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Auckland Anarchists - May Day Banner And Song

...text, picture and song from http://forward.to/classwar


Auckland Anarchists From Class War In Aotearoa With Their May Day Banner

The Origin of Mayday

In 1886, two anarchists, Lucy and Albert Parsons, walked arm in arm with their children down Chicago's Michigan Avenue. They walked at the head of 80,000 workers in the world's first ever May Day parade. At that moment, over 340,000 workers across the USA went on strike in support of the 8-hour day.

The next day, Chicago police attacked peaceful strikers with guns and clubs, killing and wounding several. On May 3rd, Chicago anarchists led 6,000 striking lumberworkers to the aid of strikers at the McCormick Machine Co (now called International Harvester). Again the police attacked with no provocation, and again several strikers were killed or wounded. Outraged, the anarchists called a protest meeting for the next day at the Haymarket, urging workers to come armed.

The meeting was peaceful, and a shower of rain sent away a lot of the crowd. When only 200 remained, the police suddenly attacked. In the confusion, a bomb sailed through the air, and exploded among the police, killing one and wounding seventy. In reply, the police opened fire, killing four and wounding others.

In the hysterical aftermath, there were many calls in the mainstream media for the "violent handling of all anarchists and other such traitors". One description of anarchists was "... long haired, wild eyed, bad smelling, atheistic, reckless foreign wretches, who never did an honest hour's work in their lives, but who, driven half-crazy with years of oppression (before coming to the Land of the Free) and mad with envy of the rich..."


Two of the martyrs of Haymarket. Michael Schwab (left) was not even at the meeting when the bomb was thrown.
He left before the speakers began to go and address a rally at the Deering Reaper Works
In the days that followed, eight anarchists were arrested and charged in relation to the bomb. Five were sentenced to hang, and the other three received prison sentences. On November 11, 1886, Parsons, Spies, Fischer and Engels were hung. Ling had committed suicide in his cell the night before, rather than allow the State to take his life.

It has never been discovered who threw the bomb at the police, but it was certainly not any of the eight convicted for it: six of them were not even there at the time! Six years later, the State Governor released the three survivors from jail, admitting that there had never been any evidence to show they were guilty, or the other five.

In Auckland, there is a parade up Queen Street starting 5.30 p.m.
on Tuesday 1st May 2001. Come along and
march under the anarchist banner!
Assemble in the square at the bottom of Queen Street.
For better impact at Mayday, learn our song: THE BLACK FLAG.

THE BLACK FLAG
(Tune: O Tannenbaum)

The people's flag is deepest black,
The red one's for the bureaucrats.
The "workers' state" is just a way
To let the revolution fade away.

CHORUS:
So raise our blackest banners high,
The people live, only leaders die.
The working class will smash the state,
We'll shoot the vanguard while we wait.

Let's smash Amerikan imperialism,
Let's fight all ghosts and monsters too.
Leftist leaders would rather see
A good slogan than a real victory.

CHORUS

Lenin, Stalin, Mao, and Trotsky still
Forgive us if we're feeling ill.
The working class won't kiss your arse,
The "workers' state" is just a farce.

CHORUS

People's army, people's war,
People's police, and people's laws.
You'll protect the "workers' state"
Till workers cease to agitate.

CHORUS

Who are the people you talk about?
Power to yourself, we have no doubt.
You just ride on the workers' gains,
But we want more than a change of chains.

CHORUS

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