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Photos: Angelenos Protest For Immigration Reform At May Day March

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Angelenos rallied in the annual May Day march throughout downtown today, protesting on immigration, labor and human rights.

The protest had thousands of people marching with signs, beating drums and chanting together in a peaceful march that kickstarted at 10 a.m. in Chinatown and continued its way through downtown into the afternoon. Different groups rallied, including Angelenos of different races, gay rights advocates, labor unions and teenagers. A group of children held up signs that read, "Don't Deport My Parents!!" Others shared personal stories on their signs about family members getting detained. Another group representing a labor force carried a large American flag over their heads.

"May Day started when immigrant workers were demanding the 8-hour workday," Maria Elena Durazo of the LA Co. Federation of Labor told NBC Los Angeles. "There’s rampant abuse of workers. They don’t get paid. They just get paid tips. They don’t get paid overtime. Health and safety violations are rampant."