Aya Batrawy
Global Economy Correspondent
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GLIMPSES: On fringes of UN perimeter, placards and protests

September 22, 2022 GMT
Placards used in a protest lay stacked on the ground in the midst of Iranian Americans and others during a rally near the United Nations Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, in New York, as protesters came together to demand the prosecution of the President of Iran Ebrahim Raisi, for his role in what activists and investigators say he had in the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Placards used in a protest lay stacked on the ground in the midst of Iranian Americans and others during a rally near the United Nations Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, in New York, as protesters came together to demand the prosecution of the President of Iran Ebrahim Raisi, for his role in what activists and investigators say he had in the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Placards used in a protest lay stacked on the ground in the midst of Iranian Americans and others during a rally near the United Nations Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, in New York, as protesters came together to demand the prosecution of the President of Iran Ebrahim Raisi, for his role in what activists and investigators say he had in the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Placards used in a protest lay stacked on the ground in the midst of Iranian Americans and others during a rally near the United Nations Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, in New York, as protesters came together to demand the prosecution of the President of Iran Ebrahim Raisi, for his role in what activists and investigators say he had in the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Placards used in a protest lay stacked on the ground in the midst of Iranian Americans and others during a rally near the United Nations Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, in New York, as protesters came together to demand the prosecution of the President of Iran Ebrahim Raisi, for his role in what activists and investigators say he had in the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Inside the grand hall of the United Nations, the world’s leaders are convening this week, each taking a turn to speak at the high-level leaders’ meeting at the U.N. General Assembly. It’s a practice rooted in diplomatic decorum and strict protocol.

But walk a few blocks — past the metal detectors and through the maze of police barricades — and another tradition unfolds: protests. Out here, fewer rules apply. And plenty of shouting is welcome.

With the world’s attention focused on the General Assembly and the leaders gathered there, disparate groups with far-ranging grievances congregate in the hopes of catching some of the limelight in Midtown.

Here’s what some of that looks like:

—People wearing placards and stopping pedestrians with questions like: “Do you want to live in a world where nuclear arsenals are growing?”

—Marchers holding signs for the rights of Indigenous people in the Amazon.

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—A truck moving through traffic carrying a large sign calling for Iran’s president to be prosecuted.

—Supporters of the Falun Gong spiritual movement decrying the Chinese government’s treatment of the group.

These causes may not make it to the U.N. podium. But the protests and placards blaring their messages ensure they’re heard, too.

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