May Day

David Ozeck

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May Day is a time to celebrate workers around the world and the gains made by labor advocates, but it’s also a time when police are on high alert as the gatherings in many cities are known to get violent. Though May Day was originally a celebration of spring, replete with flowers and dancing — it has, since the late 19th Century, become known for labor rallies. It shares a date with International Workers’ Day and from Seattle, Washington, to Jakarta, Indonesia, the line between revelry and protest has been blurred in recent years as some observances have been marred by violent clashes between riot police and protesters. On May Day this year, several cities around the world, such as Istanbul, New York, and Paris, reported several arrests along with major outbreaks of violence.

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