Socio-Political Expressions on May Day

Athena Ethical Media

Gothenburg aka Göteborg saw a massive expression of feelings, affiliations, demands and aspirations through marches, assemblies, gatherings, singing and dancing on the occasion of May Day (Labour’s Day or Workers’ Day).

The main event was at Götaplatsen: part of a long long tradition in Sweden to assemble and recollect the progress in all areas of life through governance and country towards socialistic goals. The key speaker was LO Chairman Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson who emphasized on ‘security for ordinary people’ and relayed the achievements of the government especially mentioning the Swedish Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson.

Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson, Swedish Trade Union Confederation: Landsorganisationen i Sverige (LO) addressing the attendes at Götaplatsen in Göteborg

Professor Jonas Hinnfors of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, noted that the size of people attending the May Day rally at Götaplatsen usually organized by Swedish Democratic Party has decreased compared to previous years. “Couple of years ago may they were double, very few compared to what it used to be,” Jonas Hinnfors said. “The number is decreasing.” He had come to Götaplatsen because it was a big event, out of curiosity and the social political developments are part of his research areas.

Ann-Sofie Hermansson (S), Chairman or Mayor, Gothenburg Municipality was also present at the rally. She emphasized the importance of May Day to, and building 60,000 new houses by 2028 in the quadricentennial city.

Ann-Sofie Hermansson (S), Chairman/Mayor, Gothenburg Municipality talking to GP’s journalist Anna Ekström

Gothenburgers from Iran and of Persian & Kurdish background demanded the Iranian government to release all the politicial prisoners. Many stalls were put out by them at Järntoget.

Gothenburg’s Iranians demanding for the release of political prisoners in Iran

Swedish Socialist Party’s women wing sang songs and enthused the crowds.