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MILLIONS OF people protested against capitalism worldwide on May Day. According to Tony Blair many did so in London because they wanted confrontation with the police and supported "spurious causes".
But, contrary to the lies of the police and the New Labour government, the vast bulk of demonstrators were not seeking violence. They were there to expose the violence and exploitation of the capitalist system which allows:
Little wonder a recent poll showed that 74% believe big corporations have too much power and 73% think top executives get paid too much. In Britain a Guardian opinion poll showed that 76% think "big international companies usually care only about profits and not the interests of the people in the countries where they operate". A further 67% believe these companies "have more influence on daily life in Britain than our own government".
On May Day, hundreds of Socialist Party members joined the thousands who were not intimidated by the over-the-top policing, with threats of rubber bullets, to demonstrate against capitalism in London and other cities in Britain. It is clear that the the police's main aim on May Day was to try and frighten potential demonstrators into staying at home. The police were not there to protect the public, but to protect the system.
They did not succeed. Nor will the capitalist class internationally succeed in defending their system against the growing anger of working-class people.
Throughout the world they protested showing that capitalism is a system increasingly under siege.
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Article dated 4 May 2001
The Socialist, weekly newspaper of the Socialist Party
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