demonstrators set on fire a barricade as they clash
with riot police using tear gas to disperse them
during May Day celebrations in Istanbul, Sunday, May
1, 2016. Security forces prevented leftist groups
trying to reach city's iconic Taksim Square to
celebrate May Day.
Trade unions and other groups
are staging rallies around the world to mark International
Workers Day. A look at some May Day events:
Fearing France's worker
protections are under threat, hundreds of angry youths on
the sidelines of a May Day labor rally hurled stones and
wood at police in Paris, receiving repeated bursts of tear
gas in response.
Trade unions, teenagers,
pensioners and families held nearly 300 largely peaceful
marches Sunday in Paris and cities around the country. The
traditional May Day rallies took on greater weight this year
as parliament is debating a bill that would allow longer
working hours and let companies lay workers off more easily.
The bill has prompted the
most violent labor-related protests in a decade, with
marches and sit-ins frequently degenerating into clashes
Riot police encircled a few
hundred suspected troublemakers on the sidelines of the
Paris march Sunday, and frustrated youth threw projectiles.
Later, protesters set fires at a subway entrance and around
the Republique plaza that has become a rallying point.
Nationwide two people were
injured and 18 arrested, according to the Interior Ministry.
Marchers held banners calling President Francois Hollande a
The Socialist government
hopes the relatively modest labor reform will reduce
chronically high unemployment and make France more globally
competitive, by allowing companies more flexibility.
Opponents say it erodes hard-fought worker protections and
call it a gift to corporate interests.
masked protestor kicks a tear gas canister during
clashes with riot police as part of the traditional
May Day march in Paris, France, Sunday, May 1, 2016.
The traditional May Day rallies are taking on greater
weight this year in France as Parliament is debating a
bill that would allow longer working hours and let
companies lay workers off more easily.
Thousands of Turkish
demonstrators rallied for May Day in an authorized area of
Istanbul while police cracked down on other protests.
Police used tear gas and
water cannons on demonstrators trying to reach Taksim
Square. One man died after being hit by a water cannon
Taksim has symbolic meaning
as the center of protests in which 34 people were killed on
May Day in 1977.
The office of the governor of
Istanbul said 24,500 security officers reported for duty
Sunday, and that 207 people were detained.
Tensions are running high in
Turkey after a string of deadly suicide bombings linked to
either Kurdish or Islamic State group militants.
In the capital, Ankara,
police rounded up four suspected IS members who were
allegedly planning to attack May Day demonstrators.
May Day marches were held
elsewhere in Turkey without incident but were cancelled in
the southern city of Gaziantep after a deadly car bombing on
a police station.
In the coastal city of Izmir,
some demonstrators stripped down in protest over police body
searches at a square where people were allowed to gather,
according to local media.
of protesters, mostly workers, dance around the
burning effigy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino
III during a rally near the Presidential Palace to
mark the International Labor Day Sunday, May 1, 2016
in Manila, Philippines. The protesters are demanding
among others, better wages and salaries, an end to
contractual labor, better working conditions and
retirement benefits, less taxes, public and not
privatized social services, and the assertion of
national sovereignty against foreign domination and
Tens of thousands of people
marched across Moscow's Red Square on a sunny Sunday morning
in a pro-Kremlin workers' rally. The protesters were
carrying the Russian tricolor and balloons.
As is typical for rallies
organized by the ruling United Russia party, the May Day
rally steered clear of criticizing President Vladimir Putin
or his government for falling living standards. The slogans
focused on wages and jobs for young professionals.
Left-wing Russian groups held
their own rallies.
This year the May Day
coincided with the Orthodox Easter in Russia. Communist
leader Gennady Zyuganov told Russian news agencies ahead of
the rally that he celebrates Easter despite the Communist
party's history of oppressing the Russian Church. When a
supporter greeted him with "Christ has risen!"
Zyuganov echoed "He is risen indeed!" in a
traditional Orthodox greeting.
In Manila, about 2,000
left-wing protesters scuffled with riot policemen, who used
shields and a water cannon to try to prevent the flag-waving
demonstrators from getting near the U.S. Embassy. Labor
leaders said 20 protesters were injured.
Some of the protesters
managed to break through the police cordon. TV video showed
some of them punching a retreating police officer and using
wooden poles to hit a fire truck.
Police made no arrests and
the protesters dispersed after about two hours.
May Day rallies were held
across the Philippines, with campaigning entering the final
week ahead of the May 9 presidential election. Some of the
candidates pledged to address labor complaints.
"We'll see the real
color and what will become to the sweet promises when one of
them sits as president," left-wing labor leader Elmer
workers and activists participate in a May Day rally
in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, May 1, 2016. Trade
unions and other groups were staging rallies around
the world Sunday to mark International Workers Day.
Labour Party leader Jeremy
Corbyn joined thousands of people at a May Day rally in
central London, using the occasion to condemn the progress
of far-right groups throughout Europe.
Standing atop a red London
bus, Corbyn said the party is united against the far-right
and against racism.
"We stand in solidarity
now against the growth of the far right in Europe,"
said Corbyn, whose faltering opposition party has been
accused of anti-Semitism in recent days.
Corbyn, who represents
Labour's left wing, was the first Labour leader to address a
May Day crowd in decades.
In Taipei, Taiwan's capital,
labor unions took to the streets with a march to call on the
government to reduce working hours and increase wages.
Many among the Taiwanese
public have been concerned that outgoing President Ma Ying-jeou's
push for closer economic ties with China has benefited just
a few. Young Taiwanese have seen wages stagnate and good
full-time jobs harder to find as the export-led economy has
Chen Li-jen, a protester with
the Taiwan Petroleum Workers Union, said that while
companies were seeing their earnings per share grow every
year, workers' salaries were not rising in tandem.
are being exploited by consortiums," Chen said.
"For the past decade,
our basic salary has not made any progress," he said.
"Laborers' rights have always been neglected. This is
why I hope to take advantage of the May 1 Labor Day protest
and tell the government that we are determined to fight for
take a selfie as they walk on Red Square to mark May
Day in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 1, 2016. As in
Soviet times, about one hundred thousand of cheerful
workers paraded across Red Square despite a chilly
rain, but instead of red flags with the Communist
hammer and sickle, they waved the blue flags of the
dominant Kremlin party and the Russian tricolor.
Embattled Brazilian President
Dilma Rousseff used a May Day appearance in Sao Paulo to
rally support against efforts to impeach her.
The president announced to
tens of thousands of backers that she will beef up a
flagship social program, reduce the impact of income tax on
the middle class and build another 25,000 new low-price
A key vote on her impeachment
proceedings is scheduled within two weeks in the Senate.
Meanwhile, at an anti-Rousseff
rally, union leader Paulinho da Forca called the president's
announcements "desperate measures."
In the U.S., hundreds of
marchers in Los Angeles chanted slogans and carried signs on
May Day, with at least one person carrying a piņata replica
of controversial Republican presidential candidate Donald
The marchers took to the
streets calling for immigrant and worker rights and decrying
what they see as hateful presidential campaign rhetoric.
It's one of several events in
cities nationwide to call for better wages for workers, an
end to deportations and support for an Obama administration
plan to give work permits to immigrants in the country
illegally whose children are American citizens.
"We want them to hear
our voices, to know that we are here and that we want a
better life, with jobs," said Norberto Guiterrez, a
46-year-old immigrant from Mexico who joined families, union
members and students who marched through downtown.
called out Trump for his remarks about immigrants, workers
and women. The leading Republican presidential contender has
called for a wall on the border with Mexico and chided
Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton for playing the so-called