May Day 2010 Updates, Pix, Etc.

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May 5 2010 01:08

I throw some random photos up every year on a CIA blog. Here's part one:

http://cia.bzzz.net/zdjecia_1_maja_na_swiecie

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May 5 2010 01:21
akai wrote:
I throw some random photos up every year on a CIA blog. Here's part one:

http://cia.bzzz.net/zdjecia_1_maja_na_swiecie

Looks great, thanks akai

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May 5 2010 02:57

Also some clashes - and arrests - between chavista goons and rank and file marchers in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Will post a news story tomorrow.

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May 5 2010 07:12

Some of the may day parades in Germany with FAU participation:

Frankfurt/Main: Social-revolutionary warm-up demonstration for may 1 on april 30. Organized by several FAU locals, antifascist and anarchist groups. Some 1.000 people attended one of the biggest anti-authoritarian demonstrations ins the area since long. The front banner says “wreck capitalism!“

Dortmund: Euro-Mayday co-organized by several regional locals of the Anarchist-Syndicalist Youth (ASJ) and FAU. Some 1.000 people. The photo shows a group of FAU comrades performing against temp labour. The slogan on the banners is “Leiharbeit abschaffen” (Abolish temp labour). More info (in German) at the campaign web site.

Berlin: The FAU Berln local took part in various parades on may 1 at Berlin. This image is from the “class struggle block” during a mayday parade organized by the major unions.

Stuttgart: The recently constituted FAU Stuttgart local and more sympathizers from the area took part at the local “revolutionary mayday parade”. The demonstration with some 500 people was brutally attacked by the police.

FAU locals were as well present in mayday demonstrations in many other towns such as Leipzig, Wuppertal, Bonn, Hamburg, Nuremberg etc.

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May 5 2010 09:05

Taksim Square/Istanbul: http://picasaweb.google.com.tr/keskgenelmerkez/1MayS2010Fotograflar#

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May 5 2010 09:23

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May 5 2010 09:57

cop union members in Berlin

akai
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May 5 2010 11:49

There's some video from Istanbul:

http://www.dailymotion.pl/video/xd66tc_1-mayys-bayram-deyil-ysyan_lifestyle

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May 5 2010 12:57
Caiman del Barrio wrote:
Anarchists marched in La Habana, Cuba for the first time in 50 years. Pics to come.

This sounds great!

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May 5 2010 13:11
Entdinglichung wrote:

External linking to carookee does not work. The site checks whether it was called from external and send replaces the linked file with its own ad. I trapped into this as well. Try copying the image to another location and link it from there.

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May 5 2010 15:23

that image is visible now.

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May 5 2010 15:40

http://www.leparisien.fr/flash-actualite-monde/en-direct-les-manifestations-du-1er-mai-01-05-2010-906002.php

french roud-up of events around the world.

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May 5 2010 17:31

Manchester...

The weather was better than last year but it was still a poor turnout, at least we had the Congo Support Group to provide a bit of entertainment last time. It was also better than we managed to hold our really in the Peace Gardens this time, so 'ordinary' people could stop and chat to us, instead of being isolated in Castlefields.
It rather annoyed me that a CWU bureaucrat was allowed to speak, I regret not heckling him.

'You Cannnot Represent Us', anti-parliamentary bloc who held an anti-election BBQ later.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7774261@N07/4581331291/

Marching with El Lissitzky's, 'Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge'.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7774261@N07/4581329541/

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May 5 2010 22:58

From Liverpool Solfed...

http://liverpoolsolfed.wordpress.com/2010/05/01/may-day-report/

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May 9 2010 04:34
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Nothing in London, Ontario.

Well, we did have that really really free market, ha ha, but yeah, lame.

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May 9 2010 06:49

Here are some numbers from the largest red-blackish gatherings in Sweden. With organisers such as SAC and SUF (and numerous local smaller organisations)

Stockholm - 2500 demonstrators
Gothenburg 2000 demonstrators
Malmö 850 demonstrators

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May 9 2010 12:51
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Manchester...

The weather was better than last year but it was still a poor turnout, at least we had the Congo Support Group to provide a bit of entertainment last time. It was also better than we managed to hold our really in the Peace Gardens this time, so 'ordinary' people could stop and chat to us, instead of being isolated in Castlefields.
It rather annoyed me that a CWU bureaucrat was allowed to speak, I regret not heckling him.

'You Cannnot Represent Us', anti-parliamentary bloc who held an anti-election BBQ later.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7774261@N07/4581331291/

Marching with El Lissitzky's, 'Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge'.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7774261@N07/4581329541/

I forgot to mention that John Robb of Membranes/Goldblade fame also made an appearance. No borders report:- http://nobordersmanchester.blogspot.com/2010/05/may-day-report.html

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May 9 2010 17:15

I am surely not the only one here who is at least sceptical as to the value of these so-called anti-authoritarian/anti-capitalist' (but ritualised) may day marches?

I obviously cannot comment on all those reported here as the level of detailed information on the objectives/content/range of attendees etc is fairly sparce (one march did at least seem to connect to an actual strike) but I did attend the Manchester march reported here and have attended other similar events in the past.

Let me say first that I understand we pro-revolutionaries do need to support each other politically/organisationally and emotionally in some form, particularly when faced with the negative effects of the onslaught of capitalist democracy at it it's strongest during the parliamentary election period. To a large extent events like this march and the gathering in Birley Fields afterwards (as an alternative to the leftist gathering in the Friends) presumably perform this function in some distorted way (as it is not necessarily transparent to those taking part)?

Unfortunately the pro-revolutionary groups seem to invest a great deal more in these events than they deserve it seems to me, ( It can be listed as one of their 'activities' proving their worth as an organisation).

The Manchester demo' was in fact not organised by the trade unions who have long lost interest in such activities, especially when they are busy electioneering, but by an assorted bunch of tired leftists (with trade union connections no doubt) still seeking to resurrect the corpse of old labour in various forms.

The demo' which was embarrassingly small was only lent any (political) credibillity by the attendence and support of genuine pro-revolutionaries and their 'You Cannot Represent Us' banner, which however well intentioned was unlikely to have carried it's true meaning to either the average shopper or the leftists who saw it.

The fact that some pro-revolutionary leaflets were handed out to shoppers (who consumed them along with their other purchases and free gifts) does not really count as making links with other workers in any meaningful way surely?

The music was good compared with the leftist slogans but was just an alternative entertainment for spectators and participants alike.

And do we really need to huddle together with those who clearly do not share our pro-revolutionary outlook to feel secure and pretend that such events have any meaningful significance?

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May 9 2010 18:36

As one of the people who helped organise the @ bloc and the no borders BBQ afterwards I certainly share your concerns, and in fact most if not all of us in our no borders group do. I'm sure the same is true for AF members who have together with us called for the @ blocs on Mayday 2008 & 09. And still for some reason we continue doing it.

The first thing to note is probably that it's of course not the only thing we engage in (and other activities - from trade union via writing and workshops or mutual aid to people in need, refugee support etc - might be more down your street), but they are the most public ones.

Of course they have a socialising function (it was quite conciously called a BBQ rather than a rally) and of course we hope it will prove the capacity of a group or organisation - so that we increase our numbers and will one day have more political influence.

so the 'activistism' criticism might be appropriate here, but it is one that is taken into account by the organisers themselves.

and we often find ourselves positively surprised how much our message seems to strike a cord with people outside of our ghetto. the mayday events were not different:

the refugees and asylum seekers who we had invited said they had felt very welcome, precisely because of the political nature of the event, for example. Some pensioners were impressed that food was free/by donation. Some parents left their children to play in the bouncy castle and picked them up later in the day, obviously feeling comfortable enough to leave them with us. of course having it on birley fields gave a boost to the campaign to save them from development.

i think there is lots of value in that. and often it seems that the more explicitly political/activist we are, the better the reception we get from people

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May 10 2010 19:28

Stockholm was like always, the same walk, the same setting. Here is some footage from the SAC demo (even though this is recorded inside the SUF part of it) Behind SUF are RF, they have the white bandanas with the cogwheel...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL5y5qhEjOg

After the demo we planned to go to the restaurant Berns to form a picket line since they fired seven SAC members due to union organising. They got quite scared over the possibility of a picket of thousands of people so they kept the restaurant / night club closed all day smile The conflict with us has cost them approximately 2-3 million kronor (200 000-300 000 Euro) smile

Last year we also announced a picket line after the demo (that time against another parasite) and that time he came crying to us the day before, to come clean and payed himself out of the dispute... It is really vitalising for us to use this day as a day of struggle as well as a day of remembrance. When we managed to get all these people together why not do something useful smile

A bit OT but this is what they didn't want to see magnified by tenfolds:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwboSjiP1ks

I can see how they loose business with this commotion outside...

Pigs are of course stepping in on the employer side...