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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 01:  About 300 people dem...WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 01: About 300 people demonstrate in front of the White House as part of a May Day celebration May 1, 2012 in Washington, DC. Organized by the Occupy DC Labor Committee, Anarchist Alliance DC Network, Industrial Workers of the World, Washington Peace Center, the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO and the Amalgamated Transit Union local 689, about 300 people gathered in the park to celebrate May Day, also known as International Workers' Day, a celebration of the international labor movement. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 01:  People weave in and ...WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 01: People weave in and out of one another as they wind red twine around a Maypole during a gathering of OccupyDC at Meridan Hill Park, also known as Malcolm X Park, May 1, 2012 in Washington, DC. Organized by the Occupy DC Labor Committee, Anarchist Alliance DC Network, Industrial Workers of the World, Washington Peace Center, the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO and the Amalgamated Transit Union local 689, about 300 people gathered in the park to celebrate May Day, also known as International Workers' Day, a celebration of the international labor movement. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 01:  About 300 people mar...WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 01: About 300 people march through the nation's capital on their way to the White House as part of a May Day celebration May 1, 2012 in Washington, DC. Organized by the Occupy DC Labor Committee, Anarchist Alliance DC Network, Industrial Workers of the World, Washington Peace Center, the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO and the Amalgamated Transit Union local 689, about 300 people gathered in the park to celebrate May Day, also known as International Workers' Day, a celebration of the international labor movement. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
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