Thousands mark May Day in the Lao PDR

May 2, 2012

Lao citizens march in support of workers’ rights on International Workers’ Day.

(KPL) President of Federation of Trade Unions Khamla Lorlonesy led several thousands of the union members representing various government bodies and Vientiane residents in organizing a walking rally to mark the 126th May Day, International Labour Day.

The organizing of this walking rally aimed to translate into reality the resolution of 9th Party Congress and welcome the upcoming Asian-Europe Meeting Summit which will be held in November in Vientiane, according to Vice-President of theFederation of Trade Unions, Mr. Tongyeyang Yongcheng

Labour Day originates from a union movement, specifically the eight-hour per day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. May Day is a national holiday in more than 80 countries. It is also celebrated unofficially in many other countries, according to Mr. Tongyeyang.

International Workers’ Day is the commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, when, after an unknown person threw a dynamite bomb at police as they dispersed a public meeting, Chicago police fired on workers during a general strike for the eight-hour workday, killing several demonstrators and resulting in the deaths of several police officers, largely from friendly fire.

Deputy Prime Minister Asang Laoly, Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Defence Lt. Gen. Douangchay Phichit, Vientiane Mayor Soukan Mahalath, and Minister to the Government Office, Mrs. Khempheng Pholsena, were present at the walking rally.


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