May 1st Anticapitalist March
A Quick Summary
Around 6:30, between 30 and 40 people gathered at Freedom Park to attend the "Anticapitalist March." After a few words from some participants, masks were offered to those in the crowd and the group began their way up Moreland Avenue toward Little 5 Points. This route was the preferred marching path for several years up until 2012.
Participants lit flares and smoke bombs above their heads while blocking traffic on Moreland Avenue screaming "Anticapitalista!". Once arriving in the Little 5 Points plaza a few minutes later, a few masked people began shooting firecrackers and roman candles into the air. A cop approached the crowd as squad cars began surrounding the plaza and attempted to stop the fireworks. Without hesitation, he was shot in the chest with a roman candle and began chasing the masked protestor who shot him. The crowd began screaming and many onlookers cheered approvingly of the anticapitalists while one reactionary heckled the crowd.
The crowd regrouped and marched further into Little 5 Points chanting "cops, pigs, murderers" before dispersing.
Inflammatory leaflets were strewn throughout the gentrified, bohemian, neighborhood and slowly blew about in the wind.
There were no arrests.
A Few Thoughts
Though the crowd was small, they displayed courage and a willingness to be aggressive in the face of repression. This is a character always worth preserving. It is not likely that any of the organizers could have willed a larger crowd into existence, but more creativity could have sparked a situation of higher conflictuality with capital and not the only with the police.
It is a time of low social contestation and demonstrations are not exactly crucial to an insurrectional unfolding at this time. I will encourage the reader to develop further ideas about what it will take for a rupture to stay permanently ungovernable, outside of the bravery of an active minority - without which nothing exciting would ever occur.
It was short but exciting. Maybe if their was a better plan it could've been better. Actually met some folks. No regrets.