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Colourful rallies around the world mark May Day
May 2, 2015, 6:04 pm
Supporters of the Iraqi Communist Party

Demonstrations have taken place around the world as protesters gathered to mark May Day, also known as Labour Day, the annual day when workers take action to demand increased labour rights. With 80 countries around the world marking May 1 as a public holiday, Istanbul's Taksim Square was in lockdown on Friday, after the Turkish government banned May Day protests there. Large rallies were held in Europe and across Asia - including in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines and South Korea - where workers demanded an increase in minimum wages and better living conditions.

Supporters of the Iraqi Communist Party wave their party's flag as they attend a march to celebrate May Day, also known as Labour Day, on May 1, 2015 in the Iraqi capital.

Turkish protesters clash with riot police during a rally for May Day in Istanbul. Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse protesters attempting to reach the city's Taksim Square, local media reported, where the May Day rallies have been banned. 

Garment workers and other labour organisation members took part in a rally to mark May Day, International Workers' Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Protesters, mostly workers, throw tomatoes at the photo of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III during a rally near the Presidential Palace in Manila to mark May Day.  The sign reads: 'Nothing has been changed, nothing has been delivered.'

Malaysia's opposition and activists rallied in Kuala Lumpur on May Day, also known as Labour Day, against the rising cost of living due to reduced subsidies and increased taxes. 

Tens of thousands of South Korean workers rallied in Seoul, vowing to wage an 'all out general strike' if the government pushes through with planned labour reforms. 



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