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FOCUS: May Day Labor Protests Around the World, in 17 Photos
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=46543"><span class="small">Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox</span></a>   
Sunday, 05 May 2019 11:59

Campbell writes: "Millions of workers across the world poured into the streets Wednesday for International Workers' Day, an annual working-class rebellion known as May Day."

Female garment workers participate in a May Day rally in Dhaka, Bangladesh. They are demanding six months of maternity leave and protections against sexual abuse in the workplace.  (photo: Mamunur Rashid/NurPhoto/Getty Images)
Female garment workers participate in a May Day rally in Dhaka, Bangladesh. They are demanding six months of maternity leave and protections against sexual abuse in the workplace. (photo: Mamunur Rashid/NurPhoto/Getty Images)


May Day Labor Protests Around the World, in 17 Photos

By Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox

05 May 19

 

illions of workers across the world poured into the streets Wednesday for International Workers’ Day, an annual working-class rebellion known as May Day.

Bus drivers and housekeepers in Hong Kong rallied for a 44-hour workweek. Garment workers in Bangladesh demanded paid maternity leave. In the Philippines, workers marched for a higher minimum wage.

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Hong Kong, China (photo: Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Hong Kong, China. (photo: Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Some of the rallies were tame, but others were messy, dramatic, and even violent. Riot police in Turkey, Russia, France, and Italy clashed with crowds of agitated protesters and arrested hundreds of them.

Workers across the world have been spending May 1 this way for more than a century. Socialists in Europe picked the day to honor laborers killed in the Chicago Haymarket riot of 1886. Workers in the city had gone on strike that year on May 1, demanding an eight-hour workday in the US and across the globe. Clashes with police ended up killing eight people, and four labor leaders were later executed by hanging.

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Lyon, France (photo: Nicolas Liponne/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Lyon, France (photo: Nicolas Liponne/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Historians consider the Haymarket riot a pivotal moment in the history of America’s labor movement, according to the National Park Service, which designated the site as a historic landmark. In the agency’s description of the strike’s significance, it’s easy to see how the event still inspires protests taking place today:

As a result of clashes between workers and police in Chicago following May Day rallies, and the subsequent execution of several protesters, May Day took on added significance as a day to commemorate the martyrdom of workers, and has been celebrated throughout the world since 1886.
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Turin, Italy (photo: Mauro Ujetto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Turin, Italy (photo: Mauro Ujetto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

More than a century after the Chicago strike, May Day rallies have expanded far beyond the US and Europe. In most countries, May 1 is a national holiday. And demonstrations often involve brawls with police.

See the rest of the photos at Vox

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