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In pictures: May Day marked with protest rallies

  • 1 May 2019

Trade union members and activists took to the streets in major world cities seeking better working conditions and higher wages.

Riot police officers and protesters clash in the district of Montparnasse, prior to the start of May Day demonstrations, in Paris on May 1, 2019. ( AFP )

Thousands of trade union members and activists marked May Day on Wednesday by marching through major world cities and demanding better working conditions and expanding labour rights.

Here are the pictures from different parts of the world:

People, including some wearing yellow vests (gilet jaune), gather in front of the Montparnasse Tower, prior to the start of May Day demonstrations, in Paris on May 1, 2019.(AFP)

Thousands rallied for May Day in Paris, with a heady mix of labour unionists, "yellow vest" demonstrators and hardline troublemakers expected to turn out in a test for France's zero-tolerance policy on protest violence.

Pakistani labour union workers hold placard and shout slogans as they march during a May Day rally in Lahore on May 1, 2019.(AFP)

In Pakistan, thousands of labour union workers held demonstrations in several cities.

Protesters march with an effigy of President Rodrigo Duterte during a May Day rally in Manila, Philippines on May 1, 2019.(Reuters)

Thousands of Philippine protesters marched in Labour Day rallies, torching a giant effigy of President Rodrigo Duterte as they attacked his economic policies' impact on the nation's poor.

Protesters attend a May Day rally, also known as Labour Day, in Hong Kong on May 1, 2019.(AFP)

Construction workers, bus drivers, freelance workers and domestic staff from the Philippines and Indonesia joined a Labour Day march through central Hong Kong.

The protesters marched from Victoria Park to the main government offices, some carrying banners reading "Maxed Out!"

Workers from Chunghua Telecom display banners during a May Day protest in Taipei on May 1, 2019.(AFP)

Several thousand workers took part in a Labour Day march in Taiwan's capital Taipei, demanding better working conditions.

They carried banners and flags and called for more days off and higher overtime pay.

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