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2014 May Day protests

2014 May Day protests
Date 1 May 2014
Location Worldwide
  • Austerity measures
  • Poor working conditions
  • Tax hikes
  • Low wages
  • Unemployment
  • Demonstration
  • Occupation
  • Protest march
  • Civil disobedience
  • Rioting
Status Ended
Parties to the civil conflict
Skilled and unskilled workers
Trade unionists
Police officers
40,000 in Istanbul
18,000 in Jakarta
Hundreds in Phnom Penh
Death(s) 0
Injuries 90 in Istanbul
5 in Phnom Penh
Arrested 142 in Istanbul

The 2014 May Day protests were a series of international protests involving millions of people that took place worldwide on May Day (1 May 2014) over the ongoing global economic crisis including austerity measures and poor working conditions.


  • Africa 1
    • Morocco 1.1
  • Asia 2
    • Armenia 2.1
    • Bangladesh 2.2
    • Cambodia 2.3
    • Hong Kong 2.4
    • Indonesia 2.5
    • Iran 2.6
    • Iraq 2.7
    • Malaysia 2.8
    • Philippines 2.9
    • Taiwan 2.10
    • Turkey 2.11
  • Europe 3
    • France 3.1
    • Greece 3.2
    • Italy 3.3
    • Russia 3.4
    • Serbia 3.5
    • Spain 3.6
    • Switzerland 3.7
    • Ukraine 3.8
    • United Kingdom 3.9
  • North America 4
    • United States 4.1
  • References 5



Tens of thousands of Moroccans marched demanding better wages and condemning a new 10 percent salary hike to the minimum wage in the private sector as insufficient.[3]



Several hundred people from the Communist Party of Armenia held a rally in Yerevan demonstrating in favor of Armenia's accession to the Customs Union created by Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. The people marched towards the Russian Embassy, carrying Soviet-era flags and placards and chanting "Russia, Russia!".[4]


Thousands of workers in Bangladesh, including many from garment factories, took to the streets demanding the execution for the owner of a building that collapsed last year, killing more than 1,100 laborers in the worst disaster the garment industry has seen.[5]


Nearly 1,000 factory workers and supporters of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party gathered outside the Phnom Penh's Freedom Park, which had been sealed off with barbed wire with hundreds of police on guard.[5] At least five people were injured after security forces armed with sticks and batons turned on protesters.[6]

Hong Kong

According to organisers, up to 5,000 workers in Hong Kong joined the Labor Day march, calling for improved working conditions and for the government to restrict the number of working hours.[5][6]


A major protest was held in Jakarta, where 33,000 people marched peacefully through the city centre. According to Rikwanto, police spokesman, 18,000 police officers were deployed on the streets to avoid conflicts.[6]


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told thousands of laborers gathered to celebrate International Workers' Day in the capital, Tehran, that he supports the establishment of unions "free of any interference by the state".[5]


Dozens of people, mostly members of the Iraqi Communist Party, held a rally near the party headquarters in downtown Baghdad, raising Iraqi flags and those of the former Soviet Union.[5]


Thousands of Malaysians held a peaceful protest on the streets of Dataran Merdeka, in downtown Kuala Lumpur, against a looming goods and services tax that they fear will increase the cost of living.[5] During the protest were reported several minor scuffles started by fringe youth groups.[7]


In the Philippines, thousands of workers marched peacefully in Manila to protest low wages and employers' practice of replacing regular employees with temporary hires who get low pay and little or no benefits. They also decried what they said was the failure of President Benigno Aquino III to deliver on his anti-corruption and pro-poor reforms.[5]


More than 10,000 workers marched to the labor ministry in Taiwan's capital Taipei demanding wage hikes and a ban on companies hiring cheap temporary or part-time workers.[8]


Police intervened with water cannons and tear gas to disperse hundreds of demonstrators that tried to defy the interdiction to meet on 1 May in Taksim Square, Istanbul, emblematic for anti-government protests in Turkey.[9] Riot police assaulted, using vehicles equipped with water cannons, demonstrators who tried to force the barrages in Beşiktaş district to reach the neighboring Taksim Square.[10] Areas around the European centre of Turkish metropolis were transformed into fortified camp and tens of thousands of police officers – up to 40,000 according to Turkish media – were mobilized to prevent access.[11] According to the Istanbul Governor's Office, at least 142 protesters have been detained by police and 90 people, 19 of whom are police officers, have been injured during the protests.[12][13] Similar demonstrations took place in more than 30 provinces of Turkey, including the capital Ankara.[14]



According to authorities, nearly 100,000 people attended the Labor Day rallies in France, with the biggest rallies in Paris and other major cities such as Bordeaux and Toulouse. The demonstrations targeted the savings plan of 50 billion euros announced by Prime Minister Manuel Valls.[6]


Nearly 20,000 Greeks marked May Day by demonstrating against government reforms which they say have hurt workers through layoffs and wage cuts.[15]


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Thousands of community advocates and immigrant rights supporters marched for worker rights and immigrant justice in downtown Los Angeles. Three different May Day marches were planned by three different groups. As a result of the marches, some downtown streets were closed.[21]

United States

North America

Thousands of activists attended a May Day rally in honour of veteran political campaigner Tony Benn and rail union leader Bob Crow who died within days of each other in March.[20]

United Kingdom

Over 30,000 demonstrators took to the streets in Simferopol, the capital of the Crimean peninsula, for the annual Labor Day rally. Following Crimea's accession to Russia, this is the first time 1 May has proceeded with people waving Russian flags and shouting "Russian and Crimea together forever".[4]

In Odessa, May Day rallies have turned into anti-government protests. Clashes have broken out between protesters and police in Donetsk as separatists attempted to storm the prosecutor's office.[19]

May Day demonstration in Odessa


In Switzerland's financial capital Zurich, about 14,000 people turned out in support of a move to fix the minimum wage at 4,000 Swiss francs ($4,500, €3,300) which will be put to a referendum this month.[3]


Rallies were held in more than 70 Spanish cities. In Madrid, thousands marched through the city centre, waving signs demanding an end to austerity measure and criticising the government over a perceived lack of focus on job creation.


Various labour groups staged a protest in Belgrade in order to voice their concern over the expected austerity measures announced by Serbia's new government.[18]


[7] Over 100,000 attended a protest march from the

In Saint Petersburg, the May Day rally turned into a protest against Russian military intervention in Ukraine.


[16] has put 1,300 jobs at risk.Electrolux, where the closure of a nearby washing machine plant owned by Sweden's Venice, near Pordenone Thousands of people also took part in a peaceful demonstration called by the main trade unions in [3]

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