See incredible photos from May Day protests around the world


Trade unions and other groups staged rallies around the world to mark International Workers' Day, with violence breaking out in Paris on the fringes of one protest.

Fearing France's worker protections are under threat, hundreds of angry youths on the sidelines of a rally hurled stones and wood at police in the capital, receiving repeated bursts of tear gas in response.

A masked protestor

A masked protestor kicks a tear gas canister

In Russia, tens of thousands of people marched across Moscow's Red Square in a pro-Kremlin workers' rally. The protesters were carrying the Russian tricolours and balloons.

May Day parade in Moscow

In Turkey, police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse dozens of May Day demonstrators in Istanbul.

Small scuffles broke out between police and demonstrators trying to reach Istanbul's Taksim Square.

In the Istanbul districts of Sisli and Bakirkoy, police fired tear gas and water cannon to scatter other protesters. They also rounded up at least 36 demonstrators, according to Anadolu Agency.

May Day Turkey

Riot police detain a man

May Day rallies were held across the Philippines, with campaigning entering the final week ahead of the May 9 presidential election. Some of the candidates pledged to address labour complaints.

Protesters, mostly workers, burn an effigy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino

Protesters, mostly workers, clash with riot police

In Taipei, Taiwan's capital, labour unions took to the streets with a march to call on the government to reduce working hours and increase wages.

Foreign labors in Taiwan shout slogans during a May Day rally

Taiwanese workers shout slogans