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In photos: Thousands take to streets for workers rights on May Day

Demonstrations and marches have been held at a number of cities today to call for greater labour rights.

Left wing activists shout slogans during a rally marking May Day in Kiev, Ukraine, today.
Left wing activists shout slogans during a rally marking May Day in Kiev, Ukraine, today.
Image: AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE have been marching in cities across the world today to mark May Day, which has long been associated with International Workers’ Day.

People marching in Asian cities including Seoul, Hong Kong, and Manila, called for better worker rights and wages.

Indonesian demonstrators called for better social security, chanting “the country is rich, but the people are poor,” according to the AFP, while Filipinos said they want an end to the policy of sending workers overseas.

RIA Novosti reports that demonstrations in Moscow passed off without incident and the Straits Times says May Day rallies in Tokyo called for an end to nuclear power.

In photos: Thousands take to streets for workers rights on May Day
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    Workers and students struggle with police officers as they try to march after a May Day rally at downtown of Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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    Demonstrators take part in the May Day march through central London. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)
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    Supporters of Bulgarian Socialist Party attend a rally to mark May Day, the International Labour day in Sofia. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)
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    Supporters of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and activists of Nepal Trade Union take out a rally to mark May Day in Katmandu, Nepal. (AP Photo/Binod Joshi)
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    People shout slogans as United Russia party and government-linked trade unions took to the streets to mark May Day in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)
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    France's far-right National Front political leader Marine Le Pen delivers a speech in front of a statue of Joan of Arc, during the party's traditional May Day demonstration in Paris. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
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    A worker has his face painted participates in a May Day rally in downtown Seoul, South Korea. Tens of thousands of workers demanded the government provide greater labor rights and contain rising inflation. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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    Indonesian police officers run to avoid the smoke from burning tyres set on fire by workers during a May Day protest outside the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Irwin Fedriansyah)

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