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People holding red carnations and a Portuguese flag sing a protest song during a rally marking the international May Day, in Lisbon, Thursday, May 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Workers air demands, march for May Day

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Tourists take a 'selfie' picture as demonstrators burn a trash container during a May Day rally in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, May 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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A masked dancer somersaults as he performs during a May Day rally in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, May 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

In cities around the world, demonstrators took to the streets for International Worker’s Day – May Day– traditionally a day to press demands for job reform and better conditions.

While in some countries parades were celebrated with a joyful or triumphant mood, others were marked by anger and violence.

Moscow’s parade of about 100,000 people was organized by trade unions and ostensibly dedicated to honoring the working class. The overarching theme, however, was Russian pride over last month’s annexation of Crimea. President Vladimir Putin, who did not attend, was saluted as a national hero.

Throughout Europe, protests targeted austerity measures, often imposed as conditions for aid during the recent financial crisis.

Workers in Bangladesh, including many from garment factories, took to the streets demanding the execution of the owner of a building that collapsed last year, killing more than 1,100 garment workers. In Cambodia, civilian auxiliary police armed with clubs turned on demonstrators after opposition leaders spoke to a crowd of nearly 1,000 in Phnom Penh. At least five people were hurt.

A selection of photos from demonstrations around the world:


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