May Day 2012 - discussion and updates

#Occupy Mayday strike poster

May 1, International Workers Day. Please post your accounts and updates of workers' events today in the comments below.

See this article for a short history of Mayday as International Workers Day.

And see this thread for discussion of organising of the #occupy Mayday general strike attempt.

One of our users, Soapy, in particular is going to try and keep track of the events:

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Well, I'm out of the country, but I'm gonna try and keep track of all the mayday activities. Here's what I've seen so far.

Businesses cars and police station vandalized in San Francisco
http://missionlocal.org/2012/04/windows-and-cars-damaged-on-valencia-st-following-early-may-day-strike/

Please let us know what is happening in your area!

Comments

tastybrain
May 1 2012 22:41
alan on tyneside wrote:
Boston MA; I can't remember being able to find any black & red flags or banners from Boston last year.

Yeah there's another pic I saw outside of Boston's city hall w/ even more red and blacks but I can't fucking find it right now angry

Steven.
May 1 2012 22:41

Thread about the Cleveland bomb/entrapment attempt here:
http://libcom.org/forums/news/cleveland-oh-may-day-gets-cancelled-01052012

wojtek
May 1 2012 23:05

Get your trumpets out, the cavalry have arrived.

CUTV Montreal have a live feed.

Meanwhile in Toronto....

Soapy
May 1 2012 22:57

cab drivers and their taxis taking part in march in NY.

No confirmation but the NY march is reportedly huge

wojtek
May 1 2012 23:02

JE NAIS PAS SPEAK FRANCAIS GRRRRRR Is bibliotechque church or shop?

Khawaga
May 1 2012 23:03

isn't' bibliotechque library?

BanjoRed91
May 1 2012 23:20

Mais oui, une bibliotheque est une "library" et une librairie est un "book-store". C'est tres complique. wink

wojtek
May 1 2012 23:21

Oh right, a guy's been arrested. Protesters meet Montreal Police on the streets downtown:

BanjoRed91 = ILLEGAL ALIEN! wink

BanjoRed91
May 1 2012 23:34

Mais non! J'aime juste le francais, c'est tout. tongue

wojtek
May 1 2012 23:36

For a moment police were almost overrun at berri square! #1mai #manifencours

And this little piggy ran all the way home! hahaha

BanjoRed91
May 1 2012 23:44

So you were in Montreal? Have you been active with the student protests?

wojtek
May 2 2012 00:10

Alas no mate, I'm in England. I'm just following this hashtag, so jealous! smile

rooieravotr
May 2 2012 00:03

Between 60 and a hundred people assembled in The Hague, Netherlands, and marched, twice, around the gocvernment centre. The action had quite a diverse character, with Occupy people predominant, and a sprinkling of left wingers and revolutionaries. The event went of peacefully, with police present but not in violent action.

altemark
May 2 2012 00:42


Extremely good weather and an OK turnout of 3000-3200 people in Stockholm


Syndicalist youth federation bloc


Syndicalist vetaran militante Gun Nordstrand speaks

In Gothenburg, 2000 people showed up for the syndicalist demonstration, with 1000 people attending the revolutionary may day in Malmö, and in the 4th largest city in Sweden, the university town of Uppsala, another 200 joined with the SAC.


Things got rowdy in the city of Eskilstuna as nazi demonstrators attacked an antiracist counter-demonstration.

just ice
May 2 2012 07:16

photo of oakland tank here: http://saveourcola.wordpress.com/

Soapy
May 2 2012 09:05

The building that was occupied by protesters yesterday in San Francisco is still occupied. Let's see if they can hold it down. None of the occupies have been able to hold these places for more than a day or two. http://occupysf.org/

wojtek
May 2 2012 10:31

The TUC (UK) have forgotten when May Day is, so I chilled out yesterday with a few beers and watched Our Idiot Brother with Paul Rudd. It's like the modern day Big Lebowski, only The Dude has family instead of dysfunctional friends.

Photographs of May Day celebrations from around the world. My favourites:

Lahore

Taiwan

Manila, Phillipines

Berlin's Kreuzberg district, Germany

Montreal, Canada

wojtek
May 2 2012 10:49

There was a march in Ottowa, Canada in solidarity with those struggling in Quebec.

In Montreal, students, backed by Quebec’s big unions, gathered outside Premier Jean Charest’s office on McGill College to continue their 12-week fight against tuition hikes, and anti-capitalist anarchists demonstrated near Champs de Mars on the edge of Old Montreal. Photo gallery here.

May Day march turns violent (with video)

Footage of the evening protests from CUTV Montreal here (recommended!)

Entdinglichung
May 2 2012 10:52

plenty of 1 May pictures on http://communismeouvrier.wordpress.com/

Entdinglichung
May 2 2012 10:57
John E Jacobsen
May 2 2012 11:17

Seattle kept it real. Here are some highlights: first building in the video is a courthouse, second is self explanatory. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYT82Fec3cQ

Besides this, it was the usual immigrant rights march, as well as an anti-police brutality march. Both were quite large, several arrests.

Dannny
May 2 2012 11:32

I went on the CNT march here in Granada which ended with a rally by the cathedral and a speech by Jose Luis Garcia Rua which was great and moving - as he said it could be his last mayday speech. There were between 100 and 200 people I'd say. There's a video of all the different union marches in Granada on youtube. The poster suggests we should all be united, the CNT one is at the end.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ctxf8klfMU
15M did an action in Macdonalds in solidarity with two workers sacked for joining a union:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQn0rg9l_Y8&feature=youtu.be

Black Badger
May 2 2012 14:36

Cops in Oakland using snatch squads (their new tactic) vigorously during the day and then at 8:15 or so they grabbed a person at the back of the crowd. By that time people had had enough and massed around, with a few trying to unarrest him. Riot cops caught a bit flat-footed, not expecting that kind of reaction. A stand-off ensued, with paint hitting a few cops as plastic water bottles were harmlessly tossed. OPD declares us an illegal assembly and the cops use snatch squads to target people with shields, scattering the crowd, which quickly regroups as they come to understand that the snatch squads will immediately retreat. Flash-bang grenades used copiously, as well as some tear gas. The cops push the crowd away from the 14th/Broadway flashpoint intersection, and small groups make their way toward other parts further north. Cat and mouse actions, with as many as 25 more arrests into the early morning hours. Not too many injuries reported so far.

Caiman del Barrio
May 2 2012 14:55

Barcelona: marchers expose undercovers in black bloc: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MuzNELy4nmE

Hieronymous
May 2 2012 15:09
Black Badger wrote:
Cops in Oakland using snatch squads (their new tactic) vigorously during the day and then at 8:15 or so they grabbed a person at the back of the crowd. By that time people had had enough and massed around, with a few trying to unarrest him. Riot cops caught a bit flat-footed, not expecting that kind of reaction. A stand-off ensued, with paint hitting a few cops as plastic water bottles were harmlessly tossed. OPD declares us an illegal assembly and the cops use snatch squads to target people with shields, scattering the crowd, which quickly regroups as they come to understand that the snatch squads will immediately retreat. Flash-bang grenades used copiously, as well as some tear gas. The cops push the crowd away from the 14th/Broadway flashpoint intersection, and small groups make their way toward other parts further north. Cat and mouse actions, with as many as 25 more arrests into the early morning hours. Not too many injuries reported so far.

A similar scenario played out after the various afternoon marches from Fruitvale and San Antonio Park in East Oakland finally converged on 14th and Broadway in the evening; my rough count would say there were around 4,000 overflowing from Oscar Grant Plaza into the intersection. Unfortunately, there was less resistance to the snatch squads. I noticed that those squads were often led by half a dozen pigs with the "non-lethal" shotguns. The body of the militant crowd stood its ground as the liberals trickled away at nightfall, but with everyone tired from a long day of either standing around or marching across the city the pigs were able to be effective by the quickness and targetedness of their snatch actions. The cops went after anyone with a shield, as well as people they'd clearly identified. Some of the protestors seemed pretty groggy too; drinking cheap beer in the sun all day doesn't make one light-footed, to say the least.

I only saw one flash-bang grenade and only 4 or 5 snatch arrests in the evening. Fortunately, people realized they were no match for the pigs' tactics and dispersed by 9:00 p.m.

Black Badger
May 2 2012 15:04

Copy of some pages from the snatch squad book:
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/05/01/18712503.php

robot
May 2 2012 15:52

Looks as if the German Communist Party (DKP) has made it into the IWA. At least their Aachen local seems to think so. This is their banner at the may 1 march in Aachen. Normally they are better known to be supporters of the North Corean Regime than of being anarcho-syndicalist sympathizers wink

Chilli Sauce
May 2 2012 17:28

COPYRIGHT!!!

petey
May 2 2012 17:57
Black Badger wrote:
Copy of some pages from the snatch squad book:
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/05/01/18712503.php

"list of occupy protestors known to incite, lynch, or fight police"