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On the occasion of today's May Day the following overview attempts to glimpse how it was celebrated worldwide with reports and images from the EFE-EPA network of bureaus and photographers.

SPAIN (Madrid)- Workers march across Spain seeking better jobs, wages -

Spanish trade unions called today on all workers to march on May Day demanding job stability and decent wages.

On his part, Spain's president of government, Mariano Rajoy thanked the Spanish workers for their contribution to Spain's "economic recovery".

On the other hand, Spanish trade unions UGT and CCOO convoked 73 marches across Spain demanding stable jobs, decent wages, fair pensions and more social safeguards

RUSSIA (Moscow)- Tens of thousands converge on Red Square on May Day-

Tens of thousands converged on Monday at Moscow's Red Square to celebrate Russia's -Spring and Work Day- organized by the official Trade Unions and backed by President Putin's United Russia party.

"For a decent life, work and wages" was the chosen slogan this year; other banners, however, alluded to the scourge of terrorism.

Moscow's major, Serguéi Sobianin, attended the Red Square event.

According to Russia's trade unions, over 2.5 million people joined today's celebrations across the country.

The Russian Communist party also organized a separate event in Moscow attended by some 3,500 followers, according to Moscow police.

Russian authorities have deployed 335,000 policemen and National Guard forces across Russia to guarantee security during today's events.

TURKEY (Istambul)- Dozens arrested, tear gas, shots in the air in Istambul-

Turkish police arrested dozens of people on Monday and used CS gas in Istambul on Monday to disperse hundreds of demonstrators marching on May Day as they attempted to express their disagreement towards the Turkish government and its president.

Holding banners that read "Long live May Day" and "No to the dictator" demonstrators were dispersed by Turkish riot police and shots into the air.

Criticism against Recep Tayyip Erdogan focused on the president's new draconian powers after Turkey's recent and controversial referendum.

Another demonstration tried to enter Taksim Square, declared off-grounds by the government on May Day. Two women were arrested in the Square after they tried to unfurl a banner.

Police stopped another demonstration of some 30 people that also tried to access said square from the Besiktas district.

Taksim square is a symbolic location for the Turkish left since 1977 when Turkish extreme right groups opened fire on left-wing demonstrators killing 57 people.

Kani Beko, president of the Federation of Revolutionary Trade Unions (DISK) told EFE on Monday that "the 1977 murderers have yet not been found nor punished" adding that "We haven't given up on our demands on the 1977 events but this year we will highlight the serious national and workers problems at a massive rally in Bakirkoy" (an Istambul neighborhood).

Some 30,000 police agents are on duty today in Istambul (population 15 million) plus 4,500 more deployed in the capital Ankara,

ITALY (Sicily, Milan)-Syndicates march in Sicily demanding jobs, rule of Law and a future for the South-

Italian trade unions chose the Sicilian town of Piana degli Albanesi on Monday to demand work opoortunities and the rule of Law in this traditional Mafia stronghold.

The town was chosen to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the "Portella della Ginestra massacre", a nearby field where a group of workers was executed one May day as they protested against local landlords.

Back then, eleven people were killed and 30 more wounded; the massacre was attributed to the Sicilian bandit, Salvatore Giuliano and his band, although even now there are doubts about his true role in said incident.

The Trade Union leaders of CGIL, CISL and UIL: Susanna Camusso, Annamaria Furlan and Carmelo Barbagallo, deposited a wreath of flowers at the local cemetery in homage to the victims.

The Italian Trade Unions marched under the slogan "Work: Our roots, our future". Some 10,000 people attended the May Day event, including the president of the Italian Parliament Anti-Mafia commission, Rosy Bindi.

On the other hand, CGIL leader Camusso also denounced that "Little or nothing has been done to generate employment and a future for our youth" even more so in impoverished Southern Italy.

The other trade union leaders spoke about work and the youth, and that today was not a "party" but a day of committment.

Other marches included Milan (North) where some clashes between police and left-wing organizations such as "Italian Left" or "Communist Refounding" were reported.

In Rome, Monday is also a local holiday as they prepare for this afternoon's traditional concert in Saint John Lateran square.

PORTUGAL (Lisbon) -Prime Minister says competitive economy can't support itself just on low wages-

Portugal's socialist prime minister said on Monday that a "competitive economy" cannot support itself on "low wages or by curtailing workers rights"

Quite the opposite, reasoned Premier Antonio Costa: "To succeed there must be a willingness to bet on the quality and dignity of labor"

Costa also spoke of future challenges such as youth and adult workforce empowerment to adapt itself to the "digital and technological revolution"

The PM's words were the preamble of the events scheduled this afternoon in Lisbon and Porto by the General Confederation of Portuguese Workers (CGTP)and the General Union of Workers(UGT).

SOUTH SUDAN (Juba) - South Sudan's trade union demands higher wages on May Day-

The South Sudanese workers Union asked the government on Monday to improve all worker's wages and promote gender-equal salaries coinciding with May Day.

The trade union spokesman, George Paul Baya, told EFE that his union also demanded the government guarantees the payment of pensions of those who retired prior to the country's independence (2011) and are still being paid from Sudan.

According to Baya, the government has drafted a general salary review but has been unable to implement it due to the state of its war-torn economy.

South Sudan's inflation rose to 900 percent last April due to the war, its currency devaluation and the drop in the price of oil.

The minimum wage for a South Sudanese civil servant is fixed at 250 pounds (under 2 USD) while the highest salary reaches 900 pounds (around 5 USD.)

Baya who noted that "you can't live off 250 pounds" also criticized the government's lack of job opportunities.

South Sudan is immersed in a civil war since December 2013 between government and rebel forces.

SOUTH ÁFRICA (Johannesburg)- South African May Day events canceled after President Zuma is booed off-

Hundreds of members of the official trade union, COSATU, booed SA President Jacob Zuma during the May Day celebration in Bloemfontein, which was suspended after the organization was unable to silence those demanding Zuma's resignation.

A group of trade unionists greeted Zuma with chants of "Zuma must go", as other COSATU members tried, without success, to counter the booing by chanting pro-Zuma slogans,

Zuma sat during the incident with a face of circumstances under the marquee protecting him from the fierce morning sun.

A historical ally of the African National Congress (ANC) last month COSATU demanded the resignation of President Zuma after his dismissal of respected SA Finance minister, Pravin Gordhan.

The other ANC ally from Apartheid times, the Communist Party, has also asked Zuma to resign after Gordhan's dismissal. They oppose Zuma's ambitious nuclear reactor plans. Gordhan has now become a symbol of political integrity in SA

Zuma was accused of getting rid of Gordhan, to pave the way for a costly nuclear reactor program that, according to local pundits, would imply millionaire profits to the Gupta family of magnates and also to one of Zuma's sons.

The Gupta family and Duduzane Zuma own a uranium mine that could supply the new South African reactors.

The Gupta family have made a fortune by securing public concessions and have been accused of manipulating public works state contracts and offering ministerial posts in the name of president Zuma,

Last week Zuma's nuclear power plant's project was declared void by a South African court. The plan has neither passed through parliament nor been subject to referendum.

Over 100.000 people demanded last month Zuma's resignation after two rating agencies downgraded the SA state bonds to junk bonds.

The opposition is currently drafting a no-confidence motion in parliament

.Zuma is due to step down from power in 2019 after his second and final mandate and will abandon the ANC presidency this December.

-Compiled with reports from the EFE bureaus and EPA staffers in Moscow, Istambul, Rome, Madrid, Lisbon, Yuba and Johannesburg-