Activists, workers mark May Day with protests

International Workers’ Day on May 1 is a public holiday in many countries, though some governments have clamped down on rallies and protests.

Anti-capitalist protesters torched a McDonald’s restaurant and clashed with police in Paris on the fringes of a May Day rally in Paris. Shouting slogans such as “Rise up, Paris” and “Everyone hates the police”, over 1,000 youths with black jackets and face masks joined the traditional union-led demonstration for worker’s rights.

More than 100,000 people came out on the streets on Moscow to march in the traditional May Day parade. Moscow’s Federation of Trade Unions said about 120,000 people marched from the Red Square on the main streets of the Russian capital to mark May Day.

Police detained dozens of demonstrators during May Day events around Istanbul, most of them protesters who tried to march toward the city’s symbolic main square in defiance of a ban. Turkey declared Taksim Square off-limits to May Day demonstrations citing security concerns. Police blocked roads leading to the square but allowed small groups of labor union representatives to lay wreaths and flowers at monuments there.

In the Philippines, an estimated 10,000 workers marched in the capital, Manila, to protest against short-term employment contracts. Protestors burned an effigy of President Rodrigo Duterte labeled “Liar King,” a reference to the president’s 2016 campaign promise to stop employers hiring workers on short-term contracts without sufficient benefits. Trade unions say the practice has continued.

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<p>Laborers from various unions rally to mark the May Day (International Workers’ Day) in front of the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 1, 2018. (Photo: Eko Siswono Toyudho/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Jakarta, Indonesia

Laborers from various unions rally to mark the May Day (International Workers’ Day) in front of the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 1, 2018. (Photo: Eko Siswono Toyudho/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>A McDonald’s restaurant is hit with petrol bombs thrown by activists during the traditional May Day rally in the center of Paris, France, May 1, 2018. Each year, people around the world take to the streets to mark International Workers’ Day, or May Day. (Photo: Francois Mori/AP) </p>
Paris, France

A McDonald’s restaurant is hit with petrol bombs thrown by activists during the traditional May Day rally in the center of Paris, France, May 1, 2018. Each year, people around the world take to the streets to mark International Workers’ Day, or May Day. (Photo: Francois Mori/AP)

<p>Female police officers detain a woman taking part in May Day protests in Istanbul, Turkey, May 1, 2018. Police detained several demonstrators as the crowd tried to march toward Istanbul’s Taksim Square, which is symbolic as the center of protests in which dozens of people were killed in 1977.(Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP) </p>
Istanbul, Turkey

Female police officers detain a woman taking part in May Day protests in Istanbul, Turkey, May 1, 2018. Police detained several demonstrators as the crowd tried to march toward Istanbul’s Taksim Square, which is symbolic as the center of protests in which dozens of people were killed in 1977.(Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

<p>A participant of the traditional May Day celebrations, organized by the Austrian Social Democrats, SPOE, and trade unions wearing a horror mask in Vienna, Austria, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Ronald Zak/AP) </p>
Vienna, Austria

A participant of the traditional May Day celebrations, organized by the Austrian Social Democrats, SPOE, and trade unions wearing a horror mask in Vienna, Austria, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Ronald Zak/AP)

<p>A firefighter walks past burning cars set on fire by activists during the traditional May Day rally in the center of Paris, France, May 1, 2018. Each year, people around the world take to the streets to mark International Workers’ Day, or May Day. (Photo: Francois Mori/AP) </p>
Paris, France

A firefighter walks past burning cars set on fire by activists during the traditional May Day rally in the center of Paris, France, May 1, 2018. Each year, people around the world take to the streets to mark International Workers’ Day, or May Day. (Photo: Francois Mori/AP)

<p>Protesters, mostly workers, burn an effigy depicting President Rodrigo Duterte as a devil, during a rally near the Presidential Palace at the global commemoration of Labor Day Tuesday, May 1, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo: Bullit Marquez/AP) </p>
Manila, Philippines

Protesters, mostly workers, burn an effigy depicting President Rodrigo Duterte as a devil, during a rally near the Presidential Palace at the global commemoration of Labor Day Tuesday, May 1, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo: Bullit Marquez/AP)

<p>Pakistani workers participate in a rally on the International Labor Day in Lahore, Pakistan, May 1, 2018. Pakistan observed Labor Day on Tuesday along with other nations worldwide. (Photo: K.M. Chaudary/AP) </p>
Lahore, Pakistan

Pakistani workers participate in a rally on the International Labor Day in Lahore, Pakistan, May 1, 2018. Pakistan observed Labor Day on Tuesday along with other nations worldwide. (Photo: K.M. Chaudary/AP)

<p>A protester holds a smoke safety flare during the May Day labor union march in Paris, France, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters) </p>
Paris, France

A protester holds a smoke safety flare during the May Day labor union march in Paris, France, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

<p>A supporter of the far-right National-Radical Camp (ONR) protests in Warsaw, Poland May 1, 2018. (Photo: Agencja Gazeta/Dawid Zuchowicz/Reuters) </p>
Warsaw, Poland

A supporter of the far-right National-Radical Camp (ONR) protests in Warsaw, Poland May 1, 2018. (Photo: Agencja Gazeta/Dawid Zuchowicz/Reuters)

<p>Paving stones are scattered on the street after clashes at the May Day labour union rally in Paris, France, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters) </p>
Paris, France

Paving stones are scattered on the street after clashes at the May Day labour union rally in Paris, France, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

<p>Police detain a demonstrator during May Day protests in Istanbul, Turkey, May 1, 2018. Workers and activists mark May Day with defiant rallies and marches for better pay and working conditions. (Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP) </p>
Istanbul, Turkey

Police detain a demonstrator during May Day protests in Istanbul, Turkey, May 1, 2018. Workers and activists mark May Day with defiant rallies and marches for better pay and working conditions. (Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

<p>Police scuffle with demonstrators during May Day protests in Istanbul, Turkey, May 1, 2018. Workers and activists mark May Day with defiant rallies and marches for better pay and working conditions. (Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP) </p>
Istanbul, Turkey

Police scuffle with demonstrators during May Day protests in Istanbul, Turkey, May 1, 2018. Workers and activists mark May Day with defiant rallies and marches for better pay and working conditions. (Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

<p>A detained demonstrator flashes a victory sign from a police bus, during May Day protests in Istanbul, Turkey, May 1, 2018. Police detained several demonstrators as the crowd tried to march toward Istanbul’s Taksim Square, which is symbolic as the center of protests in which dozens of people were killed in 1977.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) </p>
Istanbul, Turkey

A detained demonstrator flashes a victory sign from a police bus, during May Day protests in Istanbul, Turkey, May 1, 2018. Police detained several demonstrators as the crowd tried to march toward Istanbul’s Taksim Square, which is symbolic as the center of protests in which dozens of people were killed in 1977.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

<p>Protesters, mostly workers, march towards the Presidential Palace during the global commemoration of Labor Day, May 1, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. About 5,000 workers and activists from various groups held a rally Tuesday near the Malacanang 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. (Photo: Bullit Marquez/AP) </p>
Manila, Philippines

Protesters, mostly workers, march towards the Presidential Palace during the global commemoration of Labor Day, May 1, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. About 5,000 workers and activists from various groups held a rally Tuesday near the Malacanang 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. (Photo: Bullit Marquez/AP)

<p>A trade union demonstrator wraps her hand with a red ribbon during a May Day rally in Pamplona, northern Spain, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP) </p>
Pamplona, Spain

A trade union demonstrator wraps her hand with a red ribbon during a May Day rally in Pamplona, northern Spain, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)

<p>A man holds a hammer and shouts slogans during a May Day rally on International Workers Day in Belgrade, Serbia, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Darko Vojinovic/AP) </p>
Belgrade, Serbia

A man holds a hammer and shouts slogans during a May Day rally on International Workers Day in Belgrade, Serbia, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Darko Vojinovic/AP)

<p>Russian opposition activist Sergey Udaltsov, foreground, leads a group of his supporters during a Communist rally to mark May Day in Moscow, Russia, May 1, 2018. More than 100,000 people came out on the streets on Moscow to march in the traditional May Day parade. The banner behind him reads ‘Communism instead of Putin’. (Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP) </p>
Moscow, Russia

Russian opposition activist Sergey Udaltsov, foreground, leads a group of his supporters during a Communist rally to mark May Day in Moscow, Russia, May 1, 2018. More than 100,000 people came out on the streets on Moscow to march in the traditional May Day parade. The banner behind him reads ‘Communism instead of Putin’. (Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

<p>A car burns outside a Renault automobile garage during clashes at the May Day labour union march in Paris, France, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters) </p>
Paris, France

A car burns outside a Renault automobile garage during clashes at the May Day labour union march in Paris, France, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

<p>A slogan reading “Right” is reflected to sunglasses during a Labor Day rally in Taipei, Taiwan, May 1, 2018. Thousands of protesters from various labor groups marked Labor Day, or May Day as it is observed elsewhere in the world with demands for better conditions for workers. (Photo: Chiang Ying-ying/AP) </p>
Taipei, Taiwan

A slogan reading “Right” is reflected to sunglasses during a Labor Day rally in Taipei, Taiwan, May 1, 2018. Thousands of protesters from various labor groups marked Labor Day, or May Day as it is observed elsewhere in the world with demands for better conditions for workers. (Photo: Chiang Ying-ying/AP)

<p>Demonstrators vandalize a bank during clashes at a rally marking May Day in Santiago, Chile May 1, 2018. (Photo: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters) </p>
Santiago, Chile

Demonstrators vandalize a bank during clashes at a rally marking May Day in Santiago, Chile May 1, 2018. (Photo: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters)

<p>A man holds a banner during a May Day rally on International Workers Day in Belgrade, Serbia, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Darko Vojinovic/AP) </p>
Belgrade, Serbia

A man holds a banner during a May Day rally on International Workers Day in Belgrade, Serbia, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Darko Vojinovic/AP)

<p>Demonstrators clash with riot police at a rally marking May Day in Santiago, Chile May 1, 2018. (Photo: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters) </p>
Santiago, Chile

Demonstrators clash with riot police at a rally marking May Day in Santiago, Chile May 1, 2018. (Photo: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters)

<p>People march with a former Soviet navy and red flags during a Communist rally to mark May Day in Moscow, Russia, May 1, 2018. More than 100,000 people came out on the streets on Moscow to march in the traditional May Day parade. (Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP) </p>
Moscow, Russia

People march with a former Soviet navy and red flags during a Communist rally to mark May Day in Moscow, Russia, May 1, 2018. More than 100,000 people came out on the streets on Moscow to march in the traditional May Day parade. (Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

<p>Activists clash with riot police during the traditional May Day rally in the center of Paris, France, May 1, 2018. Each year, people around the world take to the streets to mark International Workers’ Day, or May Day. (Photo: Francois Mori/AP) </p>
Paris, France

Activists clash with riot police during the traditional May Day rally in the center of Paris, France, May 1, 2018. Each year, people around the world take to the streets to mark International Workers’ Day, or May Day. (Photo: Francois Mori/AP)

<p>Protesters hold banners during a march to mark May Day in Hong Kong May 1, 2018. Hundreds of Hong Kong workers from various labor unions staged a rally to demand better workers’ rights and call for standard working hours. (Photo: Vincent Yu/AP) </p>
Hong Kong

Protesters hold banners during a march to mark May Day in Hong Kong May 1, 2018. Hundreds of Hong Kong workers from various labor unions staged a rally to demand better workers’ rights and call for standard working hours. (Photo: Vincent Yu/AP)

<p>A disguised protestor attends a rally to mark the International Labor Day, in Zurich, Switzerland, on May 1, 2018. (Photo: Patrick Huerlimann/Keystone via AP) </p>
Zurich, Switzerland

A disguised protestor attends a rally to mark the International Labor Day, in Zurich, Switzerland, on May 1, 2018. (Photo: Patrick Huerlimann/Keystone via AP)

<p>People march during a May Day rally in the center of Barcelona, Spain, May 1, 2018. May 1 is celebrated as the International Labor Day or May Day across the world. (Photo: Manu Fernandez/AP) </p>
Barcelona, Spain

People march during a May Day rally in the center of Barcelona, Spain, May 1, 2018. May 1 is celebrated as the International Labor Day or May Day across the world. (Photo: Manu Fernandez/AP)

<p>A chained activist, with his body painted in black, lifts a fake stone bearing the name of French President Emmanuel Macron and the word “people” on his torso as he poses for photographers while a digger set ablaze by demonstrators is seen on background during the traditional May Day rally in the center of Paris, France, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Each year, people around the world take to the streets to mark International Workers’ Day, or May Day. (Photo: Francois Mori/AP) </p>
Paris, France

A chained activist, with his body painted in black, lifts a fake stone bearing the name of French President Emmanuel Macron and the word “people” on his torso as he poses for photographers while a digger set ablaze by demonstrators is seen on background during the traditional May Day rally in the center of Paris, France, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Each year, people around the world take to the streets to mark International Workers’ Day, or May Day. (Photo: Francois Mori/AP)

<p>Two elderly men carry portraits of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin, right, and former Soviet leader Josef Stalin during a Communist rally to mark May Day in Moscow, Russia, May 1, 2018. Workers and activists marked May Day on Tuesday with rallies to demand their government address labor issues. (Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP) </p>
Moscow, Russia

Two elderly men carry portraits of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin, right, and former Soviet leader Josef Stalin during a Communist rally to mark May Day in Moscow, Russia, May 1, 2018. Workers and activists marked May Day on Tuesday with rallies to demand their government address labor issues. (Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

<p>Protesters, mostly workers march towards the Presidential Palace during the global commemoration of Labor Day, May 1, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. About 5,000 workers and activists from various groups held a rally Tuesday near the Malacanang 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. (Photo: Bullit Marquez/AP) </p>
Manila, Philippines

Protesters, mostly workers march towards the Presidential Palace during the global commemoration of Labor Day, May 1, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. About 5,000 workers and activists from various groups held a rally Tuesday near the Malacanang 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. (Photo: Bullit Marquez/AP)

<p>New York Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, second from right, joins hundreds of May Day protesters as they pass the National Museum of the American Indian, May 1, 2018, in New York. Workers and activists marked May Day with rallies around the world to demand their government address labor issues. (Photo: Mark Lennihan/AP) </p>
New York City, USA

New York Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, second from right, joins hundreds of May Day protesters as they pass the National Museum of the American Indian, May 1, 2018, in New York. Workers and activists marked May Day with rallies around the world to demand their government address labor issues. (Photo: Mark Lennihan/AP)

<p>Supporters and members of right-wing parties, National Democratic Party, known by its German initials NPD, and ‘Die Rechte’ (The Right) demonstrate under the theme ‘Greater justice for all Germans’ during a rally at the May Day in Erfurt, Germany, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Jens Meyer/AP) </p>
Erfurt, Germany

Supporters and members of right-wing parties, National Democratic Party, known by its German initials NPD, and ‘Die Rechte’ (The Right) demonstrate under the theme ‘Greater justice for all Germans’ during a rally at the May Day in Erfurt, Germany, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Jens Meyer/AP)

<p>People attend a leftist May Day demonstration in Berlin, Germany, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Christian Mang/Reuters) </p>
Berlin, Germany

People attend a leftist May Day demonstration in Berlin, Germany, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Christian Mang/Reuters)

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