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Protestors march down Broadway in downtown Los Angeles during the May Day March on Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For the Times

Alejandra Arana waves American and Mexican flags as she marches down Broadway in the May Day procession in downtown Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Members of HogerMex, supporters of immigration reform, march in the May Day procession in downtown Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Supporters of immigration reform march north on Broadway past 1st Street in downtown Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Sales and management staff of a cookware company takes part in the May Day march on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Rosa Ayala participates in the May Day march on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

May Day marchers rally at Olympic and Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Gloria Godoy, center, waves an American flag as she takes part in a May Day gathering at Los Angeles Plaza Historic District.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Jesus Garcia yells slogans at the start of the May Day march in downtown Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

A May Day demonstrator in body paint leads a group of union members and activists in a demonstration in front of the Presidential Palace in Jakarta.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ed Wray / Getty Images

Supporters of Sri Lanka's People's Liberation Front take part in a Labor Day demonstration in Colombo.


Russian nationalists carry a giant Russian Imperial flag during a traditional May Day rally in St. Petersburg.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dmitry Lovetsky / Associated Press

Participants march during the May Day demonstration in Moscow.


The jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko's portrait is seen through red flags as Communist Party supporters celebrate Labor Day in downtown Kiev.


Police shelter behind their shields during clashes with protesters at a May Day demonstration in Istanbul.


Demonstrators raise their fists during a demonstration in Athens ahead of May Day protests against Greece's prolonged economic austerity policies.


A protester smiles at riot police officers during a protest against a demonstration of far-right party NPD in Berlin.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Markus Schreiber / Associated Press

A Nepalese worker is surrounded with tar vapors as he works at a road construction site in Kathmandu on May Day, also known as International Labor Day.


A female porter carries a sack of vegetables at Beringharjo traditional market in Indonesia. It is reported that on a busy day at the market, the average porter will earn an income of $37 per day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ulet Ifansasti / Getty Images

A man displays a caricature of former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew during a May Day protest at Speakers Corner in Singapore.


Women protesters shout slogans calling for better working conditions for garment workers during a May Day rally.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wong Maye-E / Associated Press

A migrant worker is made up as a skull during a Labor Day march in Hong Kong.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jerome Favre / Bloomberg

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  1. May 1, 2013, 3:33 pm

    As far as I am concerned the more they protest and rally thus making our streets and businesses unuseable they should forget Amnesty or citizenship. They are proving their lack of respect for OUR country and they need to pack up and go back to Mexico! I have met many people from foreign countries to include Mexico who followed the laws and legally immigrated because they want to be respectful and productive, not detrimental! And these "citizens" feel that the legal path is the right way!

    The fact the LA allows this is poor judgement because they are impairing the businesses and the employees that are trying to earn a living!

    By: watchitgo
  2. May 5, 2013, 11:37 pm

    This is a captivating stream of photographs. Each photographer and each subject within each photograph deserves the right for their voice to be broadcast on some kind of international megaphone in their honor. I am in awe of the incredible passion and courage in the piercing eyes of the women featured in the photograph in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    By: Brijante Jackson

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