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USA: Immigrant and trade union protesters move on New York

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1. M/S A man in a sombrero plays a trumpet 2. M/S A man waves a flag that reads "Occupy" 3. W/S A protester waves flags in New York 4. M/S Protesters wave flags in New York 5. C/U Protesters enter MetLife Building 6. W/S Protesters inside MetLife Building 7. W/S Security faces protesters in MetLife Building 8. M/S Marchers in support of Transport Workers Union travel through New York 9. M/S Protesters with signs in support of Transport Workers Union 10. M/S Protesters in support of Transport Workers Union march in New York SCRIPT USA: Immigrant and trade union protesters move on New York Thousands of demonstrators gathered in New York City on Wednesday in two separate demonstrations coinciding with International Workers' Day, also known as May Day. In Union Square, loud demonstrators called for expanding the rights of immigrants and workers, while in Bryant Park protesters organised by the Occupy Wall Street movement took to the streets in support of the Transport Workers Union. At least five people were arrested by the police officers controlling both rallies. In Union Square, marchers arrived around noon local time (16:00 GMT) and marched toward New York Senator Charles Schumer's office. The demonstration, known as the "Unified Rally for Immigrant Rights and Worker Rights", was called by a unified coalition of activist groups. Occupy Wall Street, Immigrant Rights and Jobs for All, immigrant rights groups, the Alliance for Labor Rights and the May 1st Coalition all joined forces for the rally. International Workers' Day has its roots in the Haymarket Square riot, which took place in Chicago on May 4, 1886. Workers calling for an eight-hour work day protested for days, until a bomb exploded in the crowded square, killing four and setting off riots. Labour unions and immigrant rights groups often protest on May Day, which is now celebrated around the world.