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Ten years ago, the International Labor Organization (ILO) established June 12 as World Day Against Child Labor. The ILO, an agency of the United Nations, says on its website: "Hundreds of millions of girls and boys throughout the world are engaged in work that deprives them of adequate education, health, leisure and basic freedoms, violating their rights." The World Day Against Child Labor was launched as a way to highlight the plight of these children and support governments and social organizations in their campaigns against child labor. [37 photos]

The rough hands of an Afghan child, at the Sadat Ltd. Brick factory, where some children work from 8am to 5 pm daily, seen on May 14, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Child labor is common at the brick factories where the parents work as laborers, desperate to make more money enlisting their children to help doing the easy jobs. (Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)

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HOLY WEEK HOLY WEEK: Men sang as they carried a crucifix outside a church before a Holy Week procession in Malaga, Spain, Thursday. (Jon Nazca/Reuters)

GOLF ROUND GOLF ROUND: Kelly Kraft prepared to hit from the sand on the seventh green during the first round of the 2012 Masters Tournament Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. (Zuma Press)

ON THE WATER ON THE WATER: A Bangladeshi youth maneuvered bundles of bamboo along a waterway in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday. (Munir uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)

SCOOPING UP FOOD SCOOPING UP FOOD: A woman scooped up spilled rice after a truck overturned in the middle of the road in the Citi Soleil neighborhood of Port au Prince, Haiti, Wednesday. (Zuma Press)

A HIGH JUMP A HIGH JUMP: A competitor warmed up before his heat in the World Irish Dancing Championships at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Thursday. (Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)

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PERPENDICULAR
PERPENDICULAR: Australia’s Georgia Simpson competed on the uneven bars Wednesday in London during a qualification round for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. (Steven Paston/Action Images/Zuma Press)

FLUSHED OUT
FLUSHED OUT: Demonstrators were sprayed with water as crews tried to demolish their homes in San Juan, Philippines, Wednesday. The demolition paves the way for the construction of a new city hall, shopping mall and condominiums. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press)

SYRIAN UNREST
SYRIAN UNREST: A woman injured amid unrest Wednesday in the neighborhood of Akrama in Homs, Syria, was treated at a hospital. A French TV cameraman in the city became the first Western journalist killed in the 10-month-old Syrian uprising. (Joseph Eid/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

RESTRAINED
RESTRAINED: Police officers restrained a man holding a knife at the location where People First Party presidential candidate James Soong was due to hold a rally in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday. The country’s presidential election is Jan. 14. (Chiang Ying-ying/Associated Press)

NEW NORMAL
NEW NORMAL: A boy ran by as a girl sat on the wreckage of a helicopter and wrote Tuesday in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, at a camp for people who were displaced by a deadly Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake. (Andres Martinez Casares/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

FRAIL STATE
FRAIL STATE: Former Jamaat-e-Islami party leader Ghulam Azam, in a wheelchair, was escorted in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday. The International Crimes Tribunal ordered him jailed as he awaits trial for allegedly instigating deadly rampages during a 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. (Munir uz Zaman/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

STACKED UP
STACKED UP: Men transported office furniture on tricycles in Beijing Wednesday. (Adrian Bradshaw/European Pressphoto Agency)

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SEEKING SCRAPS
SEEKING SCRAPS: Men searched for valuables in the Zongo market in Cotonou, Benin, on Thursday, two days after residents say the market was destroyed by police without warning. Officials said they were making the area presentable for Pope Benedict XVI, who arrives Friday. (Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press)

MOVED TO TEARS
MOVED TO TEARS: Gretchen Vanderlinden-Wang cried as she listened to personal testimony from Social Security recipients Thursday at Capitol Hill in Washington during a rally against cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

STORM DAMAGE
STORM DAMAGE: A man walked past damaged cars and trees near Rock Hill, S.C., Thursday. A storm system that spawned tornadoes moved across the Southeast late Wednesday, killing at least six people in three states and flattening homes. (Rainier Ehrhardt/Associated Press)

RELOCATED
RELOCATED: Police officers carried away a protester from the Occupy movement in Los Angeles Thursday. (David McNew/Reuters)

WHALE OF A TIME
WHALE OF A TIME: People took pictures in front of a dead sperm whale in Meldorf, Germany, Thursday. The beached whale’s body will be recovered in the coming days and its skeleton eventually will be displayed at the Natural History Museum in Muenster, Germany. (Carsten Rehder/DPA/Zuma Press)

SMOLDERING HEAP
SMOLDERING HEAP: Smoke rose from houses after a blaze in a slum of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday. More than 100 homes burned to the ground. (Munir uz Zaman/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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