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May Day mahem back on the agenda

Tony Benn welcomes public demonstration Words: Rachel Richardson

ince last year’s uncontrollable

disruption in London, May Day has

become a byword for aggressive political protest. And, considering the huge amount of hype surrounding this year’s events, every direct action protester in the land must have May Day circled on their calendar.

The event has been adopted by radical protesters after their successful London- based campaign. In a day of chaos, which brought anti-capitalist protest to the top of the news agenda, famous landmarks were targeted which resulted in the digging up of Parliament Square and the daubing of the statue of Winston Churchill and the Cenotaph with graffiti.

In previous years, the focus has been on celebrating International Workers Day, with marches and rallies all around the UK. And this year will be no different with thousands gathering in Glasgow and Edinburgh on May Day weekend to celebrate socialism. The TUC march in the capital will take place as normal, but events down south will possibly be overshadowed by the anti-capitalist protests planned for Tuesday 1 May.

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The organisers in Scotland have invited the veteran socialist Tony Benn to address rallies in both cities. Speaking to The List, he emphasised the importance of May Day as a forum for articulating dissatisfaction to the government. ‘It is not undemocratic to demonstrate political views outside of parliament,’ he stated. ‘Such rallies are an important part of the political process.’

Benn believes that the May Day celebrations were in the spirit of the Tolpuddle march, when agricultural workers descended on London to demand higher wages. ‘Anti-capitalist protests are indicative of a growing body of opinion against globalisation,’ he believes.

The Edinburgh event on Saturday 5 May will kick off at 11.30am on Market Street and will march along Princes Street for a rally at 1pm in Princes Street Gardens. The rally will feature Tony Benn MP, Tommy Sheridan MSP, Bill Speirs of the STUC and Dr Ghada Karmi from the Palestinian Solidarity campaign.

The Glasgow rally will take place on Glasgow Green after a march from George Square which starts at noon on Sunday 6 May.

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