Photo Essay by DAVID CORREIA
Scores of marchers paraded down Central Avenue yesterday, nearly all dressed in anarchist red and black, to mark May Day, or International Workers Day. In flyers announcing the rally, (un)Occupy Albuquerque and La Raza Unida, the organizers of the march, asked “are you dying for a living wage?” And many of the marchers, some on bikes, dressed up as zombies as a way to represent the human cost of the capitalist wage system.
Marchers began assembling at 5 PM in the parking lot of a boarded-up Walgreens. By 5:30 the rally moved west along Central Avenue passed boarded up businesses and abandoned motels led by musicians playing The Internationale. Protesters stopped at the Wal-Mart at Central and San Mateo, unfurled banners and sang songs, including “I’ve got friends with low wages.”
The rally retraced its steps along Central Avenue as marchers chanted slogans, including “1… 2… 1… 2… 3… Down with the Bourgeoisie.” The “March for all Workers Rights” as organizers called it concluded in a local park where marchers enjoyed food, music and theater. Unlike at marches in Seattle yesterday, there was no heavy police presence.