‘The mother of all bank holiday protests.’ That is how the Independent described the plans for protests in London on 1 May. The article reflects the constant alarm in the press about anti-capitalist protests.
But it does give a sense of what a ‘coalition of revolt’ May Day could be. The anti-capitalist group Globalise Resistance and the Stop the War Coalition are planning to be side by side with trade unions on their traditional march through London.
This means May Day could be a display of anger and protest at issues from New Labour’s privatisation drive to its support for Bush’s war around the world. Every activist in their college, workplace and community can be part of building that mass protest.
The organisers are asking people to discuss what action they take on the day. Activists in the CWU union are encouraging fellow workers to join the demo. A spokesperson for the postal workers’ CWU union said, ‘With 40,000 postal workers’ jobs under threat, I think you could expect thousands of our members to make their own way there.’
May Day is an opportunity to have a taste of the anti-capitalist demonstrations that have taken place across Europe, and show the widespread feeling against Tony Blair.
Assemble 12 noon, Wednesday 1 May. Clerkenwell Green (Farringdon tube).
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