Protests, rallies mark May Day around the globe

BY Justin Scuiletti  May 1, 2014 at 6:19 PM EDT

The First of May marks May Day for many countries around the world. The holiday, which also coincides with International Workers’ Day, saw many celebrations in countries such as Russia and Brazil. In several others, however, protesters took to the street to rally against several political issues, including in the U.S., where demonstrators in Los Angeles called for immigration reform and an end to deportations of undocumented residents.

Take a look at some of the rallies from around the world:

Sao Paulo, Brazil:

Associated workers of the unions confederations participate in traditional celebrations of May Day in the "Campo de Marte", downtown São Paulo on Thursday, May 1, 2014. Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images

Associated workers of the unions confederations participate in traditional celebrations of May Day in the “Campo de Marte,” downtown São Paulo. Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images

Surabaya, Indonesia:

Indonesians workers sit behind barbed-wire during a protest demanding higher wages in Surabaya, Indonesia. Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images

Indonesians workers sit behind barbed-wire during a protest demanding higher wages in Surabaya, Indonesia. Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images

Donetsk, Ukraine:

Pro-Russians attend the May Day rally in Donetsk, Ukraine on May 1, 2014. Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Pro-Russian demonstrators attend the May Day rally in Donetsk, Ukraine. Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Russia:

Russian trade unions members celebrate with flags, ballons, music and dance on Red Square  during a rally in Moscow, Russia.  Russian workers paraded Thursday on Red Square for the first time since 1991, the latest Soviet tradition to be revived as a wave of patriotism sweeps the country. Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images

Russian trade unions members celebrate with flags, ballons, music and dance on Red Square during a rally in Moscow. Russian workers paraded Thursday on Red Square for the first time since 1991, the latest Soviet tradition to be revived as a wave of patriotism sweeps the country. Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images

Macau, China:

Protesters shout slogans and hold banners during a May Day demonstration on May 1, 2014 in Macau, China. Hundreds of protesters attended a march against job shortages and living conditions on May Day. Photo by Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images

Protesters shout slogans and hold banners during a May Day demonstration in Macau, China. Hundreds of protesters attended a march against job shortages and living conditions on May Day. Photo by Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images

Istanbul:

A protester takes aim at riot police with a slingshot during a May Day demonstration on May 1, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish police fired water cannon and tear gas on Thursday in an attempt to prevent hundreds of protesters from defying a ban on May Day rallies and reaching Istanbul's central Taksim Square, the focal point of protests in 2013. Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images

A protester takes aim at riot police with a slingshot during a May Day demonstration in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish police fired water cannon and tear gas on Thursday in an attempt to prevent hundreds of protesters from defying a ban on May Day rallies and reaching Istanbul’s central Taksim Square, the focal point of protests in 2013. Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images

Los Angeles:

People rally in one a several May Day immigration-themed events in Los Angeles, California. Demonstrators are calling for immigration reform and an end to deportations of undocumented residents. Photo by David McNew/Getty Images

People rally in one a several May Day immigration-themed events in Los Angeles. Demonstrators are calling for immigration reform and an end to deportations of undocumented residents. Photo by David McNew/Getty Images

Seoul, South Korea:

Labor union members hold up placards reading 'We don't need this kind of president' during a May Day rally organized by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) at the Seoul Railway Station on May 1, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Labor union members hold up placards reading “We don’t need this kind of president” during a May Day rally organized by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul. Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Athens:

Thousands of Greek protesters and members of public and private sector unions ADEDY and GSEE demonstrating against government reforms gather at Klathmonos Square in Athens. Photo by Ayhan Mehmet/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Thousands of Greek protesters and members of public and private sector unions ADEDY and GSEE demonstrating against government reforms gather at Klathmonos Square in Athens. Photo by Ayhan Mehmet/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

London:

'Occupy' protesters demonstrate against British payday loan company 'Wonga' after the annual May Day march in Trafalgar Square on May 1, 2013 in London, England. Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

“Occupy” protesters demonstrate against British payday loan company “Wonga” after the annual May Day march in Trafalgar Square in London. Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Hamburg, Germany:

Left-wing protesters clash with police on May 1, 2014 in Hamburg, Germany. Left-wing activists from across Germany gathered in Hamburg today to take part in demonstrations as a sign of solidarity with the residents of the Rote Flora squat and leftist cultural center. A real estate developer, who has owned the property since 2001, is seeking to rebuild the former theater into a six-storey building with a concert hall, though the Rote Flora occupants have responded with strong and sometimes violent opposition. Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images

Left-wing protesters clash with police in Hamburg, Germany. Activists from across Germany gathered in Hamburg Thursday to take part in demonstrations as a sign of solidarity with the residents of the Rote Flora squat and leftist cultural center. A real estate developer, who has owned the property since 2001, is seeking to rebuild the former theater into a six-story building with a concert hall, though the Rote Flora occupants have responded with strong and sometimes violent opposition. Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images