Mayday 2010

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<p>With the national elections less than a week away, Mayday celebrations to remember the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haymarket_Massacre">Haymarket massacre</a> of 1887 and in support of worker's rights interrnationally, took place in many towns and cities across the UK. Despite that fact that the authorities had banned the planned march in <a href="/en/2010/05/450362.html">Coventry</a>, a spontaneous event took place marching from the Council House to Millenium Square, with a No Borders slogan reading 'Asylum is not a crime' at the head of the procession. In Nottingham, hundreds joined a procession which managed to overcome the <a href="/en/2010/05/450274.html">City Council’s bureaucratic machinery</a>. Several hundred people joined a march in <a href="/en/2010/05/450378.html">Chesterfield</a> and 400 braved the rain for Dublin's march which ended with a <a href="/en/2010/05/450347.html">speech by Arthur Scargill</a>. In <a href="http://northern-indymedia.org/articles/678">Bradford</a> people gathered on Infirmary Fields</a> and in <a href="/en/2010/05/450343.html">Manchester</a> up to 200 joined a march, and enjoyed a firework display, and in <a href="/en//2010/05/450249.html">Edinburgh</a> about 100 joined a rally at West Princes Street Gardens.</p>

<p>In London, trade unionists and <a href="http://thethirdestate.net/2010/05/some-thoughts-on-may-day-2010/">Communists</a> marched from Clerkenwell Green to a rally in Trafalger Square. The four horsemen of the apopcalypse, last seen out at the <a href="/en/2009/03/424655.html">G20 protests</a> last year, were central to the <a href="/en/2010/04/448852.html">'Election meltdown'</a> which saw effigies of party leaders dragged from their party HQs to Parliament Square for public execution, before an estimated crowd of 500. While some stayed to set up a <a href="/en/2010/05/450437.html">Demockracy village</a> in the square, many others were led to a tunnel by the samba band, for a <a href="http://london.indymedia.org/articles/4708">Rave Against the Machine.</a></p>

<p><strong>Links:</strong> Bradford:<a href="http://northern-indymedia.org/articles/678">Report</a> | <a href="http://northern-indymedia.org/articles/677">Photos</a> | <a href="/en/2010/05/450378.html">Chesterfield</a> | <a href="/en/2010/05/450362.html">Coventry</a> | <a href="/en/2010/05/450347.html">Dublin</a> | <a href="/en/2010/05/450249.html">Edinburgh</a> | <a href="http://london.indymedia.org.uk/articles/4701">London</a> | <a href="/en/2010/05/450343.html">Manchester</a></p>
Topic revision: r2 - 04 May 2010, FreeThePeeps
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