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05/21/2011

Anti-government protests

The spirit of the many protests in the Middle East were echoed in Saturday's anti-government protests in Georgia and Chile, and it made for some compelling images.

From Chile:

Chile State of the Nation TOPIX
Demonstrators try to stop a water canon during clashes with riot police near the Chilean Congress where President Sebastian Pinera was delivering his State of the Nation address to the National Congress in Valparaiso, Chile, Saturday May 21, 2011. For a second day, thousands of protestors from different social sectors gathered to protest against Pinera's government. (AP Photo/Carlos Vera)

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A naked demonstrator is arrested during clashes in the surroundings of the Congress in Valparaiso, at the same time Chilean President Sebastian Pinera delivered his annual message to the nation. (AFP/Getty Images/Claudio Santana)

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A demonstrator kicks a tear gas bomb during clashes with the police in the surroundings of the Congress in Valparaiso. (AFP/Getty Images/Claudio Santana)

From Georgia:

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Riot police stand guard in the courtyard of a television broadcast station during an opposition rally in Tbilisi, May 21, 2011. Some 10,000 Georgians rallied in Tbilisi demanding President Mikheil Saakashvili resign, while in the southwestern town of Batumi a witness said demonstrators tried to break into a television building. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)

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Georgian opposition activists protest during a rally against President Mikheil Saakashvili at the Black Sea resort of Batumi. The rally, attended by several hundred people, was broken up by police after activists tried to force their way into a local television station, demanding that their protest be broadcast live. Thousands of opposition supporters throughout Georgia rallied on Saturday calling for the president to resign, accusing the ex-Soviet state's Western-backed leader of authoritarianism. (AFP/Getty Images/Stringer)

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