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From Cairo to Caracas: democracies shaken by protest – in pictures | World news | theguardian.com

Some of the common factors behind the revolts from Egypt to Venezuela and from Thailand to Bosnia include ineffective institutions, misgovernance, deteriorating economic performance, failing social cohesion, the alienation of younger generations, ethnic and nationalist tensions and a lack of faith in democratic processes

A protester uses a catapult during clashes with riot police in Kiev
A protester uses a catapult during clashes with riot police in Kiev. According to critics, both internal and external, what happened in Ukraine last week was neither popular nor an insurrection. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA
Ukrainian men help pull one another out of a stampede as a flag of Crimea is seen during clashes near the region's parliament building in Simferopol.
Clashes break out at a rally held by ethnic Russians and Tatars near the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters
In Thailand, in contrast, ongoing anti-government agitation that began last November is not primarily ethnic or geographic.
In Thailand, in contrast, anti-government agitation that began last November is not primarily ethnic or geographic. The principal animus is old-fashioned class warfare, pitting relatively well-to-do middle class city dwellers against the
subsidised rural masses. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters
Thai anti-government protesters shout slogans as they rally outside the national police headquarters in Bangkok.
Anti-government protesters rally outside the national police headquarters in Bangkok. Rural voters tend to win Thai elections given their sheer number, which has led the opposition to claim that democracy itself is at fault. Photograph: Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images
Anti-military protesters take part in a demonstration in Al-Matareya neighbourhood in Cairo, Egypt to demand the return of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi.
Protesters take part in a demonstration in Cairo to demand the return of the country’s ousted president, Mohamed Morsi. The Arab spring mutated into a series of separately defined conflicts, which in Egypt involved violent coup and counter-coup. Photograph: Xinhua/Landov/Barcroft Media
Riot police use teargas to disperse demonstrators as they try to march on the Turkish parliament.
Riot police use teargas to disperse protesters as they try to march on the Turkish parliament in Ankara. The primary focus of the protesters’ rage in Turkey is one man, the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters
A Cambodian woman wears a mask during a rally in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
A woman takes part in a rally in Phnom Penh calling on Cambodian authorities to release human rights activists and garment workers who were arrested during an earlier protest. Photograph: Mak Remissa/EPA
Demonstrators raise their hands in the air to show that they are unarmed and peaceful, during a protest asking for the disarmament of armed groups in Caracas, Venezuela.
Demonstrators raise their hands to show that they are unarmed and peaceful, during a protest calling for the disarmament of armed groups in Caracas. A rapidly deteriorating economy, food prices and high crime rates are
also key drivers of the unrest in Venezuela. Photograph: Alejandro Cegarra/AP
A demonstrator holds a placard during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, a country with the highest inflation rate in the world despite receiving over $  1 trillion in oil revenues since 1999.
A demonstrator takes part in a protest in Caracas. Venezuela has the highest inflation rate in the world despite accruing $ 1tn in oil revenues since 1999. Photograph: Jorge Silva/Reuters
A protester stands near a fire set in front of a government building in Tuzla, Bosnia during unrest over high unemployment and two decades of political inertia.
A protester stands near a fire set in front of a government building in Tuzla, Bosnia during unrest over high unemployment and two decades of political inertia. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

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