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Labor Day Protests Reported in Asia, Europe, U.S.


A May Day demonstration organized by the Federation of Independent Trade Unions and the ruling United Russia party in Moscow on May 1.

A May Day demonstration organized by the Federation of Independent Trade Unions and the ruling United Russia party in Moscow on May 1.

Tens of thousands of workers have protested across southern Europe on May Day against spending cuts.

Unions in Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy and France have used the rallies on May 1 to vent their fury at an austerity drive across the euro zone.

In Italy, protesters clashed with riot police in the northern industrial city of Turin.

In Spain's capital, Madrid, and in Barcelona, tens of thousands headed out in the rain to the main square waving signs opposing government cuts.

In the Greek capital, Athens, around 5,000 workers, pensioners and students marched against cuts.

In Asia, workers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, and the Philippines demanded pay rises and job protection to help cope with skyrocketing consumer prices.

In the United States, which does not recognize the May 1 holiday, members of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement announced plans for numerous demonstrations and strikes across the country.

In Moscow, president-elect Vladimir Putin and outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev led the most extensive May Day march since the fall of USSR, joining over 150,000 people in a Soviet-style parade.

A huge state-sanctioned rally was also staged in Cuba.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters

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