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May Day demonstrators protest in Paris, France, May 1, 2012

Tens of thousands of Europeans have held huge rallies and coordinated general strikes for May Day to protest against tough austerity measures and poor economic conditions.

Workers across the world have taken to the streets to mark the International Workers Day, the annual May Day workers’ event held on May 1 – with demonstrators across Europe gathering to protest against painful austerity measures and job losses.

In Spain’s capital city, Madrid, tens of thousands of people have gathered to demonstrate against labor reforms and spending cuts introduced by the country’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

In France, tens of thousands of people, including workers and union leaders, have hit the streets with marches and rallies, making last-minute appeals to voters ahead of Sunday’s presidential vote.

In Italy, thousands of protesters across the country held peaceful marches against Prime Minister Mario Monti’s reforms and austerity measures, while clashes broke out between demonstrators and police in the city of Turin.

In Greece, thousands of workers from the public and private sectors have gathered just days before the start of general elections, protesting against years of spending cuts.

Meanwhile in Asia, tens of thousands of workers from the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia and China have staged marches for better working conditions and a rise in the minimum wage.

Occupy movements across the US are also calling for protests against economic inequality. The “Occupy Wall Street” movement is part of a bigger global movement against austerity measures, corporate greed, and financial terrorism.

The worsening debt crisis has forced EU governments to adopt harsh austerity measures and tough economic reforms, triggering incidents of social unrest and massive protests in many European countries.

Experts estimate that millions of people are to take part in these simultaneous demonstrations against global economic disparity.


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