May Day demonstration in London, report


May Day demonstrators in London, 2006

From British daily The Morning Star:

The joy of May Day

(Tuesday 01 May 2007)

ONCE again, rumours of the death of the organised labour movement have been exaggerated, with tens of thousands of trade unionists marching through the streets of London on May Day.

Of course, the numbers were swelled by large numbers of civil servants who have been forced to take strike action in response to the government’s anti-worker policies.

And, of course, large sections of the London march were composed of working people who have come to Britain to find refuge from brutal regimes overseas.

That is the joy of May Day.

It is open to all working people who value solidarity and who are prepared to stand up for labour movement values.

Many of the Turks who marched in London on Tuesday will have kept in touch with events at home, where the brutal riot police attacked May Day marchers once more on the 30th anniversary of a bloodbath precipitated by security forces.

Iraqi refugees will do likewise, seeing the catastrophe that has befallen their homeland at the hands of the imperialist invaders, with up to a million Iraqis dead as a direct result of the 2003 invasion.

See also here.

And here.

More May Day activities reports in Britain: here.

5 thoughts on “May Day demonstration in London, report

  1. May Day was the occasion for a massive immigrant rights march here in Santa Rosa. I was unable to participate, but was stuck in traffic and able to watch the march passing for at least half an hour. I would very conservatively guess that there were 5,000 people marching, although I would not be surprised to learn that there were twice that many. This was on a weekday, and in a city of only 100,000.

    Many signs and banners, most of them homemade. Lots and lots of Mexican and American flags along with flags with peace signs, the anarchist A, and the United Farm Workers eagle.

    Along with Farm Workers I saw posters banners and t shirts from the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of Labor.

    The march was overwhelmingly young and Hispanic, but I saw many gringos marching in solidarity, most of them older folks who remember the civil rights and anti Viet Nam war movements. Also, several small solidarity delegations from local churches.

    My favorite banner was very simple it said, in Spanish, “May 1st is the international day of worker’s justice and solidarity”.

    There were many smaller demos throughout Northern California.

    For me, personally, it was very exciting to see such a huge demonstration of young militant immigrant workers. I enjoy living here, but this is the most segregated city I have ever seen. The two societies, white and hispanic, exist side by side with almost no contact between them. Many old time white leftists and trade unionists (people like me) live here, but we tend to live in our own little world, and have almost no contact with the organizers of events like today’s demo. In the sixties, it became crucial that white radicals accept non-white leadership. White radicals tend to think of themselves as “The Left”, when they are, in fact a very small part of the Left. Most non-whites are far more progressive than a lot of the tiny and isolated white left. I hope that this movement inspires the many unorganized poor white workers in Northern California.

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  2. Good coverage on the IWW’s organizing drive among truck drivers in the port of Los Angeles. Drivers struck for May Day and shut down the port.

    IWW.org

    An excellent blog, “The Unapologetic Mexican” has some good thoughts on May Day and Immigrants, along with an extremely funny video from the Onion.

    http://www.theunapologeticmexican.org/elgrito/

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