Demonstrators around the world participated in May Day marches, rallies and protests on May 1. May Day, also known as International Worker’s Day, originated in Chicago when labor leaders staged a series of rallies and marches in May of 1886 to demand an eight-hour work day.
International Worker’s Day
May Day or International Workers’ Day has become a day of protest for many in the world demanding better working conditions, higher wages, and social equality. It began as a commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket Riot in Chicago, a peaceful protest for the right to an 8-hour workday that became a deadly clash with police. Today it is celebrated in more than 80 countries.