The Capital and the May Day Riots | People & Politics:
“On May 1, the whole of Germany’s eyes will be on the district of Kreuzberg, traditionally the center of the annual May Day riots. This year, left-wing activists have threatened violence in response to planned Neo-Nazi demonstrations, and the police are concerned the clashes might even result in deaths. Politicians are alarmed by the rise in left-wing violence, and sociologists are at a loss to explain what’s behind it.”
In the event, 7,000 police protected neo-Nazis and property on the Day, and something like 500 disobedients were arrested (in Berlin and Hamburg). On a spotterly note, I could swear that the voice of Police Union rep Konrad Freiberg is Wallace Shawn, also known for his participation in readings from Howard Zinn’s People’s History of the United States.
- See also : Fire and Flames blog.
A handful of BANANAs have expressed much butthurt after being confronted by a group of anti-racists. The BANANAs were rallying alongside their Minuteman comrades in support of Arizona’s new anti-immigrant laws. On the upside, the BANANAs may now understand why May Day is known as ‘international workers’ day’; on the downside, two individuals have been arrested by police and apparently charged with felonies following the BANANA’s brief history lesson. For moaron the BANANAs, see the National Anarchist! blog.
The rally organised by Trades Hall took place on Sunday, May 2 (the celebration of May Day on the first Sunday of the month is a relatively recent tradition — but that’s another history). All the usual suspects were present — CPA / CPA-ML / MAC-G / RSP / SA / SAlt / SL / Solidarity / SP — but so too the ILPS, the Worker-communist Party of Kurdistan and some other groups. My failure to spot moar on the march was the result of being transported to a galaxy far far away by the noise emanating from the SAlt
marching shouting band. By its end, their constant — and I do mean constant — noise had rendered my already fragile state-of-mind capable of descending into Rain Man territory.
Otherwise, the Day was a resounding success as: a) I gotta copy of Australasian Spartacist and; b) Collingwood thrashed Carlton by almost nine goals.