May Day marked by workers around world (4)

09:26, May 02, 2010      

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Workers attend a rally to mark the May Day in Accra, capital of Ghana, May 1, 2010. (Xinhua/Bai Jingshan)

In Africa, workers in Ghana joined their counterparts throughout the world, staging celebrations under the theme: "Consolidating Workers' Solidarity ..."

In Palestine, hundreds of unemployed workers in the Gaza Strip called on Israel to end more than three years of siege.

Witnesses said hundreds of workers rallied near the Erez crossing point between the northern tip of the coastal enclave and Israel. They waved Palestinian flags and raised banners calling on Israel to end the blockade, and the Palestinian rival factions to end their feuds and reunite.

Around 150,000 workers in the Gaza Strip have been unemployed since Israel imposed a tight blockade on the enclave right after the Islamic Hamas movement seized control of it by force in June 2007. The tight Israeli blockade has hit all aspects of life in the impoverished area.

The participants in the rally, which was arranged by left-wing Gaza-based groups, also called on the Hamas government to annul its latest decision to collect extra taxes on cigarettes, fuels and other products. Hamas recently decided to reactivate the taxes law in the Gaza Strip.

The witnesses said Hamas police barred the demonstrators from reaching the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel for fear of clashes with the Israeli army, which was on alert during the demonstration.

Source: Xinhua

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