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Latest update : 2014-01-21

Online reactions to Ukraine violence

In this edition: reports of violent clashes between police and protesters in Ukraine; a Londoner launches an online campaign to find the man who saved his life; and a billiards trickshotter in a pretty impressive display.

ONLINE REACTIONS TO UKRAINE VIOLENCE

Ukraine’s opposition leader and former boxer Vitali Klitschko speaks to protesters through a loudspeaker, trying to reason with them and stop clashes between them and the police. But his appeals for calm go unheeded and he is sprayed with a fire extinguisher.

This was Sunday, demonstrators had gathered in Kiev’s Independence Square for a pro-Europe rally and also to protest against new laws aimed at stamping out anti-government demonstrations. Clashes erupted when protesters stormed the police cordon and tried to push their way towards the Ukrainian parliament and police retaliated with tear gas and stun grenades.

Social networkers have since posted documents online attesting to the standoff. In this amateur video footage for example, we see two riot police officers being beaten by a crowd of protesters armed with sticks.

Supporters of Ukraine’s pro-Europe movement which began around two months ago have condemned the violence. This message which has been doing the rounds on Facebook is urging demonstrators to protest peacefully. Many are wondering if there were “Titushky” in the crowds, so hooligans allegedly sponsored by the government to try and discredit the movement.

 

MAN LAUNCHES WEB CAMPAIGN TO FIND STRANGER WHO SAVED HIM

In this YouTube video, 26 year-old Londoner Jonny Benjamin who suffers from schizoaffective disorder explains how a complete stranger saved his life. On the 14th January 2008 he was about to commit suicide by jumping off Waterloo Bridge, when a passerby who he knows only as Mike talked him out of it. And now six years on Jonny Benjamin wants to find the anonymous Good Samaritan and thank him for what he did.

His story has warmed the hearts of countless social networkers who have been reposting and sharing his appeal. They have been using the #FindMike hashtag to circulate this document in which Jonny Benjamin asks anyone who may be able to help him identify his saviour to come forward. Web users are also commenting on the kind heartedness of the mystery passerby. This Twitter user for example praises him for taking time out to help someone who was clearly distressed.

The viral campaign has the support of UK charity "Rethink Mental Illness” which works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness, and is also seeking to change society’s perception of mental health problems. Jonny Benjamin is making an active contribution to this campaign by posting videos online on a regular basis, talking about his illness and sharing accounts of how he is progressively getting better.

 

STATS OF THE DAY

In 1975, there were some 1.4 million refugees across the world; in 2012 this figure stood at close to 18 million. This interactive map focusses on the numbers of people fleeing conflict in their home country or political or religious persecution over the past forty years. The tool is called “Refugee project” and shows the number of refugees in various areas around the world, and why they have been forced to flee. 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

With over 602,000 followers Zach King is something of a Vine sensation. His popularity on Twitter’s video sharing service is largely down to the magic tricks he posts online. His 6- second clips showcase his talents as a magician, and he sometime even gives away some of his secrets… much to the delight of adults and children alike. 

EMOTICONS RECREATED IN REAL LIFE

The smiley face, the thumbs up and also the broken heart … used in emails, instant messaging, SMS and also on social networks, emoticons are now part of our everyday life. Liza Nelson has taken these illustrations and transposed them into real life in this photo collection available on the “Emoji IRL” blog which looks at some of the American graphic designers favourite pictorial representations… 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

25 year-old Frenchman Florian Kholer aka Venom is a renowned trickshotter in the billiards community. And you can get an idea of what he’s capable of in this video where he pulls off one trick after another, each more complicated than the next. The video is called “Venom Trickshots 2” and you check out in its entirety on all good video sharing platforms.

By Electron Libre

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