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May Day Gathering in D.C. Sings Former Soviet Anthem

To mark the labor holiday, a gathering in Washington celebrated with the anthem that rung throughout Stalin's purges.

By NTK Staff | 05.02.2018 @8:38am

A May Day gathering of a few dozen activists in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday decided to celebrate the annual left-wing holiday with a rendition of the first Soviet national anthem.

The gathering sung an English-language version of “The Internationale,” promoting causes of the far-left. Several rally-goers carried the red flags of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Traditionally a song celebrating worldwide labor solidarity, the Bolshevik government adopted “The Internationale” as their theme following the Russian Civil War. The Kremlin kept the anthem until 1944, when it replaced the song with the still-used “Hymn of the Soviet Union.”

“The Internationale” represented the Soviet Union during some of Communism’s most brutal decades. Its use during the 1920s and 1930s echoed over Stalin’s purges, five-year plans, and state-sanctioned famines.

The American left still believes it appropriately represents their cause.

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