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May Day events around the world

In protests, parades, strikes and other demonstrations held in cities across the planet, activists lashed out at political and business leaders they allege have ignored workers' voices or enriched themselves at the expense of laborers during what has been a difficult few years for the global economy. In some places, the demonstrations turned violent, with activists clashing with police.

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Clashes erupt between police and protesters during May Day celebrations in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday May 1, 2013. Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of demonstrators trying to break through barricades to access Istanbul's Taksim Square which the government, citing security reasons, banned a rally on the square which is undergoing major renovations.

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Markus Schreiber/AP Photo |

A protester smiles to riot police officers during a protest against a demonstration of far right party NPD in Berlin, Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

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Fernando Vergara/AP Photo |

Protesters run from a police water canon during the annual May Day march ended in clashes in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

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Nikolas Giakoumidis/AP Photo |

An elderly man with an old helmet gestures during a protest in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. About 10,000 marched through the center of Thessaloniki, Greece's second-largest city. The countryís main labor unions are protesting soaring unemployment, which is the highest in the 27-country European Union, and the austerity measures the conservative-led government is enacting in return for crucial bailout loans.

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Franklin Reyes/AP Photo |

Soldiers shout revolutionary slogans and carry Cuban flags during the annual May Day march in Revolution Square in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Workers held protests, parades, strikes and other demonstrations in cities across the world on Wednesday.

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Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo |

A youth wearing camouflage salutes as he hold an image of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez during a May Day march in Revolution Square in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

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Ismael Francisco, Cubadebate/AP Photo |

People fill a street during a May Day march to Revolution Square in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

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Luis Hidalgo/AP Photo |

A demonstrator yells at police during the annual May Day march in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

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Luis Hidalgo/AP Photo |

A masked demonstrator runs from a police water cannon as a dog looks on during the annual May Day march in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

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Luis Hidalgo/AP Photo |

Police use batons during clashes with protesters at the annual May Day march in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

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Dita Alangkara/AP Photo |

A masked worker takes part in a May Day rally in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

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Seth Wenig/AP Photo |

Police officers work to restrain a protester during May Day rallies in New York, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Activists in New York City are protesting working conditions, immigration reform and other issues.

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Seth Wenig/AP Photo |

A man is restrained and handcuffed by police during a May Day march in New York, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Activists in New York City are protesting working conditions, immigration reform and other issues.

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Nick Ut/AP Photo |

Emilia Hernandez shouts during a May Day rally in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. In celebration of May Day, people have gathered across the country to rally for various topics including immigration reform.

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Sergei Chuzavkov/AP Photo |

Left wing activists shout slogans during a rally marking May Day in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, May 1, 2013.