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Protests & Parades Held In Celebration Of May Day

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Demonstrators gather and prepare to march down Broadway on International Workers Day, or Labor Day, on May 1, 2014 in New York City. The annual global gathering of immigration rights activists, leftists, labor unions and others often results in confrontations with police. The very first Labor Day in America took place on May 1, 1886, as a celebration of the American labor movement and the adoption of the 8-hour work day. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 01: Demonstrators gather and prepare to march down Broadway on International Workers Day, or Labor Day, on May 1, 2014 in New York City. The annual global gathering of immigration rights activists, leftists, labor unions and others often results in confrontations with police. The very first Labor Day in America took place on May 1, 1886, as a celebration of the American labor movement and the adoption of the 8-hour work day. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Today is May Day, which meant a big celebration in many parts of the world–but it turned violent in others.

The biggest labor celebration in the world, International Labor Day, usually means marching bands and parades. That was the case in Moscow, where 100,000 people marched to Red Square.

In Paris, thousands turned out under dark skies to celebrate May Day, including a man doing his best Che Guevara impersonation, the Latin American revolutionary hero who is often pictured on T-shirts and jackets.

In other parts of Europe, May Day was not peaceful.

In Istanbul, riot police used water cannons and tear gas to keep demonstrators away from a square where May Day demonstrations were banned. Close to 100 people, including 19 police officers were injured in the clashes.

One of the biggest May Day celebrations was in Cuba, where thousands turned out on the streets of Havana and other cities to celebrate May Day. Cuban leader Raul Castro donned a straw hat and watched from the Plaza of the Revolution as marchers held up signs and speakers called May Day was a reaffirmation of Cuba’s commitment to socialism. Students carried posters of Fidel Castro, but there was no sign of the aging revolutionary now three months shy of his 88th birthday.

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