On May 1, 1886, a strike of 40,000 workers began in Chicago, protesting the harsh working conditions and demanding an 8-hour working day. The strike was severely suppressed by the police. As a result, several dozen people were killed and hundreds were injured. Authorities arrested several hundred people, and eight of the ringleaders were sentenced to be hanged.
Since then, May Day has become a day when workers traditionally held rallies, strikes and demonstrations. And in 1889, in memory of those who died in Chicago, the International Workers Congresses of Paris decided to celebrate World Workers’ solidarity Day on May 1st.
Workers’ Front of Latvia congratulates the labourers of Latvia and the whole world on the International Workers’ Day! We want to concentrate on solving the outstanding problems in the struggle for classless society, where the free all-round development of the individual is a condition for the free all-round development of all people.