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What Protesters Do To Get Media Attention (Photos)
Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

What is a fairy princess doing killing a lion with a chainsaw? Why are there zombies occupying Wall Street? And why does that man have a gun at a protest

We're not sure. But what we do know is that sensational acts have become one of the best ways for activists to garner the attention of media organizations.

What began this trend? 

There is plenty of blame to go around. It could be an increasing pressure of a hyperbolic media atmosphere. Or it could be protest movements going to new lengths to project their respective messages. Whether it is protesters or the coverage, the crazy costumes and the crazy acts are only getting more so.

In the following set of images, we examine just some of the over-the-top moments we've seen in recent global protests.

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Tourists walk on the stairs of the US Supreme Court while Dr. Paul Schenck of the national Pro-Life Action Council speaks while holding a cross while performing the Stations of the Cross on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. April 14, 2006.

(Brendan Smialowski - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Naked PETA member lies wrapped in cellophane and bloodied on large trays for Pro-Vegetarian demonstration in Covent Garden in London, England. Aug. 17, 2006.

(Gareth Cattermole - AFP/Getty Images)
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Naked volunteers pose for the US photographer Spencer Tunick in the ice-cold Swiss glacier of Aletsch, the largest in the Alps, as bakground for an environmental campaign about global warming near the mountain resort of Bettmeralp. Aug. 18, 2007. The campaign organized by Greenpeace is aimed at drawing attention to melting Alpine glaciers, a clear sign of global warming and man-made climate change according to the organisation.

(Fabrice Coffrini - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Greenpeace activist dressed as Barbie doll holding a plastic chainsaw pretends to kill other activists dressed as animals as a young girl looks in front of a toy store in Paris, to protest against the alleged use by Mattel, the manufacturer of the famous Barbie doll, of packaging produced from trees from an endangered rain-forest in Indonesia. June 18, 2011.

(Thomas Coex - AFP/Getty Images)
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"Occupy Wall Street" demonstrators stage a march dressed as corporate zombies during a protest near Wall Street in New York. Oct. 3, 2011.

(Emmanuel Dunand - AFP/Getty Images)
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An Occupy Wall Street supporter dressed as a corporate zombie holds a sign at Zuccotti Park in New York. Oct. 30, 2011.

(Emmanuel Dunand - AFP/Getty Images)
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A member of Code Pink dressed as President George W. Bush is hit with a shoe during a protest in front of the White House in Washington, DC. Dec. 17, 2008. The activist group Code Pink staged the protest to show their support for the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush during a press conference with the Iraqi Prime Minister.

(Alex Wong - AFP/Getty Images)
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Demonstrators from Code Pink for Peace hold photographs of Lloyd Blankfein, chairman and CEO of The Goldman Sachs Group, and demand he be jailed with other executives before a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Investigations Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. April 27, 2010.

(Chip Somodevilla - AFP/Getty Images)
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Demonstrator Carl Seymour of DeLand, Florida, participates in a protest in front of the House side of the US Capitol in Washington, DC. March 21, 2010.

(Mark Wilson - AFP/Getty Images)
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Pro-life activist Lynn Jackson, with the group Bound for Life, protests in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC. Nov. 30, 2005.

(Win McNamee - AFP/Getty Images)
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An anti-abortion activist confronts police on the campus of Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana. May 17, 2009. Activists from around the country gathered in South Bend to protest the university's decision to invite President Barack Obama, who supports abortion rights, to deliver the commencement address today and to award him an honorary degree.

(Scott Olson - AFP/Getty Images)
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A militant of Environmental organization Greenpeace puts his red painted hands on a log supposedly belonging to the Danzer German wood producing group, in Caen, to denounce the group's alleged involvement in the violence against the Yalisika community of Bosanga in Republic Democratic Republic of Congo. Nov. 7, 2011.

(Kenzo Tribouillard - AFP/Getty Images)
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Members of the American Legion from Summit, Illinois watch a protest by members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Maywood, Illinois. April 19, 2006. Members of the church are known for their protest outside military funerals but as many states have drafted laws limiting access near funerals they have begun to focus on Veteran's hospitals as a means of getting their anti-gay message heard.

(Scott Olson - AFP/Getty Images)
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A man who did not want to be identified drags a U.S. Marine Corps flag across the face of Westboro Baptist Church member Jacob Phelps outside the Supreme Court while justices heard oral arguements in Snyder v. Phelps, which tests the limits of the First Amendment in Washington, DC. Oct. 6, 2010.

(Chip Somodevilla - AFP/Getty Images)
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Playboy models Victoria Eisermann (L) and Monica Harris pose in a bathtub to highlight the UK's water consumption, during PETA World Water Day Photocall in front of the National Gallery, in Trafalgar Square in London, England. March 22, 2011.

(Gareth Cattermole - AFP/Getty Images)
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Occupy Wall Street supporters hold signs at Zuccotti Park in New York. Oct. 30, 2011.

(Emmanuel Dunand - AFP/Getty Images)
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Several hundred demonstrators gather for a "CODE RED" rally in opposition to the health care reform bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Sponsored by The American Grass Roots Coalition and the Tea Party Express, the rally focused attention and opposition to the congressional Democrats' efforts to push through a final vote on health care reform. March 16, 2010.

(Chip Somodevilla - AFP/Getty Images)
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Consumer advocate Barbara Holzer holds up a model duck coated in chocolate syrup made to look like oil while demonstrating with about 50 others in front of the Washington offices of oil giant BP to protest the company's handling of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Washington, DC. June 4, 2010.

(Chip Somodevilla - AFP/Getty Images)
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A member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) protests by a tonne of horse manure outside of Gordon Ramsay's restaurant in Claridges Hotel in London. May 15, 2007.

(Bruno Vincent - AFP/Getty Images)
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A protester holds a sign during a demonstration against the economic system near the New York Stock Exchange in New York City. Sept. 19, 2011.

(Michael Nagle - AFP/Getty Images)
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A protester wears an American Revolution era flag and an Obama picture during the Tea Party Express rally in Washington, DC. Sept. 12, 2009. Thousands of protesters gathered in Washington to march to the Capitol Hill to protest high spending, higher taxes and the growth of the federal government.

(Brendan Smialowski - AFP/Getty Images)
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Anti-war demonstrators stage a die-in as part of a protest to mark the sixth anniversary of the Iraq war in Hollywood. March 21, 2009.

(Mark Ralston - AFP/Getty Images)
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Jim Griffin, of Ft. Washington, MD, is dressed as the comic action character Captain America as he joins members of the Tea Part Patriots during a rally on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Election Day in Washington, DC. Nov. 2, 2010.

(Ron Lamkey - AFP/Getty Images)
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A demonstrator from Code Pink for Peace rests in front of the U.S. Capitol during the Comedy Central 'Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear' in Washington, DC. Oct. 30, 2010.

(Chip Somodevilla - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Greenpeace activist places an anti-nuclear sign on the Quadriga on top of landmark Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. May 29, 2011.

(Odd Anderson - AFP/Getty Images)
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An attendee wears t-shirt printed with a photo of President Barack Obama at a rally sponsored by the Tea Party Express in Waterford, Michigan. Oct. 29, 2010.

(Bill Pugliano - AFP/Getty Images)
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