May Day: Rallies around the world in pictures

People around the world have taken to the streets this May Day to campaign for improved workers' rights.

Many of the demonstrations to mark International Workers' Day on Wednesday have been peaceful, but there have also been arrests and scenes of violence.

Here are some of the pictures from rallies across the globe.

Protesters clash with riot police as they attempt to reach Taksim Square to celebrate the International Labor Day in Istanbul, Turkey. One protester is seen kicking a riot shield held by a member of the police cordon.
More than 200 people have been detained in Turkey as protesters clashed with police near Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey [EPA]
Turkish police detain a protester as he and others attempt to march to Taksim Square in Istanbul during a May Day rally marking International Workers' Day.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that the protests were banned, which critics say violates the right to public demonstration [Getty Images]
Police in riot gear stand use their shields to deflect a firework during a May Day rally marking International Workers' Day, in Nantes, France.
A total of 265 demonstrations have been held across France, according to state media, with violence breaking out in several places including Nantes (pictured) [Getty Images]
Labourers wear traditional Indonesian Buto masks as they attend a May Day rally in Jakarta.
Workers also marked the public holiday in Jakarta, Indonesia, demanding an increase to the minimum wage and protections from outsourcing jobs [Reuters]
A protester shouts slogans during a May Day rally marking International Workers' Day in Pristina, Kosovo.
Public sector workers also took to the streets in Pristina, Kosovo, calling for better wages [Getty Images]
Members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions take part in a Labour Day rally in Seoul, South Korea.
Trade unionists criticised South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol's government in the capital, Seoul [Getty Images]
Protesters hold light flares and chant as they march through central Paris during a May Day rally in Paris, France.
There were reports of some clashes between police officers and protesters in Paris, with at least 25 arrests made as 121,000 demonstrators marched [Getty Images]
Labourers wearing yellow t-shirts and white conical sun hats attend a protest during a May Day rally in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Demonstrators in Jakarta also protested a controversial 2020 law which they say harms workers and the environment [Reuters]
Demonstrators light flares during a rally to mark International Labour Day in Surabaya, Indonesia.
The rallies in Indonesia were not just limited to Jakarta - demonstrators also gathered in front of government buildings in East Java's provincial capital Surabaya [Getty Images]
Thai workers hold banners as they demonstrate to mark International Workers' Day in Bangkok, Thailand.
Trade union members held demonstrations in the Thai capital Bangkok calling for a minimum wage increase and improved social welfare [Getty Images]
Workers hold banners and wave red flags as they take part in a demonstration to mark May Day in Naples, Italy.
Some demonstrators in Naples, Italy, were also calling for a ceasefire in Gaza [Getty Images]

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