May Day Marches and Protests

Everybody gets so much information all day long
that they lose their common sense.
~ Gertrude Stein

Just a tiny sampling of bits and pieces from around the internet on this year’s May Day marches, protests and riots…

May Day marked around the world: Traditional May Day rallies and marches have been held all around the world. See video at BBC News.

BBC News – In pictures: May Day rallies.

May Day marches staged across globe: “Thousands of people across the globe took to the streets on Saturday in annual demonstrations for May Day, the annual event marked by demonstrations demanding better working conditions.”

(via Stories / Popular.)

May day mass demonstration concludes peacefully in Nepal: “KATHMANDU, May 1 (Xinhua) — The May Day mass demonstration of Nepali main opposition party, UCPN-Maoist, concluded peacefully in capital Kathmandu Saturday.

Thousands of party activists and supporters rallied in the streets of the capital Saturday, hoisting party flags from 18 different places before converging into a mass assembly at the open theater of Kathmandu.

(via Xinhua.

Photos and Stories from the Labor March on Wall St.: “On Thursday afternoon the AFL-CIO held a rally to protest the banking bailout and demand a peoples’ bailout. There was a call for not just regulating the banks that almost took this nation down but also doing an about face and forcing the bankers to bailout the people.”

(via La Vida Locavore – Front Page.)

Greece erupts in violent protest: “May Day clashes in Athens as belt-tightening policies are set to reverse rights won by workers over 30 years

Athens erupted into violence as traditional May Day festivities turned into a bitter protest against draconian austerity measures aimed at tackling Europe’s worst debt crisis in decades.

For the tens of thousands of demonstrators who took to the streets in rallies that quickly descended into clashes with riot police, the show of force was just the beginning – a prelude of the storm that will rock Greece if its Socialist government ‘caves in’ to the dictates of the IMF and enforces policies that have been likened to ‘the coming of Armageddon’.”


Police brutality at May Day march in Chicago.: “In Chicago on May Day about 20,000 people gathered in Union Park and marched to Daley Plaza. There was a lively anarchist bloc within the march that played music using horns, drums and other instruments. The protest was for immigrant solidarity, worker solidarity and against war. The march started out peacefully. After the march arrived in Daley Plaza a line of police on horseback rammed into a group of protesters without warning. The horses shoved and kicked protesters. At least one person was arrested. The local corporate media always says the protests in Chicago are peaceful. Those of us who frequently attend these protests know this is a lie. Chicago police typically attack and arrest peaceful demonstrators several times a year. 50-100 cops in riot gear are a common sight at Chicago protests. The police in Chicago have a long history of attacking protesters without warning or provocation. The Chicago police have also been known to verbally insult protesters. The political climate in Chicago is very repressive. Chicago has more police cameras than any other US city. Chicago has a fascist mayor, Richard Daley, who has been in office for 20 years, who rigs elections, who actively supports police brutality, torture, war and who crushes dissent with an iron fist. The following is a list of violent police attacks on protesters in Chicago that occurred recently. A complete description of police brutality at Chicago protests going back 150 years or so would fill a book.”

(via Anarchist news dot org – News for anarchists and their friends.)

Riot breaks out in downtown Santa Cruz; windows broken on dozens of businesses, porch of cafe set on fire: “From Mercury News
SANTA CRUZ – A large group of protesters demonstrating at a May Day rally for worker’s and immigrant rights downtown broke off into a riot vandalizing about a dozen businesses around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.
Many in the group were carrying makeshift torches as they marched, breaking storefront windows and writing ‘anarchist graffiti’ on buildings, according to Capt. Steve Clark. Many businesses sustained multiple broken windows including very large storefront windows at Urban Outfitters and The Rittenhouse building. Police believe at least 15 businesses suffered damage.

The violence was initiated from a group holding a rally at the town clock for May Day. Windows at Jamba Juice and Velvet Underground were left shattered and graffiti including anarchy signs were tagged onto buildings.

Because of the size and violent demeanor of the crowd, Santa Cruz police asked for help from all agencies in the county to break up the riot. At one point, protesters lit a fire on the porch of Caffe Pergolesi and blocked access to firefighters, officers said. Police were able to clear out the demonstrators before more damage was caused.”

(via Anarchist news dot org – News for anarchists and their friends.)

Asheville May Day arrestees need your help!: “Eleven people were arrested here yesterday evening, including folks from Milwaukee, Carrboro, Raleigh, Asheville, and OKC. Ten people have $10,000 bail and seven counts of misdemeanor damage to personal property, three counts of misdemeanor damage to real property; one person has $11,000 bail and an extra charge. One person has been bailed out by their family so far.
Everyone will be arraigned tomorrow at 8:30am, so we’ll know more then. Their charges and bail may change, and we may be able to get folks out then. We haven’t heard much from the people inside, so we aren’t sure who wants to be bailed out right now. We’ll update y’all once we have more information.”

(via Anarchist news dot org – News for anarchists and their friends.)

Anarchist Involvement in May Day New Haven: “This May Day in New Haven there were no black blocs or barricades, no destroyed corporate or state property; no solidarity attacks. These will all come with time. But this May Day, New Haven anarchists made visible a current cracking through the pavement in a city and state whose anti-capitalist & anarchist movement is not commonly highlighted, but is incredibly hard working.
We marched next to our immigrant sisters & brothers in the streets and made our best efforts to use language and messages that underlined and validated their struggle while highlighting our analysis and strategy.

We distributed lots of free literature & music to all who were curious (more than we expected)- from mycology to radical mental health & herbalism to dealing with police confrontations to how to organize one’s workplace to histories of movements in Chiapas and Greece. We fixed people’s bikes- and more importantly- taught them how to fix their own bikes. We served liberated vegan meals and set up a really really free market. We connected with people outside our circle of friends whose paths we don’t otherwise cross-meeting people who we didn’t even know were anarchists; we met people who didn’t even know they were anarchists!”

(via Anarchist news dot org – News for anarchists and their friends.)

Anarchists occupy abandoned school for May Day, 11 arrested say police: “From The Examiner
Last night a San Francisco May Day demonstration by Black Bloc anarchists turned into an occupation when they took over an abandoned school to claim it for the homeless of the City.

After a few hundred Black Bloc anarchists marched around different parts of the city to commemorate May Day, a.k.a. International Workers’ Day, some of them broke into an abandoned school near the intersection of 16th and Mission streets and occupied it.

‘This school is sitting empty, they’re not using it while we have so many homeless people on the streets. Why doesn’t the city let the homeless stay here?’ said one anarchists, who refused to give his name.”

(via Anarchist news dot org – News for anarchists and their friends.)

Defend Capital: American Apparel Enthusiasts Fight Anarchy on MayDay: “On May 1, the police arrested 5 persons of seemingly anarchist descent on suspicion of hooliganism after 3 patrons of the SoHo American Apparel bravely responded to a broken window by threatening to ‘fuck everyone up’ and then just calling the cops. We were those brave patrons. This is a call to defend capital.
This is a call to all of my well tanned, gym going, condo owning/leasing brothers and sisters to defend the stores we love from a rising tide of anticapitalism. To all wall street analysts, advertising professionals, celebrities, journalists of a certain caliber, famous chefs, legacies, and confused members of the middle class. Do you want your luxurious lifestyle to go away? Your Gaps and American Apparels? Your iPhones and iPads? Do you want to be equal to the guy who makes your latte? No?

Then Defend Capital!”

(via Anarchist news dot org – News for anarchists and their friends.)

Wells Fargo Smashed Up in Denver in May Day Attack: “From Colorado Indymedia
In the latest hours of May Day, a gang of masked anarchists and anti-authoritarians attacked a Wells Fargo in Denver. This rage-fueled rupture took place for a number of reasons, including blah blah blah blah blah GEO group blah blah blah blah prisonocracy blah blah blah corporate pieces of shit sucking the blood of the human race blah blah blah blah blah… Fuck Wells Fargo.

A whole bunch of windows were shattered with a wide variety of stones procured from the lovely landscaping areas around the bank. In a true display of diversity of tactics, larger rocks were thrown through doors and first floor windows, while smaller rocks knocked out panes thought to be out of reach. All participants dissolved safely into the night, a May Day properly celebrated.”

(via Anarchist news dot org – News for anarchists and their friends.)


One response to “May Day Marches and Protests

  1. The Destructionist

    Protests are raging in Greece today; due to the government’s reform measures to drastically cut wages, retirement benefits and pensions, while raising taxes on goods and services; all in an effort to save the country from economic collapse. Government buildings, schools and hospitals were shut down as people flooded the streets in anger. Sadly, that anger turned violent today as three people died in a bank that was set ablaze by protestors.

    Stocks lost value in most of the major global indexes yesterday on fears that Greece’s economic instability could spread to other countries throughout Europe and around the world. If the Greek economy does happen to fail, the financial repercussions felt all across the globe could be catastrophic. Could this be the beginning of a worldwide chain reaction?

    What if your wages, benefits or pensions were cut in half? How would you react to the loss in income? How would it affect your life?

    If this problem is not dealt with swiftly, I portend a very dark road ahead…for all of us.


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