Closing Thought –01May18

Today is May Day…..the international day of the worker, right?

This piece of history is for my friends, followers and commenters from the UK……

On April 30, 1517, oddly enough the day before May Day, riots in London, England broke out known as Evil May Day (alternately, Ill May Day).  English apprentices and businessmen had grown afraid of losing their jobs or business to foreigners coming from Continental Europe and setting up shop in London, taking jobs and business away from English workers and owners.

Resentment against foreigners has reared its ugly head again and again over the years in England and recently in the United States and other European countries as well.  Xenophobia is apparently nothing new and is certainly alive and “well” in today’s world.

A certain Dr. Bell had delivered a fiery speech denouncing these foreign workers and businessmen at the behest of a broker, John Lincoln, on Easter Tuesday preceding the riots.  The people were properly whipped into a resentful frenzy, leading cautious authorities to announce a curfew for 9 pm on the evening of April 30, 1517.

Irate at being told to clear the streets, apprentices gathered by at least 1000 strong in the unfortunately named Cheapside area and confrontation quickly turned into riot, with foreign residences and businesses being vandalized and looted.  By around 3 am after 300 arrests things seemed to calm down, and those arrested were pardoned by King Henry at the urging of his wife, Catherine of Aragon.  Unfortunately for the unlucky number of 13 rioters convicted of treason that night, those 13 were executed on May 4, 1517 as apparently even a King’s patience and sympathy has limits.  Dr. Lincoln himself was also hanged on May 7, 1517 for instigating the unrest.

London was occupied by over 5000 troops after the riot, and once the pardoned prisoners had been released no further riots broke out.

Immigration seems to have a problem long before today.

Today is May Day….Happy May Day my friends…..chuq

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5 thoughts on “Closing Thought –01May18

  1. In England, the official May Day is next Monday, and a public holiday. It has only existed since 1978, and is only on May 1st, if that is also a Monday. If not, they move it to the following Monday. For me, as a former Commie, it is a day to think of workers, and historical slogans.
    “A Las Barricadas!”
    “No Pasaran!”
    “Workers of The World Unite”.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. First, let’s look at this from your post: ” —Resentment against foreigners has reared its ugly head again and again over the years in England and recently in the United States and other European countries as well. Xenophobia is apparently nothing new and is certainly alive and “well” in today’s world.—-”

    Then let us understand why resentment against foreigners and Xenophobia have increased recently. It all has to do with unrestrained hordes of welfare seekers from s**t-hole countries trying to cross borders illegally, enmasse with exploitation and pillaging of the host country’s generosities in mind. It is so blatantly obvious what is going on to everybody except to the Liberals who are more than willing to give the entire show away for free to any bleeding heart with a story to tell.

    In my view and in the view of sane people everywhere who give a damned about preserving their own ways of Life, the resentment is more than justified. These are not migrations. They are invasions!

    1. I think that is lack of red meat think …..I do not fear mgrants for my culture is American…I never visited the “old” country I was brought up with the Constitution and my family…..we are Americans!

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