For the first time in history, an interactive parade for the 1st if May was arranged in several places in the country. In Oslo, more than 9,000 took part in a virtual parade with speeches and stories.
It is the first time since World War II that there has not been a parade on the 1st of May at the capital from Youngstorget, but the participation on the virtual parade was overwhelming.
– “In Oslo, the attendance of 9,011 people this year, which is higher than we usually have in a year where there is no voting, and bad weather from the morning. By comparison, the number was 10,600 last year at Youngstorget, and that was a record year,” says Ingunn Gjerstad, head of LO in Oslo, in a press release.
On the web, participants could go in and choose which tab or parole they would like to go into, and then submit videos with both political appeals and speeches. Once a parole or tab had been selected, they are registered as participants in the train.
Digital May 1 parades were arranged in several places in the country, including in Tromsø, Kristiansand, Namsos, Stavanger, Fredrikstad and Trondheim, to name a few.
In total, 15 of LO’s local organizations joined the idea, and more than 16,000 went on digital parades nationwide. If you include trade unions, political parties, solidarity organizations, environmental organizations and various actions, a total of 110 different organizations participated in the virtual celebration.
– “It is good to see that the cohesion and commitment to our demands and issues are living at their best, even during these Coronavirus times,” says Gjerstad.
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