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Root out weeds that choke us all

Issue No. 1694

Root out weeds that choke us all

THE POLICE and much of the press have spent weeks demonising the May Day protests due to take place across Britain. In many areas there are heavy police restrictions on marches. But the scare stories have been particularly whipped up over the May Day protest in London.

Press reports have referred to "hard line anarchists" who are "bent on violence and mayhem in the streets on a bank holiday". In fact the event is centred on gardening. They are encouraging people to come with "free seeds, containers of all types, old carpets, plastic sheeting for mini-cloches, seedlings".

It sounds more like BBC's Ground Force than any strike force. Of course there is a serious point. The event is designed to draw attention to the way capitalism wrecks food supplies and health across the world. It hopes to show there is an alternative to letting bosses, bankers and businessmen run our lives.

If there is any violence on Monday it will be the fault of the police. They will be trying to snuff out an event which shines a light on the most brutal and murderous system that has ever existed.

  • For more about London May Day see page 14


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Sat 29 Apr 2000, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1694
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