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Workers, Right Groups Commemorate May Day Worldwide

People worldwide gathered to commemorate International Workers’ Day or May Day on May 1.

The day is important for workers and labor rights campaigners. It is celebrated to commemorate workers’ struggle against oppression and rights violation.

The date had been chosen to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago in the United States. Workers, forced to work up to 16 hours a day, were fighting for an eight-hour workday.

On May 1, 1886, around half a million workers in the U.S. went on a strike. Chicago was the epicenter of the struggle where 40,000 workers took part in the strike.

The strike and subsequent death penalty that seven workers were sentenced to galvanized the labor movement. In 1889, the Second International declared May 1 as International Workers’ Day.

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Greece: A pensioner shouts slogans during a rally organised by the communist-affiliated PAME commemorating May Day in Athens.
Greece: A pensioner shouts slogans during a rally organised by the communist-affiliated PAME commemorating May Day in Athens. Photo:Reuters
Pakistan: Trade unionists in a May Day rally.
Pakistan: Trade unionists in a May Day rally. Photo:Facebook / Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign
Cuba- Plaza de la Revolucion de Guantanamo during the parade for May Day.
Cuba- Plaza de la Revolucion de Guantanamo during the parade for May Day. Photo:Cubadebate
Turkey: Riot police scuffle with a group of protesters as they attempted to defy a ban and march on Taksim Square to celebrate May Day in Istanbul.
Turkey: Riot police scuffle with a group of protesters as they attempted to defy a ban and march on Taksim Square to celebrate May Day in Istanbul. Photo:Reuters
Palestine: A Palestinian woman holds a sign during a rally marking International Workers
Palestine: A Palestinian woman holds a sign during a rally marking International Workers' Day, or Labor Day, in Gaza City. Photo:Reuters
Germany: People attend a left wing satirical May Day demonstration in Berlin.
Germany: People attend a left wing satirical May Day demonstration in Berlin. Photo:Reuters
South Africa: Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) hold placards as they commemorate International Workers
South Africa: Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) hold placards as they commemorate International Workers' Day in Alexandra township, Johannesburg. Photo:Reuters
France: Tear gas floats around masked protesters during clashes before the start of the traditional May Day labor union march in Paris.
France: Tear gas floats around masked protesters during clashes before the start of the traditional May Day labor union march in Paris. Photo:Reuters
Switzerland: Protesters carry a banner which reads "14.06.19 Feministic Strike - Women
Switzerland: Protesters carry a banner which reads "14.06.19 Feministic Strike - Women's Strike" during a May Day demonstration in Zurich. Photo:Reuters
Philippines: Protesters burn an effigy of President Rodrigo Duterte during a May Day rally in Manila.
Philippines: Protesters burn an effigy of President Rodrigo Duterte during a May Day rally in Manila. Photo:Reuters
Spain: Demonstrators of Spain
Spain: Demonstrators of Spain's leading trade unions CCOO and UGT march during May Day celebrations in Madrid. Photo:Reuters
Russia: Supporters of the Russian Communist party take part in a May Day rally in central Moscow.
Russia: Supporters of the Russian Communist party take part in a May Day rally in central Moscow. Photo:Reuters
Indonesia: Workers carry flags as they protest during a May Day rally near the National Monument (Monas) in Jakarta.
Indonesia: Workers carry flags as they protest during a May Day rally near the National Monument (Monas) in Jakarta. Photo:Reuters
Bangladesh: Women shout slogans as they participate in a May Day rally in Dhaka.
Bangladesh: Women shout slogans as they participate in a May Day rally in Dhaka. Photo:Reuters
Ecuador: May Day rally against President Lenin Moreno
Ecuador: May Day rally against President Lenin Moreno's neo-liberal policies. Photo:teleSUR
India: Workers
India: Workers' unions gathered for an International labor day in Delhi. Photo:Dhrupadi Noor
Published 1 May 2019
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