World's Workers Rise Up in Celebration and Protest on May Day

In marches and street demonstrations, people across the world on Thursday were marking May Day, or International Labor Day, by demanding better treatment of working people and union members as they also called  for respect of democratic freedoms and equal rights.

, thousands of people defied new laws barring unauthorized public protest and took to the street in Instanbul where they met with police in violent clashes:

, unions members and other workers expressed opposition to the their government’s severe austerity measures and misguided approach to the economy:, garment factory workers and others staged protests in the city of Dhaka to once again demand reforms to labor practices in the country:, factory workers also demanded an end to inhumane labor laws and lax protections: