Photos: Countries Around the World Celebrate International Labor Day | Economy News
Protesters around the world took to the streets on Sunday to celebrate workers and push for improved labor rights.
Tens of thousands marked May Day – International Workers’ Day – with rallies in South Korea, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Serbia, Turkey, India, Pakistan, Greece, France and in Cyprus, among others.
Citizens and unions in cities across Europe took to the streets in marches with messages of protest to their governments, including in France where the holiday to honor workers was used as a rallying cry against newly re-elected President Emmanuel Macron.
Turkish riot police arrested dozens of protesters trying to reach Istanbul’s main Taksim Square for May Day protests against economic hardship caused by runaway inflation.
Only a few people strolled the pedestrian streets of the historic Qianmen district in central Beijing, normally an area bustling with tourists on what was a national holiday and a sunny spring day.
Many Chinese marked a quiet May Day this year as the government’s “zero-COVID” approach restricts travel and enforces lockdowns in several cities. Millions of people remain confined to their buildings or compounds in Shanghai, China’s largest city, under a lockdown that has eased only slightly.