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YouTube videos that moved the world

Amateurs and journalists capture a news event on videos and upload it to YouTube. Most pass by unnoticed but a few go viral - passed on, shared and commented on by people across the world. From a video urging the arrest of an African warlord to a clip on Vladimir Putin's 'arrest', here is a look at news that went viral on the web.

world Updated: Mar 13, 2012 18:09 IST

A picture speaks a thousand words but a video may impress and inform millions. Amateurs and journalists capture a news event on videos and upload it to YouTube. Most videos pass by unnoticed but a few go viral--passed on, shared and commented on by people across the world. From a video urging the arrest of an African warlord to a clip on Vladimir Putin's 'arrest', here is a look at news that went viral on the web.

Kony 2012

No one knew who Joseph Kony was until "Kony 2012" was made. The video is a campaign by the group Invisible Children to make people aware of the atrocities carried out by the Uganda based, guerrilla militant and raise support for his arrest. In the movie director Jason Russell promises Jacob, a Ugandan boy whose brother was killed by Kony, that he will help stop Kony.

The Arrest of Vladimir Putin

Russian leader Vladimir Putin was arrested, put on trial and setenced to life in this YouTube spoof. The video was made by using news footage of the trial of former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and put Putin on trial instead of the businessman. Called “The Arrest of Vladimir Putin,” the video came a week after thousands of Russians protested in Moscow against the Putin, before the Russian presidential elections. Putin went on to win the elections.

Mad tsunami waves battering ships, homes, cars after Japan earthquake

The Japan tsunami of 2011 left most of north-east Japan swamped in flood waters. Not just one of Japan's most powerful, it was also one of the world's most powerful earthquakes.The earthquake also triggered of a powerful tsunami. Moreover, Japan experienced over 1000 aftershocks since the earthquake. Nuclear accidents were also among the aftereffects.

Female protestors beaten up in Egypt

The video shows a young woman protestor being beaten by Egyptian soldier and having her religious robe pulled off.. In response to the video, thousands of Egyptians women staged a march to Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the revolution. The original video has been removed from YouTube.

Spoof video: US President Obama announcing death of Osama bin Laden

The death of Osama bin Laden, brought about by American forces was historic. This spoof is in some ways, a tribute to the killing of one of the world's most feared terrorists. America's revenge for 9/11 was complete after the death of this one man.

Mohammed Bouazizi. A Tunisian martyr

This man will be remembered as the first martyr of what later came to be known, paradoxically enough, as the Arab Spring. A street vendor in Tunisia, who set himself on fire, he was the catalyst for the Arab Revolution. This video was circulated throughout Tunisia despite government efforts to curb its circulation.

North Koreans weeping hysterically over the death of Kim Jong-il

No one had seen a nation mourn collectively till the death of North Korean leader, Kim Jong il. "Dear Leader" was indeed the heart and soul of North Korea who left behind a million aching hearts, besides, his legacy. Kim Jong-il was the centre of an elaborate personality cult inherited from his father and founder of the DPRK, Kim Il-sung.

London Riots: Bleeding riot boy helped then robbed by passers by

The 2011 London riots were nothing less than horrific. Widespread looting, arson and violence, marred the peace of England. In a matter of days, a city that had been lying still for the last 25 years was transformed into a warzone.Tottenham, Nottingham, Bristol, Liverpool and Manchester were all torn apart by the riots.

Anna Hazare video from Tihar Jail cell

Anna's message rang loud and true even from the Tihar Jail Compound. Huge crowd gathered outside Tihar Jail to support Anna while he firmly stood his stance. The Anna Hazare anti-corruption campaign will be remembered as one of the greatest phenomena of modern day India. In cities big and small, people took to the streets to protests against his arrest.

Ultimate Dog Tease' Video Becomes Viral Sensation

This video of a dog animated with a human voice went viral on YouTube with over 30 lakh views. People have laughed themselves "silly" after simply watching the video once. Who would have thought that a talking dog would draw so much attention?!

US soldiers urinating on dead bodies of militants

This video, which was posted on YouTube and other websites, shows four men in camouflage Marine combat uniforms urinating on three corpses. One of them jokes: "Have a nice day, buddy." Another makes a lewd joke. Strong reaction to the story spread on military-related websites, including on Stars and Stripes, the leading US Defense Department-authorized news publication.

Why this Kolaveri Di

It's hard to find an Indian who hasn't heard the song 'Why this Kolaveri Di' though most don't know what the lines mean. The video of this catchy song written and sung by Tamil actor Dhanush was a viral rage and many parody videos in regional languages have followed on YouTube. The semi-English song which is sung in Tamil accent was released in November 2011.

What's goin on

An American teen’s emotionally charged anti-bullying video sends across a strong picture of how children can be affected by ragging at schoool. Jonah Mowry begins his video by describing the hardships of being bullied using a stack of pluck cards. He then goes on to say that he even contemplated sucide to get away from the taunts and he wonderted if his peers hated him for being gay. He ends the video by saying that despite all of this, he has a million reasons to be here.

Toddler hit and run in china

Netizens were shocked by this video which showed a toddler being hit by two vehicles while pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles passed the girl without stopping to help. The girl is ultimately helped by a rag picker who passes by. The video provoked a storm of comments on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter.

Flash mob in Mumbai

India's first large-scale flash mob was organised in Mumbai's CST station. The impromptu dance performance by 200-odd people took the city by surprise and was a tribute to the people who lost their lives in the 26/11 terror attacks. The video went viral on Facebook and other networking sites inspiring flash mobs all over the country.

First Published: Mar 12, 2012 17:09 IST