For much of the world, the beginning of May evokes not May poles but protests.
International Labor Day, celebrated May 1 every year, honors the downtrodden worker. According to The Atlantic Wire:
Cities all over the globe have seen massive marches that
are half-protest, half-party, and in some cases are met with stiff resistance from police. It's also a venue for the world's remaining socialist and communist movements to let their voice be heard.
Many of the veterans of the Occupy Wall Street movement
are planning events and rallies throughout the day in the United States, but in the rest of the world, the day of marches is already in full swing or even wrapping up. Here are some of the images captured at the various demonstrations around the world.
Below, images of marches and protests in cities around he world.
A policeman aligns his shield on the pavement as they wait for protesters to march during International Labour Day near the Malacanang Palace in Manila. (Cheryl Ravelo/Reuters) A supporter of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) shields herself from the sun with balloons during a rally marking May Day, or Labour Day, in central Sofia May 1, 2013. Several thousand supporters of the BSP took part in the annual march which was also pre-election rally for the country's parliamentary elections that will take place on May 12. (Stoyan Nenov/Reuters) Protesters from labour unions take part in a Labour Day protest in front of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei. Tens of thousands of people marched the streets to protest against the government's recent national pension reform, according to local media. (Pichi Chuang/Reuters) Supporters of the Albanian Red and Black Alliance party hold the national flag during a protest on Labour Day, in front of the Albanian Prime Minister's office in Tirana. The protesters demanded the resignation of the Albanian government. (Arben Celi/Reuters)