Why anarchists pick May Day for their protests

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The anarchists who allegedly vandalized several cars and buildings in Northern Liberties on May Day aren’t alone in their beliefs: authorities have documented anti-gentrification vandalism, especially on the West Coast, for some time.


Tensions over gentrification have risen since the influx of tech companies and the resulting cost-of-living increases in places like San Francisco and Seattle, spurring regular protests – sometimes involving vandalism.

The magazine Mask, rounding up a list of incidents in the Bay Area, catalogued the vandalism of a bus carrying Google employees in 2013 – activists protesting gentrification smashed a back window during a protest. Mask describes itself as a voice for “antagonist youth.”





The Department of Homeland Security released a 2013 memo outlining three arsons in Vancouver, Seattle and Grand Rapids, Mich. – all at new development sites. Later, anonymous posters on anarchist websites claimed responsibility and decried rent hikes and gentrification. All three fires were preceded by “a number of low-level criminal actions,” including smashed windows and anti-gentrification graffiti, the department wrote.

Philadelphia police said Tuesday it is unclear whether the incident in Northern Liberties was connected to May Day. May 1 is traditionally a rallying day for anti-capitalist and anarchist groups, dating to the 19th century and commemorating the Haymarket riot of 1886. That day someone lobbed a bomb at police during a rally for an eight-hour workday, and gunfire broke out. Several police officers and civilians were killed and dozens were wounded.

In modern times it’s a day to express solidarity with the working class, and in Philadelphia, Monday’s protests in Center City were peaceful and driven largely by mainstream groups – teachers’ labor unions and immigrant rights groups.




















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