|Union banners hang on the front of Congress on Plaza Bolivar.|
I saw lots of communist flags and Che Guevara portraits. Perhaps communism was a beautiful dream before Stalin, Cuba and North Korea showed a different reality. And, good or bad, Colombia is not likely to turn communist, particularly because of a loud march.
If only these spirited young people would find a concrete way to immprove their world, instead of grasping for dream that's never going to happen.
On May Day, we also witnessed extremist 'urban tribes' battling in the Teusaquillo neighborhood.
|Robocops watch the protesters pass San Francisco Church.|
|Capitalism at work: A man works the crowd to sell Voz, the communist newspaper.|
|Look closely: these robocops are women.|
|And so is this one.|
|An anti-riot tank ready for battle, with tear gas and water cannons ready.|
|The CUT: Central Unitaria de Trabajadores.|
|After the protesters passed, a communist flag hangs on Seventh Ave.|
|Costumed protesters walked toward downtown.|
|Even the police horses wore armor.|
|'A beautiful woman is one who wears a hood.'|
|Written on Plaza Bolivar: 'Obama is not my boss.'|
|Primero de Mayo, on the Avianca building.|
|After the demonstrators passed by, McDonald's looked more colorful....|
|....and so did the police shields.|
|Police motorcycles race thru La Candelaria.|
|In the afternoon, a man sweeps paper off of the newly-paint bombed steps of the cathedral on Plaza Bolivar.|
|A man sits on Plaza Bolivar with a Guy Fawkes mask.|
|After the protest, this peace activist was back on his spot in Plaza Bolivar.|
|To wrap up the day, a Cuban-Colombian after party.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours