A protester is detained by police in Moscow in August. This summer, Russia saw demonstrations demanding free elections (BBC)
It’s no exaggeration to say protests swept every continent in 2019, because even Antarctica saw a demonstration this year.
Long-term presidents left office after protests in Sudan, Algeria and Bolivia. Violent unrest in Iran, India and Hong Kong continued well into December and threaten to spill over into 2020.
Here we return to three movements that gained momentum in 2019. Some of those who joined demonstrations early on tell us why they did so – and what changed.