May Day 2014

May Day, also known as International Workers' Day, is celebrated around the world, with mass demonstrations and protests.

May Day is a public holiday in more than 80 countries.

History has a lot to teach us. When we remember that people were shot so we could have the 8-hour day; if we acknowledge that homes with families in them were burned to the ground so we could have Saturday as part of the weekend; when we recall 8-year old victims of industrial accidents who marched in the streets protesting working conditions and child labor only to be beaten by the police and company thugs, we understand that our current condition cannot be taken for granted - people fought for the rights and dignities we enjoy today, and there is still a lot more to fight for.

The sacrifices of so many people can not be forgotten or we'll end up fighting for those same gains all over again.

See the struggle around the world:


Ankara Turkey

Turkish police used water canon and tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters who tried to defy a Labour Day ban on demonstrations on Istanbul's Taksim Square, the scene of protests that have dogged the government for months.

Water canon as well as tear gas was used against workers in Istanbul

Workers rally in Bogota, Colombia

Jakarta, Indonesia - Indonesian police said some 33,000 workers were set to rally across the capital Jakarta. Unions said up to two million workers would be out in force to demand better working conditions throughout Southeast Asia's most populous nation

In Hong Kong, workers marched from the city's Victoria Park to government headquarters, with better working hours and migrant workers' rights top of the agenda.

Thessaloniki - Greece

Manila - Philippines

Thousands gathered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital on Thursday to protest against a planned new tax, but they also took shots at the government's prosecution of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and handling of missing flight MH370.

Sao Paulo Brazil workers rally at the site for the World Cup

Santiago - Chile

Kreuzberg - Berlin

Police turn the water canons on the workers in Hamburg, Germany

As long as the struggle of the workers against the ruling class continues, as long as all demands are not met, May Day will be the yearly expression of these demands. This is why we celebrate May Day.