Global May Day Protests Against Austerity and Deaths of Bangladeshi Workers
NO ADVERTISING, GOVERNMENT OR CORPORATE FUNDING
DONATE TODAY

Global May Day Protests Against Austerity and Deaths of Bangladeshi Workers


May Day marches in major cities around the world demand an end to austerity policies and support of workers' rights -   October 3, 14
Members don't see ads. If you are a member, and you're seeing this appeal, click here

Audio

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter



"The Real News Network" delivers as the title indicates -"Real News". Not news cycle trash or fluff. - Laviero
Log in and tell us why you support TRNN

Bio

Jaisal Noor is a producer for The Real News Network. His stories have appeared on Democracy Now!, Free Speech Radio News and other independent news outlets. Jaisal was raised in the Baltimore-area, and has a degree in history from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Transcript

Global May Day Protests Against Austerity and Deaths of Bangladeshi WorkersJAISAL NOOR, PRODUCER, TRNN: Hundreds of thousands marked May Day--also known as International Workers Day--in dozens of countries across the world. Protesters marched against austerity and demanded higher wages, better benefits, and improved working conditions. The actions took place just one week after a garment factory collapse in Bangladesh served as a grim reminder of the dangers of lax safety regulations in poor countries.

As the death toll from that disaster surpassed 400, thousands of Bangladeshis took to the streets of their capital, Dhaka, and demanded justice for the low-wage workers killed in the factory collapse, enforcement of safety standards, higher wages, and the end of threats and harassment against union organizers. Protestors reportedly chanted, "Hang the killers! Hang the Factory Owners!"

Thousands of low-wage garment workers also took to the streets of Cambodia, expressing solidarity with the workers in Bangladesh and demanding their garment industry increase their minimum wage and increase workplace protections. Solidarity actions with Bangladeshi workers were also held in New York, London, Los Angeles, among many other cities across the globe. The Pope also expressed his support for the Bangladeshi garment workers and appealed for all worker to receive fair wages.

In Indonesia, tens of thousands of union members and their supporters shut down the capital of Jakarta to protest of the government's proposed budget cutbacks and the reduction of benefits of government workers. And in the Philippines, thousands of laborers rallied in the capital, Manila, for better pay, worker protections, and job stability.

The wave of anti-austerity actions also swept Europe, with tens of thousands taking to the streets of France and Italy. In Greece, where official unemployment is over 25 percent and the government has proposed slashing thousands of more jobs, tens of thousands of public sector employees held a 24-hour anti-austerity strike to protest against massive spending cuts, reportedly shutting down much of the country's public services. Record Spanish unemployment, including over 50 percent for young people, fueled massive protests in dozens of cities, including Madrid, Barcelona, and Bilbao.

May Day turned violent in Turkey after police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse crowds attempting to enter the popular Taksim Square to show worker solidarity. Several were reportedly arrested.

Actions were also held in several African Countries, including Morocco, South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. Tens of thousands of workers and the unemployed took to the streets to demand action to end to poverty, government corruption, and enactment of policies to support job creation.

Events also took place across South America. Bolivian President Evo Morales used his May Day speech to announce the expulsion of USAID for allegedly working against his government. In Cuba, Raul Castro addressed tens of thousands who gathered to mark May Day, dedicating the day to deceased former Venezulean president Hugo Chávez. Thousands also took to the streets of Venezuela.

And in Mexico, tens of thousands of students, teachers, and workers clashed with police in the nation's capital.

May Day was also marked in dozens of cities across the United States, where thousands showed their support for low wage workers, for humane immigration reform, and against budget cuts.

In Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Oakland, among other cities, undocumented immigrants and their supporters showed their opposition to the proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill currently being debated by the Senate. The bill would create a 13-year path to citizenship for some undocumented workers, but protestors say they oppose it because it would further criminalize the undocumented, see increased border militarization, and disadvantage low-wage and low-income workers.

Anti-austerity protests also took place in Washington, D.C., and New York, with activists demanding employers allow low-wage workers to unionize and provide them with a living wage. They also demanded an end to war and, instead, investment in schools and other infrastructure. Several were arrested, including at this scene in Washington, D.C.

Reporting for The Real News, this is Jaisal Noor.

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


Another Weapons Deal Inked as Saudis Strike Yemen with US Bombs
Not Just for Better Pay: Seattle Teachers Vote to Strike for Social Justice
Guatemalan President Molina Arrested After Resignation
10 Years After Katrina, Test Scores Tell One Story, Residents Tell Another
Deep Contradictions in Obama's Arctic Policies
Capitalism Will Hit the Wall Again, Hard - Heiner Flassbeck on RAI (5/5)
Court Rules Argentina Creditors Can't Seize Its Central Bank
After Hearing, Protests Against Police Killings Continue
Why is There Systemic Police Abuse in Baltimore?
Lawyers of Six Officers in Gray Case: Move Trial Out of Baltimore, And Away From Its Politics
Obama Secures Iran Nuclear Deal in Senate
The Necessity for Higher Wages - Heiner Flassbeck on Reality Asserts Itself (4/5)
Activist Kwame Rose Arrested Outside Freddie Gray Pre-Trial Hearings
Former Cop Says Freddie Gray Slowdown Didn't Prompt Crime Spike
TRNN Livestream Outside Freddie Gray Pre-trial Hearing
Trade Union General Strike Across India
In Landmark Ruling, California Prisons Halt Solitary Confinement
Veolia Pulls Out of Israel
Is Erdogan Creating a Perfect Storm to Get His Party in Power?
The US Dollar and the Search for a "Reasonable" Capitalist - Heiner Flassbeck on RAI (3/5)
Pre-trial Hearings for Freddie Gray Case Start Wednesday
What Has Changed Since Freddie Gray's Killing?
Labor, Bernie Sanders, and Direct Action: Larry Hanley and Morrigan Phillips
Is Obama Greenwashing His Climate Record in Alaska?
Key Pocomoke Councilwoman Says City Doesn't Speak for Her in Secret Meeting Controversy
Days of Revolt: The Revolutionary, Caged
A Broken System Breaks Families
Cheney Blasts Iran Deal, Forgets That as VP Iran Got Closer to Getting Nukes
DC Mayor's New Plan to Stem City Violence: More Policing
Extraordinary Brutality Inflicted on Civilians in Yemen

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