EDINBURGH: 1,000 people marched for international solidarity and socialism through the streets of Edinburgh to a rally in Princes Street Gardens on Saturday. Palestinian flags flew among trade union and socialist banners as the chants rang out against privatisation and for freedom for Palestine.
Speakers at the rally included RMT general secretary Bob Crow, who began by deploring the recent election of BNP councillors in Burnley. Paul Robeson Jr spoke about the enemies of the working class-imperialism, globalisation and fascism. He recalled his father’s fight against fascism and McCarthyism, drawing parallels with today’s struggles.
LIVERPOOL: 300 people marched through Liverpool on Monday of this week, and then joined another 2,000 people at the Merseyside TUC May Day festival.
Bob Crow told the crowd, ‘It is brilliant that we stopped Le Pen, but we have to do what Italians did-take to the streets and throw the Nazis back into the gutter.’ Tony Benn also spoke and argued the need to stand firm against the Nazis.
GLASGOW: more than 1,500 joined the Glasgow May Day march last Sunday. Many hundreds more assembled on Glasgow Green for the traditional speeches, stalls and meetings.
GMB leader John Edmonds got little applause when he suggested that Gordon Brown’s budget might have killed the New Labour project. He suggested that the Labour Party was ‘coming home’ to its roots. But he got a much better reception when he condemned Blair for signing an agreement with right wing Italian leader Berlusconi.
Hundreds attended the Scottish Socialist Party’s public rally. Speakers included Tommy Sheridan and Paul Robeson Jr.
NOTTINGHAM: a May Day march through the city centre attracted some 700 people, many students and Asian campaigners. An Anti Nazi League stall was mobbed by people wanting to protest against the Nazis.
Around 100 French students led an impromptu march around the main Market Square showing their anger at Le Pen.
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