May Day marked by workers around world

09:16, May 02, 2010      

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People attend a May Day rally in Paris, capital of France, May 1, 2010. French labour unions organised the national wide rallies to mark the May Day and express their concern on some social issues such as retirement system reform and employment. (Xinhua/Zhang Yuwei)

Workers and employees all over the world marked the International Labor Day Saturday with celebrations and protests.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea held a national meeting at the Rakwon Machine Complex. Premier Kim Yong Il said in his speech "the working people in the DPRK will carry out their historic mission in defending world peace and security and boost international solidarity with the working people of the world."

Performances were given by artists of national art troupes at parks and pleasure grounds in Pyongyang, and senior officials went to factories and villages to celebrate the festival with the civilians. Major newspapers issued editorials appealing to the people to "promote the production on different fields of the economic construction."

Russia's main political parties and trade unions held a national parade to celebrate May Day.

The parade began at 9:00 a.m. local time on the downtown Tver Avenue, with around 25,000 supporters of Russian ruling party, the United Russia party, and Moscow Trade Union holding posters with slogans such as "Russia Forward" and "We need modernization."

About 7,000 supporters of the Communist Party started their parade from Kaluga Square, with slogans reading, "Russian workers, united!" and "Fight for education, jobs and pay."

According to Russia's Confederation of Independent Trade Unions, a total of 2.5 million people participated in the May Day celebrations in nearly 1000 cites and residential areas throughout Russia.

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