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Workers, activists mark May Day with defiant rallies

Around the world, people celebrated the international workers' holiday on Tuesday with rallies and demonstrations.


Manila, Philippines

About 5,000 people from various groups rallied near the presidential palace to protest the failure of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to fulfill a major campaign promise to end contractualization, the widespread practice of short-term employment.

The protesters also demanded that the government address issues including low wages, unemployment and trade union repression.

Jes Aznar / Getty Images


Protesters smash the windows of a McDonald's restaurant after it was hit with gas bombs. 

Hundreds of masked and hooded Parisians smashed shop windows, torched cars and hurled cobblestones at riot police, hijacking a May Day rally by labor unions against President Emmanuel Macron's economic reforms.

Francois Mori / AP
Image: People march during the May Day rally in Havana


The May Day parade in Cuba's capital drew hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom carried posters with the face of former President Fidel Castro.

Alejandro Ernesto / Pool via Reuters

St. Petersburg, Russia

Drummers perform during a May Day rally in Russia's second-largest city.

Several hundred people braved the rainy weather and joined the column marching across St. Petersburg to protest the government's ban of popular messaging app Telegram.

Olga Maltseva / AFP - Getty Images

Santiago, Chile

A woman holds a flare while shouting slogans.

Esteban Felix / AP
Image: Turkish riot police detain a protester as she and others attempted to defy a ban and march on Taksim Square to celebrate May Day in Istanbul


Police detained dozens of demonstrators during May Day events around Istanbul, most of them protesters who tried to march toward Taksim Square, the city's symbolic heart, in defiance of a ban. 

Murad Sezer / Reuters


People demonstrate on the Anatolian side of the city.

Turkey declared Taksim Square off-limits to May Day demonstrations, citing security concerns. 

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Lyon, France

Lilies of the valley are  a symbol of spring and a traditional flower for good luck.

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Image: May Day demonstration in Berlin


Around 4,000 union supporters marched on different routes through Berlin, before assembling at the landmark Brandenburg Gate.

Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters


A parade at Revolution Square.

Alejandro Ernesto / EPA

New York

Demonstrators gather for a march near Wall Street.

Marches and other demonstrations for labor and immigrant rights were planned nationwide on International Workers' Day.

Justin Lane / EPA

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Thousands of Puerto Ricans marched to protest pension cuts, school closures and slow hurricane recovery efforts as anger grows across the U.S. territory over looming austerity measures.

Above, police seize a protester.

Carlos Giusti / AP
Image: Protesters clash with police following a May Day march in San Juan

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Protesters clash with police.

Thais Llorca / EPA


Demonstrators dressed as clowns at a rally.

Patrick Huerlimann / EPA
Image: Protesters burn cutout depicting Trump during May Day rally in Bogota

Bogotá, Colombia

Protesters burn a cutout depicting Donald Trump during a rally.

Jaime Saldarriaga / Reuters
Image: Protesters hold banners, flags and shout slogans during a May Day rally in Ankara

Ankara, Turkey

Protesters run with banners and flags while shouting slogans in the Turkish capital.

Umit Bektas / Reuters

Nairobi, Kenya

A parade organized by the Central Organization of Trade Unions Kenya  at Uhuru Park.

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