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Hundreds Of Thousands Attend May Day Rallies Worldwide

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world attended May Day rallies today.

In Russia, hundreds of thousands took to the streets for May Day rallies, with pro-government demonstrations organized by pro-Kremlin parties and trade unions.

In Ukraine, the Communist Party brought nearly 5,000 supporters to the streets in the capital, Kyiv.

France's five major labor unions, meanwhile, planned around 200 marches across the country, including one in eastern Paris to call for measures to tackle the rising cost of living and to denounce racism.

One union, the CGT, said more than 120,000 people had turned out, down from the 350,000 it said turned out last year.

Austria's Social Democratic Chancellor Werner Faymann used a May Day rally in Vienna to denounce the banking sector before a crowd of about 100,000 people.

More than 420,000 thousand rallied across Germany, said union organizers.

At least 4,000 people marched in Hong Kong in a noisy procession calling for stronger labor laws.

In Seoul, at least 50,000 workers gathered to chant slogans calling for higher pay, better job security, and to slam the conservative administration.

compiled from agency reports