Edric O Posted May 2, 2012 Share Posted May 2, 2012 This year's International Workers' Day (May Day) seems to have been marked by particularly large and militant rallies, demonstrations, and strikes around the world. In Asia, there were huge workers' marches in the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia (I heard these were the largest May Day demonstrations in Indonesia's history), India, Pakistan, Nepal and even Hong Kong. In Europe, people took to the streets in unprecedented numbers in Spain, there were 3 rival marches in Moscow, the unions showed their strength in France ahead of the elections, and of course there were protests in Greece. The main rallying cry was opposition to austerity. Even in the United States, where May 1st is not usually a big deal despite it being the country of origin of International Workers' Day, this year the Occupy movement organized large protest actions in a number of cities.Here is the BBC reporting on some of this:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-17918179The events across the world yesterday are just one relatively small symptom of a bigger trend: Capitalism has been in crisis for about 4 years now, the ruling classes of the world don't seem to have any clue how to bring it out of stagnation, and working people are getting increasingly angry.We are living in very interesting times. Of course, I am hoping that we are witnessing the beginning of a period of rising class struggle that will eventually lead to a successful communist revolution somewhere in the world. Then again, it might not lead to that. But it will certainly lead to something new. Going back to business as usual and picking up where we left off in 2008 isn't really an option. Some things will change. The question is, which things?Where do you think the world is heading? Where would you like it to be heading? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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