Probably, this photo will become a symbol of protests against police violence and permissiveness in the United States, which covered the country last week. The image of a calm, peaceful woman, opposed to the police, attracted widespread attention on the Internet. The picture was taken by Reuters photographer Jonathan Bachman during a protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The photo was posted on Twitter and Facebook, accompanied by enthusiastic comments.
The girl in the photo was 28-year-old Yeshia Evans, the mother of a five-year-old son and a nurse from New York, who for the first time in her life came to protest, where she was arrested. Her friend Natasha Haynes told the Daily Mail that Yesia went to Baton Rouge after the murder of Alton Sterling, because "she wanted a better fate for her five year old son."
“I went out with arms crossed and just looked at them. I think they did not like it because they detained me, ”said Evans. Although, according to her, the detention was rather rude, as was the execution,in the remand prison, a kindly-minded policeman ensured that all the demonstrators were treated well. According to police, Evans was detained all night and released on Sunday. Now she comes to herself in her hotel in Louisiana after what happened. “I want you all to know. I am grateful for the good wishes and love, but this is the work of God. I am his vessel! Glory to God! I'm glad I'm alive and unharmed. And that there were no deaths with which I would come face to face, ”said the heroine of the photo.
Bachmann made a whole series of shots about how the protests went.
Weekends in the United States were marked by protests, which sometimes resulted in violence and ended with the arrest of hundreds of demonstrators who took to the streets because of the recent killings of African Americans by police. Despite promises of peace and tranquility on all sides, at least 312 people were arrested during protests in New York, Chicago, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Baton Rouge, where two African Americans, Philando Castil and Alton Sterling, died shot by police. In the same week, a sniper killed five policemen during a demonstration under the slogan “Black lives matter” (Black lives matter) in Dallas, Texas.The killer went through the war in Afghanistan. He was 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson from the suburb of Dallas Mesquite.
Participants in the demonstrations under the slogan “Black lives matter” condemned the killings in Dallas, calling the attack on law enforcement officers a tragedy of the whole nation. “Black activists are calling for an end to violence, not to intensify it. The attack was the result of a single-handed action, the organizers said. - To attribute the actions of one person to the whole movement is dangerous and irresponsible. We continue to make efforts to improve the world for all of us. ”
The symbolism of non-violent resistance of one person to a large, heavily-armed opponent manifests itself in other famous shots, including the photo of Mark Ribou, which depicts an opponent of the Vietnam War holding a flower in front of the armed police, or in the image of a lone protester resisting a tank in the square Tiananmen. From recent photographs, a photograph of Bachmann resembles a photograph of activist Maria Theresa (Tess) Asplund, standing with a raised fist in front of a crowd of neo-Nazis during a march in Sweden. “It was just an impulse to go and stand in the middle of them.I remember standing there, and one of the guys was staring at me, ”recalls Asplund. “When the Nazis are marching through the streets on May 1, it is important to show that this is not normal.” People in other countries cannot understand how it came to the point that the Nazis are marching in Sweden. ”
On March 12, 1930, the leader of the Indian national movement, Mahatma Gandhi, led a non-violent protest against the British Empire. The march was directed against the British salt tax, which is an essential commodity. Gandhi called on Indians to produce or buy salt illegally. Other non-violent protests against this tax took place in the major cities of India, and Gandhi’s methods accelerated the proclamation of the country's independence.
Rosa Parks has become a role model for the modern civil rights movement. She was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give way to a white passenger on a city bus. For 381 days, African Americans boycotted public transport in protest of the arrest of Parks and segregation laws. As a result, in 1956, the Supreme Court decided to abolish segregation in public transport in Montgomery.Shortly afterwards, a picture of Rosa Parks appeared in the front seats of the bus, which became a symbol of the civil rights movement.
A 17-year-old civil rights activist confronts the police, while he is attacked by a police dog. The picture was taken during a protest on May 3, 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama.
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., waving to his supporters during the March on Washington on August 28, 1963.
Jen Rose Kasmir in front of the National Guard fighters near the Pentagon during the march against the Vietnam War on October 21, 1967.
Students in Paris throw shells to the police on Boulevard Saint-Germain during the unrest on May 6, 1968.
Members of the organization "Black Panthers" during a protest in Chicago in 1968.
A pacifist during a solo picket in Santa Monica, California, on June 15, 1968.
Tommy Smith and John Carlos, the gold and bronze medalists in the 200-meter race at the 1968 Olympics, raised their fists in greeting to their fellow African Americans, October 16, 1968, Mexico City.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono give a press conference in bed for peace, Amsterdam, March 1969.
Mary Ann Vecchio on her knees in front of student Jeffrey Miller during an anti-war demonstration at Kent State University in Ohio on May 4, 1970.
Young Chinese demonstrators in Tiananmen Square are protesting against government corruption and demanding democratization, Beijing, 1989.
A man in Tiananmen Square is standing in front of a column of T-59 tanks, June 4, 1989.
Police Lieutenant John Pike uses pepper spray during the Occupy UC campaign in Davis on November 18, 2011. The incident provoked outrage among participants in the Occupy movement. The court awarded the policeman 38 thousand dollars of compensation from the university for the moral suffering caused by the negative information wave after the incident.
Egyptian army soldiers arrest a woman during clashes on Tahrir Square in Cairo on December 17, 2011.
A Special Forces officer uses tear gas during a protest against the destruction of the park for the pedestrian zone on Taksim Square in Istanbul on May 28, 2013.
Protesters in Kiev are behind burning barricades during clashes with police, February 20, 2014.
Spetsnaz applies pepper spray during protests for democratization near the government building in Hong Kong, September 28, 2014.
A protest participant in Ferguson, Missouri, stands in front of police cars with their hands up, November 24, 2014. The jury’s decision not to prosecute police officer Darren Wilson for the murder of African-American Michael Brown provoked waves of protest, first in Ferguson and then throughout the country. Posewith their hands together, a silent request not to shoot, has become a symbol of this wave of protest.
A man tries to calm another demonstrator during clashes with police in Baltimore on April 27, 2015. The protests were caused by the death of Freddie Gray, who died from a severe spinal injury while under investigation.