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EAT, DRINK, BE MERRY: A man used a freezer door as a tray while he ate and drank in dirty floodwater in Bangkok Thursday. No major outbreaks have been reported since monsoon rains triggered deadly flooding in July, but skin diseases and fungal infections are common. (Altaf Qadri/Associated Press)

PRESSING ISSUE: Journalists took a nap in the media center during the Group of 20 summit Thursday in Cannes, France, where Greece’s bailout crisis topped the agenda for the world’s economic leaders. (Charles Platiau/Reuters)

TRUCKS STOPPED: Truck Driver Singh Mann videotaped Occupy Oakland protesters blocking traffic from entering the Port of Oakland in California Wednesday. Thousands of demonstrators temporarily shut down one of the nation’s busiest shipping ports, which reopened Thursday. (Kent Porter/Santa Rosa Press Democrat/Associated Press)

PROTRACTED EXAM: A young man received a physical examination for conscription in the People’s Liberation Army in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China, Thursday. (ChinaFotoPress/Zuma Press)

TRAIN TROUBLE: More than 20 cars derailed, two of which carried hazardous materials, on a freight train in Bartlett, Ill., Thursday. Three of the cars carrying fiberboard and scrap metal caught fire. No one was injured, authorities said. (M. Spencer Green/Associated Press)

WALL OF BLUE: Riot police officers blocked more than 1,000 protesters—including small-business owners and veterans of the Soviet war in Afghanistan—as the demonstrators rallied against austerity measures in front of Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev Thursday. (Genya Savilov/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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There are many forms of protest, many ways to express an objection to particular events, situations, policies, and even people.  Protests can also take many forms - from individual statements to mass demonstrations - both peaceful and violent. In the last 30 days, there have been numerous protests across the globe in many countries.  The following post is a collection of only some of those protests, but the images convey a gamut of emotions as citizens stand up for their political, economic, religious and lifestyle rights.  -- Paula Nelson (51 photos total)
As protesters sleep in Zuccotti Park, N.Y. police officers receive instructions. A group of activists calling themselves Occupy Wall Street targeted the Financial District for more than a week of demonstrations in late September. The group said they sought to bring attention to corporate malfeasance, social inequality, and the yawning gap in income between America's rich and poor. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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