A procession provided for May 1st in Lyon, a demonstration punctuated with damage

A procession provided for May 1st in Lyon, a demonstration punctuated with damage
A procession provided for May 1st in Lyon, a demonstration punctuated with damage

According to the prefecture, 6,500 people demonstrated this Wednesday, May 1, in Lyon for Labor Day.

Far from the 17,000 demonstrators counted by the Rhône prefecture last year in a context of discontent against pension reform, the May 1 demonstration this Wednesday nevertheless brought together 6,500 people according to state services and 13,000 according to the unions.

6,500 people according to the prefecture

A significant mobilization driven in particular by the situation in Gaza for which there was numerous support in the procession. The head of the France Insoumise list in the European elections, Manon Aubry, came to the start of the demonstration before heading to Paris. Olivier Faure and Grégory Doucet were also seen in the procession.

The reduced inter-union movement, without the CFDT and Force Ouvrière, struggled to make itself heard and move forward, disrupted by a group of thugs at the front of the procession. The latter notably damaged a bank shortly before Saxe-Gambetta, leading to six arrests according to state services. Some clashes between isolated thugs and the police also broke out. In total, at least 17 people were arrested, notably ahead of the demonstration while they were equipping themselves in anticipation of clashes according to the prefecture.

Salaries, peace and pensions were the main demands of the procession. “We can’t stand Macron anymore, and we are afraid of what will happen in the European elections and then in the presidential election, we must make ourselves heard“, says Eric, a regular at May 1 processions. “This government spends its time hitting precarious workers under the pretext of savings, but will never tax the richest. We’re just asking for justice“, says Léa, a young worker.

The CFDT, for its part, organized its own parade leaving from the Tête d’Or park at the start of the afternoon. Force Ouvrière for its part resumed its traditional meeting, in front of the commemorative plaque of the Canut revolt at Croix-Rousse, at noon.

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