Workers of the world

May Day, London 2014I popped out of my office last May Day morning to withdraw some money from the bank, and found the streets full of good humoured protesters. The London May Day brings together trade unionists, workers from the many international communities in London, pensioners, anti-globalisation organisations, students, political bodies and many others in a show of working class unity.

I’ve chosen these photos because they illustrate this week’s WordPress photo challenge theme of refractions. But I look at these photos and think mostly of Hong Kong’s student protesters. Fresh clashes broke out today between the Hong Kong police and pro-democracy protesters, with officers using pepper spray and batons against the crowd.

The campaigners and protesters want political reform and democratic elections that meet international standards. Not so much to ask…

May Day, London 2014

May Day, London 2014

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