May Day marked by workers around world (2)

09:26, May 02, 2010      

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Nepalese artists affiliated to the Unified Communist Party of Maoist (UCPN-Maoist) perform during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and formation of a national unity government, in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, May 1, 2010. The UCPN-Maoist has called for a nationwide general strike from May 2. (Xinhua/Bimal Gautam)

In France, hundreds of thousands of people took to the street to voice their appeals on pension reform, employment and purchasing power.

Launched by five major labor unions, large groups of demonstrators started to rally at the Republic Square in Paris shortly after noon.

Several political parties joined the march. Many foreign descendents held the flags of their home countries and raised banners declaring, "Global Workers United."

French media said similar demonstrations took place across France, from the northern city of Lille to the southern port city of Marseilles.

In Turkey, more than 300,000 people staged a citywide rally in Istanbul to celebrate the holiday, calling on the government to create more opportunities for jobs.

The rally was organized by different political parties and labor unions, including Turkish Revolutionary Workers Union Confederation, Public Workers Union Confederation, Revolutionary People's Party Workers Movement Party and Education Workers Union.

Istanbul police chief Huseyin Capkin said the authorities had taken security measures to ensure a peaceful environment for the celebrations.

This was the first time a Turkish government had allowed people to commemorate Labor Day in Taksim square in the city center since 1977, when nearly half a million people gathered on the square and unidentified shootings led to chaos that killed 34 people.

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