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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 9.45 am Paris time.

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Latest update : 2013-02-26

Anger over killed Bahraini teenager, Libya's burgeoning rugby scene, 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: Bahrain

We begin today in Bahrain, where Valentine's Day is not for lovers, but for remembering a failed uprising against the government. The occupation of the Pearl Roundabout began on February 14, 2011, and was brutally repressed three days later. On February 14 of this year, there were protests and violence again - and a teenage boy was hit by a police birdshot, and died of his wounds.

 

Story 2: Libya

Now to one of the Arab countries that did have a revolution - Libya. A few hardy athletes are trying to build up the sport of rugby in a country where football is king. Under Muammar Gaddafi, rugby got little official support. And under the new government, it still doesn't really have any support. But that's not stopping intrepid players like our Observer, Ala Ben Othmane.

 

Story 3: World

Now for our weekly roundup of stories and images sent in by our Observers.

We begin in southern Africa, in Luanda, the capital of Angola. This video shows women being harassed and mistreated by a group of men in a supermarket. The men accuse them of stealing, then tie them to a post and continue to abuse them. Our Observer Delma says it's a snapshot of the kind of violence women often face in her country.

Now to Iran with our Observer Emad. He is a young rapper, who made this video about the hard life of a taxi driver. It's a rant against the rising cost of living, which leaves his customers short of cash - meaning no more tips for the driver, and endless haggling over the fare. His taxi is old and tired, and barely makes it through the daily traffic jams. He doesn't have enough money to fix it. Emad says the song was inspired by his own experience driving a cab. It's a hit among the drivers in his home town of Rasht.

Last stop, Greece. These are the mugshots of four accused bank robbers. Police say they were injured while being arrested. Their families say they were beaten up afterward, when they were in police custody. One thing is clear though: that the mughsots released to the media were Photoshopped. Bruises and cuts removed from the images. The Minister for Public Order admits that changes were made, but only so the suspects would be more recognizable to the public. He has, however, ordered an investigation.

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