02 May 2014 11:30
May Day rallies around the world

Thousands take to the streets in cities across the globe to push for workers' rights.



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May 1 is International Workers' Day, and as a public holiday in many countries around the world, it's a time to celebrate the worker. As such, it has become a regular occasion for people to protest for improved working conditions and labour rights. Sometimes these protests can turn violent – this year Istanbul in particular saw clashes between protestors and police, with tear gas fired to disperse the crowd.

In this image, a protester protects himself as riot police use water cannons and teargas near Istanbul's Taksim Square.

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