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    May Day was celebrated with differing levels of passions throughout the world on Saturday (1 May).

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    May Day was celebrated with differing levels of passions throughout the world on Saturday (1 May).

    In Spain, riot police clashed violently with demonstrators in both Barcelona and Madrid. Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse stone throwing demonstrators in Barcelona and more than 60 people were arrested as leftist groups defied a Spanish government ban on May Day gatherings.

    Police sealed off the city centre and swept through it using batons and, according to Reuters, assumed everyone within the cordon was a demonstrator.

    Madrid police also used their batons when they moved against a rally of about 4,000 leftist and communists who were singing revolutionary songs in a sports and recreation park.

    About 15 "young people" were arrested.

    In Lisbon, a powerful bomb was set off near the Communist Party headquarters just hours before thousands took part in May Day processions.

    A 17-year-old boy was killed by the blast and six people were injured. The explosion wrecked half a dozen cars parked nearby and shattered the windows of shops and hotels in a 400 yard (metre) area.

    Police said they had no idea who was responsible for the bombing, but Communist Party officials said they were sure the bomb was meant to wreck their headquarters.

    The bombing overshadowed the May Day celebrations which were regarded as a test for the new relationship between Socialists and Communists following the left's victory in Portugal's Parliamentary elections last Sunday.

    In Peking, May Day celebrations were orderly and colourful and, more importantly, trouble free.

    Almost all of China's leaders turned out for the celebrations except Chairman Mao Tse-Tung. However, his wife Chiang Ching took a starring role in proceedings which centred around musical stage shows and children's dancing.

    The productions were not without political undertones. Reuters reports that most of the shows featured songs or poems denouncing former Vice-Premier Teng Hsiao-Ping.

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