Protesters clash with police in cities across the world for May Day

Protesters clash with riot police in cities across the world as thousands defy lockdown rules to take to the streets for traditional May Day rallies

  • Thousands poured onto the streets of Berlin, Istanbul, Madrid, Paris and Turin for International Workers’ Day
  • Officers were seen tackling protesters to the ground in Turkey, holding people around their faces and pulling their hair, as they made dozens of arrests as the country remains under full lockdown measures
  • In Paris, many donned Yellow Vest jackets which became symbol of 2018 demonstrations against fuel prices
  • In Madrid, deputy PM Carmen Calvo marched with other members of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party 
  • Meanwhile, the Russian Communist Party held a more subdued commemoration for Karl Marx in Moscow  

Protesters have clashed with riot police in cities across the world as they flout lockdown rules to take part in traditional May Day protests.

Thousands poured onto the streets of Berlin, Istanbul, Madrid, Paris and Turin for International Workers’ Day.

Officers were seen tackling protesters to the ground in Turkey, holding people around their faces and pulling their hair, as they made dozens of arrests as the country remains under full lockdown measures.

The atmosphere was similarly tense in Paris where left-wing Yellow Vest wearers faced off with the police.

In Turin, hundreds scrummed with riot police as red flags bearing the hammer and sickle buffeted in the wind. 

And in Madrid, deputy prime minister Carmen Calvo marched with other members of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party.

Meanwhile, the Russian Communist Party held a more subdued commemoration for Karl Marx in Moscow where the authorities still revere the Soviet Union, despite its atrocities and failings.  

PARIS, FRANCE: A Gilet Jaune, or yellow vest, protestor screams towards French Riot Police as they protest through the streets of Paris on May Day against President Macron’s economic reforms, the insufficient state of the French public health system and the French Government’s response to the Covid Pandemic on May 1

TURIN, ITALY: Riot police clash with protesters during the protest of the May Day in Turin, Italy. Every year May Day is used to mark the fight for workers’ rights, with unions and associations converging in the streets

ISTANBUL, TURKEY: Riot police officers scuffle with demonstrators as they attempt to defy a ban and march on Taksim Square to celebrate May Day, during a nationwide ‘full closure’ imposed to slow the rate of the coronavirus disease

ISTANBUL, TURKEY: Police detain a demonstrator as they clash during a May Day rally marking the international day of the worker 

MADRID, SPAIN: Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo and candidates for Madrid’s regional elections Pablo Iglesias from ‘Unidas Podemos’ and Angel Gabilondo from ”Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party” (PSOE) attend a protest to mark the International Labour Day

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Members of the Communist Party take part in demonstrations in the Russian capital on Saturday

TURIN, ITALY: A protester wearing a protective mask holds a green smoke bomb during the protest of the May Day

TURIN, ITALY: Protesters march through the city to mark International Workers’ Day

MADRID, SPAIN: Socialists hold red flags with the hammer and sickle during May Day protests in Spain on Saturday

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Russian Communist Party Leader Gennady Zyuganov greets supporters as State Duma Deputy Valery Rashkin (right) looks on in front of the monument to German political theorist Karl Marx during the rally marking the International Labour Day

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Communist Party supporters attend the rally marking the International Labour Day

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Communist Party members attend the rally marking the International Labour Day as part of Soviet traditions

MADRID, SPAIN: Hundreds march through the streets of the Spanish capital on Saturday to celebrate workers’ rights

MADRID, SPAIN: People march past the City Hall during the traditional May Day rally on Saturday

MADRID, SPAIN: Thousands pour through the streets of the Spanish capital today to mark the international workers’ day






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