May Day protests draw crowds, police in downtown Houston

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Wearing red in solidarity and waving provocative signs, protesters gathered in downtown Houston mid-day Monday for the first of two gatherings aiming to show support for workers and immigrants. 

The first gathering, starting at 11:30 a.m. at Sesquicentennial Park, drew police as the crowd snaked through the streets to City Hall to “show the Trumps of the world what real power looks like,” according to the event’s Facebook page. 


“Rights are not given,” the post notes. “They are won.”

A second May Day rally – organized by Houston Socialist Movement, Latino Inmigrantes Triunfadores and a slew of other protest groups – is slated for 5:30 p.m. at Guadalupe Plaza. 

“This rally will be different from other May Day events in Houston,” organizers promised in a press release.

“This rally is being organized by workers independently of the Democrats and Republicans, and no elected officials or politicians will be on the platform. Participants will also voice fundamental criticism of the entire political system and capitalism in general.”

The evening rally-goers will demand an end to deportations, a $15 minimum wage, union rights and an end to capitalism. 

May Day, which is also known as International Workers’ Day, has sparked nationwide protests in the past – and this year is no exception. 

Even as Houstonians gathered in solidarity, crowds came together – sometimes clashing with police and sparking violence – in cities from Istanbul to Paris to Washington DC. 


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