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A show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from our Observers around the world - all checked by our staff here in Paris. Saturday at 10.15 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2011-07-11

This week: Greece's 'Indignant' movement, Putin vs. environmentalists and Saudi retreat from Bahrain protests

This week, our Observers tell us about the 'Indignant' movement in Greece, crash the beach in front of Vladimir Putin's controversial black sea palace, and denounce the Saudi Arabia's quiet withdrawal from Bahrain after repressing the opposition.

Presentation: Derek Thomson. Editorial team: Julien Pain, Lorena Galliot, Ségolène Malterre, Sarra Grira, Peggy Bruguière, Paul Larrouturou.
 
STORY 1: GREECE
 
We begin today in Greece, with a group of protesters who call themselves the "indignant ones". Inspired by a similar movement in Spain, they've been camped out in a central square in Athens for weeks - protesting against the government's very tough austerity measures. Their protests have generally been peaceful. But that was not the case when parliament came to vote on the measures. The police reacted with military-style force.
 
Observer: Pol Bouratsis, in Athens.
 
STORY 2: RUSSIA
 
Next up, we come back to a story we first brought you in January... a sumptuous palace being built on the shores of Russia's Black Sea. A Russian businessman says he knows who it's being built for - the former president, and current prime minister, Vladimir Putin. Putin's staff denies it, but whoever the real owner is, he'll have to face the wrath of environmentalists. They recently visited the site to get a look for themselves.
 
Observer: Suren Gazaryan
 
STORY 3: BAHRAIN
 
We end today in the tiny gulf state of Bahrain. It's been four months now since a brutal crackdown ended the occupation of the city's Pearl Roundabout. Members of the country's Shia majority wanted more freedom from the ruling Sunni regime. But the ruling family said no - with the help of a thousand troops from neighboring Saudi Arabia. Now the government is putting the protesters on trial, and the Saudis have quietly withdrawn. Mission - apparently - accomplished.
 
Observer:  Yousif Almuhafdah

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