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May Day Rallies Worldwide Demand Workers' Rights


May Day Rallies Worldwide Demand Workers' Rights

Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Workers on Sunday marked May Day across the globe with rallies in cities from Paris, to Istanbul, to Manila.

Some of the protesters faced violence from police . According to reporting by Reuters, "Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon and detained more than 200 people after scuffles broke out at May Day celebrations in Istanbul and some anti-government protesters tried to breach a ban on access to the main Taksim square."


From Democracy Now!:


what do you expect? the myth of America continues. It’s good for business.


Thank you for the suggestion, unfortunately Audible doesn’t offer that one, but does offer Thomas Paine The Rights of Man and Common Sense, I have added it to my queue. If people spent a little more time studying history we might be less inclined to keep making the same mistakes over and over. I have been very fortunate to live in a city that features Democracy Now on a community radio station, which has inspired me to learn more about history and current events.


It’s good to see that there is at least one “progressive” site that remembers May Day.


The US invented May Day? Really? It’s been celebrated as a festival or public holiday in Europe for thousands of years. Beltane in the Celtic world (opposite of Halloween) Walpurgis Night in the Germanic world. I’m not sure anyone outside the US see’s it as anymore a Labour day than people do in the US. I’d guess most people would probably associate it with dancing round Maypoles, May queen’s, or specific local customs, a general Spring festival.


I remember May Day in in Eastern Europe during the communist dictatorships. The government made sure the rations were available, everybody had to go to the parade and then there was drinking after. May 1st and 2nd were official holidays.


The World Socialist Web Site - wsws.org - held an International online rally, with reports from: Sri Lanka, Australia, Latin America, Britain, Germany and the United States. The theme was No to Imperialist War!.
You can see the Introductory Report by David North and the outline of the Reports & participants, by going to the wsws.org, today and for the next week, as the speeches and comments are posted.


Exactly how “progressive” are the Democrats, of all varieties? The party that voted for Bush’s wars, and expanded them. Brought us “Kill Lists” and prosecuted more whistleblowers than all previous administrations combined. There is one truly progressive website, and that is the World Socialist Web Site, wsws.org, whose international online rally yesterday brought participants from over 90 countries, around the world. You can read the reports on the website.


Eh. It’s pretty much a lost cause in the US. We shipped out a huge share of our jobs since the 1980s, ended actual welfare in the 1990s, creating an abundant surplus of job-ready people who are absolutely desperate for any job at any wage, under any conditions. There’s nothing to fall back on.

It was the middle class that railed against unions back in the 1970s and '80s. Whatever unions still exist are toothless lions.