AFP, Posted on Monday, May 02, 2022 at 06:26
With inflation, claims for purchasing power were the focus of traditional May Day protests around the world on Sunday, including incidents in France and arrests in Turkey.
Incidents in Paris
In Paris, several clashes between mobile groups of black-clad youths have provoked police.
According to an AFP reporter, about twenty brands, mostly McDonald’s, insurers, real estate agencies or banks, were damaged and the car was wrecked. They also fired tear gas and fired shells at police who tried to disperse them. Eight firefighters were injured, the interior minister said.
Following the re-election of President Emmanuel Macron on April 24, one million people marched across France in a highly politicized environment to confront the far-right candidate, Marine Le Pen.
Numerous arrests in Istanbul
Dozens of people were arrested in Istanbul, and six days later host Osman Kawala and seven members of civil society were accused of plotting to overthrow the regime.
The governor’s services announced the arrest of 164 people who wanted to join the popular Taksim Square, the epicenter of major anti-government protests in 2013, closed to traffic and marches.
Boose to the South African president
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s hurried out of the May Day celebrations as angry miners stormed the stage where he was to speak at the Royal Bofoken Stadium in Rustenberg (north). The protesters chanted, “Cyril must leave,” and demanded a pay rise.
The President of Sri Lanka must resign
Opposition parties in Sri Lanka, which have been hit hard by the severe economic crisis, have unanimously demanded the resignation of President Gotabhaya Rajapakse during mass rallies.
Tens of thousands of activists chanted in Colombo.
Several months of power cuts, inflation and severe shortages of food, fuel and medicine have sparked widespread anti-Rajapakse protests since mid-March.
Purchasing power, tag in Athens
Thousands of people protested in Athens, demanding additional measures to support purchasing power in the face of inflation, which hit 9.4% in April in Greece.
If the minimum wage was increased by 50 euros on May 1 to 713 euros per month, the move would be deemed inadequate by the unions, who are demanding 825 euros.
In Madrid, about 10,000 protesters marched demanding action against wages and inflation, according to a government spokesman. A large banner read, “May Day. Solution: Raise wages, keep prices and expand equality.”
Other demonstrations took place across Spain and in Andorra, where rising costs of living, rising house prices and the loss of purchasing power were central to the demands.
… and in Argentina
Two rallies took place in Buenos Aires: at the initiative of a Peronist group close to the government, which showed its support for the current policy, while at the same time calling for a more pronounced social focus on tackling inflation.
The other demanded a radical social change and better wages at the initiative of organizations on the left of power not to repay the debt to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
… and in Honduras
In Honduras, as never before, President Xiomara Castro, in power for nearly 100 days, took part in a march of several thousand workers in San Pedro Sula, 180 km north of the capital Tegucigalpa.
The crowd chanted his name and burned the statue of his predecessor Juan Orlando Hernandez, who was deported to the United States on April 21 to respond to drug trafficking after eight years as head of state.
Working for Peace in Italy “
In Italy, major trade unions called for a rally in Assisi (center) on the theme “Working for peace” in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Maurizio Landini, leader of the Cgil union, declared in front of several hundred activists, “We must work tirelessly to put an end to this absurd war that Putin wants.”
Laying eggs in Berlin
Berlin Mayor Francisco Kifi was speaking at a rally attended by 7,500 people in Berlin when a protester threw eggs at him, according to media reports. Her security service was able to protect her with an umbrella.
Thousands marched in London at the call of trade unions and environmental or social organizations such as Black Lives Matter (Black Lives Matter).
In Cuba, at the call of the government, hundreds of thousands of Cubans, masked, marched on major cities, and the island faces severe shortages and rising prices. After two years in prison in connection with the Govt-19 epidemic, the Communist government organized bus transportation and called on workers to take part in the march. The rally was held in Havana in the presence of President Miguel Diaz-Connell and revolutionary leader Raul Castro.
In Chile, three people were injured by bullets and two were arrested during a violent clash in Santiago. According to National Police Chief Enrique Monras, the protesters entered businesses and confronted traders.
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