Saturday, May 1, 2010
Today Russians are celebrating May Day. The holiday goes back to the events of May 1st 1886 in Chicago when a group of workers went on strike to demand an eight-hour working-day. The protest ended in bloody clashes with police. May Day was celebrated in the Soviet Union on a large scale as the Day of International Solidarity of the Working People of all countries. Although the holiday has gradually lost its political charge, the various political forces hold rallies on May 1st to press their demands. Meetings are called by trade unions, parties, public organizations and groups of citizens.