Make Real News!

100K Challenge!

$39,608 raised so farEND DATE: October 3   
Every dollar you donate will be matched until we reach our 100K goal!
  • Latest News
  • Pitch a Story
  • Work with a Journalist
  • Join the Blog Squad
  • Afghanistan
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Baltimore
  • Canada
  • Egypt
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • Russia
  • Economy
  • Environment
  • Health Care
  • Military
  • Occupy
  • Organize This
  • Reality Asserts Itself
  • US Politics
  • Hundreds of Thousands March For May Day Worldwide


    A wrap-up of the world's May Day protests against austerity for worker rights -   May 2, 14
    Members don't see ads. If you are a member, and you're seeing this appeal, click here

    Audio

      Share to Twitter
    Share to Facebook




    I support the Real News because without The Real News we would have no real news at all. - WWH
    Log in and tell us why you support TRNN

    Bio

    Jaisal Noor is a host and producer for The Real News Network.

    Transcript

    Hundreds of Thousands March For May Day WorldwideOSCAR LEÓN, TRNN PRODUCER: On May 1, 2014, hundreds of thousands around the world celebrated May Day, also known International Labor Day, with marches, rallies, and protests against austerity, official corruption, calling for higher pay and the greater protection of workers' rights. Actions took place in cities like London, England; Hong Kong; Jakarta, Indonesia; Washington, D.C., United States; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Seoul, South Korea; Baltimore, Maryland; Madrid, Spain. In Barcelona, the country's second-largest city, thousands marched in protest about the cuts in public funding and against austerity.

    PROTESTER, BARCELONA (SUBTITLED TRANSL.): We reject the neoliberal policies and the Washington Consensus, which for many years now have been imposed in our European countries. This is evident by the banking and financial crisis we experience.

    LEON: There was violence across Turkey, including Istanbul and Ankara, as labor and anti-government demonstrators marked the day by defying a ban on occupying Taksim Square to protest against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan.

    PROTESTER, TAKSIM SQUARE, ISTANBUL: Well, I'm here because it's Labor Day, May 1, and out of 364 days--in the days, it's the only day that's for, like, working class. Right now, everybody on the street is determined to go to Taksim.

    LEON: They were reportedly met by tens of thousands of riot police armed with tear gas and water canons. Hundreds were injured and arrested in the crackdown.

    In the United States, actions took part from coast to coast, in cities from New York to Seattle, to protest corporate greed and call for a $15 minimum wage, days after Congressional action over increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 was blocked by a Republican filibuster in the Senate.

    Seattle mayor announced he reached a deal to gradually phase in a $15 minium wage, which will be the highest in the country. Socialist councilwoman Kshama Sawant, however, is leading a campaign to put it into effect almost immediately, saying: "Every year of a phase-in means yet another year in poverty for a worker."

    In Seattle, authorities say they discovered threats to law enforcement, but it appears their concerns were overstated. The vast majority of demonstrators who were calling for immigrants rights and worker rights were peaceful. Despite a massive show of force by police, at time of publishing only one arrest had been reported.

    In Detroit, Michigan protests targeted what they say is the undemocratic emergency manager law, which imposes state control over the city's finance and bankrutpcy negotiations.

    In Oregon, thousands marched in rallies across the state to oppose budget cuts and to demand better protections for workers.

    Thousands took part in multiple marches, shutting down traffic across Chicago and Los Angeles, where the primary focus was human and immigrants rights, decrying the lack of legislative action on comprehensive immigration reform and the halt to the Obama administration's record 2 million deportations.

    Tens of thousands of workers marched for higher wages in South Africa, including at a rally lead by president Jacob Zuma.

    Thousands rallied across Morocco, where the AP reports the minimum wage will be increased by 10 percent.

    In Eastern Ukraine, May Day demonstrations turned violent as pro-Russian protestors clashed with Ukrainian police and security forces.

    Tens of thousands of Russians marched in the Russian capital in the first official May Day celebration since 1991. Meanwhile, protestors rallied in downtown Moscow demanding LGBT rights and end to tensions and military standoff with Ukraine.

    With Jaisal Noor, this is Oscar León.

    End

    DISCLAIMER: Please note that transcripts for The Real News Network are typed from a recording of the program. TRNN cannot guarantee their complete accuracy.


    Comments

    Our automatic spam filter blocks comments with multiple links and multiple users using the same IP address. Please make thoughtful comments with minimal links using only one user name. If you think your comment has been mistakenly removed please email us at contact@therealnews.com

    Comments


    Latest Stories


    Breaking Down the Scottish Independence Vote by Class Lines
    Progressive Caucus Split on Issue of Arming Syrian Rebels
    Historic Climate Change Protests Only Days Away
    Philadelphia Decriminalizes Marijuana
    Coalition to Fight the Islamic State Unlikely to Succeed
    Upsurge in Voter Participation and Scare-Campaigns As Scots Head To The Polls
    Are Combat Troops on Their Way to Iraq?
    Media Failing to Provide Substantive Debate on ISIS
    Interpret or Change the World?
    Special Report: Scots in Their Own Words on Independence
    What Drives U.S. Foreign Policy Towards Israel?
    The Federal Reserve Makes "Effort" to Rein in Big Banks
    An American Fascism - Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (5/8)
    Breakthroughs Unlikely at Upcoming UN Climate Summit
    The Untold History of The Star Spangled Banner
    What Drives Obama's Foreign Policy?
    Israel Facing Major Economic Consequences for 50 Day War on Gaza
    FBI Targets Minority Communities in Mortgage Fraud Investigations
    Obama's 'Moderate' Syrian Rebels Are Nowhere to Be Found
    "The State Targeted the Panthers Because We Were Socialists, Not Because We Were Armed" - Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (4/8)
    Democrats Have Options to Pursue Campaign Finance Reform
    The Bennis Plan: Here Is a Real Strategy for Dealing with ISIS
    Baltimore Cop Says Some Officers Are a Threat to the Communities They Serve
    The World Made A Much More Dangerous Place by the U.S. Since 9/11
    American Bombs Will Not Defeat ISIS
    Obama's Syria Plan Will Strengthen IS and Warlordism
    ISIS Wants the US Drawn into a Ground War
    New Iraqi Government Will Abide by U.S. Regional Goals
    COINTELPRO, Attack on the Panthers - Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (3/8)
    Federal Reserve Data Shows Growing Wealth Gap Based on Race

    RealNewsNetwork.com, Real News Network, Real News, Real News For Real People, IWT are trademarks and service marks of IWT.TV inc. "The Real News" is the flagship show of IWT and Real News Network.

    All original content on this site is copyright of The Real News Network.  Click here for more

    Problems with this site? Please let us know

    Linux VPS Hosting by Star Dot Hosting