Hundreds of thousands of people rallied for labor rights across Asia today to mark May Day. In most countries the events were celebratory. In Cambodia, however, a rally in Phnom Penh was met with a violent crackdown.
A masked dancer somersaults as he performs during a May Day rally in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday. Pic: AP.
A Bangladeshi garment worker covers her face with a scarf to shelter herself from the sun as she participates in a May Day rally in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The demonstrators demanded punishment for owners of garment factories that have had accidents in the past, compensation for victims and ensuring work place safety. Pic: AP.
Labor rights activists shout while holding signs reading "Forbid Temporary Worker Services" during a rally for labor rights on international Labor Day in Taipei, Taiwan, Thursday. Pic: AP.
A government security force member, in black clothes, beats a protester outside Freedom Park as other protesters run away in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday. Nearly 1,000 factory workers and supporters of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party had gathered on the streets outside the city's Freedom Park, which had been barred to demonstrators and sealed off. Pic: AP.
Chinese people take souvenir photos with a portrait of Sun Yat-sen, who is widely regarded as the founding father of modern China, is displayed on Tiananmen Square during a May Day holiday in Beijing, China Thursday. Pic: AP.
Domestic helpers and their supporters wear masks featuring the picture of Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, who was allegedly brutally tortured by her employers, during a march to mark the May Day in Hong Kong, Thursday. he domestic helpers demanded to increase their monthly minimum wage to HK$4,500 (US$580). Pic: AP.
Masked protesters join hundreds of workers in a rally near the Presidential Palace to mark the Labor Day celebrations on Thursday. Various labor groups nationwide held protests, mostly to demand wage hikes, better working conditions and an end to corruption in the government. Pic: AP.
Indonesian workers march during a May Day rally in Jakarta, Indonesia Thursday. Pic: AP.