May 1st, was Mayday, celebrated around the world as International Workers Day. Mayday has a long history in Montreal, with the first Mayday demonstrations in the city dating back to 1906. Yesterday was no exception to this proud tradition.
In the evening, hundreds of anti-capitalist demonstrators managed to take to the streets, despite heavy police repression, in the annual CLAC Mayday demo. The police kettled over 130 people, issuing hefty P6 fines of $636 for each. Demonstrations were also organized against austerity measures by the labour movement, and the Immigrant Workers Centre.
There was also a Mayday celebration here at McGill organized by several unions and labour activists on campus. The Friday Morning After’s Cecilia MacArthur was there to bring us this report.