In Greece, one May Day holiday was celebrated four days late this year -- on Thursday, the fourth.
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Background: In Greece, one May Day holiday was celebrated four days late this year -- on Thursday, the fourth. It was a rival march to the official celebration.
SYNOPSIS: Several thousand trade unionists took to the streets for a rival May Day celebration. One had already been held on May day, the first of May, by the pro-government General Labour Confederation. But the official celebrations were small and considered a failure. The second march was bigger, and noisier; the marchers were intent on giving it the look, and sound, of something special.
This march was solidly left-wing. Most of the hundreds of banners took a firm anti-government line, with special reference to a new anti-terrorism law recently passed by the Greek parliament. The law brought in the death penalty for acts of terrorism in which a person is killed, and imposed life-long jail terms for kidnappings and hijackings.
At the square, they heard speeches condemning the government of Greece, and called for a 24-hour strike to protest against what they called the government's support of monopolies; against the strong anti-terrorist laws, and increasing unemployment. Speakers also called for United States forces to leave Greece, and for Greece to pull out of the NATO alliance.