May Day 2020: International Labour Day in Pictures

Under the lockdown, many countries have managed to still come out on the streets to demand better labor rights from their government. Most protests practiced social distancing.

Mayday, also known as labor day was a landmark date in the labor rights movement. It was established by the Second International Socialist Congress in 1889 as a commemoration of an 1886 American general strike, organized in Chicago in pursuit of an eight-hour workday.

As this movement has taken over the world, Mayday is celebrated differently across various countries. Under the lockdown, many countries have managed to still come out on the streets to demand better labor rights from their government. Most protests practiced social distancing.

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“Covered mouths have voices.” Hundreds in Greece defied lockdown to protest Parliament on #MayDay — using markers to maintain social distancing. The pandemic is creating new job worries just as it recovers from a 10-year financial crisis. via AJPlus

With social distancing, mask, and military discipline members of the Communist union PAME gathered outside the Greek Parliament on Friday to celebrate the International Workers’ Day on May 1. They demanded a society that was fair for workers and the health of the people.

Police detain a protester after marching on Taksim Square to celebrate May Day in Istanbul via Twitter
In Turkey, several demonstrators were arrested as they marched towards Istanbul’s symbolic Taksim Square to mark May Day in defiance of the government’s coronavirus lockdown via BBC

In Istanbul, Turkey the police detained 137 people for trying to hold illegal demonstrations in the city to celebrate May Day.

Protestors wearing face masks gather during a demonstration on May Day, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Berlin, Germany May 1, 2020 via Reuters

In Germany, leftist groups called for the protest to denounce capitalism and urge more solidarity, especially with refugees seeking to reach Europe. They had urged participants to wear masks and stay at least 1.5 metres apart.

It’s the first of the month and May Day. New yorkers call to Governer Cuomo to cancel rents.Photos by Reina Gattuso

It’s the first of the month and May Day. Cuomo still has not canceled rent even though more than 30 million people are unemployed.

 

Protestors in Vienna stand on painted circles to maintain social distancing and to protest against the government measures to slow down the spread of the virus via Getty Images

 

Protesters criticize the government’s handling of the crisis that saw the local currency crash, devastate their savings, and sent prices and inflation soaring. via Getty Images

According to ABC News, “The lockdown worsened the recession’s sharp bite, increasing unemployment and popular resentment. In recent days, protesters ignored social distancing measures and calls to stay home to rally outside the central bank and private banks, setting off clashes with the security forces and the army.”

Pro-democracy protesters gathered in New Town Plaze in Sha Tin for a Sing With you protest. Around 7.00PM the riot police came and asked the crowd to disperse.

In Chile, protestors gathered to demonstrate in favour of May Day. Police in riot gear tried to disperse the protestors using water canons and arrested few of the protestors.

 

In South Korea, workers wear protective gear calling for improved working conditions and labor rights. JUNG YEON-JE, AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES
Activists carry the Spanish message: “With hunger, there is no quarantine” during a protest marking May Day, or International Workers’ Day, amid a government-ordered lockdown in Buenos Aires

In Argentina, different social organizations demonstrated this morning at the Obelisk to make visible the very serious situation suffered by thousands of people due to food shortages, which has worsened after the isolation decreed due to the coronavirus health crisis.

Protestors have a peaceful gathering in France to commemorate May Day
Health workers, unions & civil society hold a picket outside Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, South Africa via Morning Star

 

Labour union workers maintain social distancing as they carry placards during a May Day rally in Karachi on May 1 -AFP
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Trade union members in Barcelona, Spain, hold up placards in front of the emergency admissions of a medical centre via BBC

Trade Union members take to streets in Spain calling for better working conditions and more protective equipment.

Women workers stage a silent protest while practicing social distancing to mark Labor Day on May 1, 2020 in Quezon City, Philippines. Millions of workers and daily wage earners living in poverty in the Philippines suffer the brunt of work stoppage during the government imposed Enhanced Community Quarantine in a bid to stop the spread of the novel Coronavirus. (Photo: Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
Women workers stage silent protest in the Philippines while practicing social distancing via Getty Images

Millions of workers and daily wage earners living in poverty in the Philippines suffer the brunt of work stoppage during the government imposed Enhanced Community Quarantine

May Day protesters gather outside the offices of New York governor Andrew Cuomo

As the coronavirus crisis rages on, the economy is seeing a massive crash. In this crash, the highest casualties will be workers and their livelihoods.

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