Music in protest: 9 powerful images of music’s role in times of conflict
5 June 2020, 21:38 | Updated: 5 June 2020, 21:43
In times when people have risen up against injustice, fought oppression, and expressed their will, music has always been there. Here are moments when it helped give a voice.
Detroit, Michigan. 3 June 2020
Trumpeter at a demonstration following the death of George Floyd.
Kiev, Ukraine. December 2013
An unnamed pianist plays Chopin in Kiev's main square. Just days before, security forces had violently removed protesters in a night-time assault.
Hong Kong. 29 September 2014
Musicians play on the streets of their city, in support of the Occupy Hong Kong protests.
Baltimore, Maryland. 29 April 2015
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra play on the street outside their concert hall, during protests for Freddie Gray, who died in police custody.
Greece-Macedonia border. 2015
Syrian refugee Rami Basisah plays his violin on the Greece-Macedonia border.
Bogota, Colombia. 27 November 2019
Musicians play as part of protests against President Duque in Colombia's capital.
Istanbul, Turkey. 15 June 2013
A cellist plays during the pro-freedom of speech Gezi Park protests.
Caracas, Venezuela. 24 May 2017
A violinist stands in front of an armoured vehicle and water cannon, during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in the Venezuelan capital.
Berlin, Germany. 11 November 1989
Two days after the official fall of the Berlin Wall, cellist Mstislav Rostropovich plays Bach's Cello Suites at the frontier.