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Published on: May 1, 2012 08:02 PM
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An Occupy Wall Street activist is arrested by New York City police during a May Day demonstration in New York May 1, 2012.   REUTERS/Andrew KellyAn Occupy Wall Street activist is arrested by New York City police during a May Day demonstration in New York May 1, 2012.  REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

New York - Activists staged May Day demonstrations around the world Tuesday to recognize a day traditionally associated with labor and workers’ rights.

Tear gas, vandalism and arrests marked some of the demonstrations, as protesters demanded everything from wage increases to an end to austerity measures.

In Santiago, Chile, police blasted demonstrators with water cannons, and in Bogota, Colombia, activists ran through a flooded street to escape tear gas fired by authorities. Demonstrators in the Philippines and Bolivia burned effigies of their countries’ leaders.

In Oakland, Calif., protesters were hit with a stinging gas and clashed with police in the street. In New York, police in riot gear faced off against several dozen Occupy Wall Street activists in front of a Bank of America office. About 50 demonstrators rallied outside of another Bank of America branch in Chicago.

Hundreds of Israelis and Arabs take part in a Labour Day march, in Tel Aviv.  May 01, 2012.  (Credit: FLASH90)Hundreds of Israelis and Arabs take part in a Labour Day march, in Tel Aviv.  May 01, 2012.  (Credit: FLASH90)
Left-wing activist is arrested during marches and protests  on Labour Day, in Tel Aviv. May 01, 2012.  (Credit: FLASH90)Left-wing activist is arrested during marches and protests on Labour Day, in Tel Aviv. May 01, 2012.  (Credit: FLASH90)
Bolivian soldiers participate in the act of taking the Transportadora de Electricidad (TDE) company facility, subsidiary of Spanish Electricity Network (REE) in Cochabamba, Bolivia, on 0 May 2012. At the act president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, comitted to recognize the investments made by REE in Bolivia, after The Government expropriated their shares in TDE and occupied with soldiers the offices in the city. (Credit: EPA)Bolivian soldiers participate in the act of taking the Transportadora de Electricidad (TDE) company facility, subsidiary of Spanish Electricity Network (REE) in Cochabamba, Bolivia, on 0 May 2012. At the act president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, comitted to recognize the investments made by REE in Bolivia, after The Government expropriated their shares in TDE and occupied with soldiers the offices in the city. (Credit: EPA)
Police make an arrest during a May Day protest near Oakland City Hall in Oakland, California, USA 01 May 2012. Part of the protest were part of Occupy Oakland. (Credit: EPA)Police make an arrest during a May Day protest near Oakland City Hall in Oakland, California, USA 01 May 2012. Part of the protest were part of Occupy Oakland. (Credit: EPA)
Chilean police detain demonstrators during clashes at the Labour Day rally in Santiago, Chile, 01 May 2012. (Credit: EPA)Chilean police detain demonstrators during clashes at the Labour Day rally in Santiago, Chile, 01 May 2012. (Credit: EPA)
A young man confronts the police during clashes at the Labour Day rally in Santiago, Chile, 01 May 2012. (Credit: EPA)A young man confronts the police during clashes at the Labour Day rally in Santiago, Chile, 01 May 2012. (Credit: EPA)
Senior Shiite clergyman, Seyyed Mohammed Al-Ghuraifi (2-R) along with protesters and market goers react to sound-grenade explosion as police storm the market place in the Bahraini capital Manama, 01 May 2012 looking for protesters. Clashes broke-out between protesters and police as several opposition groups attempted to hold multiple rallies to mark the Labor Day celebrations. The clashes left several injuries among protesters and lead to un-identified number of arrests. Bahraini authorities in past years had allowed labor marches to mark Labor Day but last year and this year march had been scrapped due to the unrest. The opposition groups had pressed ahead with their marches to highlight the cases of more than 2,000 workers that had been sacked from their jobs in the wake of the crack-down on pro-reform protests for allegedly supporting the protests. (Credit: EPA)Senior Shiite clergyman, Seyyed Mohammed Al-Ghuraifi (2-R) along with protesters and market goers react to sound-grenade explosion as police storm the market place in the Bahraini capital Manama, 01 May 2012 looking for protesters. Clashes broke-out between protesters and police as several opposition groups attempted to hold multiple rallies to mark the Labor Day celebrations. The clashes left several injuries among protesters and lead to un-identified number of arrests. Bahraini authorities in past years had allowed labor marches to mark Labor Day but last year and this year march had been scrapped due to the unrest. The opposition groups had pressed ahead with their marches to highlight the cases of more than 2,000 workers that had been sacked from their jobs in the wake of the crack-down on pro-reform protests for allegedly supporting the protests. (Credit: EPA)
Workers take cover inside a shop as police clash with pro-reform protesters at the market place in the Bahraini capital Manama, 01 May 2012. Clashes broke-out between protesters and police as several opposition groups attempted to hold multiple rallies to mark the Labor Day celebrations. The clashes left several injuries among protesters and lead to un-identified number of arrests. Bahraini authorities in past years had allowed labor marches to mark Labor Day but last year and this year march had been scrapped due to the unrest. The opposition groups had pressed ahead with their marches to highlight the cases of more than 2,000 workers that had been sacked from their jobs in the wake of the crack-down on pro-reform protests for allegedly supporting the protests. (Credit: EPA)Workers take cover inside a shop as police clash with pro-reform protesters at the market place in the Bahraini capital Manama, 01 May 2012. Clashes broke-out between protesters and police as several opposition groups attempted to hold multiple rallies to mark the Labor Day celebrations. The clashes left several injuries among protesters and lead to un-identified number of arrests. Bahraini authorities in past years had allowed labor marches to mark Labor Day but last year and this year march had been scrapped due to the unrest. The opposition groups had pressed ahead with their marches to highlight the cases of more than 2,000 workers that had been sacked from their jobs in the wake of the crack-down on pro-reform protests for allegedly supporting the protests. (Credit: EPA)
Sheikh Hassan Isa (2-R), former Member of Parliament for the opposition grouping Al-Wefaq and other pro-reform protesters take cover from sound-grenades as police move-in to disperse protesters in the market place in the Bahraini capital Manama, 01 May 2012. Clashes broke-out between protesters and police as several opposition groups attempted to hold multiple rallies to mark the Labor Day celebrations. The clashes left several injuries among protesters and lead to un-identified number of arrests. Bahraini authorities in past years had allowed labor marches to mark Labor Day but last year and this year march had been scrapped due to the unrest. The opposition groups had pressed ahead with their marches to highlight the cases of more than 2,000 workers that had been sacked from their jobs in the wake of the crack-down on pro-reform protests for allegedly supporting the protests. (Credit: EPA)Sheikh Hassan Isa (2-R), former Member of Parliament for the opposition grouping Al-Wefaq and other pro-reform protesters take cover from sound-grenades as police move-in to disperse protesters in the market place in the Bahraini capital Manama, 01 May 2012. Clashes broke-out between protesters and police as several opposition groups attempted to hold multiple rallies to mark the Labor Day celebrations. The clashes left several injuries among protesters and lead to un-identified number of arrests. Bahraini authorities in past years had allowed labor marches to mark Labor Day but last year and this year march had been scrapped due to the unrest. The opposition groups had pressed ahead with their marches to highlight the cases of more than 2,000 workers that had been sacked from their jobs in the wake of the crack-down on pro-reform protests for allegedly supporting the protests. (Credit: EPA)
epa03203098 Demonstrators arrive to El Zocalo square after marching to commemorate the International Labour Day in Mexico City, Mexico, on 01 May 2012. (Credit: EPA)epa03203098 Demonstrators arrive to El Zocalo square after marching to commemorate the International Labour Day in Mexico City, Mexico, on 01 May 2012. (Credit: EPA)
Hundreds of demonstrators participate in a rally during the commemoration of the May Day in Cali, Colombia, 01 May 2012. Workers centrals, Unions , teachers and students among others participate in rallies against the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Government's reforms agenda on taxes and workers retirement benefits. (Credit: EPA)Hundreds of demonstrators participate in a rally during the commemoration of the May Day in Cali, Colombia, 01 May 2012. Workers centrals, Unions , teachers and students among others participate in rallies against the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Government’s reforms agenda on taxes and workers retirement benefits. (Credit: EPA)
May Day demonstrator Victoria Becker (R) is helped into a stock displaying a 100 US dollar bill by a fellow demonstration on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California, USA, 01 May 2012 during May Day demonstrations throughout the Los Angeles Area.  Demonstrators from  Occupy movements, labor unions and students are demonstrating for worker rights as well as against the wealthy  and government policies that benefit the top 1 percent. (Credit: EPA)May Day demonstrator Victoria Becker (R) is helped into a stock displaying a 100 US dollar bill by a fellow demonstration on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California, USA, 01 May 2012 during May Day demonstrations throughout the Los Angeles Area.  Demonstrators from Occupy movements, labor unions and students are demonstrating for worker rights as well as against the wealthy and government policies that benefit the top 1 percent. (Credit: EPA)
Demonstrators attend to a march during the International Labour Day in Medellin, Colombia, on 01 May 2012. (Credit: EPA)Demonstrators attend to a march during the International Labour Day in Medellin, Colombia, on 01 May 2012. (Credit: EPA)
People fill Union Square during a May Day protest in New York, New York, USA, 01 May 2012. People around the world are gathering for May Day protests against austerity measures and calling for higher wages. In the United States, the Occupy Wall Street movement is trying to use May Day to rejuvenate. (Credit: EPA)People fill Union Square during a May Day protest in New York, New York, USA, 01 May 2012. People around the world are gathering for May Day protests against austerity measures and calling for higher wages. In the United States, the Occupy Wall Street movement is trying to use May Day to rejuvenate. (Credit: EPA)
Police and protestors clash during a May Day protest in New York, New York, USA, 01 May 2012. People around the world are gathering for May Day protests against austerity measures and calling for higher wages. In the United States, the Occupy Wall Street movement is trying to use May Day to rejuvenate. (Credit: EPA)Police and protestors clash during a May Day protest in New York, New York, USA, 01 May 2012. People around the world are gathering for May Day protests against austerity measures and calling for higher wages. In the United States, the Occupy Wall Street movement is trying to use May Day to rejuvenate. (Credit: EPA)
Riot police stand in formation in Hamburg, Germany, 01 May 2012. Demonstrators were out in force to protest against housing policy and rising rent prices. A large contingent of police was deployed to prevent May Day riots. (Credit: EPA)Riot police stand in formation in Hamburg, Germany, 01 May 2012. Demonstrators were out in force to protest against housing policy and rising rent prices. A large contingent of police was deployed to prevent May Day riots. (Credit: EPA)
A man blocks a police truck during clashes between demonstrators and police after a Labour Day rally in Santiago, Chile, 01 May 2012. (Credit: EPA)A man blocks a police truck during clashes between demonstrators and police after a Labour Day rally in Santiago, Chile, 01 May 2012. (Credit: EPA)
A man is arrested by Police during clashes between demonstrators and police after a Labour Day rally in Santiago, Chile, 01 May 2012. (Credit: EPA)A man is arrested by Police during clashes between demonstrators and police after a Labour Day rally in Santiago, Chile, 01 May 2012. (Credit: EPA)
Police stand in front of a burning rubbish container set alight by protesters during the May Day protests near the Jewish Museum in Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany, 01 May 2012. The demonstrators were protesting against the housing policy and rising rent prices. A large contingent of police were out in force to prevent violence. (Credit: EPA)Police stand in front of a burning rubbish container set alight by protesters during the May Day protests near the Jewish Museum in Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany, 01 May 2012. The demonstrators were protesting against the housing policy and rising rent prices. A large contingent of police were out in force to prevent violence. (Credit: EPA)
Protesters run through a flooded street from tear gas fired by police after a May Day march ended in clashes in downtown Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. (Credit: AP)Protesters run through a flooded street from tear gas fired by police after a May Day march ended in clashes in downtown Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. (Credit: AP)
A protester gets sprayed by a water canon during a May Day march in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Clashes with security forces and riots marred the rally to mark International Labor Day. (Credit: AP)A protester gets sprayed by a water canon during a May Day march in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Clashes with security forces and riots marred the rally to mark International Labor Day. (Credit: AP)
Police confront demonstrators during May Day protests on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in Oakland, Calif.  Hundreds of activists across the U.S. joined the worldwide May Day protests on Tuesday, with Occupy Wall Street members in several cities leading demonstrations and in some cases clashing with police.  (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)Police confront demonstrators during May Day protests on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in Oakland, Calif.  Hundreds of activists across the U.S. joined the worldwide May Day protests on Tuesday, with Occupy Wall Street members in several cities leading demonstrations and in some cases clashing with police.  (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Demonstrators clash with police during May Day protests demanding everything from wage increases to an end to austerity measures, Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in Oakland, Calif. Stinging gas has sent May Day protesters fleeing a downtown Oakland intersection as police took at least four people into custody. The chaotic scene recalls several earlier clashes between Occupy protesters and Oakland police. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)Demonstrators clash with police during May Day protests demanding everything from wage increases to an end to austerity measures, Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in Oakland, Calif. Stinging gas has sent May Day protesters fleeing a downtown Oakland intersection as police took at least four people into custody. The chaotic scene recalls several earlier clashes between Occupy protesters and Oakland police. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Demonstrators vandalize a Bank of the West branch during May Day protests on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in Oakland, Calif. Hundreds of activists across the U.S. joined the worldwide May Day protests on Tuesday, with Occupy Wall Street members in several cities leading demonstrations and in some cases clashing with police.   (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)Demonstrators vandalize a Bank of the West branch during May Day protests on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in Oakland, Calif. Hundreds of activists across the U.S. joined the worldwide May Day protests on Tuesday, with Occupy Wall Street members in several cities leading demonstrations and in some cases clashing with police.  (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Protestors affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement block a man, center right, from using an ATM at a Wells Fargo Bank branch, during a May Day demonstration, Tuesday, May 1, 2012, in Philadelphia. (Credit: AP)Protestors affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement block a man, center right, from using an ATM at a Wells Fargo Bank branch, during a May Day demonstration, Tuesday, May 1, 2012, in Philadelphia. (Credit: AP)
Police officers and protesters scuffle, Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in New York.  Hundreds of activists with a variety of causes spread out over New York City Tuesday on International Workers Day, or May Day, with Occupy Wall Street members leading a charge against financial institutions. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)Police officers and protesters scuffle, Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in New York.  Hundreds of activists with a variety of causes spread out over New York City Tuesday on International Workers Day, or May Day, with Occupy Wall Street members leading a charge against financial institutions. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
A masked left-wing protester holds a poster as he walks with other demonstrators at a rally to mark May Day in Berlin's district Kreuzberg, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. The poster in front reads: 'May 1, 2012' and the poster in back reads: 'The Safe Thing is not Safe. - Finish Capitalism World Wide.' (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)A masked left-wing protester holds a poster as he walks with other demonstrators at a rally to mark May Day in Berlin’s district Kreuzberg, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. The poster in front reads: ‘May 1, 2012’ and the poster in back reads: ‘The Safe Thing is not Safe. - Finish Capitalism World Wide.’ (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Protesters try to break a shop's gate after a May Day march in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Clashes with security forces and riots marred the rally that marks International Labor Day. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)Protesters try to break a shop’s gate after a May Day march in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Clashes with security forces and riots marred the rally that marks International Labor Day. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
A demonstrator, who wished not to give her name, stands in front of the Georgia Capitol for a May Day immigration rally Tuesday, May 1, 2012, in Atlanta. The May Day rally at the Capitol Tuesday that organizers called a �historic coming together� of immigrants and working people was significantly smaller than in recent years, drawing only about 100 people. (Credit: AP)A demonstrator, who wished not to give her name, stands in front of the Georgia Capitol for a May Day immigration rally Tuesday, May 1, 2012, in Atlanta. The May Day rally at the Capitol Tuesday that organizers called a �historic coming together� of immigrants and working people was significantly smaller than in recent years, drawing only about 100 people. (Credit: AP)
A police lieutenant swings his baton at an Occupy Wall Street activists on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in New York.  Hundreds of activists with a variety of causes spread out over New York City Tuesday on International Workers Day, or May Day, with Occupy Wall Street members leading a charge against financial institutions. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)A police lieutenant swings his baton at an Occupy Wall Street activists on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in New York.  Hundreds of activists with a variety of causes spread out over New York City Tuesday on International Workers Day, or May Day, with Occupy Wall Street members leading a charge against financial institutions. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
An activist of Sri Lanka's Marxist political party, People's Liberation Front, drinks water from a bottle as a billboard of Communist leaders from left, Vladimir Lenin, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels is displayed in the background during a street march to celebrate international Labor Day known as May Day in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. May Day moved beyond its roots as an international workers' holiday to a day of international protest Tuesday, with rallies throughout Asia demanding wage increases and marches planned across Europe over government-imposed austerity measures. (Credit: AP)An activist of Sri Lanka’s Marxist political party, People’s Liberation Front, drinks water from a bottle as a billboard of Communist leaders from left, Vladimir Lenin, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels is displayed in the background during a street march to celebrate international Labor Day known as May Day in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. May Day moved beyond its roots as an international workers’ holiday to a day of international protest Tuesday, with rallies throughout Asia demanding wage increases and marches planned across Europe over government-imposed austerity measures. (Credit: AP)
Russian nationalists hold a giant old Russian empire's black-yellow-white flag as they march during a rally to mark May Day in St.Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)Russian nationalists hold a giant old Russian empire’s black-yellow-white flag as they march during a rally to mark May Day in St.Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
A young visitor walks near Chinese national flags in Shanghai, China, on May Day Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Tens of thousands of Chinese flock to parks and tourist spots to enjoy the May Day holiday. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)A young visitor walks near Chinese national flags in Shanghai, China, on May Day Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Tens of thousands of Chinese flock to parks and tourist spots to enjoy the May Day holiday. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Activists from various trade unions affiliated to the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) raise slogans during a rally to mark May Day in Katmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)Activists from various trade unions affiliated to the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) raise slogans during a rally to mark May Day in Katmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Protesters burn an effigy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III during a rally near the Presidential Palace in Manila to celebrate international Labor Day known as May Day Tuesday May 1, 2012 in the Philippines. Thousands of workers marched under a brutal sun in Manila to demand a wage increase amid an onslaught of oil price increases, but the Philippine President rejected a $3 daily pay hike which the workers have been demanding since 1999 and warned may worsen inflation, spark layoffs and turn away foreign investors. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)Protesters burn an effigy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III during a rally near the Presidential Palace in Manila to celebrate international Labor Day known as May Day Tuesday May 1, 2012 in the Philippines. Thousands of workers marched under a brutal sun in Manila to demand a wage increase amid an onslaught of oil price increases, but the Philippine President rejected a $3 daily pay hike which the workers have been demanding since 1999 and warned may worsen inflation, spark layoffs and turn away foreign investors. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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 May 01, 2012 at 08:33 PM Anonymous Says:

May Day was a bust for the NYC anarchists, they accomplished nothing. The NYC workers staggered their work hours in preparation for the mayhem planned by these unwashed riff raff.

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 May 01, 2012 at 09:52 PM my-opinion Says:

Those protesters are acting up against the Police Department when PD is just protecting its citizens.. as if its their fault.

I understand the protest, why disrespect an officer?

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