For the most part, Vancouver’s Commercial Drive was relatively peaceful for the annual May Day protest marking International Worker’s Day, despite a heavy presence from the Vancouver Police Department.
Activists who showed up early said they were exercising their freedom of opinion.
“I think it really shows there’s a strong sort of sense of political responsiblity in this neighbourhood. There’s a very mixed bag of people here, it should be that way. Goodness, thousands of people here.”
“You can see different people and they’ll have their actual costumes and everything but then there are people who just came to join in and have fun.”
“This year as an anticapitalist day it means a lot. And there are so many people here that are fighting for like above minimum wage and I think that’s important becasue you have to fight for it right?”
Vancouver resident Sara Fiorito says workers around the province and on an international scale need more support.
“I’d like to see you know stronger protection for workers, I’d like to see people getting paid living wage, I’d like to see people more able to readily unionize.”
However, in the later hours of the evening, postings to Twitter painted a much different story.
— Anna Kalfa (@eastvanista) May 2, 2015
— David Borys (@dborysmusic) May 2, 2015
South of the border, Seattle’s protests were of a much more violent nature, with several arrests made and police officers and protesters injured.
— Evan Bush (@evanbush) May 2, 2015
— TheAnonMessage (@TheAnonMessages) May 2, 2015