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Europeans rally on May Day amid economic worries http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/01/AR2009050100990.html?sub=AREconomic woes fuel May Day angerhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8027884.stmImmigration activists plan May Day rallieshttp://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-rallies1-2009may01,0,7459575.storyBiltmore Village brings back May Day celebrationhttp://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090501/NEWS01/905010335Chicago Anarchists on trial: Evidence from the Haymarket Affair 1886-7http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/award98/ichihtml/hayhome.htmlF. Scott Fitzgerald's "May Day"http://www.sc.edu/fitzgerald/mayday/index.htmlImages of May Day often include flowers, maypoles, and children delivering May Day baskets not riot gear and tear gas. However, May Day is also known as International Workers' Day and is a commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket Affair. The Haymarket Affair occurred during a strike in Chicago when a peaceful labor rally turned violent. Since then, May Day has become an international celebration of the labor movement and is often used as a day for political protest for workers' rights. Facing serious economic hardships and rising unemployment, governments around the globe are concerned that May Day rallies may turn violent. Clashes have broken out in a number of countries as unions use traditional May Day marches to protest against the handling of the global economic crisis. In Istanbul, riot police fired tear gas and water cannons as protesters threw gas bombs and attacked banks and shops. German police made dozens of arrests in Berlin where protesters began setting fire to cars. There have also been marches in Russia, the Philippines, Japan, and Hong Kong, where demonstrators are calling on governments to do more to protect jobs. Tens of thousands are expected to protest for immigration reform in downtown Los Angeles. Trade unions in France have called for French people to come out in force for the traditional May Day march and some 300 rallies are planned throughout the country as demonstrators protest against the government's handling of the economic crisis. The French government has faced growing hostility from workers including riots and increasing incidents of "boss-napping," workers holding their bosses captive to force concessions from corporations. Social historian Patrick Weil suggests that France may be on the verge of a revolution: "When you have this anger, this feeling of resentment, this feeling of injustice represented by the presidential power, yes, there is some ground for potential revolt if you don't want to say the word 'revolution'." The first link will take visitors to an article from the Washington Post about the May Day rallies occurring around the world. The second link leads to a piece from the BBC that discusses the current economic crisis and subsequent violence that has been occurring over the past several months in France as more violence is expected today during May Day marches. The third link leads to a piece from the LA Times discussing the rallies planned for May Day in downtown LA in support of immigration reform. On a lighter note, the fourth link leads to an article from the Citizen-Times of Ashville, NC describing Biltmore Village's efforts to bring back a more serene, traditional May Day celebration. The fifth link leads to a page from the Library of Congress' American Memory Project on the Haymarket Affair and includes more than 3,800 images of original manuscripts, broadsides, photographs, prints, and artifacts. The last link leads to a brief introduction and then the full text of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novella, "May Day".

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