Saturday, 5 May 2012

Annual May Day Rally in Derry

Derry Anarchists took part in this year’s annual Trade Councils May Day parade through the streets of the city centre.   

This years march and rally was lead by a local jazz band however despite this, this years event has got to have been the smallest celebration yet with an estimated 100 participants despite the attendance of several leading trade unions such as UNITE, SIPTU and UNISON.

Earlier in the day Derry Anarchists erected a banner ‘Solidarity is Strength’ on the city’s historic walls over looking the rallying point only to have been removed prior to this years annual parade taking place.

As the march made its way back into the Guildhall Square, trade union officials lined up to condemn the latest round of ‘austerity’ measures inflicted on workers and our communities.   

One leading representative of the Derry Trade Council in his speech welcomed the motion passed at the recent annual Northern ICTU event which was held in the city condemning the continued imprisonment of Marian Price by the state.   

In finishing he called on everyone, including all trade union activists to join with the campaign for justice by demanding Marian’s immediate release ‘no matter what your political beliefs’.