May 1, 2018—There's a World to Win

May 7, 2018 | Revolution Newspaper |


May Day 2018, the Revolution Club Contingent marches in Los Angeles. Photo: Revolution Club LA

May Day protests and rallies took place across the world this year, including huge outpourings in countries such as Turkey and Spain. Many of the protests focused on demanding an end to the attacks on immigrants and other important struggles of the day. Militant contingents of anarchists and “black bloc” participants marched in some places. In several cities in Germany and Poland fascist groupings faced off with radical left protesters.

In the U.S., the Revolution Club participated in a rally and march of hundreds from the Haymarket Monument to ICE headquarters demanding an end to detention, deportations and dehumanization and justice for immigrants and refugees. In Wisconsin, a team of revolutionaries and members of Refuse Fascism joined in with thousands of people, overwhelmingly Latino immigrants and youth who came from all over the state for the Day Without Latinx, Immigrants, & Refugees protest, and distributing thousands of palm cards for the film of Bob Avakian’s talk, THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO! and the new Call from Refuse Fascism in Spanish. And in Houston, a team distributed the palm cards at a couple of immigrants’ rights rallies, where they also raised money for the recent special print edition of Revolution newspaper, so BA’s talk can get inside prison walls, in both English and Spanish.

Los Angeles: Several thousand people rallied and marched on May Day. There were three marches. Two to three thousand participated in the largest march, called by the Los Angeles May Day—Resist Coalition, which consists of 50 labor, student, immigrants’ rights, religious, and political organizations, including Refuse Fascism. The theme was support for immigrants’ and workers’ rights. The Los Angeles Revolution Club had a spirited contingent and carried a banner promoting the film of the talk by Bob Avakian, THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO! In The Name of Humanity, We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America. A Better World IS Possible.

San Juan, Puerto Rico: Thousands who marched and rallied in San Juan were savagely attacked by riot police with tear gas, rubber bullets, pepper spray, and batons. The protesters were part of a general strike against the harsh U.S.-imposed “austerity measures” that have impoverished the island. Threats of even harsher measures loom.

Paris: Protests and street fighting that reverberated through several districts of Paris spiraled out of control of the police. About 200 people were arrested. Paris’ police chief said, “It’s been a long time since we saw numbers [of protesters] at this level.” The May Day protests took place as France approaches the 50th anniversary of the historic 1968 uprising, and as the authorities prepare for further protests against the government of President Emmanuel Macron. Macron’s interior minister vowed to “send more police” to future protests.

Manila: Thousands boldly marched through Manila, the Philippine capital, to the presidential palace of brutal fascist Rodrigo Duterte. The protesters burned an enormous, “demon-like” effigy of Duterte.




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