Russia rolls out its first Red Square May Day festivities since Soviet days, while protesters in Istanbul defied a ban on May Day rallies in violent clashes
People run as riot police use water cannons and teargas to disperse thousands of protesters trying to reach the city's main Taksim Square to celebrate May Day in Istanbul. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who warned last week against efforts to march on Taksim, has cast both last year’s street protests and a corruption scandal dogging his government since December as part of a plot to undermine him.
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A member of Russia's Communist party carries a portrait of Soviet leaders Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin during a May Day rally in Moscow on May 1, 2014. Moscow marked its first May Day festivities in Red Square since Soviet times.
A woman walks near a statue of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin during an International Worker's Day, or Labour Day, parade in Donetsk, east Ukraine. Donetsk has been the latest site of confrontations between pro-Russian separatists and the Kiev government in the mainly Russian-speaking Donbass region.
Workers in Seoul hold up cards reading “We don’t need this kind of president!” during a May Day rally to pay tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol. An off-duty captain of the sunken South Korean ferry has told investigators that the owners ignored his warning that the ship shouldn't carry too much cargo because it wasn't very stable, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
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Immigrants take part in May Day protests in central Athens. More than 15,000 protesters attended the peaceful rallies in Athens, with demonstrations aimed at ongoing austerity measures in the crisis-hit country, that have caused a dramatic rise in poverty and unemployment.
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A Pakistani female worker holding a placard that reads “WTO (World Trade Organization) unacceptable” participates in a rally to mark May Day in Lahore, Pakistan. Participants at the rally demanded implementation of labour laws and increase in their wages.
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Protesters burn an effigy of President Benigno Aquino during a Labor Day protest outside the presidential palace in Manila. Thousands of protesters rallied through the streets on Thursday to demand for higher wages and more job opportunities, local media reported.