Outdated stereotypes and age-old mottos, unions and left-wing student movements amassed on the streets; a now established repertoire for international workers’ day demonstrators who are ironically there precisely to march against the establishment.
Walking in complete calm and civility under the scorching sun and punished by the relentless heat, Barranquilla’s demonstrators completed the traditional march starting at Estercita Forero’s statue and ending at Andean Park. Some were chanting for workers’ rights, some for peace, some against government misdealings and some even vindicating their right to praise their local sports team.
It would almost be a live performance of a political cartoon was it not for the righteous outrage the demonstrators displayed when it came to current corruption allegations and the general state of affairs.
Though seemingly uncoordinated and perhaps even harmless, the mob served a higher purpose: that of keeping alive the spirit of protest, that of reminding governments there will always be a fraction of the populace ready to take action trying to keep them honest and last but not least that of having a beer on a hot afternoon while remembering that once upon a time workers stood up for themselves and fought for better conditions. A front where there’s always room for improvement.