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(en) Czech, AFED: The first of May 2020 in the world [machine translation]

Date Sun, 17 May 2020 11:09:00 +0300


This year's May 1 was a difficult challenge: it has never been so necessary to act and it has never been more difficult. ---- So take a look at some examples of radical actions from around the world. ---- BELGIUM ---- Before May Day, a tenants' strike initiative was launched in Belgium. Groups in the United States, Canada, France, Spain, Italy, England, Brazil, and Greece have also joined the world. ---- Demonstrations took place in Brussels in front of St. Gilles. Police detained nine people and released them that evening. The banners read, "Let's destroy all prisons, bad days are over!" Or "Freedom for all." ---- BRAZIL ---- Several anarchist events took place in Brazil, including the placement of posters and the posting of banners. In the capital, nurses demonstrated to draw attention to the plight of healthcare workers. They were attacked by supporters of fascist President Jair Bolsonar.

FRANCE

Calls for May Day protests spread throughout the country, despite the ban on public events. These took place, for example, in Paris and its surroundings, in Lyon, Saint-Étienne, Grenoble, Gapa, Poitiers, Toulouse or Rennes. Anarchists all over the country hung banners and protest leaflets. Although spacings were kept at the demonstrations, the police handed out fines.

CHILE

May Day noise demonstrations (cacerolazos) took place in a number of places. Among the demands was, for example, the release of political prisoners. Police used water cannons and tear gas and there were clashes and arrests. Banners in Concepción said, "We will survive, we will return, we will win."

ITALY

In many cities in Italy, May Day events took place in the form of flash mobs, strikes and demonstrations. Strikes took place in Milan, Padua, Florence, Rome and Naples, for example. Police persecuted participants in a peaceful demonstration in Trieste, where slogans such as "Make, consume, die - the real virus is the state" appeared.

CANADA

A car convoy was organized in Hamilton under the slogan "Let's keep the money for rent". He drove through various neighborhoods and stopped at a building owned by the largest landlords in the city. Graffiti and banners with anti-authoritarian slogans appeared on the walls in Montreal. In Toronto, anarchists sealed the locks of several banks and issued a communiqué explaining the meaning of the action - a protest against the abuse of the epidemic for trading and profits.

GERMANY

Around 3,000 people demonstrated in Berlin, and there were several clashes with the Nazis in Hamburg. A symbolic occupation of two buildings took place in Leipzig. Anarchists staged an illegal demonstration in Dresden, involving 40 people. The only legal demonstration in veils took place in Greifswald, attended by about 250 people. Demonstrations took place in Wuppertal at night. Banners were displayed in Dortmund and a symbolic occupation took place. A radio demonstration took place experimentally in Hanover - people were broadcasting the "May Day Alliance" broadcast from balconies and on the streets.

AUSTRIA

In Austria, the ban on the movement of persons was lifted, so some May Day events were allowed. In addition to the usual party marches and rallies, there were also demonstrations of left radicals. In Vienna, around 850 people took part in a march under the slogan "Transnational Solidarity - Against Racism and War". They carried banners and pickets, veiled and kept their spacing. The march ended at three in the afternoon in front of the town hall. Many then joined the unannounced bike ride under the slogan "Solidarity instead of a new normality". Six hundred people passed by the city center, supervised by the police and a helicopter. As they moved to the Ferris wheel, police officers attacked and detained three people.

GREECE

In Athens, about 600 anarchists took part in the May Day march and the police did not intervene. One of the trade unions organized a motorcycle demonstration in which about 200 people took part. They drove through the city, followed by police. The anarchist group Rubikon decorated the graffiti office of one of the corporations.

SLOVENIA

In Slovenia, this year's First of May coincided with the fifth week of anarchist and anti-authoritarian mobilization against the repressive government policy behind the fight against COVID-19. After weeks of massive graffiti events, noise demonstrations from balconies and critical mass rides, more than 5,000 people arrived in the capital Ljubljana on bicycles and blocked all major roads and intersections in the city center. In other towns and villages, there were protests and "protest rowing" on eleven rivers against the destruction of the environment.

SPAIN

The Spanish government is outrageous towards the quarantined people. Nearly 800,000 people (almost 2 percent of the population) have been fined and 7,000 have been arrested. The amount of the fine is close to the average monthly income. In such conditions, legal public events are unimaginable. Thus, leaflets and banners with radical content were pasted and videos were disseminated, which clarified the essence and goals of the May Day events. A number of graffiti appeared in Barcelona overnight, and one supermarket was exposed. Tens of thousands of tenants continued to strike in the country, beginning on April 1 and organized by dozens of strike committees.

TURKEY

On May Day, trade union activists tried to protest in Taksim Square. Fifteen were arrested by the police.

USA

On May 1, a campaign for a general tenant strike in the United States began, which, according to the organizers, could become the largest protest social movement in the country in connection with strikes in strategically important areas. Events are planned every first day of the month. The movement has five basic requirements: 1) protection against coronavirus infection, 2) security of the roof over your head, 3) survivable wages, 4) health care for all, 5) equal educational opportunities. In the conditions of the epidemic, car protests and the posting of banners are currently planned. So far, employees of companies such as Amazon, Instacart, Target, Shipt or Whole Food have been on strike. At Amazon in Richmond, Virginia, they went on strike in the morning of May 1st and were supported by workers from Instacart, FedEx, Uber, Shipt, Lyft, UPS and others. About 100 cars with pickets passed through San Francisco in support of tenants' rights. The protest rides also took place in Oakland, Tuscon, Richmond, Austin and Olympia. In Florida, anarchists demanded the release of prisoners, and in Chicago, protesters occupied the empty building of the children's prison, where migrant children are planned to be placed. A banner hung from the roof: "Close the prisons, open the houses!" Anti-capitalist slogans appeared on the walls in New Orleans and Portland.

https://www.afed.cz/text/7171/prvni-maj-2020-ve-svete
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