From Kiev to Ferguson, demonstrators took to the streets and made their voices heard in 2014.

From Independence Square in Kiev to West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, people around the world took to the streets in 2014 to speak out against oppressive political regimes, growing income inequality, police brutality, and so much more. Through the lens of Reuters photographers, here's how a turbulent year played out from continent to continent:

African migrants take part in a protest at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on January 5, 2014. About 10,000 African migrants, largely from Sudan and Eritrea, protested in central Tel Aviv against Israel's slow processing of asylum requests and arrests of hundreds under an Israeli law, contested by human rights groups, which entitles the authorities to detain migrants lacking valid visas without charges. (REUTERS/Nir Elias)
An anti-government protester stands behind a barricade during the blockage of a major intersection in central Bangkok on January 13, 2014. Thousands of anti-government protesters began a blockade at major intersections in Bangkok on Monday as they sought to paralyze Thailand's capital, stepping up pressure on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
A pro-independence protestor with a placard reading "My name is Catalonia" sits in front of Catalonia's regional parliament as lawmakers voted inside in Barcelona on January 16, 2014. Local lawmakers in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia voted to seek a referendum on breaking away from Spain, setting themselves up for a battle with an implacably opposed central government in Madrid. The Catalan Parliament in Barcelona voted 87 to 43, with 3 abstentions, to send a petition to the national parliament seeking the power to call a popular vote on the region's future. The independence movement in Catalonia, which has its own language and represents a fifth of Spain's national economy, is a direct challenge to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who has pledged to block a referendum on constitutional grounds. (REUTERS/Albert Gea)
Pro-European integration protesters carry Molotov cocktails during clashes with police in Kiev on January 20, 2014. Protesters clashed with riot police in the Ukrainian capital after tough anti-protest legislation, which the political opposition said paves the way for a police state, was rushed through parliament the previous week. (REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko)
A protester stands near a fire set in front of a government building in Tuzla on February 7, 2014. Protesters set fire to a government building and clashed with riot police in Bosnia on the third day of unrest over high unemployment and two decades of political inertia since the country's 1992-95 war. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic)
A demonstrator jumps over a riot police line during a protest against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas on February 12, 2014. (REUTERS/Jorge Silva)
An opposition supporter squats over a painting depicting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during a protest in Caracas on February 22, 2014. Venezuela's jailed protest leader urged supporters to keep demonstrating peacefully against Maduro despite violence that killed at least six people and rocked the OPEC member nation. (REUTERS/Tomas Bravo)
Kenya police kick giant baby models left behind on a main road by protesters during a march dubbed "Kenya ni Kwetu" in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, on February 13, 2014. Kenyan police in riot gear fired teargas to disperse more than 200 protesters marching towards the parliament to demonstrate against corruption, insecurity, unemployment, poverty, according to the organizers. "Kenya ni Kwetu" in Swahili means, "Kenya is home." (REUTERS/Noor Khamis)
Activists dressed in red protest in front of the Ministry of Women, representing a human "red carpet" to symbolize women's rights being trampled by the government during International Women's Day in Lima on March 7, 2014. (REUTERS/ Mariana Bazo)
Fireworks thrown by anti-government protesters explode behind riot policemen near central Taksim square in Istanbul on March 12, 2014. Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon to push back thousands of demonstrators close to Istanbul's central Taksim square during a protest triggered by the death of a teenager wounded in street clashes last summer. (REUTERS/Murad Sezer)
Federal Police officers walk next to giant inflatable 'white elephants' during a protest demanding wage increases and better working conditions in Brasilia on March 12, 2014. According to the protest organizers, the inflatable 'white elephants' symbolized structural inefficiencies in the Federal Police. (REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)
Protesters in Washington, D.C., on March 25, 2014, hold signs at the steps of the Supreme Court as arguments began to challenge the Affordable Care Act's requirement that employers provide coverage for contraception as part of an employee's health care. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)
Demonstrators block the path of a Google commuter bus to Mountain View, in San Francisco, California on April 1, 2014. The bus was blocked by protesters in the Mission district, highlighting many residents' growing concern that an influx of affluent technology workers is driving up costs in the city. (REUTERS/Robert Galbraith)
Pro-Russian protesters remove the sign from the state security service building in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, on April 6, 2014. Dozens of protesters stormed the offices of the state security service in nearby Luhansk and three people were injured, two protesters and a police officer, a Ukrainian television channel reported. (REUTERS/Stringer)
Protesters fall back from the gates of the Bureau of Land Management's base camp where seized cattle that belonged to rancher Cliven Bundy were being held at near Bunkerville, Nevada, on April 12, 2014. U.S. officials ended a standoff with hundreds of armed protesters in the Nevada desert, calling off the government's roundup of cattle it said were illegally grazing on federal land and giving about 300 animals back to rancher Bundy. (REUTERS/Jim Urquhart)
Police use a water cannon to disperse demonstrators protesting in front of Taipei Railway station in Taipei on April 28, 2014, against the construction of a fourth nuclear plant. President Ma Ying-jeou met with lawmakers from his Kuomintang Party (KMT) and reached a decision to seal off the plant's first reactor after the completion of safety checks, KMT spokesman Fan Chiang Tai-chi told reporters. (REUTERS/Minshen Lin)
Riot police use water cannon to disperse protesters during a May Day demonstration in Istanbul on May 1, 2014. Turkish police fired tear gas to prevent hundreds of protesters from defying a ban on May Day rallies and reaching Istanbul's central Taksim Square, the focal point of weeks of protests last summer. (REUTERS/Murad Sezer)
Demonstrators burn a Brazilian flag during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro on May 15, 2014. Brazilians opposed to the World Cup and the public funds spent on the construction of stadiums called for a day of protests around the country. (REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes)
A native Brazilian kicks a tear gas grenade back at riot police blocking a group of Indians from approaching the Mane Garrincha soccer stadium in Brasilia on May 27, 2014. Police fired tear gas canisters to contain anti-World Cup demonstrators who tried to march to the Brasilia stadium, where the soccer tournament's trophy was on public display. (REUTERS/Joedson Alves)
A woman holds a sign on May 23, 2014, as soldiers arrive to control a protest against military rule in central Bangkok. Thai army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha set out his plans for the country a day after seizing power in a coup, saying reforms were needed before an election, but some Thais defied martial law to show opposition to his takeover. Several hundred people including students gathered in a central shopping district despite a ban on protests by five or more people to voice their opposition to military rule. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj)
A man attends an Europe-wide protest in front of the Olympic stadium in Berlin on June 11, 2014, of licensed taxi drivers against taxi-hailing apps that are feared to flush unregulated private drivers into the market. (REUTERS/Thomas Peter)
Pro-government forces clash with protesters at Independence Square in Kiev on August 7, 2014. (REUTERS/Konstantin Chernichkin)
Police officers keep watch on August 12, 2014, while demonstrators protest the death of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni )
Demonstrators raise their hands on August 13, 2014, while protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri. Police in Ferguson fired several rounds of tear gas to disperse protesters on the fourth night of demonstrations over the fatal shooting of Brown, 18, by a police officer (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)
An activist holding a sign walks by patrons of a McDonald's restaurant during a protest demanding better wages for fast-food workers in Los Angeles, California, on September 4, 2014. Fast-food workers in 150 U.S. cities kicked off protests for a $15-per-hour wage that included a sit-down in New York's Times Square, where 19 demonstrators were arrested, police said. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)
Members of the Orange Order march in Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 13, 2014. About 12,000 Protestant loyalists from Northern Ireland and Scotland marched through central Edinburgh in an emotional show of support for keeping Scotland in the United Kingdom. Scotland later voted to maintain its 307-year-old union with the rest of the United Kingdom. (REUTERS/Russell Cheyne)
Protesters block the main street to the financial Central district, outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, on September 29, 2014. Hong Kong democracy protesters defied volleys of tear gas and police baton charges to stand firm in the center of the global financial hub, one of the biggest political challenges for Beijing since the Tiananmen Square crackdown 25 years ago. (REUTERS/Carlos Barri)
A protester raises his umbrellas in front of tear gas which was fired by riot police to disperse protesters blocking the main street to the financial Central district outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, on September 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu)
People hold a model of a house during a march held on the occasion of World Habitat Day in central Phnom Penh on October 6, 2014. Former residents of Boeung Kak lake, the Borei Keila neighborhood, and other communities affected by private corporation developers gathered to call on the Cambodian government to stop evicting them from their homes, according to local media. (REUTERS/Samrang Pring)
Family and friends of Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College "Raul Isidro Burgos" students march during an October 14 protest in Chilpancingo demanding the government find 43 of their classmates. On September 26, police allegedly linked to a criminal gang shot dead at least three students and abducted dozens of others during clashes in the southwestern city of Iguala. (REUTERS/Henry Romero)
Anti-government protesters take over the parliament building in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, on October 30, 2014. Thousands of protesters marched on Burkina Faso's presidential palace after burning the parliament building and ransacking state television offices, forcing President Blaise Compaore to scrap a plan to extend his 27-year rule. Emergency services said at least three protesters were shot dead and several others wounded by security forces when the crowd tried to storm the home of Compaore's brother. Security forces also fired live rounds and tear gas at protesters near the presidency in the Ouaga 2000 neighborhood. (REUTERS/Joe Penney)
Activists protesting against the police treatment of black Americans march towards the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri, on December 5, 2014. (REUTERS/Jim Young)
Members of All India Mahila Congress, women's wing of Congress party, shout slogans and carry placards during a December 8, 2014, protest in New Delhi against the rape of a female passenger. The placards read, "The country is covered in shame, while Modi goes abroad" (bottom L) and "Rising atrocities on women, where is Modi government?" (top). (REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee)
A woman photographs protesters performing a "die-in" at Grand Central Station in New York on December 6, 2014, during a march for chokehold death victim Eric Garner. (REUTERS/Andrew Kelly)
A poster of an umbrella with the words "We'll be back" written underneath is pictured on a wall at the main "Occupy" protest site at Admiralty in Hong Kong on December 11, 2014. Hong Kong police cleared most of the main protest site in December, marking an end to more than two months of street demonstrations in the Chinese-controlled city, but many chanted: "We will be back." (REUTERS/Bobby Yip)

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