germany city.

(Axel Schmidt/Reuters)

Source: Business Insider



July 21: Palestinians run to avoid tear gas canisters during protests in Jerusalem over Muslims' ability to access the Haram al-Sharif mosque compound.

July 21: Palestinians run to avoid tear gas canisters during protests in Jerusalem over Muslims' ability to access the Haram al-Sharif mosque compound. play

July 21: Palestinians run to avoid tear gas canisters during protests in Jerusalem over Muslims' ability to access the Haram al-Sharif mosque compound.

(Ammar Awad/Reuters)

Source: Business Insider



July 23: Anti-government demonstrators raise candles in Warsaw, Poland during a massive protest aimed at stopping the country's right-wing government from enacting judiciary reforms, which activists had deemed anti-democratic.

July 23: Anti-government demonstrators raise candles in Warsaw, Poland during a massive protest aimed at stopping the country's right-wing government from enacting judiciary reforms, which activists had deemed anti-democratic. play

July 23: Anti-government demonstrators raise candles in Warsaw, Poland during a massive protest aimed at stopping the country's right-wing government from enacting judiciary reforms, which activists had deemed anti-democratic.

(Czarek Sokolowski/AP)

Source: Business Insider



August 1: Muslim Kashmiris protest Indian rule during the funeral of a militant in Srinagar. Clashes between Muslims, Hindus, and Indian authorities are ongoing in the disputed region in the Himalayas.

August 1: Muslim Kashmiris protest Indian rule during the funeral of a militant in Srinagar. Clashes between Muslims, Hindus, and Indian authorities are ongoing in the disputed region in the Himalayas. play

August 1: Muslim Kashmiris protest Indian rule during the funeral of a militant in Srinagar. Clashes between Muslims, Hindus, and Indian authorities are ongoing in the disputed region in the Himalayas.

(Dar Yasin/AP)

Source: Business Insider



August 12: White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the 'alt-right' clash with anti-fascist counter-protesters in Charlottesville during the Unite the Right Rally. One counter-protester, Heather Heyer, was killed.

August 12: White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the 'alt-right' clash with anti-fascist counter-protesters in Charlottesville during the Unite the Right Rally. One counter-protester, Heather Heyer, was killed. play

August 12: White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the 'alt-right' clash with anti-fascist counter-protesters in Charlottesville during the Unite the Right Rally. One counter-protester, Heather Heyer, was killed.

(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Source: Business Insider



August 19: In response to a right-wing rally in Boston, people in the city turned out in droves, dwarfing the original protest with their counter-march "to fight bigotry and hate."

August 19: In response to a right-wing rally in Boston, people in the city turned out in droves, dwarfing the original protest with their counter-march "to fight bigotry and hate." play

August 19: In response to a right-wing rally in Boston, people in the city turned out in droves, dwarfing the original protest with their counter-march "to fight bigotry and hate."

(Stephanie Keith/Reuters)

Source: Business Insider



September 25: What started with one player, Colin Kaepernick, kneeling during the US national anthem became an NFL-wide phenomenon to protest racial injustice. Trump demanded that players stand and "RESPECT OUR COUNTRY."

September 25: What started with one player, Colin Kaepernick, kneeling during the US national anthem became an NFL-wide phenomenon to protest racial injustice. Trump demanded that players stand and "RESPECT OUR COUNTRY." play

September 25: What started with one player, Colin Kaepernick, kneeling during the US national anthem became an NFL-wide phenomenon to protest racial injustice. Trump demanded that players stand and "RESPECT OUR COUNTRY."

(Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Source: Business Insider



October 1: Police drag demonstrators from protesting in front of a polling station during Catalonia's independence referendum. In an international crisis, Spain declared Catalonia's referendum illegal and responded to demonstrations with force.

October 1: Police drag demonstrators from protesting in front of a polling station during Catalonia's independence referendum. In an international crisis, Spain declared Catalonia's referendum illegal and responded to demonstrations with force. play

October 1: Police drag demonstrators from protesting in front of a polling station during Catalonia's independence referendum. In an international crisis, Spain declared Catalonia's referendum illegal and responded to demonstrations with force.

(Susana Vera/Reuters)

Source: Business Insider



October 4: Someone dressed up as the Monopoly man sat behind Richard Smith as he testified before Congress. Smith stepped down as CEO of Equifax after news broke that a hack exposed the personal data of nearly half the US population.

October 4: Someone dressed up as the Monopoly man sat behind Richard Smith as he testified before Congress. Smith stepped down as CEO of Equifax after news broke that a hack exposed the personal data of nearly half the US population. play

October 4: Someone dressed up as the Monopoly man sat behind Richard Smith as he testified before Congress. Smith stepped down as CEO of Equifax after news broke that a hack exposed the personal data of nearly half the US population.

(REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein)

Source: Business Insider



October 13: French trade union protests erupt in Paris, and a French riot policewoman confronts demonstrators amid a flurry of fog and color.

A French riot police woman in Paris play

A French riot police woman in Paris

(Charles Platiau/Reuters)

Source: Reuters



October 26: A Kenyan soldier walks past a burning barricade during a protest in a slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Anti-government protests roiled the country after a contentious election re-run.

October 26: A Kenyan soldier walks past a burning barricade during a protest in a slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Anti-government protests roiled the country after a contentious election re-run. play

October 26: A Kenyan soldier walks past a burning barricade during a protest in a slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Anti-government protests roiled the country after a contentious election re-run.

(Siegfried Modola/Reuters)

Source: Business Insider



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