Fears of far-right violence as US gears up for May Day protests

Fears of far-right violence as US gears up for May Day protests

As people gear up for May Day rallies across the United States, far-right groups are preparing to hold counterdemonstrations in Seattle, Washington, and Los Angeles, California. 

May Day, or International Workers Day, is commemorated annually on May 1 to celebrate the struggles of labourers and the working class.

Rallies will be held in cities and towns across the US on Tuesday.

In Seattle, where unions, socialists, anarchists and workers organisations plan to hold demonstrations on Tuesday, the far-right Washington State Patriot Response will hold a counter-rally dubbed “May Day Seattle – Stand Against Rioters”.

On a Facebook event page, the group calls on supporters to come “stand against” anti-fascists, known colloquially as Antifa, who it claims have “been destroying businesses and assaulting people on [May Day] all over the West Coast” in recent years.

The header image of the page shows armed men wearing US insignia and military-style vests while raising their weapons to confront masked demonstrators standing in front of flames and plumes of smoke.

“Berkeley – Portland – Charlottesville – Boston,” the banner reads. “Not today Antifa.”

Many commenters on the event page called for violence against anti-fascists. “It’s so about time that local patriots in Seattle get in the face of the subhuman mongrels,” a Facebook account called Creak Aldo wrote.

“Hats’ off to you, #MAGA, smack a f***ing commie,” Aldo continued. “MAGA” is a reference to the mantra – “Make America Great Again” – used by right-wing US President Donald Trump.

An article posted on StopCommunismUSA, a far-right website, said that

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