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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 : 2011-10-26

Occupy Wall Street spreads abroad, video shows thugs sparked Egypt clashes, and more...

This show is made up entirely of amateur images. We've seen time and time again how images captured by ordinary citizens then uploaded onto the Web can change history, or at least shift the balance of power. This week, we take a look back at some of those moments.


We begin with the Occupy Wall Street movement. It began in a little park near Wall Street in New York. But it's now spread to cities across the US and in dozens of countries. The demonstrators are very diverse, and so are their demands - so it remains to be seen where the movement will go, and how long it will last. We talked to two of our Observers, in Boston and Dublin, and they say they're going to be camping out at least through the winter.


Next up, a look at some of the images sent in this week by our Observers.

We begin in China with a story that's deeply shocked the nation. A 2 year old girl was hit by a van in a market in her hometown of Foshan. The driver of the van drove off without stopping. But it's what happens next that has the Chinese asking questions... Over the next seven minutes, 18 people pass the little girl's unconscious body and not one stops to check on her. Finally a trash collector pulls her out of the way. The girl, whose name was Yue Yue, has died, and the driver has been arrested. Our Observer Li Moral tells us that would-be good samaritans in China sometimes think twice before intervening because of a recent lawsuit. But even so, internet users are determined to identify and shame the 18 people who left her lying in the road.

Next stop Cairo, Egypt, where clashes that left 25 people dead on October. 9. It happened when security forces cracked down on a demonstration by Coptic Christians. But these pictures, shot by our Observer Mohammad Galal, show there were others involved - men in plain clothes, armed with knives, stones and bottles. They attack the demonstrators crying 'God is great'. Mohammad believes they are 'baltagiya' - thugs-for-hire who used to beat up opponents of the old regime. Hosni Mubarak may be out of the picture, but his bully boys are apparently still in the streets.

We finish today with a tribute to Steve Jobs from a one-year-old girl who has grown up in the age of the iPad and its tactile screen. So when she sees an old-fashioned magazine, she doesn't understand why it doesn't work, why the pictures don't move. Her dad explains that it's because Steve Jobs "has coded a part of her OS" - her operating system.



2017-01-14 Burma

Burmese policemen abuse Rohingya in a video, and a Malian is deported from France in handcuffs

A video emerged of Rohingya attacked by Burmese policemen, a Malian was handcuffed on a plane and deported from France, and a controversial new song hit the airwaves in Saudi...

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2016-12-31 Afghanistan

The Best Of 2016 at The Observers

For our last show of 2016, we look back at our favourite Observers from the year. A weekly news show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from France 24 Observers...

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2016-12-27 Burkina Faso

Round-up of migrants in Algeria, and militias in Burkina Faso replace police in crackdown on crime

Random, mass arrests of migrants have been taking place in Algeria; militias in Burkina Faso are replacing the role of police and imposing their own form of justice; and male...

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2016-12-10 Botswana

Painting eyes on cows' behinds and the group of young women fighting harassment in Mexico

A biologist has a funny idea for stopping lions from attacking herds of cows in Botswana, a group of young women walk through the streets of Mexico City armed with a GoPro to...

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2016-11-26 Greece

A racist attack in South Africa is exploited by political parties, and migrants describe the appalling conditions of camps in Greece

A weekly news show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from France 24 Observers around the world - all checked by our staff here in Paris.

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