Tuesday 21 April 2015

May Day turns violent as protesters voice anger

Associated Press

Published 02/05/2014 | 02:30

A protester uses a slingshot as riot police use water cannons and teargas to disperse thousands of people trying to reach the city's main Taksim Square to celebrate May Day in Istanbul, Turkey. AP
A protester uses a slingshot as riot police use water cannons and teargas to disperse thousands of people trying to reach the city's main Taksim Square to celebrate May Day in Istanbul, Turkey. AP
A protester is hit by water from a police water cannon during a May Day demonstration in Istanbul.
A man uses crutches as he walks in front of riot police during a May Day demonstration in Istanbul. Reuters
Protesters shoot firecrackers at riot police during a May Day demonstration in Istanbul. Reuters
A protester uses a slingshot toward riot police in Istanbul, Turkey. Clashes erupted between May Day demonstrators and riot police as crowds determined to defy a government ban tried to march to the city's iconic Taksim Square. Security forces pushed back demonstrators with water cannons and tear gas. AP
Members of the Communist Party of Spain shout slogans during a May Day demonstration on Labour Day in Gijon, northern Spain
A protester stands to protect himself behind a shield
Thousands file through a street during a May Day march to Revolution Plaza in Havana, Cuba
A man tries to protects himself as security forces beat him during the International Workers' Day rally at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh

May Day demonstrators denounced low wages and called for reforms yesterday during rallies that turned violent in Cambodia and in Turkey, where police cracked down on participants who defied a ban on public protests.

Security forces in Istanbul's iconic Taksim Square pushed back demonstrators with water cannons and tear gas. Protesters retaliated by throwing objects at police.

In Phnom Penh, witnesses said civilian auxiliary police, armed with clubs, turned on demonstrators after opposition leaders spoke to the crowd and left the site. The assaults appeared to be random and limited, and were over in less than an hour.

Thousands of workers in Bangladesh, including many from garment factories, took to streets demanding the execution of the owner of a building that collapsed last year, killing more than 1,100 labourers.

In the Philippines, thousands of workers marched peacefully in Manila to protest low wages and employers' practice of replacing regular employees with temporary hires who get low pay and little or no benefits.

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