Once only an opportunity for the Ruskies to roll out the latest rockets in Moscow, May Day has become a worldwide day of protests and demonstrations.
The Thais want elections, Albanians claim election fraud, Nepal has anti-government protests, Greeks are against spending cuts, the English protested “militant Islam, Iran saw labor demonstrations, and in Montana folks protested showing a Nazi film in Kalispell.
Meanwhile in Boise there were flag-wielding people at three simultaneous gatherings along Capitol Blvd.
One group of about 50 was flashing signs along Capitol Blvd. across from the Library about green grass in a movement to legalize pot.
At City Hall protesters rallied against the recent immigration law passed in Arizona–waving the American flag and carrying signs which had a pro immigration theme.
Hundreds of motorcyclists gathered to “show support” at the end of the Boulevard at the Statehouse. One rider told the GUARDIAN it was for “safety and awareness” and added, “also to keep them from passing any helmet laws.” Again, there were plenty of flags…and groups supporting the military were evident.
Coppers told us there were no problems and one squad of about 15 officers was sent home early. All in all a lot of harmless steam was vented on the cool first day of May.
A PAIR FROM POET PAUL–
Arizona’s law must be scrapped some demand
And fires of passion have been fanned
They march and chant
But explain they can’t
The part of “illegal” they don’t understand!
Bikers came from far and wide
Riding miles side-by-side
Lawmakers should keep their paws…
Off those helmet laws
And let those who ride decide!
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