The Occupy movement is vowing chaos from coast to coast in over 135 cities to bring the economy to a halt tomorrow by calling what they hope will be a global general strike coinciding with the annual socialist/anarchist May Day observance.
The date commemorates the May 1, 1886 Haymarket riot in which anarchists threw a bomb at Chicago police during a labor protest.
Occupy Wall Street promises to make New York a nightmare for police and for commuters alike by spreading out throughout Manhattan and seizing a commuter tunnel, while California Occupiers promise to shut down San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
One Occupy website even refers to May Day as the start of what it is calling “The May 2012 Insurrection” and promises to force thousands of financial institutions to close.
“The goal is to shut down commerce worldwide and show the 1 percent we will not be taken for granted,” the Occupiers say on their Occupy May Day –General Strike! Facebook page. “[W]e will not be silenced, WE WILL NOT MOVE until our grievances are addressed.
“F–k the American Dream.”
New York Occupiers plan on uniting with the National Lawyers Guild, a groups founded by communists in the 1930s, and others to rally on behalf of illegal immigrants, demanding their legalization.
Occupy.com indicates that the radical lawyers group will be training Occupiers about when to call “police brutality”, and Occupiers have been stocking up on medical supplies in preparation for confrontations with police.
According to Bloomberg, Occupy Wall Street plans on targeting 99 financial institutions with its “radical” afterparty that will include “blockades” of bank buildings. New York’s Bryant Park across from the Bank of America building.
And Salon reports that public school students from New York’s Paul Robeson High School will be joining the demonstrators.
Occupiers reported on Twitter Monday that some of their organizers had been rounded up in pre-emptive arrests, but the New York Police Department would not confirm those reports to Red Alert Politics.
While in the nation’s capital, Occupy DC promises to be more subdued, gathering in the city’s Malcolm X Park for a picnic and rally.
Actions reportedly are also scheduled for cities around the world from Paris to Sao Paulo in Brazil and London, England.
May Day promises to be only the beginning of a month of demonstrations that will include protests against the G8 and NATO summits in the coming weeks.