Mayday celebrations in various world capitals ranged from traditional parades to workers' demonstrations and displays of military forces.
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CU National services conscripts past
MV PAN Semi-deserted streets
MV Shuttered shops and banks (3 shots)
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MV Marchers past (2 shots)
MV & CU Troops march past (2 shots)
MV Mobile rocket launchers past
SV Erich Honecker & Willi Stoph on dais
MV Self-propelled rockets drive past
SV & MV Workers march past (3 shots)
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Background: Mayday celebrations in various world capitals ranged from traditional parades to workers' demonstrations and displays of military forces.
In Paris, an estimated 50,000 French workers and students turned out in chilly weather for street rallies. The Mayday parades across French were generally calm, despite recent fears that they could trigger off a wave of social unrest.
In Algiers, President Boumedienne reviewed the Labour Day parade along the Avenue of the People's National Army. Mayday in Algeria was celebrated under the official banner of "cultural revolution, agrarian revolution and the socialist revolution of business enterprises".
In Beirut, the first of May was characterised by closed shops and a general stoppage of work. As a sign of mourning against the recent Israeli raid, the principal trade union in Lebanon decided not to stage any celebrations to mark Labour Day. In ancient times, work was celebrated in Lebanon with special feasts.
In marked contrast, millions of workers turned out in Japan for street rallies. An estimated 250,000 people took part in the main Tokyo parade, under the slogan "Let's protect our livelihood". About seven-million Japanese were involved in Labour Day celebrations around the country.
East Germany staged its May Day Parade through the Marx-Engels Square in East Berlin, to the sound of traditional Prussian marches. Massed troops of the East German Army led the parade, followed by mechanized detachments displaying guns, tanks and self-propelled rockets. Socialist Party leaders Erich Honocker and Willi Stoph reviewed he rally. For the fifth year running, East Germany was the only Warsaw Pact country to display its military forces.
In West Berlin, more than 20,000 people took part in the main Labour Day rally, organised by trade Unions and left-wing groups.
Thousands of workers in Czechoslovakia gathered in Prague for a big May Day rally. The parade, through Wenceslaw Square, was reviewed by leaders of the Communist Party and the Czech government. Those who turned out for the Prague rally included members of the Czech People's Militia and workers from most industrial districts of the city.