In pictures: May Day protests around the world

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Despite pandemic-related restrictions on daily life, some people are taking part in demonstrations.

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Every year May Day is used to mark many things - from the coming of spring in the Northern Hemisphere to the fight for workers' rights. This year many rallies have been scaled back because of coronavirus lockdowns, although some have taken place on the streets and online.

Here are some of the events that have marked the day.

Protest in AthensImage copyright Aris Messinis / AFP Image caption Members of the Greek Labour Union (PAME), wearing protective masks and respecting the social distances, protest in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens A woman hands out red carnationsImage copyright Aris Messinis / AFP Image caption The Greek government asked groups to delay public rallies by more than a week, but leading union GSEE called for a general strike to coincide with May Day Turkish police clash with protestersImage copyright Bulent Kilic / AFP Image caption In Turkey, several demonstrators were arrested as they marched towards Istanbul's symbolic Taksim Square to mark May Day in defiance of the government's coronavirus lockdown Protest in BerlinImage copyright Maja Hitij / Getty Images Image caption Gatherings in Germany are currently limited by authorities to a maximum of 20, which means many small May Day protests are taking place instead of traditional, large-scale marches A dog ine RomeImage copyright Angelo Carconi / EPA-EFE Image caption People wearing face masks walk in the almost deserted Piazza San Giovanni square on International Workers' Day in Rome, Italy Red ribbonImage copyright Angelo Carconi / EPA-EFE Image caption A red ribbon is tied to a lamppost in Rome where the streets would usually be full of protesters Demonstrators practice social distancingImage copyright Murad Sezer / Reuters Image caption In Thessaloniki, Greece, a woman holds a placard that reads: "No to robbing people for the profit of capital" Protest in ViennaImage copyright Thomas Kronsteiner/Getty Images Image caption In Vienna, Austria, protesters hold a banner reading: "Organise the masses in the duty of the proletarian world revolution". There are 15 different registered demonstrations and gatherings across the city Painted floor to keep people apartImage copyright Thomas Kronsteiner / Getty Images Image caption At one of those Vienna protests, participants painted circles on the floor to keep their distance as they demonstrated against the government measures to slow down the spread of coronavirus Riot police in Hong KongImage copyright Billy H.C. Kwok / Getty Images Image caption In Hong Kong riot police set up a cordon as pro-democracy activists gather outside a shopping centre Protest in SpanImage copyright Quique Garcia / EPA-EFE Image caption Trade union members in Barcelona, Spain, hold up placards in front of the emergency admissions of a medical centre, calling for better working conditions and more protective equipment

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