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The worst thing about protest? Take your pick!

Okay young man, thanks for volunteering, but do you think you have what it takes to be a pro-democracy protester here in Hong Kong?

You BET I do. I have fire in my heart!

That's the spirit. Because sometimes you may get tear-gassed by police, or maybe even punched and kicked.

I can take it for the cause!

You may even have to go to jail.

Just give me the chance! They shall not break my spirit!

Oh, and occasionally you'll need to put your finger up some other dude's nose.

Excuse me, I guess I'm in the wrong place. I'm just here to pick up an order of General Tso's chicken, with extra soy sauce...

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Pro-democracy protesters carrying a mock coffin try to cross a police line during a demonstration demanding China improve its human rights record, outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong, October 1, 2009. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

from MacroScope:

Scenes from a G20 protest, Day Two

Quite a contrast to the previous day. The permitted march in Pittsburgh was peaceful on Friday.

from MacroScope:

Scenes from a G20 protest

Reuters reporter Michelle Nichols was on the scene for Thursday's G20 protests. A note to the organizers of next year's summit: You might want to lock up the dumpsters on wheels.

from From

Graphic: G20 Summit Protests

from FaithWorld:

Malaysian Muslims charged for cow-head protest against Hindus

cow-head-protestSix Malaysian Muslims have been charged with sedition after they marched with a cow's head to protest the construction of a Hindu temple in a case that has stirred racial tensions in the country. The men were from a group of about 50 who had marched on Aug. 28 with the head of a cow, which is sacred to Hindus, to protest a plan to build a Hindu temple in their mainly Muslim neighbourhood. (Photo: Protesters stomp on cow's head, 28 Aug 2009/Samsul Said)

The incident has angered Malaysia's mainly Hindu Indians who make up 9 percent of this mostly Muslim country of 27 million people.

from Our Take on Your Take:

Drama in the details

Sometimes pictures need to be seen big. This week's picture of soccer fans clashing with police in the Czech Republic is one of those pictures. Click here to see the full size image.

The more you look at this picture the more the details of the scene become visible - from the look of horror on the woman's face to the overturned potted plant. The soccer fan's eyes are what draw you into the frame but it is the details that keep you looking at it.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Exploding wieners, run for cover!

Blog Guy, I'm afraid this suicide bomb trend is spreading, and it scares me.

Me too. There are way too many kinds of explosive gadgets. I saw this photo of a woman wearing a device made of an alarm clock and sausages.

Sausages? They don't even explode, do they?

Sure. In many parts of the world they're also called bangers.

But if you look at the real caption, you'll see she's actually protesting on the right side of an issue.

from UK News:

March highlights BNP controversy

I went to the anti-fascist protest against the far-right British National Party's annual summer "festival" on Saturday fearing trouble.

Tensions between anti-fascist and far-right groups were running high after street fights in Birmingham the previous weekend between football-linked groups protesting against Islamic fundamentalism and young Asian men.

from The Great Debate (India):

Did Indians overreact to Shah Rukh Khan being detained?

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan was en route to Chicago for a parade to mark Independence Day when he was detained and questioned at Newark airport.

INDIA-USA/KHANAfter a couple of hours' interrogation, the 43-year-old actor was allowed to make a call, getting in touch with the Indian consulate who vouched for him and secured his release.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

$650? Who do I have to kill?

From Nepal comes news that women marched through Kathmandu today to denounce a government plan to pay cash incentives to men for marrying widows.

Not surprisingly, widows are a bit put off by this, saying they would prefer jobs, better health care and education, and that basically being buttheads, men would tend to marry them for the reward and then abandon them.