Japanese students at wits' end with job search, videos of election fraud in Russia, 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.
STORY 1: RUSSIA
We begin today in Russia where Vladimir Putin’s party United Russia suffered a setback – but not a defeat – in parliamentary elections. We talked to our France 24 observer Taras Fedoseev, who was acting as an election observer for one of the opposition parties. He was at a polling station in Moscow.
STORY 2: JAPAN
Now to Japan, with a student who’s on the verge… Haruki says he can’t take the pressure any more at his university. He’s expected to study hard – but at the same time look for his first job. It’s what happens to all college students in Japan, but Haruki and his classmates have been taking their frustration into the streets.
STORY 3: WORLD
Now for our weekly roundup, the best of our observers contributions from around the world.
First stop, Tunisia, with our Observer Badiaa Boulila. A demonstration on Bourguiba Avenue in the capital Tunis : this time not for democracy, or to throw out a president – but calling for Libyans to go home. The crowd gathered in front of a hotel that houses many Libyans. They’re angry over the killing of a young woman – and they believe a Libyan was responsible.
Tunisians are growing increasingly frustrated, Badia tells us, at the thousands of Libyans who sought refuge in their country during the uprising against Muammer Gaddafi. But that ended nearly 2 months ago – and Tunisians are wondering why they’re still there.
Next, to Bogota, Colombia for more demonstrations, with our Observer, American Mike Ceaser. For several weeks now ‘internal refugees’ have been protesting in the city’s Bolivar Square. They're people who’ve been forced to flee their homes in the countryside because of violence by left and right-wing paramilitaries. Mike went to talk to them. They told him how they’d lived with threats, extortion, kidnappings and killings – until they couldn’t take it any more.
Our last stop is Beijing, with Qiu Yong. He’s angry over a fleet of buses. He read on the internet that China was donating 23 schoolbuses – brand new, gleaming yellow schoolbuses - to Macedonia. He wants to know why, and so do lots of other Chinese web users. Why China is donating buses to a country where the GDP per capita is higher, while many Chinese kids go to school in buses that are rickety and dangerous.