May Day 2010 Updates, Pix, Etc.

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May 1 2010 08:17
May Day 2010 Updates, Pix, Etc.

Thought I would start a thread for May Day 2010 for folks to post pics, flyers, articles, audio or whatever from things you're involved in or other stuff you come across.

Here's the flyer for Wild Rose Collective's event (shamelessly ripped off from you Euros):

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May 1 2010 08:41

Here's a couple of photos from the Wellington march that have the AWSM banner in them smile

There's a report here - http://indymedia.org.nz/article/78529/mayday-2010-wellington

The march was in support of striking workers at JB Hi-Fi, a national music/electronics chain.

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May 1 2010 11:36
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Nepal on the Brink as Maoists Take to Streets on May Day

Tens of thousands of demonstrators are rallying in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, on May Day. The Maoist supporters are demanding the resignation of the country's coalition government and a new prime minister of their choice.

The fragile 2006 peace accord between the Maoists and the state could shatter at any moment. The fate of the government also hangs in the balance.

While two major ruling coalition partners support Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, the Maoists - who have the most seats in parliament - have made it clear he must step aside.

These May Day demonstrators also have a long list of other demands that could be difficult to implement by their Sunday deadline.

Maoist leaders say if the government does not immediately adhere to all of their requests then street protests will continue indefinitely.

Rest of article @ http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Nepal-on-the-Brink-as-Maoists-Take-to-Streets-on-May-Day-92577114.html

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May 1 2010 13:59

This is from Greece. What's up with this? It resembles the National Bolshevik's flag in Russia. Is this a coincidence or are there Third Positionists in Greece?

They were identified as 'Antifa' in the website I got it from.

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May 1 2010 14:26
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This is from Greece. What's up with this? It resembles the National Bolshevik's flag in Russia. Is this a coincidence or are there Third Positionists in Greece?

They were identified as 'Antifa' in the website I got it from.

Ya, looks pretty sketchy. link to the website?

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May 1 2010 14:34
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Dead End wrote:
This is from Greece. What's up with this? It resembles the National Bolshevik's flag in Russia. Is this a coincidence or are there Third Positionists in Greece?

They were identified as 'Antifa' in the website I got it from.

Ya, looks pretty sketchy. link to the website?

http://www.ctv.ca/gallery/html/mayday_protests_100501/index_.html

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May 1 2010 14:50

Dead End, I believe the website states that this photo was taken in Moscow. If I had to guess, their probably apart of the National Bolshevik's. Makes me ill inside.

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May 1 2010 15:59

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May 1 2010 18:07

I wonder if there are any May Day events in the US? Doubt it though, specially here in Houston lol

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May 1 2010 18:39

Nothing in London, Ontario.

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May 1 2010 20:37
appledoze wrote:
I wonder if there are any May Day events in the US? Doubt it though, specially here in Houston lol

Didn't you notice the opening post in this thread on an event in Iowa City? I'm sure there are others in a number of the larger cities. Typically, though, these events -- in places where this annual ritual has been taking place for decades -- are dominated by trade union bureaucrats and Stalinists/Maoists/Trots. It's only in places where this isn't the case that there is any significance to such events.

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May 1 2010 20:40

Popped along with Weelers to the London march, missed SF and AF lot but caught Chris Knight and Class War 'executing' David Cameron, Nick Griffin et al.
Midly entertaining. Started pissing rain. Headed home.

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May 1 2010 22:32
appledoze wrote:
I wonder if there are any May Day events in the US? Doubt it though, specially here in Houston lol

Portland just got done with theirs tongue

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May 1 2010 22:39
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I wonder if there are any May Day events in the US? Doubt it though, specially here in Houston lol

You been hiding under a rock? Most of the major media has been talking about the May Day immigrant rallies....I'm assuming Houston has stuff going on.

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May 1 2010 23:12

Chavistas rallied in Caracas, with good ol'Hugo promising to push forward with the 15% minimum wage hike ahead of schedule. Nothing to do with AN elections coming up soon though...

I believe there was also a rank and file leftist march in Maracay. Updates as soon as I have them.

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May 2 2010 01:10

I have no idea how this happened, but in Auckland there was a mayday march of 50,000. Unfortunately it was largely organized by greenpeace in opposition to govt. plans of mining in national parks.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1005/S00013.htm

In any case that's a pretty huge protest by NZs standards.

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May 2 2010 09:07

[After a long while of lurking finally made me an account with you.]

Thought I would place some info on several May Day manifestations which happened in the Netherlands.
http://indymedia.nl/nl/2010/04/66940.shtml (in dutch though)
The biggest (although not big) demonstrations happened in Rotterdam and Nijmegen, during the afternoon and both have seen uncalled for police violence and arrests.

The manifestation in Rotterdam, which was organised by several authoritarian socialist groups (marxist-leninist, stalinist, maoist), counted around 200 people. This manifestation was forbidden at the last moment. People had assembled and where told there by the cops that they were not allowed to have flags, because of the poles in them. When people opposed this and did not want to listen, cops moved in, dispersed the people with battons and dogs and made 13 arrests eventually. 6 people are now still detained. Videofootage: http://www.cineac.tv/index.php?film_ID=4286&reactie=1

The manifestation in Nijmegen was organised by several anarchist, libertarian socialist, anti-authoritarian groups, and was the one I attended (even though I come from Rotterdam).
About 300 people assembled for this one and right from the start it was clear that police was out in force, including the military police, swines on horses and dogs. Initially, in the start of the demo, things were fine (apart from small provocations by plainsclothes cops trying to get in the demo). But after 2 hours or so, when the demo arrived by this employment agency Adecco's building and wanted to stop there for a moment for a speech around deportations of immigrants (Adecco supplies deportation centra with personel), things went sour. Cops on horses were provocating already, and at the moment one lost control over the horse and ran fully into the demo, running over people and falling of herself, it became chaos. Military police moved in and started beating (with battons, horses and fists) us back. Several people got wounded and some arrests were made (it looks like all people arrested in Nijmegen are free now). After this initial clash, they have been constantly been provocating and trying to disperse the demo, which they succeeded in in parts.

The leftover activists, around 75/100 or so, where eventually completely surrounded and moved like cattle to central station to be 'deported' out of Nijmegen.
Some video footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIXyVlWeBak & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK3mcWzqgsk
(The footage is not really close up, but still gives an idea...)

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May 2 2010 09:31
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This is from Greece. What's up with this? It resembles the National Bolshevik's flag in Russia. Is this a coincidence or are there Third Positionists in Greece?

They were identified as 'Antifa' in the website I got it from.

That looks severely disturbing. But it's not in Greece.

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May 2 2010 09:46

Around 20 people showed up for our 3 speakers and panel discussion today. It wasn't really specifically anarchist, although it was organized by us. One of the speakers identifies as a revolutionary socialist, one of them was us, the other I'm not sure what they identify as. Have audio, but haven't checked on the quality. Once I do, will be posting it up on our website.

Here was our lit table.

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May 2 2010 15:19

We received notices of 4 different ones in the usa alone, that we passed on word about in our discussion group and blog, plus there are several more that I see on here and on ABC if one just took the trouble to look for them wall

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May 2 2010 16:14

WSA May Day statement: http://ideasandaction.info/2010/04/may-day/

Waiting for local reports to come in.

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May 2 2010 18:55

In Northern California alone there were May Day marches and rallies in:

San Francisco

Oakland

San Jose

Santa Rosa

Stockton

Modesto

Some were attended by thousands, and others like SF and SJ had as many as ten thousand.

The bigger ones were stage-managed by unions and their Democratic Party allies. Unlike the spontaneity of the nationwide May Day strike by Latinos in 2006, yesterday's actions were traditional leftist rituals of passivity.

But anarchists in San Francisco had a Reclaim the Streets action in the evening and apparently some bank windows were smashed up. Which definitely would make it the high point of May Day locally.

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May 2 2010 19:03

BBC has the same pic claiming it was the russian antifacists movement known as "antifa" they have now corrected it but I had to have a little laugh to myself in regards to how badly they got that one wrong.

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May 2 2010 19:38

I saw that, what did they correct it to?? Also, how could you mistake those?

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May 2 2010 21:23

They changed it to "members of the banned National Bolshevik Party marching in moscow" or something of the sorts,

but now its back again saying "members of a russian antifacist movement, known as antifa, carry their flags during a rally in moscow"

Wtf is going on?

anyway heres the link, 8th image.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/8656096.stm

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May 2 2010 21:46

It's back to "Members of a banned Russian ultra-nationalist group, the National Bolsheviks, carry their flags during a rally in Moscow."

Maybe it's the NB's trying to muddy the waters, I remember reading that they "officially" reject fascism, and they could be pandering towards (what I think is) a Russian identity forged partially by resistance to Hitler's Germany? Someone correct me if I'm wrong, I get all these weird 3rd positionist groups mixed up, which is what I think they are going for.

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May 2 2010 21:56

Copy and paste from an Indymedia post:

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Between 150 - 200 protesters from trade unions and socialist organisations assemble at noon for the now traditional Manchester Mayday march. Unfortunately numbers remained low and dwindled even more by the time the demo had reached the Peace Gardens for a rally. The largest recognisable group was in support of nurse Karen Reissman as MP for Gorton.

There was also a contigent of members from various anarchist and autonomous groups who assembled behind a banner reading 'You cannot represent us', and marched with a mobile soundsystem. Resistance, the AF's newspaper, was handed out to hundreds of shoppers along the route of the demo.

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For the first time in years, anarchist groups had called for an autonomous 1st May rally. Organised by No Borders, the event in Hulme was seen as a great success. Over 200 people enjoyed food, music and speeches in Birley Fields, a spot of green land that is due for development.

The afternoon had a distinct anti-election feel about it, with stall by anarchist and refugee initiatives, music by veteran punk poet Attilla the Stockbroker, and speakers arguing for direct democracy over the corrupt electoral system.

As it got dark, the small festival ended with a fireworks display.

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A smaller group of people moved onto Birchfields Park in Rusholme/Longsight to celebrate Mayday with a bonfire until late at night...

Other groups were distroing lit on the way round town, including Solfed who gave away lots of copies of Catalyst.

Numbers were significantly down this year - there was pretty much no publicity from the organisers of the demo. The fact that last years' march was also an anti-racist march opposing the BNP in the Euro elections boosted numbers a good bit too.

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May 2 2010 22:24

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_14998618

May Day protests in my city led to riot, smashing a few business fronts:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU35sV4i3TA

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May 3 2010 08:22

Here's the audio from our May Day event.

http://wildrosecollective.org/2010/05/03/audio-from-may-day-event/

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May 4 2010 00:53

Anarchists marched in La Habana, Cuba for the first time in 50 years. Pics to come.

There were also a number of clashes and arrests in San Salvador, El Salvador.

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May 4 2010 13:29

clashes in Athens:
http://libcom.org/news/athens-may-day-erupts-battles-01052010