Long live May Day, comrades!
Kyrgyzstan, Photoblog, Politics and Society, Tajikistan2 Comments
Today, May 1 2010, in Bishkek, at the Old Town Square near the monument to Lenin (yes, he’s still there!) the Communist Party of Kyrgyzstan (yes, we still have them!) held a May Day rally of solidarity of workers. According to organizers, the meeting brought together all those “who care about the fate of the Fatherland,” and as well as those “who [recently] suffered from lawlessness.”
The Communists, in the shadow of the monument to Lenin, gave beautiful speeches praising the ideology of communism and socialism. And also, the Communists accused the interim government in “shuffling of staff” and that they “do not care about workers’ rights.” The rally was peaceful and lasted no more than an hour.
Personally, I found the Communists’ rally very interesting – you don’t usually see that many Soviet symbols in Bishkek in one day. Except for nimble traders of cheap Chinese goods, such as balloon toys of Sponge Bob and Mickey Mouse, and the well suited expensive and fashionable suit of party leader Iskhak Masaliev, it seemed like the time machine took me back to the 60s or the 70th of the past century – that same symbols, the same slogans, same old people, whose eyes filled with tears when playing a new song of the Communists of Kyrgyzstan.
Maybe for these old people the Communist Party still means something, but for me, and I’m sure for the majority of young people of our country, it’s only a history, the symbolism of which has recently become fashionable. Some Baltic and Central Asian states have been hostile to their Soviet legacy. However, I think that history, be it good or bad, must be protected! So long live May 1, comrades!
Photo by neweurasia (+20 photos)