The march, with over 300 participants, featured a diverse representation, from feminist organizers to students to informal labourers as well as trade union leadership as they marched to mark 133 years since the Haymarket Massacre
in Chicago and set the agenda to lead the labour movement in Pakistan.
It is the commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket Massacre
in Chicago, when Chicago police fired on workers during a general strike for the eight hour workday, killing several demonstrators.
Outraged by this monument in Haymarket Square, anarchists wanted to erect a monument to those killed by police gunfire during what they called the "Haymarket Massacre
" and to the martyrs murdered by the state in a sham trial.
After the Haymarket Massacre
, US President Grover Cleveland feared that commemorating Labor Day on May 1 could become an opportunity to commemorate the affair.
Although May Day began as a commemoration of stonemasons in Australia, the idea spread after the 1886 Haymarket massacre
MacPhee and others took to the streets of US cities with posters commemorating moments of radical history hke the Haymarket Massacre
, the Battle of Blair Mountain, and figures like Fred Hampton, Walter Rodney and ]udi Bari.
May Day is celebrated all over the world in the commemoration of the Haymarket Massacre
in Chicago in 1886, when Chicago police fired on workers during a general strike for the eight hour working days, killing several demonstrators.
Also known as International Workers' Day, the occasion commemorates the Haymarket Massacre
in Chicago in 1886, when Chicago police fired on workers during a general strike for the eight hour day, killing a dozen demonstrators.