Report on May Day 2016 in Austria: Joint Resistance against Racist Attacks

Forceful, militant, internationalist demonstration despite racist attacks


Report (with Pictures and Videos) on the multinational, internationalist demonstration in Vienna marking May Day 2016 organized by the Revolutionary Communist Organization LIBERATION




The Revolutionary Communist organization LIBERATION (RKO LIBERATION, the Austrian section of the RCIT), organized a forceful, militant demonstration of 150 participants on May Day in Vienna. Among the participants were representatives from several migrant organizations including the Austria Coordination Council in Support of the Syrian Revolution, the Coordination Council of the Egyptian Community, the Ahwazi (Iranian Arab community), the Organization of Migrants from Iraq, and the Latin American Platform in Vienna. Brothers and sisters from Vienna’s Tunisian community were also present. Together we marched to demonstrate our internationalist solidarity with workers and oppressed throughout the world and our unflagging commitment to the fight against racism. We protested against the dictatorship of General al-Sisi in Egypt and Assad’s brutal rule in Syria, the imperialist-backed regime in Iraq, against theocratic Iran, against the ongoing parliamentarian coup in Brazil, for a free, red Palestine, and against the repression of migrants and the exploitation of workers everywhere, including in Austria.


This multinational, internationalist demonstration was viciously attacked by a group of Austrian racists who were not even deterred by the presence of the many families with small children who attended. Cowardly and to a certain extent drunk, these brutes tried several times to attack our demonstrators, and continually heaped insults upon us. Just like Alice Schwarzer, these louts see every woman wearing a headscarf as a symbol of "Islamist terrorism" and therefore a legitimate target for insults, thereby unsuccessfully attempting to disguise their own vile racism and sexism behind an allegedly “democratic” struggle for equality and against anti-Semitism. Sadly, these types of racists are actually commonly referred to by the local media as anti-nationalist, anti-fascist and anti-sexist. This perversion is particularly ironic seeing how they immediately denounce any criticism of the apartheid state of Israel as overt anti-Semitism, and basically see Muslims as nothing more than latent anti-Semites. Given their twisted logic, it’s no wonder that these cowardly racists even tried to attack and beat women among our demonstrators. When our comrades successfully managed to defend our sisters in the march, shouting “women beaters” at the would-be assailants, these warped men in all seriousness indignantly attempted to insult our comrades accusing us of "sexism"(!) But our comrades from the Austrian section of the RCIT successfully thwarted these racist provocateurs and put an end to their attempts to interrupt our multinational demonstration.


Undeterred by several attempts by these vile racists and women beaters to disrupt our May Day march and celebration, in the end our march and the public rally afterwards were a success. The crowd was addressed by a number of speakers among them Rahime Berisha, Almedina Gunić, Marek Hangler, Johannes Wiener and Michael Pröbsting, each one speaking as a member of the Austrian section of the RCIT. Other speakers included Ibrahim Ali from the Egyptian community, Dr. Hamoui from the Syrian community, and Comrade Isabel from the Latin America Platform in Vienna. There were also speeches by Abderrahmen Laarouchi, a Moroccan migrant, and a Syrian refugee who just recently arrived in Austria. Several speakers, including Abderrahmen Laarouchi, emphasized that we are fighting against Zionism and the apartheid state Israel, but not against Jewish people who are our brothers and sisters.


Elated and in the spirit of internationalism, militant anti-Zionism and anti-racism, we successfully concluded our May Day demonstration with calling out a joint slogan: “Long live internationalist solidarity!”


Speeches from the May Day demonstration as well as photographs of our contingent can be viewed on the RKOB website at: