May. 1, 2011 8:46 AM ET
Workers demand better jobs, pay on May Day
CHRISTOPHER TORCHIACHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press
SELCAN HACAOGLUSELCAN HACAOGLU, Associated Press
ISTANBUL (AP) — Activists flooded a central plaza in Turkey’s largest city Sunday and marked international workers’ day around the world with marches demanding more jobs, better working conditions and higher wages.
About 200,000 workers gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square in the largest May Day rally there since 1977, when 34 people after shooting triggered a stampede. Turkish unions weren’t allowed back until last year.
In South Korea, police said 50,000 rallied in Seoul for better labor protections. They also urged the government to contain rising inflation, a growing concern across much of Asia, where food and oil prices have been spiking and threatening to push millions into poverty.
Thousands of workers also marched in Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Philippines to vent their anger over the rising cost of living and growing disparities between the rich and poor.
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