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May 1, 2013
Around the world on May Day

In May Day protests, parades, strikes and other demonstrations held in cities around the world, activists lashed out at political and business leaders they say have ignored workers' voices or enriched themselves at the expense of laborers. In some places, the demonstrations turned violent, with activists clashing with police.

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People hold a banner that reads in Spanish "Proud of our work" at the front of the May Day march to Revolution Square in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. AP / Ismael Francisco
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A young boy joins protesters as they gather and shout slogans during a May Day rally on Wednesday May 1, 2013 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Thousands of workers paraded through central Dhaka on May Day to demand safer working conditions and the death penalty for the owner of a building housing garment factories that collapsed last week in the country's worst industrial disaster, killing at least 402 people and injuring 2,500. AP / Wong Maye-E
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Protesters carry the national flags and shout slogans during a May Day rally on Wednesday May 1, 2013 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. AP / Ismail Ferdous
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Protesters shout slogans calling for better working conditions for garment workers during a May Day rally on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. AP / Wong Maye-E
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Protesters chant slogans as they participate in a May Day march in central London, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. AP / Lefteris Pitarakis
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A Cambodian garment factory worker is her face painted with letters which reads "Where is justice" as she joins a rally on May Day in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. AP / Heng Sinith
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People walk through the spray of a police water cannon after clashes broke out between protesters and security forces at the annual May Day march in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. AP / Luis Hidalgo
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Police use batons as they clash with protesters at the annual May Day march in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. AP / Luis Hidalgo
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A girl holds a Qing Dynasty royal style headset while her mom drags her with a shopping stroller after the family toured the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, Monday, April 29, 2013. AP / Alexander F. Yuan
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Children enjoy an afternoon at a park in Beijing Monday, April 29, 2013. Monday was the first day of a three-day public holiday celebrating the upcoming international workers' day on May 1. AP / Ng Han Guan
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News photographers run from a police water canon as they cover clashes that broke out at the annual May Day march in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. AP / Fernando Vergara
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Soldiers shout revolutionary slogans and carry Cuban flags during the annual May Day march in Revolution Square in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. AP / Franklin Reyes
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Students shout revolutionary slogans and wave Cuban flags during the May Day march in Revolution Square in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. AP / Franklin Reyes
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People fill a street during a May Day march to Revolution Square in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. AP / Ismael Francisco
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Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, is met with strong protests during her May Day speech, Wednesday May 1 2013 at Tangkroen in Aarhus, Denmark. AP / Daniel Hjort
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Workers demonstrate carrying union banners during May Day celebrations, in Marseille , southern france, Wednesday May 1, 2013. AP / Claude Paris
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Left wing demonstrators light fire works to support the annual left wing demonstration at May Day in Berlin, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. AP / Markus Schreiber
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German riot police controls a demonstration of far-right organizations during May Day in Erfurt, Germany, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. On Labor Day thousands of residents took part in various demonstrations organized by left wing, right wing and trade union groups in Germany. AP / Jens Meyer
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Participators of far-right organizations demonstrate during a May Day rally in Erfurt, Germany, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. AP / Jens Meyer
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Kashmiri Muslim women workers of Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) attend a protest to mark May Day in Srinagar India, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. AP / Mukhtar Khan
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Kashmiri activists of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) shout slogans during a protest to mark May Day in Srinagar India, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. AP / Mukhtar Khan
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Laborers take a break at a metal workshop on May Day in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. AP / Rafiq Maqbool
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Indian tailors sew clothes at a workshop on May Day in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. AP / Tsering Topgyal
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An Indian laborer walks amid red chilies being sun dried on May Day in Hyderabad, India, May 1, 2013. AP / Mahesh Kumar A
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Workers march during a May Day rally in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. AP / Tatan Syuflana
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The crowd is reflected on the sunglasses of a worker during May Day rally in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. AP / Tatan Syuflana
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Supporters of the Iraqi Communist Party wave communist flags during a rally to mark May Day in Firdous Square, central Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Communists were not allowed to march under the regime of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. AP / Khalid Mohammed
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Supporters of the Lebanese Communist party, hold a banner with Arabic that reads, "our salaries are diminishing as a result of soaring prices and inflation, we want an end to waste and corruption and adopting progressive taxes," during a demonstration to mark Labor Day, in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. AP / Bilal Hussein
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Riot police stand guard outside Mexico's Central Bank as a protestor tries to intimidate them with a flagpole bearing an anarchist banner, during a May Day march in Mexico City, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. AP / Marco Ugarte
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Protesters, mostly workers, dance around the burning effigies of U.S. President Barack Obama and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III during a rally near the Presidential Palace to mark May Day Wednesday, May 1, 201,3 in Manila, Philippines. AP / Bullit Marquez
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Children wearing hats with slogans display a banner as they join other protesters, mostly workers, in a rally to mark International Labor Day Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in Manila, Philippines. AP / Bullit Marquez
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Protesters gesture and shout slogans during a May Day demonstration organized by far-right organizations in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. AP / Czarek Sokolowski
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Protesters wait at a closed and vandalized store, to march down Porto's Aliados Avenue during a May Day workers demonstration in Porto, Portugal Wednesday May 1, 2013. In Portugal, with unemployment at 17.5 percent in March, the government is seeking to agree new austerity measures after its Constitutional Court rejected as discriminatory cuts to civil servant salaries and pensions decided in response to demands by EU-IMF lenders. AP / Paulo Duarte
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A child with his bicycle decorated with red flags drives past protesters during a May Day workers demonstration in Porto, Portugal Wednesday May 1, 2013. AP / Paulo Duarte
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A protester holds hammer and sickle, which used to be Soviet Union symbols, as he and others take to the streets to mark May Day in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Thousands of Communists, members of Russia's main political parties and opposition activists staged competing marches in Moscow and other cities Wednesday marking the traditional May Day holiday. AP / Ivan Sekretarev
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Gay rights activists clasp hands as they march during a tradition May Day rally in St.Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. The poster reads, "We demand the abolition of the homophobic law!" AP / Dmitry Lovetsky
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South Korean workers shout slogans during a May Day rally in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Thousands of workers rallied to demand better working conditions and urge companies to stop using temporary employees. AP / Ahn Young-joon
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Members of the leftist People's Liberation Front play instruments during a rally to mark May Day in Colombo, Sri Lanka Wednesday, May 1, 2013. AP / Gemunu Amarasinghe
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Taiwanese workers try to pull a road block down during a protest on May Day in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. More than 10,000 Taiwanese workers took to the streets in Taipei Wednesday to protest a government reform plan that will cut pension payouts to ease Taiwan's worsening fiscal problems. AP / Chiang Ying-ying
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Tunisians wearing the Workers Party shirts, shout during a May Day rally in Tunis, Tunisia, Wednesday May 1, 2013. AP / Michel Euler
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A riot police officer fires as clashes erupt between police and protesters during May Day celebrations in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday May 1, 2013. The government, citing security reasons, banned a rally on Istanbul's Taksim Square, which is undergoing major renovations. Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of demonstrators trying to break through barricades to access the square. AP
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Clashes erupt between police and protesters during May Day celebrations in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday May 1, 2013. AP
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A demonstrator uses a slingshot as clashes erupt between police and protesters during May Day celebrations in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday May 1, 2013. AP
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Communists and their supporters celebrate May Day in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. May Day, a holiday that was of great importance in the Soviet era is still marked with demonstrations in cities nationwide. AP / Sergei Chuzavkov
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Opposition protesters holds up a poster of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro that reads in Spanish "I don't accept it, illegitimate," referring to his winning the presidential election, and bang pots during a the opposition May Day march in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Venezuelans filled the streets of the capital Wednesday in rival marches by the opposition and the government less than a day after a brawl on the floor of congress injured several opposition lawmakers. AP / Fernando Llano
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A man is arrested by police during a May Day march in New York, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Activists in New York City are protesting working conditions, immigration reform and other issues. AP / Seth Wenig
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Thousands of people march during a May Day rally in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. In celebration of May Day, people have gathered across the country to rally for various topics including immigration reform. AP / Damian Dovarganes
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Members of the Whiskey Rebellion Morris and the Country Dance & Song Society perform a Maypole dance at sunrise, Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Pittsburgh, Penna. AP / Darrell Sapp

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