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MAY DAY 2012

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Interesting that they've used the word "spectacle." This has a rather negative connotation in the English language, but this was exactly the word that was used for the great proletarian events that used to be staged in Communist Romania. Those were the days...

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0RTPIeqxvU

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Interesting that they've used the word "spectacle." This has a rather negative connotation in the English language, but this was exactly the word that was used for the great proletarian events that used to be staged in Communist Romania. Those were the days...

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0RTPIeqxvU

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The spectacle of defiance and hope are a performance group taking partin the event

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Its a dirty day, but, a chairde, let's make the effort to turn out for the parade. We will have our Connolly Soviet banner up, so don't be shy, come over and say hello.

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It was very wet!!! There was a decent crowd for the conditions, and given that it was mid-week. I'd say there were about 500 people there, maybe a little more. The usual mix of the more active Union members, Trots, Republicans and community groups.

 

The organisers really should have adapted their plans to the weather. They insisted on putting on music before any speeches started, meaning that people got even more soaked and many drifted away.

 

Still, it was good to be on the street on May Day with comrades!

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Lugh and myself were discussing the possibility of combining the Tine Bealtaine, or festival of fire with the May Day parade. What do people think? Would this not be an excellent combination? Particularly give the Red Flag of Communism and the Sun Burst of Republican Socialism.

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I think we need to combine the two. While the two are separated, it leaves Lá Bealtaine as a class-neutral event. Generally speaking people will not see the significance of class to the festival, which is not suprising since the origins of the festival pre-date class division, from a time of "primitive communism". The emergence of class division has gradually eroded the festival, it is now just another bourgeois holiday, renamed in pathetic terms as the "May Bank holiday" and robbed of any real celebration. It is the same with all the old festivals, one by one falling or being completely re-branded by bourgeois and capitalist ideals - the epitomy of this process being the re-branding of the Autumn Equinox in the past couple of years by Diageo as "Arthurs Day"

 

By re-asserting the significance of Bealtaine, we can assert our desire for a destruction of class division and a return of communism. The potential symbolism of the festival fits in very well with our revolutionary goals.

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I think we could approach the organizers and see if they would be willing to integrate the Tine Bealtaine Festival into the May Day Parade. Who are the organizers precisely?

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I think we could approach the organizers and see if they would be willing to integrate the Tine Bealtaine Festival into the May Day Parade. Who are the organizers precisely?

 

The Dublin Congress of Trade Unions organised the main march. I think I read somewhere that the IWU had their own march, but I'm not sure about that or whether that did materialise.

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