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May Day

May Day saw protesters take to the streets around Britain.

Issue No. 1900

LONDON: Up to 3,000 people marched through London on the annual protest called by the Greater London TUC and backed by Globalise Resistance and other groups. The march brought together trade unionists, anti-capitalist protesters, pensioners, Turkish and Kurdish political activists, and students. Speakers at a rally in Trafalgar Square denounced the use of torture by the occupying armies in Iraq. Many spoke out against the fascist BNP. London Mayor Ken Livingstone said, "Whoever you are planning to vote for on 10 June, make sure you use your vote against the BNP."


CARDIFF: Around 350 anti-war protesters braved atrocious weather conditions in Cardiff to show their opposition to the continuing occupation of Iraq. They came from across Wales and among the marchers were several veterans of the 1991 Gulf War.

MARTIN CHAPMAN


EDINBURGH: Some 500 attended the annual May Day march in Edinburgh. There were banners and placards from the National Union of Mineworkers, Freedom for Palestine, Stop the War, Unison, Edinburgh and District Trades Council, the Scottish Green Party and the Scottish Socialist Party.

The striking nursery nurses were well represented and could be heard singing a song protesting against the Scottish first minister: "Where oh where is Jack McConnell, where oh where is Jack McConnell, hiding in the Scottish Parliament that's where he will be."

PAUL O'HANLON


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Sat 8 May 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1900
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