May Day 2019: Clashes, Protests and Politics

Hundreds of thousands of laborers and activists around the world once again gathered for the yearly May Day marches and protests. See the photos.

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Workers shout during a May Day rally in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 1, 2019. Thousands of workers attended the rally urging the government to raise minimum wages, ban outsourcing practices, provide free health care and improve working condition for workers in the country.
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Participants gather in a rally holding placards demanding "more holidays and social security" to mark International Labor Day outside Presidential Palace on May 1, 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan.
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Medical responders help an injured man away during a May Day demonstration in Paris, May 1, 2019. French authorities announced tight security measures for May Day demonstrations, with the interior minister saying there was a risk that "radical activists" could join anti-government yellow vest protesters and union workers in the streets of Paris and across the country.
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A woman holds a flare aloft as Union members take part in the Labor Day March on May 1, 2019, in London, England. The Labor Day March through central London coincides with International Workers Day, which campaigns for workers' rights and the introduction of a public holiday on May 1.
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A riot police officer tries to detain a woman as her friends defends her during a rally in St. Petersburg, Russia, May 1, 2019. Activists marched with the main May Day demonstration through central St. Petersburg carrying placards saying "Putin is not immortal" in reference to President Vladimir Putin.
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Workers mark International Labor Day with a march on May 1, 2019 in Manila, Philippines.
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Members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions hold up their banners during a May Day rally in Seoul, South Korea, May 1, 2019. Thousands of trade union members and activists are marking May Day by marching through the world's capitals and demanding better working conditions and expanding labor rights. The signs read "Let's win the wage struggle."
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Supporters of the Lebanese Communist party hold an Arabic banner that reads "Unite," as they mark Labor Day with demonstrations in Beirut, Lebanon, May 1, 2019. Members of the Lebanese Communist party marched in Beirut streets to protest worsening economic conditions in the country.
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Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party attend a May Day Rally in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg, South Africa, May 1, 2019. The EFF opposition party used the day to rally voters a week before the country's national election. Wearing their signature red shirts and berets, members gathered at a stadium in Johannesburg in cheering support of populist stances that have put pressure on the ruling African National Congress to address issues like economic inequality and land reform.
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Workers carry placards and banners as they march on the street during the Labor Day rally on May 1, 2019, in Hong Kong. Hundreds gathered in Hong Kong on Labor Day to demand better workers' rights.
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Cuban soldiers carry depictions of President Donald Trump during the annual May Day parade held at Revolution Square in Havana, Cuba, May 1, 2019. Trump claimed via Twitter that if Cuban troops and militia do not cease their operations in support of Venezuela immediately, Cuba would suffer "a full and complete embargo" as well as "highest-level sanctions."
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Thai union members march during a Labor Day parade on May 1, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thai Ministry of Labor organized a march for 15 workers confederations within the ministry and 20 processions from the State Enterprise Workers Federation of Thailand.
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Far-right The Third Way (Der Dritte Weg) movement supporters march on May Day on May 1, 2019, in Plauen, Germany. Right-wing groups march in Plauen and Chemnitz for May Day as Saxony plan state elections for 2019.
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