People in Ankara, Turkey, take part in demonstrations for International Workers' Day, also known as May Day, on Wednesday, May 1.
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In photos: May Day rallies around the world

Updated 12:11 PM ET, Thu May 2, 2019

People in Ankara, Turkey, take part in demonstrations for International Workers' Day, also known as May Day, on Wednesday, May 1.
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Demonstrations took place around the world on Wednesday as people marked International Workers' Day. Some of the protests turned violent.

May Day rallies started in the 1880s as labor movements were campaigning for better conditions such as eight-hour workdays and trade unions.

Check out some of the most eye-catching photos from the day's events: