Protesters clash with police in cities around the world as thousands defy May Day lockdown rules

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Protesters clash with riot police in cities around the world as thousands brave lockdown rules to take to the streets for traditional May 1 rallies

  • Thousands poured into the streets of Berlin, Istanbul, Madrid, Paris and Turin for International Workers’ Day
  • Agents have been seen knocking protesters to the ground in Turkey, holding people around their faces and pulling their hair, while making dozens of arrests while the country is still under full lockdown measures.
  • In Paris, many donned Yellow Vest jackets that became the symbol of 2018 demonstrations against fuel prices
  • In Madrid, Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo marched with other members of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party
  • Meanwhile, the Russian Communist Party held a more subdued commemoration for Karl Marx in Moscow

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Protesters have clashed with riot police in cities around the world for ignoring lockdown rules to participate in traditional May 1 protests.

Thousands poured into the streets of Berlin, Istanbul, Madrid, Paris and Turin for International Workers’ Day.

Agents have been seen knocking protesters to the ground in Turkey, holding people around their faces and pulling their hair while making dozens of arrests while the country is still under full lockdown measures.

The atmosphere was just as tense in Paris, where left-wing wearers of yellow vests confronted the police.

In Turin, hundreds scrummed with riot police like red flags with the hammer and sickle in the wind.

And in Madrid, Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo marched along with other members of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party.

Meanwhile, the Russian Communist Party held a more subdued commemoration for Karl Marx in Moscow, where authorities still revere the Soviet Union despite its atrocities and shortcomings.

PARIS, FRANCE: A Gilet Jaune, or yellow vest, protester yells at French riot police who protest through the streets of Paris on May 1 against President Macron's economic reforms, the inadequate state of the French public health system, and the French government's response on the Covid pandemic on May 1

PARIS, FRANCE: A Gilet Jaune, or yellow vest, protester yells at French riot police who protest through the streets of Paris on May 1 against President Macron’s economic reforms, the inadequate state of the French public health system, and the French government’s response on the Covid pandemic on May 1

TURIN, ITALY: Riot police collide with protesters during the May 1 protest in Turin, Italy.  Every year, May 1 is used to mark the fight for workers' rights, bringing unions and associations together in the streets

TURIN, ITALY: Riot police collide with protesters during the May 1 protest in Turin, Italy. Every year, May 1 is used to mark the fight for workers’ rights, bringing unions and associations together in the streets

ISTANBUL, TURKEY: Riot police fight protesters as they try to defy ban and march on Taksim Square to celebrate May 1, during a nationwide 'complete shutdown' imposed to slow the rate of coronavirus disease

ISTANBUL, TURKEY: Riot police fight protesters as they try to defy ban and march on Taksim Square to celebrate May 1, during a nationwide ‘complete shutdown’ imposed to slow the rate of coronavirus disease

ISTANBUL, TURKEY: Police detain protester as they clash during May 1 rally marking International Workers' Day

ISTANBUL, TURKEY: Police detain protester as they clash during May 1 rally marking International Workers’ Day

MADRID, SPAIN: Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo and Madrid regional election candidates Pablo Iglesias from 'Unidas Podemos' and Angel Gabilondo from' 'Spanish Socialist Workers' Party' '(PSOE) attend a protest on the occasion of International Day of Labor

MADRID, SPAIN: Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo and Madrid regional election candidates Pablo Iglesias of ‘Unidas Podemos’ and Angel Gabilondo of’ ‘Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party’ ‘(PSOE) attend a protest on the occasion of International Day of Labor

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Communist Party members participate in demonstrations in the Russian capital on Saturday

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Communist Party members participate in demonstrations in the Russian capital on Saturday

TURIN, ITALY: A protester in a protective mask holds a green smoke bomb during the May 1 protest

TURIN, ITALY: A protester in a protective mask holds a green smoke bomb during the May 1 protest

TURIN, ITALY: Protesters march through the city to celebrate International Workers' Day

TURIN, ITALY: Protesters march through the city to celebrate International Workers’ Day

MADRID, SPAIN: Socialists hold red flags with hammer and sickle during May 1 protests in Spain on Saturday

MADRID, SPAIN: Socialists hold red flags with hammer and sickle during May 1 protests in Spain on Saturday

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Russian Communist Party Leader Gennady Zyuganov greets supporters as State Duma Deputy Valery Rashkin (right) looks on in front of the monument to German political theorist Karl Marx at the rally marking International Labor Day

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Russian Communist Party Leader Gennady Zyuganov greets supporters as State Duma Deputy Valery Rashkin (right) looks on in front of the monument to German political theorist Karl Marx at the rally marking International Labor Day

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Communist party supporters attend rally marking International Labor Day

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Communist party supporters attend rally marking International Labor Day

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Members of the Communist Party attend the rally marking International Labor Day as part of Soviet traditions

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Members of the Communist Party attend the rally marking International Labor Day as part of Soviet traditions

MADRID, SPAIN: Hundreds march through the streets of the Spanish capital on Saturday to celebrate workers' rights

MADRID, SPAIN: Hundreds march through the streets of the Spanish capital on Saturday to celebrate workers’ rights

MADRID, SPAIN: People march past City Hall during the traditional May Day gathering on Saturday

MADRID, SPAIN: People march past City Hall during the traditional May Day gathering on Saturday

MADRID, SPAIN: Thousands flock through the streets of the Spanish capital today to celebrate International Workers' Day

MADRID, SPAIN: Thousands flock through the streets of the Spanish capital today to celebrate International Workers’ Day

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