Millions Missing protests

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The Millions Missing protests were first created in early 2016 by the MEAction Network with the first protests held in twelve cities around the world in May and June 2016, and further protests occurring at least yearly since. The protests originally took the form of an on-site physical protest where protestors placed empty pairs of shoes outside prominent government buildings, representing the millions of patients around the world, though some locations branched out from this format. Protest also occurred online so that homebound and bedridden patients could also participate.[1]

May 2018 protests[edit | edit source]

The Millions Missing protests were renewed for a third year running in May 2018, to coincide with ME Awareness Week. On this occasion, the number of protests were much larger, with actions in over 100 cities scheduled beforehand[2] and over 300 visibility actions recorded worldwide[3]. Press coverage of the protests has become increasingly extensive, possibly in part due to the critical success of the Unrest documentary. Among the demands made by protesters was a significant increase in funding into the illness by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH).[4]

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May 2017 Protests[edit | edit source]

The May 2017 Millions Missing protests were again arranged to coincide with ME Awareness Week. Protestors took to the streets in 18 cities in seven countries to demand change. The protestors asked for increased government funding for research, clinical trials, medical education and public awareness.

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September 2016 protests[edit | edit source]

On September 27th 2016, protests occurred in 24 cities around the world.

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May 2016 protests[edit | edit source]

Millions Missing protest at the US Department of Health and Human Services in Washington DC on 25th May 2016

The protests took place simultaneously on 25th May 2016 in 12 locations all over the world[5], with the Belfast (Northern Ireland) protest taking place on 16th June.

The protestors made specific demands including increased research funding and clinical trials.[6]

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