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Belated Happy May Day, one of the world’s few global commemorations, as these pictures attest. See more pictures and information here, courtesy of Foreign Policy

As labor groups take to the streets around the world to protest high unemployment and harsh austerity measures, who has the most to complain about?

Recognized as a national holiday by more than 80 countries, May 1, or May Day, has become firmly identified with International Workers’ Day. The event originally commemorated the bloody 1886Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, when police opened fire on demonstrating workers, killing dozens. Over the years it has become a day for labor unions to rally around the globe. This year, with unemployment soaring and governments cutting back to reign in budgets, we take a tour of the protests.


Trigger Warning: Police Brutality

OPD inciting a police riot in Oakland during the May Day protest.

(via facelessinblack)