Events in Paris, arrests in Istanbul

Posted on Sunday May 1, 2022 at 9:48 PM

With inflation, demands for purchasing power were at the heart of traditional May Day demonstrations around the world on Sunday, which were marked by events in France and arrests in Turkey.

accidents in paris

In Paris, there were numerous clashes between the police and very mobile youth groups dressed in black.

According to an AFP journalist, about two dozen brands, mostly McDonald’s, insurance companies, real estate agencies or banks, were damaged and a car crashed. They also threw projectiles at the police, who tried to disperse them with tear gas. Eight firefighters were injured, according to the interior minister.

Across France, a hundred thousand people demonstrated, often without incident, in a highly politicized context after the re-election of President Emmanuel Macron on April 24, against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

Several arrests in Istanbul

Dozens were arrested in Istanbul, six days after the shepherd, Osman Kavala, and seven members of civil society were found guilty of wanting to overthrow the government.

Governor services reported the arrest of 164 people who wanted to join the famous Taksim Square, the center of the major anti-government protests of 2013, which was closed to traffic and parades.

Boo to the President of South Africa

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa hastily left the May Day celebrations after angry miners swept the stage where he was scheduled to speak at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg (North). Demonstrators, who chanted “Cyrillos must go,” demanded a wage increase.

Calls for the resignation of Sri Lankan President

In Sri Lanka, affected by a violent economic crisis, the opposition collectively demanded the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, during mass rallies.

Tens of thousands of activists in Colombo chanted “Gota home”.

Months of blackouts, hyperinflation and severe shortages of food, fuel and medicine have sparked widespread anti-Rajapaksa protests since mid-March.

Purchasing power, the password in Athens

Thousands demonstrated in Athens, calling for more measures to support purchasing power, in the face of inflation that reached 9.4% in April in Greece.

If the minimum wage is raised on May 1st by 50 euros, to 713 euros per month, this measure is considered insufficient by the unions demanding 825 euros.

… in Madrid

In Madrid, about 10,000 demonstrators, according to a government spokesperson, marched to demand higher wages and measures against inflation. A large banner reads, “Labor Day. The solution: raise wages, contain prices, expand equality.”

Other demonstrations took place across Spain and Andorra, where the rising cost of living, housing prices and loss of purchasing power were also at the heart of the demands.

…and in Argentina

Two rallies were held in Buenos Aires: the first was initiated by a Peronist group close to the government that showed its support for the current policy, while they demanded a clearer social focus in the face of inflation.

The other was on the initiative of organizations on the left of power to say no to repaying the debts to the International Monetary Fund, to demand a radical social transformation and better wages.

… and in Honduras

In Honduras, in an unprecedented way, President Xiomara Castro, who has been in power for nearly 100 days, participated in a march of several thousand workers in San Pedro Sula, 180 kilometers north of the capital, Tegucigalpa.

The crowd chanted his name and burned an effigy of his predecessor Juan Orlando Hernandez, who was extradited on April 21 to the United States to respond to drug trafficking after eight years at the helm of the country.

Action for Peace “in Italy

In Italy, the main trade union federations called for a march in Assisi (centre), the city of Saint Francis, the patron saint of Italy, on the topic of “working for peace” in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “We must work absolutely to put an end to this absurd war that Putin wanted,” declared the leader of the Siegel union, Maurizio Landini, in front of several hundred activists.

Throwing eggs in Berlin

Berlin Mayor Franziska Jaffe was speaking at a rally in Berlin, attended by 7,500 people according to media reports, when a protester threw an egg at her. Her security apparatus was able to protect her with an umbrella.

Elsewhere

Several thousand people also demonstrated in London, at the invitation of unions and environmental or community organizations, such as Black Lives Matter.

In Cuba, at the invitation of the government, hundreds of thousands of Cubans, wearing masks, marched through the main cities, at a time when the island is facing serious shortages and rising prices. After two years of confinement linked to the Covid-19 epidemic, the communist government invited workers to participate in these rallies, organizing bus transportation. The march took place in Havana in the presence of President Miguel Diaz-Canel and revolutionary leader Raul Castro.

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