May Day / First Friday (including police pictures!)

by | May 5, 2009 | POLITICS

This First Friday was May Day. Many Americans do not know that May Day is also International Worker’s Day. A Worker’s Rights march took place, and after diverting from the sidewalk into the street (to avoid marching through Gull’s audience), the march was surrounded by police as it was returning to the sidewalk. One young man- who was heading up the march- was taken forcibly by the police from the sidewalk and back into the street so he could be charged with disrupting traffic.

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This First Friday was May Day. Many Americans do not know that May Day is also International Worker’s Day. A Worker’s Rights march took place, and after diverting from the sidewalk into the street (to avoid marching through Gull’s audience), the march was surrounded by police as it was returning to the sidewalk. One young man- who was heading up the march- was taken forcibly by the police from the sidewalk and back into the street so he could be charged with disrupting traffic.

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For the record, this occurred on Madison Street, as the march had turned the corner from Broad and was heading back towards Marshall. Madison Street was empty until the police flooded it, so, to recap: the police made traffic happen, dragged someone into the street, and then charged him with disrupting traffic. The police then threatened the man with arrest if he could not show I.D., which confuses the staff of RVA Magazine. We were unaware that I.D. was required to walk in the Commonwealth.

EDIT: This was not the official May Day March, but an offshoot. The RCPD was extremely helpful in the main march.

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