Groups of hooded and black people blew up police officers with stones and other objects, shattered vehicles, and set fire as the annual rallies on May Day in the French capital on Wednesday quickly took a violent turn.
The Stone Protesters who shouted anti-police slogans – mixed with other demonstrators wearing yellow vests or swirling trade union flags – repeatedly received tear gas from police officers trying to block the crowd near the base Paris Montparnasse train station.
It was not immediately clear how many people were injured. A bandaged with a head wound was removed from the scene by the paramedics.
About 165 detainees were taken under the strict security of the May Day traditional marching movement in Paris alone. The French authorities had warned against radical activists who had joined the Paris demonstrations to renew scenes of violence that had led to protests against the yellow vest and rallies on May Day in the past two years.
In other parts of Europe, the police in Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden, and in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, met briefly during demonstrations of the May Day rally.
In Sweden, demonstrators threw cobblestones and fireworks at the police when they were held by a rally by a neo-Nazi movement that had received official permission to march.
In Copenhagen, police with helmets circled their transporters A group of black hoods shouting anti-police slogans and trying to keep them away from other maiden demonstrations.
A handful of people were arrested in both countries.
Activists say more than a dozen On May 2, people in Russia's second-largest city were arrested for participating in a disinterested political protest.
The OVD Info Group, which oversees the detention of political activists, said Wednesday at least 15 people were detained in St. Petersburg. Most of them are supporters of the opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
The authorities said that about 100,000 people attended a May Day rally in the center of Moscow, organized by Kremlin-friendly unions in Red Square. Over the years, May Day in Russia transformed from the opportunity for workers' rights rallies to an official event carefully orchestrated by Kremlin-controlled groups.
Opposition activists, however, often try to use May Day to promote their politics agenda.
Protesters in Turin, Italy, were in riot gear with police officers as they marched through the streets of the city
In the Greek capital, Athens gathered Hundreds of people to three rallies and marches, which were organized by rival unions and leftist groups. The city was left open all day without public buses, trolleybuses and light rail vehicles during a 24-hour strike by the transport union, although the city's subways drove most of the day.
Authorities in Turkey arrested demonstrators attempting to march on symbolic Taksim Square in Istanbul after it was annulled for May Day celebrations.
The police allowed only small groups of unions Representatives put wreaths on a memorial on the square, symbolizing the Turkish labor movement. In 1977, 34 people were killed during a May 1 incident when gunfire fired from a nearby building.
In the United States, the tradition of marches for workers' rights was introduced in the United States in the 1880s. At a time when industrialized workers were poorly paid workers with little protection and power against increasingly dominant factory workers and landlords, they quickly spread.
In Venezuela, opposition leader Juan Guaido used the traditional May Day rally to call for a massive, widespread anti-government demonstration to oust the controversial socialist leader Nicolas Maduro. The call for the "biggest march" in the country's history comes one day after fierce protests between its supporters and the Venezuelan military.
In South Africa, an opposition party uses May Day to gather voters a week before the national elections
Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters wore red townhirts and berets in a Johannesburg stadium to support populist positions that urged the ruling African National Congress to address issues such as economic inequality and land reform. A large Korean union in South Korea has issued a joint statement with a North Korean workers' organization demanding that Korean countries continue their commitments made at last year's inter-Korean summit.
Many of the Plans Agreements agreed between the Koreas, including joint economic projects, have been hampered by a lack of progress in the nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.
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in Sri Lanka Large political parties broke off the traditional rallies on May Day because of security concerns about the Easter bombs that killed and killed 253 people Militants have been linked to the Islamic State group.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.