Mayday 2014: reports from around the world

Turkey, May 1st 2014.

With International Workers' Day taking place in a world riven by economic crisis, we're sharing short reports, pictures and videos on May Day protests and celebrations around the world.

Below are some short reports, pics or videos of May Day protests. Let us know if you've seen any more!

Ankara, Turkey

Bologna, Italy

The tweet above says "There's nothing to celebrate for the precarious, students and workers".

Istanbul, Turkey
Massive fighting between police and protesters as upwards of 30 groups defy a ban on demonstrations.

Turin, Italy

Scuffles also broken out with violent police attacks. For videos of the day, see here and here.

Pnomh Penh, Cambodia
Around 1,000 factory workers demonstrate against low wages, and are attacked by police with five workers injured.

May Day rallies demand reform; 5 hurt in Cambodia

Quote:
In Phnom Pehn, civilian auxiliary police, armed with clubs and often used by the government to break up protests, turned on the demonstrators after opposition leaders spoke to the crowd of nearly 1,000. The assaults appeared to be random and limited, and were over in less than an hour.

At least five people were hurt, said Om Sam Ath, an officer of the human rights group Licadho.

“These security forces seem to be addicted to beating people,” he said. “Every time they disperse protesters, they beat people, and not one of them has been arrested.”

Comments

Ed
May 1 2014 17:13

Some really nice photos of demonstrations are the world here.

Spain

Ed
May 1 2014 17:15

Chile

Ed
May 1 2014 17:24

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Over 50k throng anti-GST May Day rally

Quote:
As the rally disperses peacefully at 4.30pm, an estimated 50,000 is reported to have gathered around the streets of Dataran Merdeka in today's May Day rally against the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Several minor scuffles started by fringe youth groups are reported in the following hour, but on the whole the rally has ended peacefully.

Some pics can be found here.

Ed
May 1 2014 17:31

Turkey (again!) - Turkey doing really well on the cool photos front..

Ed
May 1 2014 17:45

London, UK

Mental, as always..

Detroit, USA

Ed
May 1 2014 17:57

Barcelona, Spain

Berlin, Germany
15,000 demonstrate in Berlin

Soapy
May 1 2014 18:20
Ed wrote:
London, UK

Mental, as always..

Kureigo-San
May 1 2014 18:34

Ed that first video from Spain is from last year. I'm 100% on that because I was there

Ed
May 1 2014 18:44
Kureigo-San wrote:
Ed that first video from Spain is from last year. I'm 100% on that because I was there

Haha, right, whoops! Sorted now..

Btw, in case it wasn't clear, if people want to post updates from Mayday where they are then that'd be ace.. even if just a few sentences on what went on near them..

Ed
May 1 2014 18:58

More from Turin

Demonstrators try to forcibly remove PD (Partito Democratico, like the Labour Party) members from the May Day demonstration, police have to come in to save them..

More clashes between police and protesters

And in Bologna
Members of base union Cobas (who do lots of organising in the big warehouses in the north) demonstrating for May 1st..

Ed
May 1 2014 19:37

London, UK

Turkey

Naples, Italy
Workers and supporters at Leroy Merlin (kind of like B&Q) protesting it being open on a day of public holiday; in the end they manage to hold the demonstration inside the shop..

Ed
May 1 2014 21:50

Madrid, Spain

Argentina

Chicago, USA
Cool banner in Chicago..

Milan, Italy

Turin, Italy

Video of the above picture below, with one demonstrator taking out a policeman with a plank of wood..

Ed
May 1 2014 22:26

London, UK
Police out in force around UCL in central London to protect Conservative politician David Willetts..

One policeman earlier draws for his taser

Istanbul, Turkey

In this link there's a video from Turkish news of a policeman caught by protesters and given a kicking..

New York, USA

Ed
May 1 2014 22:58

Jakarta, Indonesia

Los Angeles, USA

Ed
May 2 2014 07:05

Santiago de Chile
Serious fighting in Chile, police being crazily violent

Oaxaca, Mexico

Some pictures from the Paris demonstration

Chilli Sauce
May 2 2014 08:55
Ed wrote:
Kureigo-San wrote:
Ed that first video from Spain is from last year. I'm 100% on that because I was there

Haha, right, whoops! Sorted now..

Btw, in case it wasn't clear, if people want to post updates from Mayday where they are then that'd be ace.. even if just a few sentences on what went on near them..

In a small classroom in a language school in London, some students completed a gap-fill to the lyrics of Solidarity Forever.

And that was my contribution to the global proletarian uprising.

John E Jacobsen
May 3 2014 08:16

Seattle, Washington, USA.

There were several marches. One large march earlier in the day revolving around issues of immigration reform, and another, explicitly anti-capitalist march later at night.

The immigration march was much the same as it has been for years, and the anti-capitalist march went fairly strong for its third year in a row - although reports from friends at the march said parts of it were pretty sketch. Undercovers, lot of guy fawkes masks, etc. Decent article on it here: Seattle May Day 2014: An Anti-Capitalist Tradition!

One thing that does bear explanation - there are some photo's I've included of people dressed as superheros getting into a fist fight with blac block folks. Basically, its exactly what it looks like: Scuffle Between Anarchist And Superhero During Seattle's May Day March.

Anyways, here's some pics/riot porn for you.

http://media.thenewstribune.com/smedia/2014/05/01/20/00/O8Pg0.AuSt.5.JPG

http://media.thenewstribune.com/smedia/2014/05/02/15/28/1356JD.AuSt.5.JPG

http://media.thenewstribune.com/smedia/2014/05/02/15/27/1q5lhw.AuSt.5.JPG

1meidenhaag
May 3 2014 13:35

Anti-capitalist May Day demo in The Hague, Netherlands. The demo of about 300 people passed through two of the poorest neighborhoods of the country, areas where the local government cut a lot of funding on community centres, libraries, social projects etc, while at the same time installing more police and control measures. Racial profiling and police violence are common in the area.

A lot of people from the neighborhood joined the demo, which succeeded in keeping the initiative and countering police provocation, stopping the demo for a few times until demands (for example for plainclothes cops to leave the area) were met.

http://1meidenhaag.wordpress.com/

first 4 pics by Brandon Jourdan







Caiman del Barrio
May 3 2014 14:40

I got stuff from Buenos Aires, Caracas, Bogotá and - I think - La Habana in my inbox. Will try to write up tomorrow.

proletarian.
May 3 2014 21:36

This one'll cheer you up.

1meidenhaag
May 3 2014 23:17

Video from the demo in The Hague, Netherlands:

Noah Fence
May 4 2014 13:11

These pictures are just fucking beautiful.

Ed
May 4 2014 16:53

Parma, Italy

Mark.
May 5 2014 12:44
Mark.
May 5 2014 12:49
CommieCymraeg
May 5 2014 19:53

Direct action to celebrate May Day in Cardiff by South Wales Anarchists and Stop NATO Cymru: https://network23.org/stopnatocymru/2014/05/04/anarchists-shut-down-barclays-in-cardiff/