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May Day 2013

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May Day, which began at the historic Haymarket Square site in 19th century Chicago with workers demanding an eight-hour day, is now the most-celebrated holiday on the planet.In the Indonesian capital  Jakarta hundreds of thousands of protesting workers condemned the government for hiking fuel prices .
In Manilla, the capital of the Philippines, meanwhile, thousands of exploited contract workers marched through the streets demanding the right to unionize.
The Iraqi Communist Party marched in huge May Day protests in Baghdad.
More than 1.5 million turned out at 16 demonstrations and rallies in Moscow.In Greece, the country ground to a halt as almost everyone joined in a 24-hour general strike against austerity. Trains and ferries were stalled at their moorings as seamen walked off the job.