National and international news sources have spent the past several days keeping a close eye on the riots rocking Ferguson, Missouri, which followed the killing of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown. While fears of the implications of a militarized police state in the US have abounded, perhaps the most troubling aspect of it all is that the Missouri footage doesn’t seem all that new to us.
In 2014, we’ve seen urban and rural zones–from Kiev to Ankara to Caracas–ablaze in protests of corruption, economies in shambles, and abuses of power, among others. We highlight some of the most dramatic of them all below.
Scariest Riots: Ukraine
The chaotic scene in Ukraine changes on the hour, but thankfully its history does not. Ukraine straddles the border between Europe and Russia, and its geography finds itself deeply embedded and deterministic of cultural identity. The east is predominantly “pro-Russia”, with the west trying to forge closer bonds with the European Union. Given its identity ties and trade deals with Ukraine, the Kremlin is deeply invested in maintaining a pro-Russia presidency, which largely explains its current occupation of Crimea and major propaganda-pumping about…well, nearly everything that’s remotely relevant to the region.