Till now we received reports from our own sources out of Hamburg and Berlin. Several revolutionary and internationalist groups said their reports will be comming up the next days. We will sum them up then.
Here you find Reports on activities on Mayday (in German):
On Mayday in Berlin
Beside various antifascist actions severeal demonstrations took place in the capital of the FRG. The biggest one was the revolutionary Mayday demonstration starting at 6 pm. Some 15 to 20 thousand participated. Following the demonstration some clashes with the cops emerged but the tendency of pazification of this demonstration continues. The police reprorted "Everything calm" at the evening.
Another demonstration regarding housing issues with more than two thousand people was made on 30th of April in Berlin-Wedding. On the same days evening around 500 people demonstrated for the preservation of the "Friedel 54".
On the unions federation (DGB) Mayday demonstration there was, as in previous years, a class struggle block with about 250 participants. On Friday there were a demonstration with about 200 people in commemoration of the 130th anniversary of the Haymarket riots in the US in Neukölln.
200 fascists tried to march through Berlin-Hellersdorf. The cops broke up several sit-ins and arrested counter-demonstrators. Nevertheless, there were repeated interference of th fascist demonstration. In Schöneweide about 400 people demonstrated against a demonstration by around 40 NPD fascists. In Weissensee about 200 people stood against another 40 NPD fascists.
The comrades of ADHK togehter with four German groups started to revive the tradition of 1 pm Demo. The Reason that this demonstration has a great symbolic value is because it is in the revolutionary movement in Western Europe and beyond known as very closely linked to the CO-RIM and groups such as the so-called Revolutionary Communist FRG.
Here's a video of ADHK:
The Mayday in Hamburg
The Mayday in Hamburg in 2016 consisted of several actions. On Saturday, April 30th, a demonstration was held under the slogan "width solidarity” (Breite Solidarität) - an expression of solidarity with the accused in the so-called Breite-Straße-process. In Breite Straße was in the course of the "squatting Days " a house temporarily occupied and defended against attacks by the cops. Different parts of the revolutionary movement participated, but mainly autonomous. Overall, the number of participants was around 2,000 people. The demonstration had a combative expression and different actions were carried out, including a car of the German Army set on fire. After initial harassment, the cops kept noticeably calm.
On Mayday itself there was,as in previous years, the Internationalist Block on the demonstration of the DGB. This was led by a common expression of the League against Imperialist Aggression (BGIA), which organized the block for years. Also as in previous years the Internationalist Block was the largest part of the demonstration by far. It involved parties, organizations, groups and individuals from Africa, Asia and Latin America, and from Europe; From Turkey, Kurdistan, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Palestine, Iran, Afghanistan u.v.m.
Together rose this block, as it was said in the call, the banner of anti-imperialist struggle. It was a massive expression of proletarian internationalism, the solidarity of the proletarian movement with the national liberation movements.
The first rows was an impressive expression of the class character and proletarian feminism. There were mainly workers marching and the very first row was made in its majority or exclusively by female comrades.
The DGB bigwigs ran away from this block, so that it almost formed a separate demonstration. At the end of the demonstration, the DGB security together with the cops tried to take action against the block. They aimed at their intimidation particular at female comrades with children - riot cops threatened with loss of custody of the children - a perfidious terror that we condemn strongest and welcome the determination with which the female comrades and even the children stood against this fascist terror and kept morale high. At the following celebrations the "Halk Cephesi" (Popular Front) and "Dev Genc" (Revolutionary Youth) was brutalized by the cops. We condemn this attack of the imperialist state against our struggling comrades and condemn all and every German group that does not know to stand with the struggling parties and organizations in the world at the crucial moment.
All this shows what a success this demonstration - mobilized mainly in working-class neighborhoods of Hamburg - and how the reaction is scared of it.
In connection with Mayday, there was an action in which in a supermarket foods were confiscated.
This year the BGIA did not participate in the so-called revolutionary Mayday demonstration. The backgrounds are very diverse and known to all directly involved forces and should not be unfold here. None of the international organizations was organizationally involved in this demonstration, but especially Germans. The remarkable thing about this Mayday in Hamburg is the generosity of the German state and its police department with respect to the different manifestations of violence in Hamburg. A comparison with the demonstration in 2015 shows a much more restrained and patient attitude of the pigs.
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Mayday speech of the CRHHere we publish a translation of the speech of the Collective Red Hamburg on the Mayday demonstration in Hamburg in 2016, which was send to us:
Proletarians of all countries, untie!Comrades!Today is Mayday. This struggling and celebration day is carried out by our class in every country on all continents.Here in Hamburg the internationalist block expresses this. It is a manifestation of the struggle down vs up.Here we have raised the common flag of antiimperialist struggle. Here the flags of struggling organizations from all over the world are waving.Today’s world is evermore stormy. Unrest, chaos and wars of every kind in ever lager scale dominating the agenda. But only from great chaos a great order is rising.Comrades!One of the today’s upcoming storms to sweep away imperialism from the face of the earth is developing in Brazil.The barbarity of the old Brazilian state against the masses is enormous. Reaction slaughters the people. They hunt people from helicopters like animals. They invade the slums of the cities with their army.Just one week ago reaction, the armed gangs of the landlords, has murdered the two brothers Nivaldo and Jesser, who had squatted land in the region 10th may with their families.The reactionary terror aims especially at the revolutionaries. Die murders of the peasant leaders Cleomar and Renato are crimes that will be justified.The old state aims also at the revolutionary intellectuals, like Igor Mendes, who was imprisoned after the struggles against the FIFA in 2014. An international campaign resulted in his release.Neither dungeons, nor torture, nor murder will shift the Brazilian people away from the way of struggle. It cannot and it will not live on its knees. Today there are villages where the old state is not in power and the people is charge.Comrades!Let us support the revolution in Brazil!Let us increase our efforts!Let us fulfill our internationalist duties!Comrades!In India the masses stand in People's War, moving forward in the democratic revolution.Thousands forming the revolutionary army which is hitting the reactionary armed forces hard again and again.There New Power is emerging. There the masses build the new world.The old Indian state has launched the Operation Green Hunt – a war against the people – with more than half a million soldiers. But he is failing.Therefore the reaction wants to use airstrikes against the revolution. The decision for genocide is already made. It is just a question of time when the bombardments of the liberated areas will start.Comrades!Let us support the People's War in India!Let us stop Operation Green Hunt – the war against the Indian people!The true face of their democracy is that they are mass murderers!Comrades!Next summer the so called G20-Summit will take place in this city.The greatest criminals against mankind will meet to coordinate their atrocities against the peoples of the world publicly.For sure there will be protests.What is necessary are no fancy talks or a big show from our side but a decisive and humble struggle to guide the protest straight not becoming diffuse or inconcrete. That are the antiimperialists duties.We have to combine ourselves with the other parts of the revolutionary movement and progressive people in general.If we do so the struggle against the G20-Summit in Hamburg will be a signal from the belly of the beast to the peoples of the world. A powerful signal that cries: Proletarians of all countries and peoples of the world unite and defeat imperialism and its lackeys.Comrades!Long live Mayday!Down with imperialism!Collective Red Hamburg1st of May 2016