Bristol was awash with a sea of red & black flags today as anarchists, radicals and trade unionists took to the streets for May Day. Four hundred people descended on College Green for a march and rally organised by Bristol Trades Council to commemorate International Worker’s Day (May1st). A large Radical Block we called that was made up of members of Bristol Anarchist Federation, Solidarity Federation, IWW and other revolutionaries numbering around 50 were present from the beginning handing out leaflets about the true origin of May Day.
As the march began the Radical Block took position near the front of the procession. The demonstration snaked out of College Green and down Park Street towards the Fountains as chants rung out from the block. There were some old favourites in there as well as a few new ones including a variation of “Solidarity Forever” called “Aristocracy Forever”.
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Over the last year or so Bristol has seen trade unions, left wing organisations and radical/revolutionary groups working together in a way that has not been seen in the city for a long time.
As the anti cuts movement began to build early signs of this came from the UK UNCUT movement. In Bristol, although the initial protests were organised by Bristol Anarchist Federation members we made a conscious choice, at least at first, to keep the “A” word out of sight.
There were a number of reasons for this, and just as many criticisms of it, but essentially we wanted to push a united anti-cuts message without sectarian politics clouding the end goal – To stop the cuts.
On the whole other groups respected and reciprocated this approach, although not always (see here under Bristol). Unfortunately our e-mail request for the SWP to edit this article claiming they had fronted the UK UNCUT action in Bristol when it was actually Students and AFed was ignored. Original write up on demo here. Continue reading