Anti-government protesters kiss during a protest against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas March 22, 2014. Reuters/Christian Veron

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Anti-government protesters kiss during a protest against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas March 22, 2014. Reuters/Christian Veron

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Love in the time of protest

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Yau Chi-hang, 22, a university student and pro-democracy protester, kisses fellow protester Crystal Chan, 21, after she agreed to his marriage proposal, at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong on Oct 5, 2014, to the cheers of the crowd. Photo: Reuters

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Yau, 22, gets down to his knees and proposes to his girlfriend Chen, 21, both university students and pro-democracy protesters. on a main street which they occupied, at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong October 5, 2014. Chinese characters on Yau's arm read as "Leung Chun-ying, step down". Reuter /Liau Chung-ren

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An activist from the "Right Sector" anti-government protest group presents a bouquet of flowers to his girlfriend in front of fellow activists near the site of previous clashes with riot police in Kiev February 13, 2014. Reuters /Stringer

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Gay couples kiss during a protest against remarks by Brazilian Presidential candidate Levy Fidelix of Labour Renewal Party (PRTB) against homosexuality during televised debates, in Sao Paulo September 30, 2014.  Reuters /Nacho Doce

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Anti-government demonstrators embrace riot police during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas May 22, 2014.  Reuters /Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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A student protesting education reform hugs a policeman in Bogota, Colombia, 2011. telegraph.co.uk

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Ozgur Kaya kisses his bride Nuray Cokol as the newly married couple visit Gezi Park following their wedding ceremony in Istanbul July 20, 2013.  Reuters /Stringer

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An anti-government protester kisses a Thai soldier, after some of the Thai police personnel stationed in the Government house left the place following an agreement between the army and protesters, in Bangkok, January 19, 2014.  Reuters /Chaiwat Subprasom

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A couple kisses next to a poster that reads "Education free and quality, now" in Santiago, Chile November 6, 2011. Reuters/Victor Ruiz Caballero

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An anti-government protester kisses a riot police officer on the cheek during a rally outside the Government House in Bangkok, today. December 3, 2013. Reuters /Chaiwat Subprasom

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A couple warm themselves with a blanket at a barricade at Independence Square in Kiev December 4, 2013.  Reuters /Stoyan Nenov

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A couple wearing masks embrace after erecting tents in Finsbury Square in central London October 22, 2011.  Reuters /Toby Melville

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Jenya, 23, kisses his fiance Nastya, 17, shortly after he proposed on Feb. 2, 2014. The couple met during the EuroMaidan rallies about a month ago. They plan to get married on the barricades.Anastasia Vlasova / Demotix via Corbis

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A pro-European integration protester wearing a mask depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin tries to kiss a woman during a rally in Independence square in Kiev December 22, 2013.  Reuters /Marko Djurica

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A couple gestures while sitting at a pedestrian crossing in front of a line of riot policemen during a march marking the 45th anniversary of a student massacre in Mexico City October 2, 2013. Reuters/Tomas Bravo

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An opposition supporter hugs his future bride after he asked her to marry him next to the protest barricades in central Kiev on Feb. 2, 2014.Efrem Lukatsky / AP

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A couple chants slogans during a rally to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin in Beverly Hills, California July 17, 2013. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

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Demonstrators kiss during a march in Paris, to protest France's planned legalization of same-sex marriage January 13, 2013. Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

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Demonstrators sleep as they camp out in Madrid's Puerta del Sol May 22, 2011. Tens of thousands of protesters have daily joined those camped out for the past week to protest against government austerity before regional elections on Sunday which are likely to deal a blow to the Socialist government. Reuters/Paul Hanna

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Turkish protesters help a dog who was tear gassed during a clash with police in Istanbul, Turkey, 2013.Image credits: huffingtonpost.com

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Demonstrators kiss underneath a banner reading We have the right to dream, and for it to become true in Madrid's Puerta del Sol early May 21, 2011 . Reuters/Juan Medina

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Demonstrators embrace as they camp out in La Constitucion square during a protest in Malaga, southern Spain early May 21, 2011. Tens of thousands of Spaniards protested for a sixth day on Friday in cities all over the country, and the government looked unlikely to enforce a ban on the demonstrations, fearing clashes. Reuters/Jon Nazca

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Demonstrators kiss during a protest against the Spanish government's handling of an economic crisis at Madrid's Puerta del Sol May 25, 2011. Reuters/Susana Vera

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Demonstrators embrace during a protest against the Spanish government's handling of an economic crisis at Madrid's Puerta del Sol May 25, 2011. Reuters/Susana Vera

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Mike Woods, 28, and Brandon Parsons, 30, embrace on the Pennsylvania State Capital steps following a rally with gay rights supporters after a ruling struck down a ban on same sex marriage in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, May 20, 2014. Reuters/Mark Makela

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Two protesters wearing masks kiss in front of the Jefferson County Courthouse during the trial of two high school football players accused of raping a girl in Steubenville, Ohio, March 13, 2013. Reuters/Jason Cohn

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A couple kiss in front of the police line during a protest against the G20 summit June 26, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. Scott Olson / Getty Images

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A couple kisses during a rally known as a “Kissing marathon for education” to demand changes in the public state education system during a protest against the government in Santiago, Chile, on September 1, 2011. Reuters/Ivan Alvarado

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Russian same-sex couple Yury Gavrikov (center R) and Maxim Lysak (center L), surrounded by riot police officers, arrive at a Gay Pride event in St. Petersburg, June 29, 2013.  Reuters /Alexander Demianchuk

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A woman taking part in a march to protest the NATO Summit is kissed while posing with a police officer in Chicago May 21, 2012. Reuters/Adrees Latif

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A couple, who are anti-government demonstrators, kisses next to military police officers during a protest near Guanabara Palace in Rio de Janeiro September 7, 2013. Reuters/Ricardo Moraes

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A couple take wedding photogtaphs in front of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on October 1, 2014 AFP Photo/Philippe Lopez

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A couple kisses during an Indignant antiausterity rally at Syntagma square in Athens, May 2011. Reuters

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A newlywed couple walks near a barricade built by anti-government protesters in Kiev on Jan. 26, 2014.Valentyn Ogirenko / Reuters

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A couple kisses during an Indignant antiausterity rally at Syntagma square in Athens, May 2011 Reuters

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A newly married couple kisses among a crowd of protesters during an antiausterity rally in Syntagma, May 2011 Reuters

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A protester proposing to his girlfriend in a street close to Kiev's Independence Square on Feb. 2, 2014. Wearing a helmet, balaclava and bullet-proof jacket, the man professed his love through a megaphone, got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend as his comrades lit smoke flares.Oleksandr Stashevskiy / AFP - Getty Images

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A demonstrator kisses a riot police officer on Nov. 16 2013 during a protest in Susa, Italy, against a planned high-speed train line between Lyon and Turin. Marco Bertorello / AFP - Getty Images

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Students kiss on the road in front of the police at the end of a demonstration over pension reform in Paris October 21, 2010. Reuters /Gonzalo Fuentes

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Riot police and protesters share a cry together, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2013 Photo: Reddit

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Woman successfully defends a group of cornered riot officers from angry protesters. Bogota, Colombia, 2013.Photo reddit.com

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Newlyweds Mikhail and Margarita Nakonechniy kiss in front of barricades on Independence Square in a gesture of support for pro-Europe activists in Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday, December 21. cnn.com

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Students hug riot policemen during a protest against an education reform bill, in Bogota on October 26, 2011. Guillermo Legaria / AFP - Getty Images

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Two protesters share kiss as Occupy protest broken up outside European Central Bank in Frankfurt, May 17, 2012. Reuters

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A student hugs a riot policewoman during a protest against an education reform bill, in Bogota on October 26, 2011. Guillermo Legaria / AFP - Getty Images

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Protesters dressed as clowns entertain guards at a G20 meeting. Toronto, Canada, 2010. Image credits: xkalmedia.com

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Riot police walk in the street as a couple kiss on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver. Rich Lam / Getty Images

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A young boy offers a heart-shaped balloon to police, Bucharest, Romania, 2012 Image credits: ioanamoldovan.com

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An anti-government protester offers a rose to a soldier, Bangkok, Thailand, 2013.Photo cha

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Young students offer flowers to riot police while others blocked off Syntagma (Parliament) Square on December 13, 2008, following more than a week of clashes over the police killing of a 15-year-old. Louisa Gouliamaki /AFP/Getty Images

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Anti-Government Protests in Venezuela.An opposition demonstrator gives flowers to a police officer on Feb. 14. 2014. Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

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A student protester comforts a girl during a rally demanding Chile's government reform the education system, in Santiago May 28, 2013. Reuters/Ivan Alvarado

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An anti-government protester holds hands with an anti-riot policemen across the closed gates outside the headquarters of the ruling Puea Thai Party of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in Bangkok November 29, 2013.  Reuters /Damir Sagolj

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A Ukrainian woman places carnations onto the shields of anti-riot policemen standing outside the presidential office in Kiev, November 24, 2004.

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Catalonia, Barcelona May 27, 2011, Photo by Aizea Arce

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Poll Tax riots, London 31 March '90. Photo by David Hoffman

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18 years old George Harris placing flowers into the rifle barrels of National Guardsman. Photographed by Bernie Boston on October 21, 1967 while he was sitting on the wall of The Mall entrance by the Pentagon. Flower Power, 1967

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Marc Riboud ” Jan Rose Kasmir, Flower Power, Pentagon March 1967”

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