Photos: Yellow vests in France, pink crosses in Mexico and anti-government protests around the world

Protests in U.S.A, Turkey and Pakistan commemorated the New Zealand shooting victims while those in Serbia and Algeria criticized respective governmentsDEVIKA DESAI Updated: March 25, 2019


Gilets Jaunes or ‘Yellow Vest’ occupy the steps leading to the Baslique du Sacre Coeur during Act 19 of protests on March 23, 2019 in Paris, France. KIRAN RIDLEY/GETTY IMAGES

Yellow vest demonstrators gathered for a 19th round of protests in Paris on Saturday, accompanied by enhanced security and authority-issues bans to protest in certain areas, to avoid a repeat of last week’s riots in the capital. The protests began in November to oppose fuel tax hikes, but over the last four months have evolved into a broader criticism of Macron’s economic policies, which protesters say favour the wealthy over the workers.

A demonstrator takes part in a march of the Tibetan community in France in Paris on March 24, 2019 to protest against the visit of Chinese President to France. KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP

Tibetan protesters also took to the streets in Paris on Saturday to protest against the visit of Chinese President to France, marking long-held tensions between China and its hold on parts of Tibet.

U.S.A/Turkey/Pakistan/New Zealand

Demonstrators take part in a protest against growing Islamophobia, white supremacy, and anti-immigrant bigotry following the attacks at Christchurch New Zealand on March 24, 2019 at the Time Square in New York City.JOHANNES EISELE / AFP

Demonstrators from the around the world marched against growing Islamophobia and anti-immigrant sentiments after a shooting at a New Zealand mosque left 50 dead and several injured.

Backdropped by Hagia Sophia, a Byzantine-era cathedral that was turned into a mosque and now serves as a museum, demonstrators protest against the mosque attacks in New Zealand, in Istanbul, Saturday, March 16, 2019.LEFTERIS PITARAKIS / ASSOCIATED PRESS
Pakistani protesters holding a banner reads “protest against attacks on New Zealand mosques,” rally after a Friday prayers in Lahore, Pakistan, March 22, 2019. K.M CHAUDHARY / ASSOCIATED PRESS

New Zealand held a mass vigil on Sunday to commemorate the victims of the mosque shooting, in lieu of plans to hold a national remembrance service later this week, as announced by the government.

People attend a vigil in memory of the twin mosque massacre victims in Christchurch on March 24, 2019. – New Zealand will hold a national remembrance service for victims of the Christchurch massacre on March 29, the government announced, as the country grieves over a tragedy that shocked the world. ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP


Demonstrators wave Algerian flags during a protest over fears of plot to prolong the Algerian president’s rule, on Place de la Republique (Republic’s Square) in Paris, on March 24, 2019. FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP

Ever since Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his intention on February 22 to run for a fifth term in the April elections, the country has been gripped by demonstrations, out of public concerns about his ability to rule. According to Reuters, the march has largely been peaceful, apart from isolated cases involving some who try to approach the presidential palace.


Members of the Philippine communist movement hold a lightning protest in Manila on March 25, 2019. NOEL CELIS / AFP

The Philippine communist movement held a Lightning protest in Manila, asking for resumption of peace talks with the government.


Protesters gather in central Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, March 23, 2019. MARKO DROBNJAKOVIC /ASSOCIATED PRESS

Thousands rallied in Serbia on Saturday against populist president Aleksander Vucic, following soaring political tensions from the weekend before after protesters burst into the state TV building angry over the station’s reporting, that they view as biased.

Serbian men hold a poster with pictures of victims of the 1999 NATO air campaign against Serbia and Montenegro, on March 24, 2019 in the town of Nis. SASA DJORDJEVIC / AFP

Serbians also gathered for a protest in different parts of the country to mark the 20th anniversary of the NATO led bombing campaign against Serbia in 1999, which ended the country’s historic 78-day rule over Kosovo.


Women place pink crosses in the so-called anti-monument symbolizing femicides in Mexico, during a protest in Mexico City on March 24, 2019. PEDRO PARDO / AFP

Women in Mexico took to the streets to protest against the rising level of feminicides and overall violence against women in the country. An average of nine women were killed every day in Mexico in 2018, according to the National Commission of Human Rights.