May Day MAYHEM: Shock photos after violent protests erupt worldwide

May Day MAYHEM: Shock photos after violent protests erupt worldwide

Police deployed water canons and tear gas in an effort to disperse the demonstrators, according to media reports.

On the eve of the global Workers' Day, Paris police headquarters made a decision to pour 1,500 police officers into the capital to ensure safety at peacefull rally planned by labor unions after extremist groups launched a call on social media to make "a day in hell" to government officials and target "symbols of capitalism". It has faced a wave of public sector strikes, the occupation of universities by students opposed to changes to admission procedures and calls for a concerted national protest to mark the 50th anniversary of the May 1968 uprising.

He added that it was hard to prevent such incidents as France does not believe in cracking down on people's right to demonstrate.

Authorities said around 1,200 protesters, many dressed in black, had turned up on the sidelines of the annual May Day demonstration.

Lawkeepers in France held several people in the wake of the violence that rocked Paris on Tuesday, May 1, observed as International Workers' Day.

Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux criticized the protesters for covering their faces.

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Paris saw gangs of masked and hooded anarchists smash shop windows, torch cars and hurled cobblestones at riot police, hijacking a May Day rally by labour unions against President Emmanuel Macron's economic reforms.

The scenes of looting and destruction overshadowed the May Day march, which drew between 20,000 and 55,000 peaceful protesters according to police and union estimates. "Those who wear hoods are the enemies of democracy".

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 01: Vehicles are burning as thousands of people take to the streets during the May Day demonstrations on May 1, 2018 in Paris, France.

Masked protesters attack shops in Paris. He adding that 94 of them will face legal proceedings.

A total of 1,200 masked and hooded protesters from the far-left anarchist group, the Black Blocs, hijacked what was meant to be a peaceful rally against public sector labour reforms.

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