Thousands of workers marched under a brutal sun in the Philippine capital on Tuesday and called for pay hikes, as May Day protesters throughout Asia demanded increases in wages that they say have not kept up with rising consumer prices.
ATHENS/MADRID — Trains and ferries were cancelled and hospital staff walked off the job in Greece on Wednesday and thousands were due to demonstrate across Spain as May Day triggered protests against harsh government spending cuts.
Separately, Turkish riot police fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse crowds gathering in central Istanbul for a rally on what has become a traditional labour holiday.
It's May 1, which is May Day, which for much of the non-American world, is a big holiday for workers. Pretty much all of Continental Europe has off for it. May Day sees pro-labor demonstrations and protests all around the world. Here's a few examples. All descriptions are from Reuters. May 1, 2013 Supporters of the Iraqi Communist Party carry a banner and an Iraqi flag during a rally marking Labour Day at al-Firdous Square in Baghdad
MONTREAL — Quebec Premier Pauline Marois has declared that the unrest related to student protests is over in her province, one year and one week after it began.
Later in the day, police and protesters clashed in the streets as officers attempted push back student crowds while snowballs and ice were thrown at the cops.
Marois said the debate over tuition-fee hikes that saw demonstrations sweep Quebec was now “behind us,” as she closed out a Montreal summit on post-secondary education Tuesday.
A powerful earthquake was felt in the Philippine capital Manila on Thursday, causing office workers to rush out of buildings, but authorities said there were no immediate reports of damage.The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake struck in the ocean about 100 kilometres (62 miles) southwest of Manila at 1:29 pm (0529 GMT) with a magnitude of 6.0.The US Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 6.1, with its epicentre located 137 kilometres (85 miles) southwest of Manila and at a depth of 72 kilometres.