May Day Around the World
May 2, 2012 | 65In cities all around the world yesterday, people took to the streets for May Day demonstrations, protests, and rallies. Members of the Occupy movement, leftists, labor groups, students and more made their voices heard from Jakarta to Berlin, and from Lagos to Seattle. Frustration with financial institutions, sluggish economies, and harsh austerity measures were aired, and some rallies became violent, resulting in a number of arrests. Collected here are scenes from yesterday, May Day, as it happened cross the globe. [40 photos]
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A police lieutenant swings his baton at an Occupy Wall Street activist on May 1, 2012 in New York. Hundreds of activists with a variety of causes spread out over New York City Tuesday on International Workers Day, or May Day, with Occupy Wall Street members leading a charge against financial institutions.
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Activists, maids and workers rally during a May Day protest in Hong Kong on May 1, 2012. About 5,000 workers, domestic helpers and activists held a noisy procession and marched through the city center to call for better working conditions and a raise of the minimum wage which was implemented in 2011.
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Workers raise their caps as they march to salute Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola during workers rally to mark May Day in Lagos, Nigeria on May 1, 2012. Nigerian workers joined their counterparts in other parts of the world to mark May Day with a rally held in different parts of the country. The theme of this year May Day is "Right to Work, Food and Education: Panacea to Insecurity."
(Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images) #
Militants and labour union members gather around a burning the effigy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino in Manila on May 1, 2012 as part of the May Day protests demanding higher wages and policies that would make it harder to fire workers. Aquino has said he is trying to help labour but has warned that giving too many benefits will make the country less competitive, costing more jobs.
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A woman affiliated with Occupy Toronto is arrested for trespassing after she tried to erect a structure in Simcoe Park during May Day protests in Toronto, on May 1, 2012. The protesters were told by police they would be allowed to stay at Simcoe Park as long as they did not erect any structures.
(Reuters/Mark Blinch) #
Riot police watch as left-wing demonstrators march past Axel Springer headquarters during a May Day anti-capitalism protest on May 1, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. This year marks 25 years since a 1987 Berlin May Day demonstration turned violent and has been followed by clashes between participants and police on May Day in Berlin almost every year since in what has become an annual ritual.
(Sean Gallup/Getty Images) #
A Seattle police officer wearing riot gear tangles with a woman after other masked protesters used bats and wooden poles to destroy the glass storefronts of several downtown businesses, during May Day demonstrations that went violent in downtown Seattle, on May 1, 2012. Several hundred demonstrators, including hundreds in black masks, hoods and armed with bats destroyed the windows of a Wells Fargo Bank, NikeTown and an American Apparel store during one of the numerous marches throughout downtown Seattle.
(Reuters/Anthony Bolante) #
Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl (right) and Representative Janice Hahn (left) address members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Service Workers West labor union and their supporters during a protest on an one-day general strike at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California May 1, 2012. Approximately 1,200 protesters took part in the demonstration to protest working conditions and to lend support to other May Day rallies.
(Reuters/Gus Ruelas) #
A California Highway patrol officer stands near the Golden Gate Bridge waiting for possible May Day demonstrations in San Francisco, California, on May 1, 2012. May Day actions began with a strike by ferry workers Tuesday stranding commuters who usually take ferry boats to work.
(Reuters/Robert Galbraith) #
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