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Occupy demonstrators join May Day protests against inequities of wealth

 Protesters light flares during a May Day march in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Clashes with security forces and riots marred the rally that...
 Demonstrators clash with police during May Day protests demanding everything from wage increases to an end to austerity measures, Tuesday, May 1, 201...
 Protesters run through a flooded street from tear gas fired by police after a May Day march ended in clashes in downtown Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, M...
 Thousands of protesters attend a left-wing demonstration in Berlin's Kreuzberg district to mark May Day on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. (AP Photo/ (AP Photo...
 People protest during a May Day rally in the centre of Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Tens of thousands of workers marked May Day in Europea...

Chile May Day

Protesters light flares during a May Day march in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Clashes with security forces and riots marred the rally that...

May Day Protests

Demonstrators clash with police during May Day protests demanding everything from wage increases to an end to austerity measures, Tuesday, May 1, 201...

Colombia May Day

Protesters run through a flooded street from tear gas fired by police after a May Day march ended in clashes in downtown Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, M...

Germany May Day

Thousands of protesters attend a left-wing demonstration in Berlin's Kreuzberg district to mark May Day on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. (AP Photo/ (AP Photo...

Spain Financial Crisis

People protest during a May Day rally in the centre of Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Tens of thousands of workers marked May Day in Europea...

Occupy Wall Street demonstrators took to the streets in May Day protests after a drenching rain in New York, gathering in Bryant Park and outside banks with slogans decrying inequities of wealth.

New York’s Occupy movement has relied on demonstrations and marches since Nov 15, when police ousted hundreds of protesters from their headquarters in Zuccotti Park near Wall Street, where they had camped since Sept 17.

Organizers say the events will mark a spring resurgence. Calls for a general strike with no work, no school, no banking and no shopping have sprung up on websites in Toronto, Barcelona, London, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney, among hundreds of cities in North America, Europe and Asia.

Occupy groups across the US have protested economic disparity, decrying high foreclosure and unemployment rates that hurt average Americans while bankers and financial executives received bonuses and taxpayer-funded bailouts.

From New York to San Francisco, organizers of the various demonstrations, strikes and acts of civil disobedience said they were not too concerned about muddling their messages. They noted that the movements have similar goals: jobs, fair wages and equality.