Purchasing power, inflation, Covid… A May Day in the sign of anger in the world


Purchasing power, the watchword in Athens

Thousands of people demonstrated in Athens demanding more measures to support purchasing power, despite inflation reaching 9.4% in Greece in April.

If the minimum wage is raised by EUR 50 to EUR 713 per month on May 1, this measure will be considered insufficient by the unions, who are demanding EUR 825.

… to Madrid

In Madrid, some 10,000 protesters, according to a government spokesman, marched to demand wage increases and anti-inflation measures. A large banner read:

“May Day. The solution: raise wages, keep prices down and increase equality.”

Other demonstrations took place across Spain and in Andorra, also highlighting the rise in the cost of living, the price of houses and the loss of purchasing power.

Working for Peace” in Italy

In Italy, the main trade union federations had called for a meeting in Assisi (center), the city of Saint Francis, patron saint of Italy, on the theme of “Working for Peace” in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “We absolutely must work to end this absurd war that Putin wanted,” said Cgil union leader Maurizio Landini, in front of several hundred activists.

Egg Throwing in Berlin

Berlin mayor Franziska Giffey was speaking at a rally in Berlin attended by 7,500 people according to media reports when a protester threw an egg at her. Her security service was able to protect her with an umbrella.


Numerous arrests in Istanbul

Dozens of people were arrested in Istanbul six days after the convictions of patron Osman Kavala and seven members of civil society accused of trying to overthrow the regime.

The governor’s services reported the arrest of 164 people who wanted to join the famous Taksim Square, the epicenter of the major 2013 anti-government protests, closed to traffic and parades.

Angry for the South African president

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has rushed out of May celebrations after angry miners stormed the stage where he was due to speak at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenberg, north. The protesters, who shouted “Cyril must leave”, demanded an increase in wages.

Calls for the resignation of the Sri Lankan president

In Sri Lanka, hit by a violent economic crisis, the opposition unanimously demanded the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa during mass demonstrations. “Go Home Gota”chanted tens of thousands of activists in Colombo.

Months of power outages, runaway inflation and severe shortages of food, fuel and medicines have sparked widespread anti-Rajapaksa protests since mid-March.

… and elsewhere

Two major gatherings are planned in Buenos Aires: one of groups close to the government to express their support for current policies while advocating a more pronounced social focus in the face of inflation, and the other of organizations on the left of power to voice their opposition to the debt repayment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and to demand a radical social shift.

Several thousand people also marched in London, at the request of trade unions and environmental or social organizations such as Black Lives Matter (Black lives matter).

In Cuba, at the request of the government, hundreds of thousands of Cubans in masks marched to key cities at a time when the island is facing severe shortages and rising prices. After two years of incarceration related to the Covid-19 pandemic, the communist government had called on workers to participate in these parades and organize bus transport. The rally took place in Havana in the presence of President Miguel Diaz-Canel and revolutionary leader Raul Castro.

(with AFP and Reuters)