Workers demand jobs, better pay on May Day
Germany: Hundreds of thousands of workers marched, rallied and
protested in cities throughout the world from Jakarta, Indonesia, to
Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday to mark international worker’s day, demanding
more jobs, better work conditions and higher wages.
In Berlin, Germany, thousands also used the May Day celebration to
protest against the actions of neonazi groups, followers of the ultra
right wing National Democratic Party (NDP).
About 140,000 jubilant workers gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square
in the first celebrations since gatherings were banned at the site since
dozens of people died in a May 1 gathering more than three decades ago.
In Athens, Greece witnessed riots, with police using tear gas to
disperse demonstrators who threw firebombs and stones in a large May Day
rally against austerity measures. In Switzerland, Zurich police also
used water cannons in an attempt to disperse dozens of stone-throwing
protesters as unions and politicians protested against “excessive” Swiss
In Jakarta, Indonesia, workers shout slogans during a May Day rally.
Tens of thousands of workers thronged the streets of other Asian cities
Saturday in annual May Day marches, demanding job creation and minimum
On the Western Hemisphere, thousands of workers in Caracas,
Venezuela, celebrated May Day and the achievements the Bolivarian
revolution has attained in 11 years of the President Hugo Chavez’
Farmers, builders, workers from the oil, communication, education,
health and science sectors, as well as fishermen and civil servants
congregated in downtown Caracas for the occasion.