MAP. May 1st demonstrations: Montpellier, Perpignan, Nîmes… where the regional gatherings will take place ?

MAP. May 1st demonstrations: Montpellier, Perpignan, Nîmes... where the regional gatherings will take place ?

Entre 100 000 et 150 000 personnes manifesteront en France. MAXPPP – Vennarecci

Ce 1er Mai, plusieurs manifestations sont organisées en région à l'occasion de la fête du Travail. On fait le point sur les rendez-vous. 

This May 1st, dozens of demonstrations are organized in Occitania. From Perpignan to Nîmes, via Narbonne, Agde or Montpellier, the CGT has published its map of gatherings. 

Tens of thousands of demonstrators expected in France

Between 100,000 and 150,000 people are expected in the processions on both sides of the Hexagon , note France info. In 2023, 800,000 people marched in the streets, in a particularly tense context of pension reform. 

Among its demands this year, the CGT is calling for an increase in wages and social minimums and demands "a just and lasting peace wherever war rages"< /em>. 

Why are we protesting ?

In France, May 1st is a public holiday. But on a broader scale, it is International Labor Day and the organization differs from one country to another. 

Originally, the celebration comes to us like so many others, from America, note Public life. On May 1, 1886, the unions demanded an 8-hour working day, on the occasion of the first day of the business accounting year: "Moving day". Demonstrations multiplied from this date, and some degenerated. In Chicago three days later, a worker lost his life, police officers were injured and five people were sentenced to death. 

These tragedies were discussed during the congress of the Socialist International, organized in Paris in 1889. The American demonstrations were raised to the rank of symbol of the union struggle. 

When in 1919, Parliament voted in favor of the eight-hour day in France, it chose to make May 1 the "Labor and Labor Day Social harmony"

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