ITS MAY DAY
TODAY IS MAY DAY. IT IS THE INTERNATIONAL WORKERS' DAY ---- NATIONAL HOLIDAY IN MORE THAN 80 COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 1886 HAY MARKET AFFAIR OF CHICAGO.
Haymarket Martyrs Monument in Forest Home Cemetery
On 4th May 1886, Police arrested the Labour-Leaders from a protest-meeting at the Hay Market Square demanding 8 hours work for the labourers. Police arrested them in charge of throwing bomb, but during the trial, Police or the State could not establish the identity of any bomber or modus operendi. Yet, the prejudiced judiciary pronounced the life-sentence for seven defendants, and finally, on November 11, 1887, four defendants, Spies, Parsons, Fischer and Engel were taken to the gallows. They sang the anthem of the international revolutionary movement. In the moments before the men were hanged, Spies shouted, "The time will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you strangle today!"
In today's world of exploitation and extortion on the labourers, we salute the sacrifices of all workers worldwide, and vouch to fight till the goal of equality, jusstice and bread for all in this planet.