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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.

Published: May 1, 2013

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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