The boisterous rally started in South Seattle and headed to Westlake Park downtown, with demonstrators waving red signs seeking an end to deportations and “poverty wages” and calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage.
Violence has plagued May Day in Seattle during the past two years, with protesters challenging police in the streets and sometimes stealing the thunder of much larger daytime events.
Last year, police arrested 18 people from a crowd that pelted them with rocks and bottles.
Seattle police say there has been more anti-authority rhetoric leading up to this year’s May Day events.
And New York…
At Union Square groups like The Socialist Appeal were selling copies of Karl Marx’s “Communist Manifesto” for $2 and passing out fliers. Live funk music and songs like Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” and Bob Marley’s “Get up, Stand up” provided a backdrop for the demonstrations.
May Day is very popular in China. It is a major celebration there but it is a communist country.
I didn’t realize that we celebrated this event in the United States. Are there other cities that have May Day celebrations?