Big May Day demonstration in Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Over 7,000 people demonstrated on May Day, 1 May 2015, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; as this video shows. This demonstration of the Dutch trade union federation FNV against governmental austerity went to the Martin Luther King Park (where there was reggae and other music; see here).

Among the demonstrators were police, opposed to the Dutch government’s police wage policies; members of the Socialist Party and of other parties.

Here is another video on that demonstration in Amsterdam.

May Day in Rotterdam in 2015: here.

May Day in Nijmegen: here.

This video shows a May Day parade by the Dutch social democrats in 1920. The demonstration was ‘against child labour and militarism‘.

May Day 2015 in Britain: here.

THE unity of the struggles of workers and youth across the USA was expressed last Friday in May Day demonstrations and rallies across the country centring on the demand for an end to low pay and for improved working conditions coming together with the demand for an end to police oppression and racism. Thousands of workers and young people marched under the banners of the ‘black lives matter’ campaign joining with trade unionists and low paid workers marching for the demand of a $15 an hour minimum wage and an end to the laws that permit the rich to avoid paying taxes on their wealth. In New York, two protests, the trade union organised May Day Parade and Rally and a demonstration by the organisation ‘Disarm NYPD’ (New York Police Department), converged in a powerful demonstration of solidarity with placards reading ‘Women need jobs with a liveable wage, not police terror’: here.

May Day 2015 all over the world: here.

People around the world took to the streets Friday, May 1, to mark May Day, the international rallying date for the labor movement. In Cuba and some Latin American nations there was celebration while elsewhere in the world there were huge anti-capitalist and anti-austerity demonstrations: here.

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  1. HDP calls for release of those detained on May Day

    The HDP Istanbul branch has issued a statement calling for the immediate release of those who were detained during May Day demonstrations in Istanbul.

    The HDP Istanbul branch has issued a statement calling for the immediate release of those who were detained during May Day demonstrations in Istanbul.

    “The policies of the AKP government hostile to the workers have once again been revealed by the brutal attacks on 1 May”, said the HDP, recalling that thousands of people took to the streets on May Day in protest at the ban on Taksim square, and that they were brutally attacked by the police. HDP said that among the detainees, who were violently treated, is also an HDP candidate from Istanbul, Salih Şahin, and added that Şahin was detained after being beaten by the police.

    HDP stressed that Taksim square cannot be banned for May Day demonstrations in its statement and called for the immediate release of all those detained during the demonstrations, including its candidate Salih Şahin.

    Source: ISTANBUL – ANF 03-05-2015

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  2. 20 people detained on May Day formally arrested

    20 of the 240 people who were detained during May Day demonstrations in Istanbul have been formally arrested by a court.

    20 of the 240 people who were detained during May Day demonstrations in Istanbul have been formally arrested by a court.

    240 people were detained during May Day demonstrations in Istanbul. The detainees were subjected to police violence while being held in police stations and during health check-ups. Some of the detainees were sent to court to make statements on 2 May, and 8 of them were formally arrested, while today 12 others were also arrested on the grounds of making propaganda for an organisation and opposing the law of holding rallies and marches. The total number of the arrested has increased to 20 with today’s arrests.

    The remaining 220 people have been released following making statements in the court.

    Source: ISTANBUL – ANF 05-05-2015

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  3. Forty three years ago, Deniz, Yusuf, Hüseyin

    Forty three years ago, on 6 May 1972, Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan and Huseyin Inan were hanged in Ankara.

    Forty three years ago, on 6 May 1972, Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan and Huseyin Inan were hanged in Ankara. Their trial had began on July 16, 1971. Gezmiş and his comrades were sentenced to death on October 9 for violating the Turkish Criminal Code’s 146th article, which concerns attempts to “overthrow Constitutional order”. According to legal procedure, a death sentence must be endorsed by Parliament before being sent to the President of the Republic for final assent. In March and April 1972 the sentence was placed before Parliament and in both readings the sentence was overwhelmingly approved.

    After joining the Workers Party of Turkey (Türkiye Işçi Partisi), Gezmiş studied law at Istanbul University in 1966. In 1968, he founded the Revolutionary Jurists Organisation (Devrimci Hukukçular Kürulumu) and the Revolutionary Student Union (Devrimci Öğrenci Birliği).

    He became increasingly politically active, and led the student-organised occupation of Istanbul University on June 12, 1968. After the occupation was forcibly ended by the law, he spearheaded protests against the arrival of the US 6th Fleet in Istanbul. Deniz Gezmiş was arrested for these actions on July 30, 1968, to be released on October 20 of the same year.

    As he increased his involvement with the Worker’s Party of Turkey, and began to advocate a National Democratic Revolution, his ideas started to circulate and inspire a growing revolutionary student base. On November 28, 1968, he was arrested again after protesting US ambassador’s visit to Turkey, but was later released. On March 16, 1969 he was arrested again for participating in right-wing and left-wing armed conflicts and imprisoned until April 3. Gezmiş was re-arrested on May 31, 1969. The university was temporarily closed, and Gezmiş was injured in the conflict. Although Gezmiş was under surveillance, he escaped from hospital and went to Palestine Liberation Organization camps in Jordan to receive guerrilla training.

    On March 4, 1971, Deniz Gezmiş and comrades kidnapped four U.S. privates from TUSLOG/The United States Logistics Group headquartered in Balgat, Ankara. After releasing the hostages, he and Yusuf Aslan were captured live near Siavs following an armed stand-off with law enforcement officers.

    Their trial began on July 16, 1971. Gezmiş was sentenced to death on October 9 for violating the Turkish Criminal Code’s 146th article, which concerns attempts to “overthrow Constitutional order”. According to legal procedure, a death sentence must be endorsed by Parliament before being sent to the President of the Republic for final assent. In March and April 1972 the sentence was placed before Parliament and in both readings the sentence was overwhelmingly approved.

    On May 4, President Cevdet Sunay after officially consulting the Minister of Justice and Prime Minister Nihat Erim , refused to grant Gezmiş a pardon. He was executed by hanging on May 6, 1972 in Ankara Central Prison along with Hüseyin Inan and Yusuf Aslan.

    Deniz Gezmiş was born in Ankara on February 24, 1947. One of the revolutionaries in Turkey who dedicated their lives to the socialist cause. In his last letter addressed to his father just before the hanging, he was explaining the spirit of sacrifice by the revolutionary movement of Turkey: “Men are born, grow up, live and die… The important thing is not to live for a long time, but to do more things in the lifetime… My friends who were ahead of me did not show hesitancy before the death… You should not have any doubt that I will not have hesitation….”

    Today Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan, Huseyin Inan and the many revolutionaries like them will be remembered in several places.

    Source: NEWS DESK – ANF 06-05-2015

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