Updated on 5/05/2015 at 3:50pm
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Saturday, May 2nd, 2015. New York City – Yesterday, Friday, May 1st, was MAY DAY or International Workers’ Day, also known as Labor Day in some places.
According to different event pages on Facebook, thousands gathered in Union Square Park and marched from Union Square Park to Foley Square Park. After Foley Square, some protesters marched through the streets of the Lower Manhattan and returned to Union Square.
Some of the messages were “Alive you took them, alive we want them back. NY is Ayotzinapa”, “Hillary Clinton supports murder by the State”, “#MumiaMustLive”, “Repression in Mexico made in Washington”, “Equal rights for all workers”, “Stop the raids and deportations”, “We see another Black child dead”,”Disarm the NYPD”, “Create no cops zones”, “We see loved ones murdered”, “Justice for Freddie Gray”, “From Baltimore to Ayotzinapa no more police terror”, “The whole damn system is guilty as hell. Resist. Rebel”, “Throw killer cops in jail”, “Eric Garner, Michael Brown, shut it down, shut it down”, “How do you spell racist? NYPD. How do you spell murderer? NYPD”, “Black lives matter”, “Black and brown lives matter” and “We see our power”.
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New York May 1 Coalition, said on Facebook before the rally and march “This is the 10th Anniversary of reclaiming May Day, a day that symbolizes the courage & struggle of workers, a day of International Solidarity for workers’ rights.
The May 1st Coalition calls on all our allies, new movements, community organizations, grass roots organizations, faith-based groups, unions, and individuals to join us.
We will build this May Day at a time when there is a powerful new upsurge of militancy nationwide. Young women and men are leading this movement with powerful courage and resolve. They are spiriting the struggle against police killings of Black and Latino young men, women and children. They are organizing fast food and low-wage workers; they are fighting against the destruction of public education; for affordable housing and against chronic unemployment.
The battle for legalization of immigrants continues the struggle against the massive deportations; two million since Obama took office. Thousands of women and unaccompanied children are arriving creating a terrible crisis of family separation. Opposition to private prisons for immigrants and mass incarceration of youth of color is growing.
2015 may be the most important May Day we have faced in the past 10 years.”
From Ferguson to Ayotzinapa to NYC:
– No more police terror!
– We want jobs, $15 an hour and a union
– End militarization of the border & police departments
– Legalization, not deportations
– From the Philippines, Venezuela, Syria and Honduras to Ukraine, Mexico, Cuba and Palestine — Solidarity Not War!
The Guardian reports that “In New York, thousands rallied in downtown Manhattan, demanding “disarm the NYPD” in the wake of the police killings of Freddie Gray in Baltimore and other black men around the country.”
“Poverty is Violence ~ NYC. May Day 2015.”
Video uploaded to Youtube by Nine Inch Bride on Friday, May 1, 2015.
“MAY DAY protests for Freddie Gray in NYC. May 1, 2015.”
Video uploaded to Youtube by Marta Michaud on Friday, May 1, 2015.
“USA: Arrests in NY as Freddie Gray protesters takeover May Day.”
Video uploaded to Youtube by RuptlyTV on Friday, May 1, 2015.
“MAYDAY 2015 NYC.”
Video uploaded to Youtube by Mark Apollo on Friday, May 1, 2015.
“Thousands have rallied worldwide to celebrate International Workers’ Day or May Day, the largest labor holiday in the world. In some countries demonstrations have turned violent with police deploying tears gas,” reports RT.
RT has pictures and videos here of MAY DAY worldwide.
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