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Mayday promises to be biggest protest this year

Mayday promises to be biggest protest in Wellington this year

Statement By Wellington Mayday Activists

Press Release: Mayday2001
Carnival Against Capitalism
Mayday 2001 Global Day of Action
Our Resistance is as Global as their Capital

What is Mayday?

The 1st of May is the day when we celebrate struggles against class society & demonstrate our internationalism. Mayday was adopted by the workers movement as the day to celebrate the general strike for an 8 hour day led by the anarchist Haymarket Matyrs who were executed in 1886. Last Mayday saw huge demonstrations & strikes all around the world.

This Mayday, like previous years, is a global day of action where people of different movements & different countries will join forces for a day of protest against the social, political & economic institutions of the capitalist system. Workers, the unemployed, students, trade unionists, indigenous peoples, peasants, the landless, women s groups, ethnic minorities, peace activists, environmentalists and so on will work in solidarity with one another in the understanding that their various struggles are not isolated from each other.

Why Anti-Capitalism?

After a century of pretending to reform itself into a more humane system, capitalism can now only show itself as unrestrained exploitation. It's constant drive for profit compels it to ruin the environment, provoke wars, exploit indigenous peoples and force everyone to work harder and longer. Increasingly people are becoming angry with debt-ridden, stressful lives over which they have no control.

The media are keen to misdirect this anger against fellow workers, indigenous people, asylum seekers or beneficiaries. But the mass protests against capitalism show that people are beginning to direct their anger against the real source of their problems: capitalism.

Get Involved!

May Day Carnival against Capitalism in Wellington

12pm: The Freedom Shop free food and drink to celebrate six years of anarchy at 272 Cuba st

1pm: Student march gathers in the Quad, Victoria University. Departs at 1:10pm for Cuba Mall

1.30pm: Carnival Against Capitalism -Street theatre and music in Cuba Mall

2pm Demo Against Wellington Water Privatisation - Bucket Fountain Cuba Mall

2:45 Protest against KFC - Kentucky Fried Chicken In Manners Mall

3pm: Shut down Star Mart! In Manners Mall.

3:30pm (approx) Depart For Midland Park from Manners Mall.

4pm: (approx): Gather in Midland Park for rally against Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, #40 The Terrace

for more info see our website www.mayday2001.org/wellington/

or contact Ross Gardiner at (04) 385 6728


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