In the midst of a pandemic and deep economic recession. The demonstrators were also raising alarm about the rise of right-wing populism and what they see as an assault on democratic values by populist governments.

May Day, or International Workers’ Day, is traditionally a time for workers to come together and demand better working conditions and pay. This year, the focus was on demanding that governments do more to protect workers during the coronavirus pandemic and to help them weather the economic downturn.