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By Chris Wright WDRB-TV Fox 41 News
LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB Fox 41) –
Several protesters found themselves in trouble with the law during a pro-labor May Day rally.
May Day is similar to Labor Day, and it was marked with protests and rallies around the world.
Those who took part in Louisville say the working class is under fire, and they wanted to make themselves heard; even if it meant being taken into custody. Many of their chants were directed at Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. They say his recent battle with the teachers union inspired them to show up Sunday.
"Wall Street created this crisis. Now they are creating a diversion, a distraction, blaming those guys. Blame those guys over there. That's the reason we have this budget crisis," said protestor Carol Smith.
"We need a protest badly because working people are getting screwed," said Larry Hovekamap.
They started on the steps of City Hall, then made their way through the streets of downtown. The protestors were made up of a number of groups, including union members, pro-labor groups, and even anarchists.
"We want people to be able to associate freely and work to support each other, instead of work for a wage which kind of divides each other," said anarchist Eric Kleppe.
The anarchists got in trouble when they scrawled messages in chalk on downtown buildings. Two were later cited for it. One woman was taken into custody, but police say she was later released.
The rally wrapped up on the waterfront, where protestors ran into the law again. Officers told them they were blocking the entrance to the Chow Wagon. Despite all the problems, organizers believe they got their point across.
"We want to stand up and show people that we're there for the worker. Every American worker needs to have their rights represented and know they have support from people all over this nation," said Shameka Parrish-Wright with Kentucky May Day Coalition.
One of the anarchists was cited for possession of graffiti material, the other for desecration of a venerated object.