International Workers’ Day Around the World

Turkey

In addition to signing to Joint International May Day Declaration, the International Committee of the Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist (TKP/ML) released their own May Day statement in which they proclaim: “During a period in which internal contradictions and conflicts have deepened, the economic and political crises have become perpetual, which is the result of capitalism. The ruling classes all over the world struggle with the problem of governance while the rage of the oppressed peoples overflow the streets, thus the 1st of May becomes more and more important.”

They continue: “Chairman Mao’s remarks that “without a People’s Army, the people have nothing,” is essential to show that the claim of revolution is nothing without this reality. In our age, the proletariat will always be defeated in the face of the bourgeoisie without organizing revolutionary violence. The proletariat, MLM (Marxist-Leninist-Maoist) Parties and the Organizations of the Proletariat must focus on the duties of the day and the future. They must turn the 1st of May into a day of unity, struggle and solidarity; the day of the international proletariat for the struggle of democratic revolution, socialism and communism under the guidance of MLM.”

Brazil

The Nilton Gomes Pereira Cultural Center commemorated May 1 in the Alemão Complex favela of Rio de Janeiro with the participation of residents, the Popular Women’s Movement (MFP), and other popular democratic organizations. MFP also pointed to the League of Poor Peasants (LCP) as a shining example for oppressed people’s seeking liberation, and the residents of Alemão sent their greetings to Camp Manoel Ribeiro with a banner reading, “Long Live Camp Manoel Ribeiro! Long Live the Agrarian Revolution! Long Live the LCP!”

May Day was also celebrated by the Popular Solidarity Committee of Ananindeua under a banner reading, “Long Live May 1! International Workers’ Day!” Activists spoke on the importance of International Workers’ Day as well as the political, economic and sanitary crises the country is experiencing and attendees expressed their anger at the genocidal Bolsonaro government.

Colombia

Revolutionaries in Colombia commemorated May 1 by standing with the masses in the ongoing uprising against the Old State’s proposed tax reform as well as police repression. Revolutionary news source El Comunero Prensa documented the rebellion on International Workers’ Day in Medellin.

Ecuador

The Front in Defense of the People’s Struggles (FDLP-EC) released a statement on May 1, calling for a combative and revolutionary May Day. The statement discusses the conditions in Ecuador and concludes by reaffirming the FDLP-EC’s commitment to struggling against exploitation of all kinds as well as revisionism and opportunism.

Germany

In Berlin, demonstrations were held under the slogan “Not on our back,” in reference to the ruling class’ attempts to shift the burden of the economic crisis onto the working class. In the evening, over 20,000 people gathered to commemorate May Day and faced up to 5,600 police officers. The demonstrators resisted, lighting barricades on fire and throwing bricks at police. Resistance lasted throughout the night; by the end of it, 354 people were arrested and 93 officers were injured, with three experiencing broken bones. Graffiti was also put up supporting the LCP reading, ‘Long Live the LCP,” along with a hammer and sickle.

Banner reads, “Glory to the International Proletariat! Long Live the First of May!”

In Freiburg, around 50 gathered on the eve of May 1, giving speeches on topics such as the economic crisis, the oppression of the Palestinian people, and struggle of the LCP, followed by a successful spontaneous march in the streets. Revolutionaries carried banners reading, “No to the Criminalization of the Struggle for Land! Long Live the League of Poor Peasants of Brazil!” and “Glory to the International Proletariat! Long Live the First of May!”

The next day on May 1, the German Trade Union held their usual march, but revolutionary organizations were also in attendance and formed a large anti-capitalist bloc. At this demonstration, a speech was given in support of the LCP.

In the poorest region of the country, Bremerhaven, working people of all ages came out to commemorate May Day with slogans including “Do Not Believe the Lies of Exploiters – It Is Right to Rebel!” and “The FRG Is Not our State – All Power the Proletariat!” During the demonstration, revolutionaries carried the flags of MFP and the LCP and spoke on the popular struggles in Brazil.

Bremen also had a march for May 1, led by revolutionary organizations with a banner reading “Glory the International Proletariat! Long live the 1st of May!” Maintaining proletarian internationalism, this march also called attention to the struggle of the LCP.

The state attempted to prohibit May Day marches in Hamburg, and marchers faced police armed with water cannons. Going against their own pretext of preventing the spread of COVID-19, marchers were kettled in tight groups and prevented from leaving.

In the Ruhr region, a demonstration was held on the eve of May 1, wherein Turkish and German revolutionaries marched, and speeches were given in solidarity with the LCP.

Numerous flags with the hammer and sickle were also documented throughout the country.

Austria

May Day Demonstrations were held throughout Austria in the cities of Vienna, Linz and Innsbruck. International solidarity was shown with the struggle of the poor peasants in Brazil with banners reading, “Long Live the LCP!”

Demonstrations emphasized the need for organization and celebrated the anniversaries of major historical milestones with banners reading, “Long Live the 100Aanniversary of the Founding of the Chinese Communist Party” and “150 Years of the Paris Commune.”

Graffiti was also documented in Vienna reading, “May 1: For Every Workplace Against Social Democracy and Social Cuts! Combat and Resist!” and “Create the Revolutionary Organization of the Working Class!”

France

The Revolutionary Youth participated in demonstrations celebrating May 1 across the country, carrying banners with the slogans, “Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, Let’s be Revolutionaries,” “Long Live the [Paris] Commune,” “Long Live the LCP,” “Long Live the First of May,” and “Proletarians of All Countries, Unite for Revolution!”

Norway

In the lead up to May Day, posters and graffiti were seen in cities across Norway. Posters were signed by “Red Front,” and include “Workers and oppressed people of all countries, unite!” and a call to be out in the streets on May 1.

Oslo

Trondheim

Vennesla

Tromsø

Kristiansand

Lillesand

Banners, posters, graffiti, and over 150 flags were documented all across the country on May Day.

Drammen

Stavanger

Sandnes

Tromsø

Graffiti reads, “Long live the LCP!” and “Workers of all countries unite!”

Nordre Follo

Vennesla

Bergen

Stjørdal

Trondheim

The banner reads, “Workers and oppressed of all countries, unite!”

Kristiansand

Oslo

A march was held on May 1 in Kristiansand, featuring support of the League of Poor Peasants in Brazil. Various organizations were in attendance, including Socialist Youth, Red Youth, and Socialist Revolution – IMT. The main banner read, “Support the struggle of the poor peasants in Brazil!” followed by “May 1 Against imperialism, crisis and repression!” The march began at an anti-fascist martyr monument and ended with participants singing workers’ songs at a barbecue. Slogans were shouted including “No charity for the rich – let them pay for their own crisis!” A speech was given regarding the necessity of socialist revolution and the struggle of the peasants in Brazil.

In Trondheim, the Fighting Committee demonstrated with several groups, with the slogan “Until May 1 – International Workers’ Day of Struggle” and “Combat and resist!” Speeches were given on various topics, including imperialism, and a discussion on Norway’s role a US ally was held. Solidarity was also expressed with the struggle of the poor peasants in Brazil, and a League of Poor Peasants (LCP) flag was flown. The speeches ended with participants singing “The Internationale” and marching back to the city center.

In Oslo, protesters held banners reading, “Fight and Make Resistance!” and “Full support to the poor peasants in Camp Manoel Ribeiro!” Participants handed out flyers to passerby about the LCP and spoke out against imperialism.

In Bergen, the Fighting Committee commemorated May 1 with other organizations. Approximately 100 people attended the demonstration in defiance of restrictions placed under the pretext of COVID-19. “The Internationale” was sung and participants marched to another part of the town where speeches were given and acts of solidarity with Palestine and the LCP were held.

Tromsø also held a May Day march in spite of COVID-19 restrictions.

Finland

On May Day in Tampere, a revolutionary gave a speech, gathering attention and audience support, demarcating the false ‘left’ in the Finnish government from revolutionary politics. The revolutionary explained Finland’s role in the world as an imperialist country. The impotency of the Old State’s ‘left’ was demonstrated as no other ‘leftists’ demonstrated on May Day or challenged the red flag. May Day posters were also documented and read, “For work and wages, revolution!”

Revolutionaries also gathered in Turku on May 1, drawing a crowd despite restrictions on public gatherings. A speaker explained the current economic crisis and the strategic offensive of the world revolution, the group then marched through Vartiovuori park shouting slogans including “Long live May Day!” and “Party, Army, Front – Guarantee of victory!”

In Helsinki, graffiti was documented and read “Long live the LCP!”

Denmark

At Fælledparken, Copenhagen, a May Day demonstration was held in a park full of people in spite of the prime minister attempting to cancel celebrations. Banners with anti-imperialist slogans could be seen, one featuring “Proletarians and oppressed people’s of all countries, unite!” Chants were shouted against ‘social democracy’ and imperialism, and for socialist revolution. Leaflets supporting the struggle of poor peasants in Brazil were also distributed.

In Ballerup graffiti reading “May 1: Fight and Make Resistance!” was documented.

Ireland

A defiant May Day demonstration was held in Dublin by members of Anti-Imperialist Action and the Connolly Youth Movement. Demonstrators held a banner with the slogan of the Irish Citizen Army, “We Serve Neither King, Nor Kaisar but Ireland,” followed by the flag of the Communist Party of Peru and other flags including the Starry Plough, originally used by the Irish Republican Army, and the Sun Burst, associated with Irish nationalism. The marchers also protested against poor conditions faced by workers at Debenham. Though harassed by police, the march could not be stopped, and three people who were arrested on trumped up charges have since been released.

Banners reading “Workers are not Criminals” and “Striking is not a Crime” were hung over the Lough Atalia Bridge in Galway to commemorate International Worker’s Day. Flares were also lit.

United States

Orlando

The Orlando Tribune of the People Support Committee held a solidarity action for International Workers’ Day. Members held red flags with a banner reading, “Long live International Workers; Day!”

Pittsburgh

The United Neighborhood Defense Movement in Pittsburgh commemorated International Workers’ Day with tenants. The history and importance of the day was explained and food and drinks were served.

Photos: UNDM

Graffiti reading, “It is Right to Rebel! International Workers’ Day!” with a hammer and sickle was documented.

Oxnard

Flyers commemorating International Workers’ Day were documented in various parts of the city.

Santa Paula

International Workers’ Day flyers were also documented in Santa Paula, California.

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