May 1st: Workers Celebrate Labor Day in Guyana

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May 2, 2008

Amidst the marches of the more prominent labor unions in Georgetown yesterday, workers found the occasion to be an ideal setting to voice their concerns over the HIV/AIDS epidemic that is now a visible part of Guyanese life. In efforts to create awareness, one of the placards noted that

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4 Responses to "May 1st: Workers Celebrate Labor Day in Guyana"

  1. Cindy says:

    Well, you gotta help yourself first before anyone will help you. Education is the first place to start – it will help reduce infections significantly. I don’t know what programs the government of Guyana currently has if any as I don’t live in Guyana, but I hope they would start some education programs on major health issues affecting its people.

  2. Rafeena says:

    for my daughter’s 2nd grade home work she needs to know why do workers wear red and white and no where on the net or any books that i read can i help her with the answer….anyone there to help

  3. Response to Rafeena says:

    Rafeena, hope this helps….Thanks James
    The red symbolizes the blood of fallen individuals outside the Castle Hotel in centre of Merthyr and the white symbolizes the white reform flag. Please read on……
    On 28 May 1871 The Paris Commune falls. Forty years previous workers in area of Pentre Penderyn and Hirwaun were about to rise up in what becomes known as the Merthyr Rising. On 31 May 1831, Merthyr Chartist Thomas Llywelyn comes to Hirwaun, the previous day he had spoke at an huge Chartist Rally at Twyn y Waun Common. He was hoping to hold a similar Chartist Reform rally on Hirwaun Common under a White Reform flag, however militant workers more concerned with ”natural justice” than ”political reform” had other ideas. The ”natural justice” radicals as Lewis Lewis, Dic Penderyn and others however, had their own plans and after seizing the white reform flag, they sacrificed a calf (local tradition speaks of a lamb) and bathed the white Reform flag in it’s blood. This Red Flag became their Flag of Liberty over tyranny and would lead them forward seeking ”natural justice” from the oppression and exploitation of Iron Masters and their lackeys. By 1 June, the workers had established ”Armed Positions” in the ”Barrios” of Heolygerrig and Cefn Coed, by 2 June marching on Merthyr, the militant workers and their radical leaders soon raised up the populace in revolt – WELSH INSURRECTION 1831.
    The next day outside the Castle Hotel in centre of Merthyr, a large crowd had gathered and at about 12 Noon, Soldiers guarding a meeting of Iron Masters and Town Bourgeoisie opened fire. When the smoke had cleared some 28 people lay dead, this should be a date made more known and annually commemorated as the 3 Mehefin 1831 Merthyr Massacre. Over the years since, particularly in our own contemporary times there has been much focus on the matter of Dic Penderyn, a Martyr yes, but it is now more accepted that he did stab the Scots Soldier Donald Black. It has become a matter of a rather misguided ”Political Correctness” to focus on Dic Penderyn and ignore Workers Hero, Lewsyn yr Heliwr who has been generally condemned to the shadows of Welsh History. Further, largelly ignored and forgotten is the heinous and murderous crime of the Merthyr Massacre that took place on 3 June 1831. Do note the terrible massacre of Communards following fall of Paris Commune of 1871, the French state carried out vicious revenge on the insurrectionists, excellent histories on web about these events. Idea/Suggestion: Why not have Merthyr link with Monmarte district of Paris which was main area of the Paris Commune of 1871, someone in Merthyr, why not suggest to your Town council.

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