May Day marked by workers around world (3)

09:26, May 02, 2010      

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People attend a grand parade and rally to mark the May Day and show solidarity with their country, in Havana, capital of Cuba, May 1, 2010. (Xinhua/Joaquin Hernandez)

The Turkish government's ban of Labor Day gatherings on the Taksim square in the past 32 years had caused increasing tensions between the government and unions.

In Spain, labor unions organized a series of street protests all over the country, venting anger over issues such as unemployment, pensions, social reform and the financial system.

The protests and other activities were staged under the title of "For employment, for rights and the guarantee of our pensions."

Union heads urged reform of the financial system to avoid fiscal fraud and asked for a tax on financial transactions, saying the financial markets should put themselves at the service of Spainsh society.

The unions reiterated their strong opposition to the government's proposals to raise the age of retirement to 67. They also asked EU governments to think twice before applying cutbacks in public spending.

In Finland, thousands of people took part in marches and rallies organized by leftist parties and workers' unions in Helsinki.

They set out from the central railway station and passed through the city's main roads, holding red flags, banners written with their appeals and figures of Karl Marx (1818-1883). They loudly sang the Internationale and ended the march in Hakaniemi Square, where they joined people from different communities for a grand celebration.

Financial crisis-hit Greece was almost paralyzed by a new series of strikes and demonstrations. Labor unions organized marches across the country against austerity measures and the EU-IMF support mechanism for the Greek economy, ending in minor violence in Athens.

According to unconfirmed information, two protesters were slightly injured and police arrested about 20 people.

Tens of thousands of Greek citizens took to the streets of Athens and major cities to protest cutbacks on salaries, raises in taxes, reforms to the pension system and a new package of more harsh measures expected to be announced in the following hours.

In Nepal, the International Labor Day was being marked all over the country with various programs.

Different political parties, their affiliated organizations, trade unions, labor unions from hotel and factories celebrated the May Day as a landmark for the establishment of their rights.

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal extended his best wishes to all the workers and expressed his belief that this May Day would be successful in establishing the rights of the ordinary people.

Communist Party of Nepal leader Jhalanath Khanal expressed his good wishes for workers, saying all the workers of the world were equal and should therefore unite for their own sake.

Commemorations or demonstrations were also reported in Singapore and Indonesia.

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