The Observers

Protecting churches in Pakistan, a mini-Paris in China, and more

3 min

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: Pakistan

We begin today with the Pakistani Taliban. Now that's a separate group from the Afghan Taliban across the border. The Pakistani Taliban, known as the TTP, is an umbrella organisation of Islamist militant groups allied with al Qaeda. Their main target is the Pakistani state, but they also target religious minorities, principally Shia Muslims and Christians. An attack on a church last month left 82 Christians wounded and prompted a show of support from across Pakistani society.


Story 2: China

Next up, China's love affair with France. Chinese millionaires say France is their favorite destination in the world - after the US and Singapore. Chinese buyers often come on trips to Paris just to buy Louis Vuitton bags and Chanel makeup. But for those Chinese who don't have the money or the time to make the trip, there's a version of Paris in China, just an hour from Shanghai.


Story 3: World

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

First stop, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and a scene that looks like something from a movie. First you see a driver getting held up by a teenager. The young man starts to run, but goes smack into a police officer - who shoots him twice. The robber was not killed, fortunately. Our Observer José says that in a city that is plagued by violence, the police officer did what he had to do.

Now to Egypt, the Sokhna Gates outside Cairo; and huge posters that suddenly appeared one morning. They show General Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, minister of defense and military production, supreme commander in chief of the Egyptian Army, Navy and Air Force. He is the man who removed democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi from power. The posters were quickly taklen down. But they shocked our Observer Yehia, because the general is not head of state, and has not been elected. They reminded Yehia of the cult of personality that he and others helped overthrow in the 2011 revolution. He's now wondering why they bothered.

We finish today with a fisherman's dream. It happened in Huangyan on the east coast of China. After typhoon Fitow blew through the area, the authorities had to open up a reservoir to control its water levels. It had been used as a fish farm, and its contents spewed out into the local river. Locals caught thousands of fish, some of them very, very big.

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