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.