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Workers rally for better conditions on May Day

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  • A protester prepares to throw a stone as clashes erupt between police and protesters during May Day celebrations in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday .

      A protester prepares to throw a stone as clashes erupt between police and protesters during May Day celebrations in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday .
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JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Thousands of low-paid workers are rallying in the streets on May Day to demand better pay and improved working conditions a week after a Bangladesh building collapse that was a grim reminder of how lax safety regulations make work a danger in poor countries.

Laborers in Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Turkey and other countries marched and chanted en masse Wednesday. They sounded complaints about being squeezed by big business amid the surging cost of living.

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Thousands of garment factory workers in Bangladesh also paraded through the streets screaming for safeguards to be put in place and for the owner of the collapsed building to be punished.

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