May Day Protests Erupt Around the World

By Bloomberg Photos - 2013-05-01T14:13:34Z

Photograph by Chiang Ying-ying/AP Photo

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More than 80 countries mark the May Day holiday, which has its origins in the efforts of American unions to secure an eight-hour work day at the end of the 19th century. 

Left, Taiwanese workers try to pull a road block down during a protest on May Day in Taipei on May 1, 2013. More than 10,000 workers took to the streets to protest a government reform plan that will cut pension payouts to ease Taiwan's worsening fiscal problems. The protesters said the payout cuts reflect a longstanding government policy to bolster economic growth at the expense of workers' benefits and compromised workplace safety.