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Vancouver May 1st Anti-capitalist March Photos

by Zig Zag

Vancouver May 1st Anti-capitalist March Photos
Anarchists display their banners to the assembled crowd at Victory Square..
Anarchists display their banners to the assembled crowd at Victory Square..
Vancouver May 1st Anti-capitalist March Photos
Vancouver May 1st Anti-capitalist March Photos
About 20 cops were set up around the rallying point at Victory Square, including these motorcycle cops.
About 20 cops were set up around the rallying point at Victory Square, including these motorcycle cops.
Marching east on Hastings Street carrying torches.
Marching east on Hastings Street carrying torches.
Members of the black bloc and their banners.
Members of the black bloc and their banners.
Vancouver May 1st Anti-capitalist March Photos
Camera crew from the Public Safety Unit (PSU) filming protesters.
Camera crew from the Public Safety Unit (PSU) filming protesters.
Cops line up to protect Pidgin restaurant.
Cops line up to protect Pidgin restaurant.
Torches blaze outside Pidgin.
Torches blaze outside Pidgin.
Disarm Authority banner.
Disarm Authority banner.
At Pidgin more cops from the PSU were deployed.
At Pidgin more cops from the PSU were deployed.
They also had a paramedic from the ambulance service (they had the large backpacks).  The ambulance service is part of the PSU.
They also had a paramedic from the ambulance service (they had the large backpacks). The ambulance service is part of the PSU.
These are two commanders of the PSU (both Sergeants) and a member of the fire department (with red lettering on the back of his reflective vest).  The fire department is also part of the PSU.
These are two commanders of the PSU (both Sergeants) and a member of the fire department (with red lettering on the back of his reflective vest). The fire department is also part of the PSU.
More PSU cops were deployed as the protest marched south on Main Street. They were transported by Sprinter vans acquired for the 2010 Olympics.
More PSU cops were deployed as the protest marched south on Main Street. They were transported by Sprinter vans acquired for the 2010 Olympics.
The VPD transports its PSU members with these Sprinter vans, which usually carry 5-6 PSU members. They can be distinguished from the Sprinter prisoner transport vans by their large side and rear windows.
The VPD transports its PSU members with these Sprinter vans, which usually carry 5-6 PSU members. They can be distinguished from the Sprinter prisoner transport vans by their large side and rear windows.
This second deployment saw PSU members wearing coveralls with body armour, 3 foot long riot batons, and gas masks strapped to their legs.
This second deployment saw PSU members wearing coveralls with body armour, 3 foot long riot batons, and gas masks strapped to their legs.
They also had their own camera crew.
They also had their own camera crew.
As the black bloc shed their outer layer of black clothing behind a banner, a group of PSU cops moved up to observe.
As the black bloc shed their outer layer of black clothing behind a banner, a group of PSU cops moved up to observe.
One of the commanders of the PSU (a sergeant).
One of the commanders of the PSU (a sergeant).
Torches marching down Hastings Street.
Torches marching down Hastings Street.

Over 100 people rallied at Victory Square in downtown Vancouver for a May Day anti-capitalist march.  After lighting torches the protesters marched through the Downtown Eastside, briefly stopping at the Pidgin restaurant which has been the target of ongoing anti-gentrification pickets.  Vancouver police had a large number of cops, primarily from the Public Safety Unit (PSU) deployed.  By the end of the march near the Main Street Skytrain station there were as many as 50 cops. 

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