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Inspiring images from the many, many protests of 2016

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From New York City to Melbourne, and North Dakota to Nicaragua, citizens across the globe who were fed up with racism, war, environmental catastrophes, and threats to a woman’s right to choose took their anger to the streets. 2016 was a year marked by protest, and Fusion has all the powerful images to prove it.

Flint, Michigan: February 19, 2016

FLINT, MI - FEBRUARY 19: XyNazia Skinner, age 7, of Flint, Michigan, stands with a sign while waiting to participate in a national mile-long march to highlight the push for clean water in Flint February 19, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. The march was organized in part by Rev. Jesse Jackson.Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

XyNazia Skinner, 7, protests Flint's water crisis.

Anaheim, California: May 25, 2016

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 25:  An anti-Trump protester (L) and a Trump support clash outside a campaign rally by presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Anaheim Convention Center on May 25, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  Previous visits by the candidate to Orange County have sparked in protests that resulted in some arrests. The presidential candidates are campaigning in Southern California for the June 7 California primary.David McNew/Getty Images

Clashing at a Trump rally.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana: July 9, 2016

BATON ROUGE, LA -JULY 09:  Demonstrators gather after marching at the Louisiana Capitol to protest the shooting of Alton Sterling on July 9, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Alton Sterling was shot by a police officer in front of the Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge on July 5th, leading the Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation.Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images

Raised fists in following the police shooting of Alton Sterling.

London: July 10, 2016

Demonstrators from the Black Lives Matter movement march through central London on July 10, 2016, during a demonstration against the killing of black men by police in the US. Police arrested scores of people in demonstrations overnight Saturday to Sunday in several US cities, as racial tensions simmer over the killing of black men by police.DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

Solidarity overseas.

Denver, Colorado: July 11, 2016

Zoie Butler 7 years-old holds up a black lives matter sign during a peaceful protest. In the recent events protesters held a peaceful demonstration July 11, 2016 downtown Denver and then marched down the 16th street mall lead by Quincy Shannon.John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Seven-year-old Zoie Butler holds a Black Lives Matter sign.

Melbourne, Australia: July 17, 2016

Protestors hold banners and chant slogans during a Black Lives matter rally in Melbourne, Australia on July 17, 2016. Approximately 3500 protestors rallied in Melbourne to show 'solidarity' after racial violence in US.Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

About 3,500 people showed up in Melbourne to protest violence against black Americans.

Cannon Ball, North Dakota: September 3, 2016

A protestor is treated after being pepper sprayed by private security contractors on land being graded for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) oil pipeline, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, September 3, 2016.


Hundreds of Native American protestors and their supporters, who fear the Dakota Access Pipeline will polluted their water, forced construction workers and security forces to retreat and work to stop.ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

A #NoDAPL protester being treated after pepper sprayed.

San Cristobal, Venezuela: September 7, 2016

People demonstrating against President Nicolas Maduro are blocked by the National police in front of the Electoral National Council in San Cristobal, Venezuela, on September 7, 2016 as the country's opposition called for new nationwide protests to pressure for a referendum on removing him from power by the end of the year.

Venezuela's opposition is holding nationwide protests against Maduro, testing his grip on power six days after massive demonstrations showed the magnitude of anger over a raging crisis.GEORGE CASTELLANOS/AFP/Getty Images

Calling for a referendum to remove the country’s president, Nicolas Maduro.

Santa Clara, California: September 12, 2016

Colin Kaepernick #7 and Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in protest during the national anthem prior to playing the Los Angeles Rams in their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on September 12, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

San Francisco 49ers players Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick kneel during the national anthem.

Charlotte, North Carolina: September 21, 2016

Police officers face off with protesters on the I-85 (Interstate 85) during protests in the early hours of September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The protests began last night, following the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott by a police officer at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte.Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Protesters confront police after Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed while exiting a car.

Mexico City, Mexico: September 25, 2016

Mexican activists protest against US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in front of a specially made scenery wall during an AVAAZ-organized rally at the Angel of Independence Square in Mexico City on September 25, 2016. The AVAAZ civil global organization urged the US Citizens living in Mexico to vote against Trump, while scores of Mexicans passed in front of the wall to express their anger against the Republican candidate.YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images

Trump wasn't very popular in Mexico.

Warsaw, Poland: October 3, 2016

Polish women protest in the "Women strike" campaign against a proposed near-total abortion ban in Poland on October 3, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland.Alexi Witwicki/Kommersant via Getty Images

Marching against a proposed ban on abortion in Poland.

Bogota, Colombia: October 20, 2016

People light their cellphones during a march for peace in Bogota, on October 20, 2016. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize for struggling to implement a peace accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) after it was rejected by voters, will visit Northern Ireland in November to learn about its peace process, the Colombian embassy said.GUILLERMO LEGARIA/AFP/Getty Images

Raised cell phones in support of peace after voters rejected a deal to end the longest running civil war in the Americas.

Cannon Ball, North Dakota: November 2, 2016

Dozens of protestors demonstrating against the expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline wade in cold creek waters confronting local police, as remnants of pepper spray waft over the crowd near Cannon Ball, N.D., Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/John L. Mone)AP/John L. Mone

#NoDAPL protesters stand waist-high in near-freezing waters and confront local police.

Cannon Ball, North Dakota: November 2, 2016

Tonya Stands recovers after being pepper sprayed by police after swimming across a creek with other protesters hoping to build a new camp to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, near Cannon Ball, N.D., Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. Officers in riot gear clashed again Wednesday with protesters near the Dakota Access pipeline, hitting several dozen with pepper spray as they waded through waist-deep water in an attempt to reach property owned by the pipeline's developer.AP/John L. Mone

Recovering after being pepper sprayed by police.

New York City: November 3, 2016

A group of protestors, comprised mostly of women, rally against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outside of Trump Tower, November 3, 2016 in New York City. Election Day is less than a week away in the United States, where citizens will choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to become the next president.Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Outside Trump Tower less than a week before the election.

Los Angeles, California: November 9, 2016

Anti-Trump protesters gather outside City Hall to protest the president-elect Donald Trump by chanting, "Not my president, not my president," in Los Angeles, Calif., on Nov. 9, 2016.Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Anti-Trump protesters chant “Not my president!”

Chicago, Illinois: November 19, 2016

Demonstrators rally near Trump Tower after marching through downtown protesting President-Elect Donald Trump on November 19, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Demonstrators, who accuse Trump of being racist and misogynistic, have staged almost daily protests nationwide since Trump won the election.Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Near Chicago’s Trump Tower after the election.

Brooklyn, New York: November 20, 2016

A child pauses during an anti-hate rally at a Brooklyn park named in memory of Beastie Boys band member Adam Yauch after it was defaced with swastikas on November 20, 2016 in New York City. On Friday, the park and playground was spray painted with swastikas and the message ÒGo Trump.Ó Hundreds of people, many with their children, listened to community leaders and Beastie Boys member Adam Horovitz condemn racism and intolerance. Following the election of Donald Trump as president, there has been a surge of incidents of racist activities reported.Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A Brooklyn park named for Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch, who was Jewish, was defaced with swastikas and a message that read “Go Trump.”

New York City: November 24, 2016

Anti-Trump Stickies (Post Its) continue to spread out further along the walls and pillars of The Union Square Station in New York City.Stephen Trupp/STAR MAX/IPx/AP

Notes of grief and unity at the Union Square subway station.

Managua, Nicaragua: December 1, 2016

People march against the construction of the Interoceanic Grand Canal and denouncing what they claim to be electoral fraud in the November 6 elections in Nicaragua, in Managua on December 1, 2016. Nicaragua's government has contracted a Chinese firm to build and run a canal running across the country, from the Caribbean coast to the Pacific one, in a $50 billion project aimed at rivaling the century-old canal in Panama.AFP/Getty Images

Draped in the Nicaraguan flag, a protester faces off with authorities over the construction of the Interoceanic Grand Canal, a project protesters believe will damage the biggest lake in Central America.

Cannon Ball, North Dakota: December 5, 2016

Despite blizzard conditions, military veterans march in support of the "water protectors" at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 5, 2016 outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Over the weekend a large group of military veterans joined native Americans and activists from around the country who have been at the camp for several months trying to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Yesterday the US Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not grant an easement for the pipeline to cross under a lake on the Sioux Tribes Standing Rock reservation. The proposed 1,172-mile-long pipeline would transport oil from the North Dakota Bakken region through South Dakota, Iowa and into Illinois.Scott Olson/Getty Images

Military vets join #NoDAPL activists in a blizzard.

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