Police in Turkey and Germany battled May Day demonstrators who rallied
Friday as workers around the world marked the traditional labor holiday.
Turkish police used water cannons to prevent hundreds of workers from marching
into a main Istanbul square, Taksim as authorities permitted union
leaders to hold commemorations there. News media report a number of injuries
Turkey's parliament reinstated May Day as a public holiday last week. The date
had been removed from Turkey's calendar after a 1980 military coup.
In Athens, police used tear gas against several hundred demonstrators who broke
away from a peaceful march and burned at least one car.
Meanwhile, police in Berlin say protesters threw bottles and stones at
officers. Authorities report at least 48 people detained.
Russia's pro-Kremlin United Russia party organized marches in major cities.
Several thousand communists gathered at a statue of Karl Marx waving red
banners, criticizing official economic policies and calling on the government
to step down. Police reported several arrests. Authorities also detained more
than 100 people at a rally in St. Petersburg.
Thousands marched in May Day rallies in Spain, and in many French cities
workers protested President Nicolas Sarkozy's economic reform policies. In
Italy, union leaders moved their rallies to the town of L'Aquila in a show of
solidarity with the victims of last month's earthquake there.