But it persisted amid a flourishing of trade unionism. The symbolism of the workers' Easter, of rebirth and renewal, dramatised this experience of revival. And it developed a carnivalesque aspect. May Day did not merely enact internationalism and working class solidarity; it celebrated these things with the familiar paraphernalia of badges, flags, art, sporting events and heavy drinking.
The leaderships of Europe's growing socialist parties were often worried by the threat of repression coming from governments and businesses, and attempted to avoid excessively confrontational demonstrations. But such domesticating tendencies were counteracted by the severity of the social crisis sweeping Europe and the upheavals it produced.
Even during the first world war, when protest was punishable by imprisonment and hard labour, May Day demonstrations were often flashpoints of anti-war struggle. It was at such a rally that Karl Liebnecht denounced the war before 10, striking workers at the Potsdamer Platz on 1st May In Britain, following the arrest of the Scottish socialist John MacLean for sedition in , Glasgow workers embarked on a mass May Day strike and protest. European governments alternately preferred repression or co-option of May Day after the first world war.
The traditional parties of the right tended to prefer repression, or the threat of repression. For them, regarding the jubilant May Days in revolutionary Russia with unease, the whole thing stank of treason. Fascist parties had a more ambivalent attitude, largely because unlike the traditional right they needed the support of a layer of workers. The Third Reich declared 1 May a "national workers' day" in But the original meaning of May Day reappeared at the darkest moments of the Nazi era, as when it was celebrated in the Warsaw ghetto which launched an uprising against the regime.
Fascist Italy abolished May Day, expunging the radical working class traditions it embodied, but it also introduced a labour holiday on 21 April.
Franco, who arguably waged the most vicious military struggle against the left in Spain, and who wiped out , in executions and concentration camps in the five years after his victory, simply outlawed May Day. It was not celebrated again until his downfall in In the postwar period, May Day was generally tolerated and in some cases even recognised as a public holiday.
In the UK, 1 May was made a bank holiday by the Labour government in In some cases, this was part of a process in which organised labour was co-opted, resulting in the holiday becoming an observed ritual and little more. But it continued to inspire astonishing upheavals — May Day protests played a significant role in the Portuguese revolution of , as well as in the uprisings against apartheid in the s.
And even in less dramatic circumstances, it assumed greater importance during periods of turbulence, such as during the miners' strike. May Day returned as a militant, if convivial, protest in the UK in , due to the convergence of a broad coalition of activists under the rubric of anticapitalism. Follows the life of three siblings, who move to Louisiana to claim an inheritance from their recently departed father - an acre sugarcane farm. After a car accident and stranded in the middle of nowhere, an ex-con and his daughter find themselves in an abandoned hotel, populated by sub-human cannibalistic creatures.
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