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(en) US, Boston, Anti-Capitalist Day of Action called by the local anarchist union BAAM

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Date Tue, 3 May 2005 13:29:29 +0200 (CEST)


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On May Day - International Workers' Day - anti-capitalist protesters
gathered in downtown Boston for the first May Day march here in several years.
At least one hundred militants turned out for the unpermitted
demonstration, which was called by the local anarchist union BAAM
and which drew a more diverse crowd than other such actions in
recent memory. Protesters marched behind large banners reading
"No Bosses, No Borders," "Trabajadores del Mundo Unidos," "End
Sexism" and "Disarm the State."
Anti-capitalists took over street after street downtown. From the
Common, they marched past Downtown Crossing, the
corporate-sponsored "Walk for Hunger," and all the shops on
Newbury Street. Up to a thousand leaflets were handed out and read
aloud to bystanders, explaining the reasons for marching on May
Day. The message was surprisingly well received.

Some chants included "we are unstoppable, another world is
possible," "the enemy is profit," "1,2,3,4, this here is a class war,"
"globalize the revolution," and others in Spanish. At one point,
marchers sang the Wobbly song "Solidarity Forever" in unison.

The protesters were accompanied by a heavy police presence, with
units of mounted police galloping along behind the crowd. But
overall, the authorities seemed caught off guard, and put off by a
roving squadron of legal observers from the NLG. Ultimately the
police stood down for the day, and not a single arrest was made.

When the march reached Mass. Ave., it broke into smaller affinity
groups. This allowed people to head to the immigrant rights rally at
Copley Square - which was to include many undocumented
immigrants - without drawing the police en masse.

With their major presence at the immigrants rally, and their initiative
in repelling fascist counter-protesters who had showed up to harass
and videotape the immigrants, Boston's anti-capitalists and
anarchists made a strong showing of solidarity with local immigrant
communities.

A Reclaim the Streets was also planned for the evening at Harvard
Square. This writer was not there, but sources report that the
nighttime action was short but lively. In spite of sustained police
harassment, several militants apparently barricaded Mass Ave. for a
time, played games in the streets, and defaced some of the many
capitalist institutions in the area with slogans of "Class War,"
"Revolt!" and "Happy May Day!"

There are also reports that later that night, in response to the action,
Harvard police laid seige to a local community center, where a
handful of people had holed up. It has been reported that half a dozen
police cars encircled the building, and detectives tried and failed to
gain entry. After carrying on harassment from outside for several
hours, they called off the siege, and the occupants were able to leave
unscathed.

After all, May Day turned into a modest but victorious day of action
in Boston, building solidarity between communities directly affected
by capitalism and carving out a public place for anti-capitalism on
this greatest of anti-capitalist holidays. It is expected to take place
again next year.
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