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Apr 23 2006 02:18
Mayday

Anyone got plans for this Mayday, in Australia or Aotearoa?

Dunno what's happening in Melb, some small Melbourne Anarchist Club rememberance thing (the old one from the late 1800s, not the new one smile ) by Toscano in the city... dunno if there's much else happening.

There may be some festivities in the city so I've heard (don't know by whom), Barricade are thinking of running a stall from what I can remember from a couple of meetings ago.

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Apr 23 2006 03:58

lools like wellington anarchos have succumbed to tha free market wink

http://indymedia.org.nz/newswire/display/44039/index.php

i guess leftists all around the country on mayday will be organising small spectacles for themselves to proudly illustrate just how isolated they are from the working class. anarchists often tag along.

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Apr 24 2006 04:51

there is an auckland may day. radical youth are organising a march from 4o'clock at Aotea Square. Unite and other unions are apparentely paying for 21 buses to pick up kids from school. then there will be the usual union one downtown. but they have said that they hope it rains so they can all go to the pub! sigh. its usually crap. although last year we managed to cause a whole lot of shit (-; (made a "free starbucks" voucher and caused all sorts of mayhem at a free concert that was next to a starbucks store.. the place was crowded and they lost lots of money. the workers thought it was funny.)lol.

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May 2 2006 00:28

So guys what happened?

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May 2 2006 04:13

Fuckall. Naturally. I spent my Mayday stuck in a fucking meeting at work in true anti-work style, because I'm a sellout armchair anarchist.

And yours?

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May 2 2006 11:37

About 250 school kids with supporters marched down to a small union organised may day march downtown. There would have only been about 50 union people downtown max, but the protest seemed to grow up to about 400 or so. Not as many people as had been thought, mainly I would think because it was the first day back at school... still better than other May Day's in auckland.

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May 2 2006 12:19
John. wrote:
So guys what happened?

The marches in Canberra and most other cities AFAIK are on Saturday. Brisbane had their's yesterday cos I think it's a public holiday for the Banana-benders. Biggest ever apparently, see: http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200605/s1627964.htm

I suspect the others will be bigger than usual too because of the recent employment law changes. But they'll also be the usual boring routine.

cheers

Pete

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May 3 2006 03:58

Hi all

I am going to the one in Wollongong on Saturday and the rather odious toast the night before. Mainly to see old comrades. There is also a meeting being held in Wollongong on Sunday to discuss new struggles in the workplace etc

cheers

Dave

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May 9 2006 09:25

Hi there.

Well i had a great time in Wollongong for May Day, despite some of the more obvious and odious elements of an event so controlled by the ALP/Trade Unions. Actually Wollongong displayed the many contradications about struggle now, and i guess i chose to see the more positive sides

On Friday night there has the annual May Day toast at the Illawarra Helenic Club. About 200 people attended. This years t-shirt was in either white or black and said May Day in yellow letters on a red panel. The D in Day was a Hammer and Sickle which was a bit of a suprise. The crowd was divided between union officals/ delegates in union shirts and on tables together and others in friendship groups. The average age would have been 40, the only large group of young people were part of Resistances/ Socialist Alliance. The banners around the room were wither union flags or red banners that said "May Day: Struggle for Peace and Socialism." One had been placed over the Australian flag totally blocking it from view, though the Greek flag was still showing ( cmon it was the Hellenic club after all). Speaches were dreadful trade union bilge from the national president of the National Tertiary Education Union and the President of the South Coast Labour Council. Had a great time getting pissed with old commies and hearing stories about past struggles. By 10pm there was not a single conversation in the place that did not start with the words "I remember....."

There were about 500+ people at the rally on Saturday. Good mix of the class , young counter-cultural types, big blokes with union shirts, lots of clerical workers etc. To given an example a big dude in with a moustache like only real proles can have asked me if my Black Flag ( with red and green star) meant i was an anarchist and seemed happy when i said yes. He was marching with his daughter who must have been about 14, was wearing make up like only a 14 yr old can (applied with a shovel), standard teenage girl Paris Hilton esqu wear, except for the fact she too was wearing a hammer and sickle May Day tishirt. Speaches were better. A student union leader spoke about the need to fight with strikes, pickets and occupations and was obviously inspired by france. A message from the Venezualan Cahiers du Affiars was read. The references to socialism recieved big cheers. My mates stalo brother was un-ironically wearing a Stalin t-shirt.

The positives were seeing lots of old comrades and having some great chats. Peoples confusion was present - a loyalty to the idea of the trade union , but unhappiness at there piss weak nature. Whilst i still on the whole reject unions, it is important to see the contradictions in what is going on.

meeting on sunday was good, will have some stuff to place on forum soon about iniatives coming out of it

mad love

Dave

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May 9 2006 17:05

Interesting stuff cheers dave!

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May 9 2006 22:56
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wearing make up like only a 14 yr old can (applied with a shovel)

That's gold grin grin

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May 10 2006 03:02
Dave Antagonism wrote:
To given an example a big dude in with a moustache like only real proles can have

So you mean like the one I used to have?

Pete