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May Day 2020 around the world: in pictures

AS THE world still grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s International Workers’ Day is like no other.

Below are images from around the world of working people standing up for their rights as workers and marking the struggles of those who fought before.


Activists carry the Spanish message: "With hunger there is no quarantine" during a protest marking May Day, or International Workers' Day, amid a government-ordered lockdown in Buenos Aires


Cubans sing their national anthem at 8a.m. from their balconies to mark May Day, or International Workers' Day, in Havana, Cuba.


People in Paris take part in a banned gathering as part of the May Day demonstrations.

A man holding a placard reading ‘Capitalism kills’ before being arrested
A man holding a placard reading ‘Capitalism kills’ before being arrested

People in Marseille take part in a more peaceful demonstration.


Participants of the German Trade Union Federation (DGB) hold a banner in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin with the inscription: "One is not alone in solidarity"

Demonstrators practice social distancing due to coronavirus restrictions, at a Labor Day rally in Duisberg, Germany


Protesters from the communist party-affiliated PAME union practice social distancing during a May Day rally outside the Greek Parliament, in Athens.


Anti-government protesters clash with police during a May Day demonstration.

South Africa

Health workers, unions & civil society hold a picket outside Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, South Africa.

South Korea

Members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus, sit while maintaining social distancing during a May Day rally.


Pakistani labourers stage rally for their rights in Quetta, Pakistan.


Workers Unions keep a safe distance from each other during an event marking May Day in Lisbon.


Police attack protesters in Istanbul.


People wearing masks amid the spread of new coronavirus participate in a caravan to commemorate May Day, or International Workers' Day, in Montevideo

United States

May Day protesters gather outside the offices of New York governor Andrew Cuomo in the Manhattan borough of New York.


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