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Latest update : 2014-01-27

Ukraine: Protesters post selfies online

In this edition: protesters in Ukraine posting "selfies" online; a Chinese activist crossing her country on foot denouncing sexual violence; and a stop motion video shot on Google Glass.

UKRAINE: PROTESTERS POST SELFIES ONLINE

This photo caption posted online by Daryna Shevchenko reads "breaking the law". The Ukrainian journalist is denouncing a series of repressive laws recently adopted by parliament, which, amongst other things, ban protesters from wearing masks or helmets.

Many demonstrators have posted “selfies” online over the past few days illustrating how they have been protecting themselves from the cold and the tear gas. The pictures often feature barricades as a backdrop amid the deadly clashes between protesters and police.

And ever since the unrest erupted two months ago when the Ukrainian government refused to sign a European Union association agreement, social networks have been abuzz with photos of citizens showing their support for the revolution and the protests staged in and around Kiev`s Independence Square.

Former boxing champion and opposition leader Vitali Klitschko and his brother Vladimir have also been posting “selfies” taken during demonstrations – like this photo in front of a riot police cordon.

And members of the security forces have also been known to take out their camera and immortalize their involvement in the repression. This video shows the shocking moment police officers took souvenir shots with a protester who had been forced to strip to his socks and stand in the freezing cold temperatures before being taken away in a police bus.

 

CHINA: FIGHTING AGAINST SEXUAL VIOLENCE STEP BY STEP

Last autumn 24-year-old Chinese activist Xiao Meili embarked on a journey on foot across China to draw attention to the problem of sexual violence in her country. She has been updating her blog and her profile on microblogging platform Sina Weibo so web users can follow her on the 2,000 kilometer trek from Beijing to Canton, her so called “beautiful feminist walk”.

Locals can also get involved by joining the young feminist en route. And many have come out to show their encouragement, keeping her company, offering her somewhere to stay or indeed bringing her something to eat. 

Xiao Meili has also designed some post cards which are available to buy online. As she writes on her blog, the profits will be used to pay for accommodation and food during her trek.

The aim is to raise awareness about violence and sexual abuse against women in China. The activist has also posted images online as she stops in towns and villages along the way, talking to residents and asking them to sign petitions that she then sends by postal mail to the local authorities in that particular region.

It is most definitely an issue in China: around half the men responding to a UN survey back in May confessed they had already physically or sexually assaulted their wife or girlfriend. The study also showed that 65% of rapes were committed by the woman`s partner.

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

American web users have been posting under the #PlanetHillary hashtag in their droves, poking fun at The New York Times Sunday supplement magazine cover depicting Hillary Clinton as a planet. And of course the photomontage soon got an Internet makeover with countless parodies making their way on to social networks. Online comedians have been having a field day editing the former US Secretary of State in to just about everywhere…

RECREATING THE SCRIPT OF RESERVOIR DOGS ON TWITTER

One American web user has reproduced the script for the Quentin Tarentino film Resevoir Dogs, in its entirety, on Twitter via the account @ReservoirDogs_. The movie lover even went as far as to create a Twitter account for each character in the film so they could tweet their parts of the dialogue. Painstaking work indeed which will no doubt prove hugely popular with fans of the American filmmaker. 

FOOD PORTRAITS BY NATHAN WYBURN

A portrait of the famous Italian football coach Fabio Capello, made out of bolognaise sauce and lasagna, Jesus painted in chocolate and a photo of singer Katy Perry recreated in cat food …these are just some of the astonishing food portraits produced by Nathan Wyburn, available to view on the British artist's website. 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

This highly imaginative stop motion video is called « Catch » and has been shot entirely on Google Glass. It was dreamt up by four animation experts from New York and you can check it out in all its glory on YouTube…

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