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Reclaiming the streets

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29 March 2018

Episode 337

30 minutes


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Politics and city living are intertwined – and there’s no better place to witness it than at a demonstration. Be it a students’ march, silent walkout or pro-immigration protest, it’s about coming together in a public space for a rallying cry that screams “enough!”.

29 March 2018

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Brazil: justice for Marielle Franco

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On 14 March, Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco was killed in a drive-by shooting. It has been said the attack was planned and that Franco was targeted because she opposed military intervention. The city responded by going to the streets to demand justice.

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Moscow: Bolotnaya square

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The anti-Kremlin movement of 2011-12, triggered by the rigging of a parliamentary election that winter, took full advantage of the city’s squares and avenues.

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Lisbon: Rock in Riot

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Since 2010, the country has gone from extreme austerity to extreme wealth – and some citizens feel they have been left behind in the turnaround, particularly when it comes to fair access to housing.

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US: March for Our Lives

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Our New York bureau chief Ed Stocker looks back at the recent marches in the US and ponders whether Donald Trump’s presidency will be defined by people raising their voices in protest – rather than support.

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