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May Day madness in London


by Kesara on 1st May, 2006 at 11:47 pm    

Oh what a beautiful day it was to rally the masses! Yep the streets of London paid host to yet another May Day extravaganza with a colourful assortment of paradees, workers, pensioners, anarchists and general hangers-on marching from Clerkenwell to Trafalgar Square.

There was an abundence of Turkish workers/Communist Party members participating and this time plenty of kids were involved in the act. Like religion, I dont believe political ideology should be thrust upon dem ting young ‘uns but what the heck, ’tis a better life under the hammer and sickle than doing drugs & drive-bys*.

There was plenty of slogan shouting, vociferous denunciations of the Iraq War and Imperialist Enterprise.

From this event I was able to gather that:

1) The Turkish govt needs to stop making innocent Kurds disappear
2) George W Bush may not be a nice man
3) John Prescott is also known as ‘Johnny Two-Shags’
4) Bhangra music is a staple accessory at any rally
5) Gate Gourmet workers are still pissed off (and rightfully so I suppose)
6) Tis-Time-for-Tony-To-go
7) George Bush has no friends on da streetz
8) Anarchists get bored quickly (or when they run outta drugz, whichever comes first)
9) It is legal to dress up as a Policeman/woman and chase your mates around
9) British riot police ‘heavies’ can include extremely cute femmes
10) The adrenalin rush of being caught up in the middle of a potential faux-riot is quite something
11) I am not a press hack although I appear to be one. (Gerbil in Lenin’s clothing and all that)

Nations representin’:
Colombia (though not in praiseworthy light)
Turkey (as above)
Sri Lanka (confusing light…REALLY confusing light)
Congo (unfavourable light)
USA (anarchists mostly)
Iran
Iraq
Palestine

I was unable to listen in on any of the speeches though, unlike the anti-war rallies there were ‘dissenting factions’ loafing around. I spent much time waiting for a riot police-encircled group of youth and oldies who yelped : “fuck the TUC (Trade Union congress - main organising body) - they sold us out!”

Why the drama? The cops wouldn’t let them enter the main Traffy Square area for some reason…lots of chest beating but no action as such. I’m a little tired for profound insights (not that I manage anyway) but thats kinda the jist of it.

The march wound up around 5ish with folks dancing in corners….t’was the season to be jolly!

Pictures are here.

*Not all kids grow up to be gangstas. Many take to alternative pursuits like organic seed farming



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16 Comments   |  


  1. StrangelyPsychedelique — on 2nd May, 2006 at 12:46 am  

    How the hell could I forget ‘Iran’ , ‘Iraq’ and ‘Palestine’ under Nations representin’

    doh…

  2. Rohin — on 2nd May, 2006 at 1:44 am  

    Amended SP. Let me know if you want (some captions) next to them.

  3. squared — on 2nd May, 2006 at 6:10 am  

    Lovely pics as always. :)

  4. StrangelyPsychedelique — on 2nd May, 2006 at 9:41 am  

    Cheers Ronin + Squaredy :D

    All the pics should be up by later tonight…time is a shorting..

  5. sonia — on 2nd May, 2006 at 10:58 am  

    great post! there’s been a lot of fun everywhere - including the massive demonstrations in the US… now that was something.

    the SpaceHijackers had this funny event
    on.

  6. Chris Stiles — on 2nd May, 2006 at 1:06 pm  


    British riot police ‘heavies’ can include extremely cute femmes

    Mmm. Photographic evidence please ;-)

  7. j0nz — on 2nd May, 2006 at 2:08 pm  

    Well as always I have an urge to be contrary, but I will resist the urge.

    I like that sign for Iranian opposition. A bit long winded but it shows thought. Better than mindless “no blood for oil” or “troops out now” BS. That’s a lefty I can respec’ y’all.

    There was plenty of slogan shouting, vociferous denunciations of the Iraq War and Imperialist Enterprise.

    Are they still banging on about the Iraq war? Well it’s easy for them; in their cosy lives, to say the Iraqis should live in peace and under threat of torture… 74% of Iraqis would disagree though…

    Imperialist Enterprise! I love it when abstract ideas became living breathing entities! (i.e. Zionist entity!)

  8. Jay Singh — on 2nd May, 2006 at 2:14 pm  

    Yeah Zionist entity is a good one. But Imperialist Enterprise is actually a subset of the Zionist Entity if you think about it.

    Because the Zionist Entity contains all the things in the universe that are sinister controlling and evil - even black holes in outer space that suck passing spaceships and light into their oblivion are actually part of the Zionist Entity too.

  9. Rohin — on 2nd May, 2006 at 2:51 pm  

    “But Imperialist Enterprise is actually a subset of the Zionist Entity if you think about it.”

    Sounds like a Star Wars-Star Trek hybrid. Which fits with the whole black hole theory of Jay’s. We could be onto something.

  10. Jay Singh — on 2nd May, 2006 at 3:03 pm  

    Sounds like a Star Wars-Star Trek hybrid. Which fits with the whole black hole theory of Jay’s. We could be onto something.

    Maybe Israel is building a Deathstar.

  11. Rohin — on 2nd May, 2006 at 3:15 pm  

    Maybe Israel IS a death star. Maybe we are LIVING on a death star. Oh man this is momentous. Iranians = sandpeople = tusken raiders.

    “”Those Tuskens walk like men, but they’re vicious, mindless monsters.”

    - Cliegg Lars

    “Those Iranians walk like men, but they’re vicious, nuclear monsters.”

    - George Bush.

    I have to update wookieepedia. Hooteenee!

  12. Sunny — on 2nd May, 2006 at 3:24 pm  

    Hooteenee!

    wasn’t it Hooteedee?? :(

  13. Jay Singh — on 2nd May, 2006 at 3:44 pm  

    You just can’t stop a science fiction nerd when you get them started ;-)

  14. Rohin — on 2nd May, 2006 at 3:46 pm  

    Apparently neither:

    In the Jawa language, “Utini!” (or “Ooteeny”) means “Come here!” (from wookieepedia)

  15. Jai — on 2nd May, 2006 at 5:32 pm  

    =>“Utini!” (or “Ooteeny”)”

    In the subcontinental tongue, that kinda sounds like “Get up”. Or a female camel.

    Spielberg plagiarising our noble desi languages. It’s a Zionist-Bollywood-Neoconservative conspiracy, I tell you.

  16. Sunny — on 2nd May, 2006 at 11:01 pm  

    Hehe. I’m actually surprised we didn’t get any ‘zionists control the world’ nutcases this time, though at least it shows May Day protestors are a better breed.

    Poor Gate Gourmet workers… still no justice for them :(

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