Labour Day has had a bigger impact on the nations of the Middle East than most people realise. Labour Day is a public holiday in Iraq, and there are labour unions operative there that take advantage of the day annually to march and to protest.
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In recent years, it has been supporters of the Iraqi Communist Party that have been the most boisterous about putting on Labour Day marches. The marches in Baghdad can be quite large and create a security threat. And with Communist Party candidates doing well in recent Iraqi elections, there is no sign the temperature will drop anytime soon in regard to these marches.
However, we should also mention that Labour Day is just a day off to most people in Iraq. Those who work many days on end without a break on a routine basis are happy to get a chance to do “something else” besides just work or a chance to just stay home and rest up.