Labor unions and civil rights groups have staged demonstrations across the United States on May Day to protest against the government’s policies, particularly its immigration policy.
The rallies on Monday were held in several cities and attended by tens of thousands of people, mostly immigrants and civil rights activists.
The annual May Day rallies in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Portland drew particularly larger crowds.
Demonstrators denounced President Donald Trump's get-tough policy on immigration, calling it a crackdown on vulnerable workers in some of the country’s lowest-paying jobs.
Protesters demanded better working conditions, and called for a minimum wage hike to $15 and an end to tax loopholes for the wealthiest people in the United States.
Protesters and marchers in Los Angeles chanted slogans and held banners expressing support for undocumented immigrants.
They also slammed President Trump’s war-mongering policies and his stance toward people of color. Police arrested several people during the rally in Los Angeles.
Scuffles erupted between police and demonstrators in New York where over a dozen protesters were taken into custody. Police also clashed with protesters in Portland, Oregon.
Demonstrators also took to the streets of the capital Washington to send a message to Trump on the international workers’ day.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke to thousands of May Day protesters outside City Hall on Monday afternoon.
"We stand together today to send a very clear and strong message that Los Angeles will stand up against any attempt to scapegoat immigrants, break up families, and create a climate of fear that unsettles our communities and disrupts our economy," the mayor said in a statement before his speech.
"Americans are taking to the streets of L.A. and cities across the country on May Day because we are uniting around a principle that speaks to who we are: working people who have built their lives in this country deserve protection, compassion, and equal justice.”
In several cities, convenience stores and other businesses shuttered their doors in solidarity with the May Day rallies, and to make their voices heard.