Workers and activists in Asia and Europe call for more labor rights in May 1 marches

Workers and activists in Asia and Europe call for more labor rights in May 1 marches

Seoul, South Korea – Workers, activists and others celebrated the First of May in Asian and European cities with parades and marches to demand better working conditions and more labor rights.

The first of May It is celebrated in many countries as Labor Day. The events also offer many the opportunity to voice broader economic or political grievances.

The police in Istanbul detained dozens of people who tried to reach the central square of Taksim in defiance of a government veto on Labor Day celebrations in the emblematic space.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government has long banned demonstrations in Taksim over security concerns, although some political parties and unions have vowed to march on the square, which has symbolic value for unions.

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