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Diplomatie Int'l Russie Putin, Medvedev march in May Day protests in Russia

Putin, Medvedev march in May Day protests in Russia

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Putin, Medvedev march in May Day protests in Russia
Putin, Medvedev march in May Day protests in Russia
It's a global show of defiance against governments. The annual May Day protests are being held in cities around the world.

In Russia, President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin joined the marches held by thousands in Moscow.

In many of these cities, workers protests austerity measures, wages and of course, rising unemployment. One of the worst-hit is Spain - with the latest quarterly jobless rate at just under 25 percent.

Then there's crisis-hit Greece, where 21-point-eight percent of the labour force was out of work in January including more than 50-percent of young people.
In France, the latest monthly figures put the jobless rate at just under 10 percent.

The latest quarterly figures for the UK put the number of people out of work at eight-point-three percent with youth unemployment at 22-percent.

And across the pond in the United States, the jobless rate was eight-point-two percent in march.
There are also huge protests in parts of Asia, including Manila in the Philippines, where thousands of people marched for better rights and wages.

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