The Observers

Sikhs hit the streets in India, the wounded of Tunisia's revolution demand treatment, 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: INDIA

We begin today in India, and the case of a man who's ready to die. Balwant Singh Rajoana admits that he served as a backup suicide bomber in a 1995 plot that killed the minister of Punjab state. Rajoana was supposed to be hanged last Saturday. He wasn't fighting the decision, but his Sikh comrades took to the streets on his behalf. Political parties and even the Punjab government took up the call, and the court has now postponed the execution indefinitely. Some are complaining the court ceded to political pressure. But the Sikhs want more - a pardon. They note that Rajoana has spent 17 years in prison and say the minister who was killed was himself responsible for years of attacks on their community. Here's our Observer Navkiran Singh.


Story 2: TUNISIA

Now to Tunisia. It's been more than a year now since the Tunisian revolution, but the wounds have yet to heal. Literally. People who were injured while trying to get rid of their president say they still haven't been properly compensated - or even treated. Our Observer Jihed Mabrouk needs to be operated on abroad, but he can't afford it. While he's waiting, Jihad takes daily morphine shots to deal with the pain.

Story 3: WORLD

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

We begin in the US, the state of Colorado, with a family fleeing a huge forest fire. They filmed it on a cell phone. It was in the middle of the day, but the smoke makes it look like nighttime. They were lucky to get away - their neighborhood was destroyed shortly after they shot the video.

Still in the US, a new way of letting your Congressman know what you think: send him a uterus... a knitted one. That's what women's rights activists have been doing. They're angry over efforts to make it harder to get abortions, especially a new law in Texas and other states that forces women to see their fetus on a sonogram before they decide to abort. Our Observer says the women are sending a message: "Here's a uterus for you to control, get your hands off mine!

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