Cities across the world saw May Day protesters take to the streets in rallies government leaders, austerity cuts and anti-trade union laws.

Ugly scenes broke out in some cities, with Paris seeing the worst of the violence.

Police officers in the French capital were engulfed in flames as they desperately battled to control rioting crowds.

One officer was badly hurt when a fire bomb exploded above his helmet.

Trade Unions encouraged many to take to the streets and rally against anti-trade union laws.

London, Berlin and America also saw activists take to the streets in a defiant stance against the opposition.

Read below for a recap on how political activists took to the streets across the globe in a bid to make their voices heard.

What are the May Day protests?

May Day protests across the world have seen groups take to the streets to make their voices heard on issues such as immigration, low wages, workers’ right and immigration laws.

  • New York – In New York, many protesters took to the streets in opposition to immigrating laws which would potentially see the removal of their rights across America. Along with protests against austerity measures and global relations, immigration activists said support for their cause has increased since Trump became president.
  • London – In London, members of the Communist Party of Great Britain marched against cuts to services and anti-trade union laws.
  • Caracas – The capital of Venezuela saw thousands take to the streets in protests against their president Nicolás Maduro. Last month violent protests erupted across the country following a Supreme Court decision to strip the legislative branch of its powers.
  • Spain – Protests were held in cities including Barcelona, Madrid and Gijon. Demonstrators were calling for increased workers’ rights as trade unions urged people to take to the streets. They demanded an increase in wages and pensions under the slogan ‘No More Excuses’.
  • Manila – In Manila, Filipino workers’ called for an increase in wages and an end to contractualization – a practice were workers offer their services for a finite amount of time, often just months.

Street view is in Austin, TX…and helicopter feed is Los Angeles, CA

Police turn to tear gas to manage rioting crowds

Police in cities across the world resorted to using tear gas to control crowds as some opposition protests turned into mass riots.

In Turkey, officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets to break up an Istanbul rally as authorities detained more than 150 people in protests around that city.

Protests for May Day, the international workers’ holiday, are an annual occurrence in Turkey and have in the past been characterised by widespread police actions against demonstrators.
Protests were expected to be more subdued this year after unions said they would not attempt to march on Taksim Square, a traditional rallying point for anti-government protests that has been declared off-limits for demonstrators.

Paris rioters chant against country’s far-right leader Marine Le Pen

Ms Le Pen, leader of the far-Right National Front, will go head-to-head against independent favourite Emmanuel Macron on Sunday.

“She represents racism and hatred, that’s why we’re opposing her,’ said one Left-wing activist, who asked to be referred to as Nicole, 22.

She added: “Thousands of us have come out on the street to stand up for justice and decency, and to show our shame at these fascists hoping to take over.”

Today Ms Le Pen addressed National Front (FN) supporters at the Exhibitions Park at Villepinte, north-east of Paris, calling on ‘nationalist France’ to rise up.