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In pictures: May Day around the world

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Image caption Suspended finance ministry cleaning workers were among more than 15,000 people who turned out in Athens to protest against the continuing Greek austerity measures
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Image caption Locals protesting about a lack of jobs and poor living conditions took to the streets in Macau
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Image caption Tributes to those who were on the sunken ferry Sewol could be seen in marches in the South Korean capital Seoul
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Image caption Marchers in Barcelona bear placards saying: Spain's demographic suicide; Spain is under the rule of law; The lie is a weapon of mass destruction; No to the destruction of the people
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Image caption Turin was one of several Italian cities to see rallies against unemployment and austerity
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Image caption In Germany, as well as political demonstrations, much older traditions were on display. Here in Bavaria preparations are being made for the raising of a maypole, usually followed by a May dance around it.
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Image caption In the Philippines, labour organisations rallied, mostly demanding better wages and conditions - but protesters from one group burned an effigy of President Benigno Aquino
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Image caption Lilies of the valley lie on the ground as people take part in a May Day rally in Rennes, western France
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Image caption In Moscow, more than 100,000 Russians took part in a May Day workers parade - reviving a tradition last seen before the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991
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Image caption Meanwhile, in Russia's second city St Petersburg a gay rights march was led by an activist wearing a caricature head of President Vladimir Putin