Topic - May Day

May Day occurs on May 1st and refers to several public holidays. In many countries, May Day is synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, a day of political demonstrations and celebrations organised by unions and other groups. May Day is also a traditional holiday in many cultures. - Source: Wikipedia

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    Bail has been set for three of the 10 people arrested during May Day protests in Seattle.

  • Police extinguish burning signs during May Day activities Thursday, May 1, 2014 in Seattle. Police have made several arrests and fired pepper spray as anti-capitalist marchers meandered through Seattle several hours after hundreds of peaceful demonstrators took part in a May Day march in support of immigrant rights and a boost in the minimum wage. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    10 arrests, vandalism mark Seattle May Day march

    Ten people were arrested after participants in an anti-capitalist march meandered through downtown Seattle on May Day, vandalizing cars, confronting police officers and sparking minor street fires.

  • FILE -- In this May 1, 2013, file photo, protesters react as a police flash-bang grenade goes off during a May Day march that began as an anti-capitalism protest and turned into demonstrators clashing with police in downtown Seattle. May Day has turned violent recently in Seattle, where last year police arrested 18 people from a crowd that pelted them with rocks and bottles. A year earlier masked marchers dressed in black broke windows and doors on downtown banks and stores and tried to set a fire at a federal building. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

    Hundreds march in Seattle; police make arrests

    Police fired pepper spray and arrested a half dozen people Thursday night as anti-capitalist marchers meandered through Seattle several hours after hundreds of peaceful demonstrators took part in a May Day march in support of immigrant rights and a boost in the minimum wage.

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    Washington state at 4:45 p.m.

  • Communists carry a flag depicting Vladimir Lenin, the Soviet Union founder, during a tradition May Day march in St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, May 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

    Moscow revives May Day tradition, 100K march through Red Square

    About 100,000 people have marched through Red Square to celebrate May Day, the first time the annual parade has been held on the vast cobblestoned square outside the Kremlin since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

  • FILE -- In this May 1, 2013, file photo, protesters react as a police flash-bang grenade goes off during a May Day march that began as an anti-capitalism protest and turned into demonstrators clashing with police in downtown Seattle. May Day has turned violent recently in Seattle, where last year police arrested 18 people from a crowd that pelted them with rocks and bottles. A year earlier masked marchers dressed in black broke windows and doors on downtown banks and stores and tried to set a fire at a federal building. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

    Seattle police preparing for May Day marchers

    May Day marchers are welcome to protest Thursday, but officers are prepared to respond to assaults or property damage, police said.

  • Seattle police prepare for May Day marchers

    After violence on May Day the past two years, Seattle police say they're ready for marches this May 1.

  • Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat (Associated Press)

    Sen. Dick Durbin defends his decision to address May Day rally

    Sen. Dick Durbin joined thousands of union activists, anarchists and proud Marxists for a May Day rally Wednesday, speaking about the importance of immigration reform.

  • Immigration debate gives life to annual rallies

    Demonstrators demanded an overhaul of immigration laws Wednesday in an annual, nationwide ritual that carried a special sense of urgency as Congress considers sweeping legislation that would bring many of the estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally out of the shadows.

  • Jesse Morgan, carrying a sign that reads, "Radical Queers Resist," stands to the side of immigration protesters Tuesday in Atlanta. May Day rallies in the U.S. focusing on immigration have become increasingly splintered by other causes. (Associated Press)

    Immigration movement weakening

    Over the last several years, May Day rallies in the United States have been dominated by activists pushing for a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally. But since 2006, the rallies have gotten smaller, less focused and increasingly splintered by any number of groups with a cause.

  • Jesse Morgan (left) looks on during a May Day rally in Atlanta on May 1, 2012. While a black preacher told a crowd of about 100 immigration activists that incarcerated blacks and detained illegal immigrants faced similar challenges, Morgan stood to one side of the May Day protesters holding a large sign that read "Radical Queers Resist." (Associated Press)

    May Day protests show weak immigration movement

    Over the last several years, May Day rallies in the United States have been dominated by activists pushing for a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally. But since 2006, when hundreds of thousands took to the streets in cities across America, the rallies have gotten smaller, less focused and increasingly splintered by any number of groups with a cause.

  • Protesters burn an effigy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III during a rally near the president's Malacanang Palace in Manila on Labor Day, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Workers express anger, gloom, elation on May Day

    On the front lines of May Day protests this year, along with the traditional chants, banners and marches, a gamut of emotions flowed through the crowds.

  • Occupy protesters unveil a banner Tuesday in New York's Bryant Park as part of worldwide May Day demonstrations. They went on to march to financial institutions, including Chase and Citibank, as the crowd grew to several hundred. (Associated Press)

    Occupy forces re-gather on May Day

    Hundreds of activists across the U.S. joined the worldwide May Day protests on Tuesday, with Occupy protesters in several cities leading demonstrations against major financial institutions.

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Protesters march during a rally after a federal immigration raid of the Agriprocessors plant in Postville, Iowa, in May. The Rubashkin family, which runs the kosher slaughterhouse, deny accusations they knowingly hired illegal immigrants.

    EDITORIAL: May Day malaise

    May 1 brought marches and rallies to commemorate International Workers' Day to nearly every corner of the globe. Yet even the left was unable to muster much enthusiasm for a socialist holiday that in the United States has morphed into an excuse to demand amnesty for those living and working in the country illegally. That's a message that few are buying when jobs are already in short supply.

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