Photos: May Day and International Labour Day

Jeff Nguyen:

I must have missed the pictures of the American protests. Keep waging peace and standing in solidarity in this global struggle. The shock and awe doctrine knows no borders.

Originally posted on canada.com:

A collection of images of May Day and International Labour Day from across the globe.

Opponents of the Venezuelan government shout slogans as they take part in a May Day demonstration in Caracas on Thursday. Opponents as well as supporters of the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro marched to commemorate the holiday. (GERALDO CASO/AFP/Getty Images)

Opponents of the Venezuelan government shout slogans as they take part in a May Day demonstration in Caracas on Thursday. Opponents as well as supporters of the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro marched to commemorate the holiday. (GERALDO CASO/AFP/Getty Images)

A Salvadorean worker takes part in the May Day parade organized by the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front and various worker unions in San Salvador, El Salvador, on Thursday. (JOSE CABEZAS/AFP/Getty Images)

A Salvadorean worker takes part in the May Day parade organized by the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front and various worker unions in San Salvador, El Salvador, on Thursday. (JOSE CABEZAS/AFP/Getty Images)

A demonstrator hits an advertising panel with a hammer during a May Day protest in Medellin, Colombia. (RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)

A demonstrator hits an advertising panel with a hammer during a May Day protest in Medellin, Colombia. (RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Members of unions rally Thursday on International Labor Day in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  ORLANDO BARRIA/EPA

Members of unions rally Thursday on International Labor Day in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. ORLANDO BARRIA/EPA

Migrant workers from Indonesia carry placards which collectively read "End Slavery" during a Labour Day rally in Hong Kong on May 1, 2014. Over a thousand protesters gathered for the annual May Day rally in Hong Kong's landmark Victoria Park to walk towards the government headquarters waving colourful flags and placards, while singing a Chinese version of the famous "Do you hear the people sing?" from the musical Les Miserables, calling for better working conditions and better wages.   ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images Migrant workers from Indonesia carry placards which collectively read “End Slavery” during a Labour Day rally in Hong Kong on May 1, 2014. Over a thousand protesters…

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16 Responses to Photos: May Day and International Labour Day

  1. Great photos. Happy May Day, Jeff.

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  2. Jeff, I read somewhere that a march was planned in DC for today, but … no headlines show with a quick search. Nobody showed up? Or our fearless media didn’t report it? All I saw on the Chicago march focused on the resulting traffic jam. As if you could tell extra congestion there. Here’s a small piece on Seattle — mostly worrying about past and possible violent protests. I notice the police are “prepared” for it. So we can rest easy in our beds.

    Seattle May Day march remains peaceful through early part of evening
    http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2014/05/seattle_may_day_march_remains.html
    Maybe we should check for a May Day Twitter storm? But personally, I don’t think we can simply tweet our way to freedom and dignity. Thanks for your good post. – Linda

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    • Jeff Nguyen says:

      Eventually, these scattered protests will start to unify and then the numbers will swell. Which is why the homeland security apparatus has been set up. Keep stirring things up, Linda.

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  3. tubularsock says:

    Come now Jeff. In Amerika we are not international we’re Domanat-ion-al. Now, get back to work!

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  4. Happy May Day! About a thousand people marched in New York City from Union Square (where an all-afternoon rally took place) down to Foley Square. Mostly attended by immigrants’ rights groups, Occupiers and various socialist/anarchist groups. I’m told there was a separate union rally, but I didn’t see any union presence at Union Square or along the march. It was very militant all day, with red flags and red and black flags raised high.

    Alas, although a good showing, it was nowhere near as big as May Day 2012, when Occupy, the unions and immigrants’ rights groups created a massive march. Everybody was together, and it’s a shame that wasn’t so this time around. Here’s a brief report from local cable news station NY1: http://www.ny1.com/content/news/207924/may-day-demonstrators-march-for-minimum-wage-increase.

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    • Jeff Nguyen says:

      Thanks for the update. The suppression of the Occupy movement has left a gaping hole in the public consciousness that is allowing the corporate media to spin the narratives to mainstream America, virtually unfettered.

      As you’ve stated many times at your excellent blog, we need to organize and be willing to link arms in solidarity in a manner that transcends borders, ideologies and ethnicities. All of these individual causes are interconnected and share common oppressors.

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  5. Jeff, yesterday,as I made mention of May Day to a few folks, only two knew of any significance. One older white gentleman here at the office, and the older black lady who examined my eyes at the optometrist. BTW, eye glasses have only risen a modest 55% (give or take a point) in six short years here in sunny Southern Indiana. And wages have increased by . . . .

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    • Jeff Nguyen says:

      Hi Peter, I’m the union rep at my school and most of my teacher colleagues don’t know about May Day.

      That’s funny…I was just at the eye doctor myself. Big wheels keep on turning, don’t they?

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  6. Thanks for sharing these.

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  7. lumar1298 says:

    Nice pictures… So many troubled countries…

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