May Day 2008 Parades
06 May 2008 20:27 GMT
Since 2001, Euro May Day Parades on the 1st of May have spread all around Europe.
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The May Day Parade is a transnational march which expresses the common will to fight the precarity of work and the criminalization of migrants, to make the daily struggles of the precarious visible. Every year hundred thousands of people protest against the precarity of work and life in a context where worktime can be expanded with no limits, and where migrant workers are the most precarious of all workers. This year, the EuroMayDay network called for a joined parade in Aachen, where, on the same day, French president Nicolas Sarkozy and German chancellor Angela Merkel received the Charlemagne prize. Referring to Charlemagne as the founder of Western culture, it honours people for their contribution to European unificaton. In Hamburg, one thousand nazis tried to recuperate the MayDay, ten thousands antifa met there and cancelled the nazi demo in the most violent riots in Hamburg since 80's. In Milano, there was 100.000 people in the euromayday parade [ video ].
In US, tens of thousands marched and held demonstrations on Thursday 1st of may, calling for an end to war and dignity for immigrants and workers. Dockworkers on the west coast defied their union bosses and staged a one day strike against the war, effectively shutting down all port activity [ pics ]. High school and university students staged walkouts in Venice and San Francisco. Protesters also called out unjust military recruiting and defended public housing.
In New-Zealand, near Blenheim, ploughshares penetrate Waihopai base and deflate satellite dome.
MayDay Parades and Immigrant marches were held all around the world:
Aachen [ pics and french ], Berlin [ 2 ], Copenhagen, Hanau, Hamburg [ video ], Helsinki [ video ], Lisboa, Madrid, Malaga and Sevilla, Maribor, Milano [ pics and italian ], Napoli, Nottingham, Palermo, Terrassa [ english ], Tubingen, Wien,
Arcata, Boston MA, Los Angeles, New York, Direct Action to Stop the War Plans Protests for Military Recruitment and ICE Offices, VFP Troop Outreach Actions, Houston TX, Portland OR, Rochester NY, San Francisco CA, Santa Cruz / Watsonville, Santiago, Seattle, Washington DC, more on US-IMC
Tokio [ pics - video ], Sapporo, Jakarta