On May 1, 2018, demonstrators from around the globe took to the streets in support of workers' rights.
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Published May 2, 2018
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All across the globe, for more than 100 years, May 1 has been celebrated as International Workers' Day. Also called May Day, and dedicated to the memory of the 1886 Haymarket Affair in Chicago, where strikers clashed fatally with police, it's an occasion for workers to demand fairer, safer employment, and to agitate for broader economic justice.
Though less familiar to Americans, who observe a different Labor Day in early September, International Workers' Day is a holiday in many parts of the world, and it's marked by demonstrations that can be lively, passionate, artistic, funny, urgent, even violent. This year in Paris, some protestors smashed store windows and burned cars, and 109 people were taken into custody. Below, scenes from Paris and beyond on International Workers' Day 2018.
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