Bloody May – Riots ahead!

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During the first days of may we will be re-enacting an infamous riot that took place in RL Berlin 1929.

In this blog post you will find a bit of info about what will be happening in this sim on that date and some of the rules, but you will also find some background to the RL may riots.

 
The 1929 Berlin Project riots

We will try and recreate the real 1929 riots with the limited options SL offers us.
Our sim is not like the Wild West, please make sure you know the projects rules and understand them before you take part in the madness of may 1, 2 and 3.
We aim for realism.

On May 1st at around 1pm Communists will gather outside the KPD HQ across from Der Keller.
They will then try and march across Friedrichstrasse towards Unter den Linden.
There they will be confronted by the police.
After things get out of hand, chaos will follow and for the next couple of days the police will be in charge of the city.

The police will block off part of the city, patrol, check people and will open fire at houses with red flags and people gathering.
Please be prepared to be hassled by them, even questioned.
If you don’t want to be part of this you may have to avoid the city or at least the working class district (west of Unter Den Linden).

Communists and other rioters will walk around with red flags and build their own barricades.
Shots will be fired, avatars may die.

For these 3 days Berlin will be in a state of emergency.
Normally when you die in our 1920s Berlin sim, you die permanently and are banned from the sim.
Because of the many bullets flying about these days we allow people to return after being shot.

Nevertheless, it may be a good idea to create an alt if you feel like some proper rioting without the risk of getting the police keeping an eye on you for the rest of the year 😉
Join the KPD group to communicate with the other revolutionaries.

 
The REAL 1929 may riots of 1929

Demontrations in open air on may 1st have been banned since 1924 in Germany but this never caused any problems.
But by 1929 the political tension in Germany had heated up so much that trouble was brewing.
At the end of 1928 Adolf Hitler’s speech ban was lifted and he had started agitating the situation in the country right away, causing street fighting and several deaths.
The Berlin Police President Karl Friedrich Zörgiebel then banned all public open air gatherings of political nature.
When in april 1929 the Communist Party (KPD) started calling workers to come to the May day rally, it was announced that this public gathering ban would also be valid on may the 1st.
The communists were furious and threatened to have their rally anyway.
The police started preparing for riots and street fighting, extra police troops were called in.

On april the 30th the KPD handed out leaflets claiming the political gathering ban had been lifted, but it was not.

On may 1st thousands of Berliners started gathering and went on their way to the center.
Immediately the police took action, beating people with batons, used water cannons and even warning shots were fired.
The Social Democrats had followed the outdoor gathering ban and had had their may day meetings indoors.
After his return home from such a meeting Max Gmeinhardt was shot when he didn’t close his window fast enough.
With the social democrats, workers and poor people in general becoming furious, the conflict now escalated rapidly.
In the afternoon barricades were erected to make it harder for Police cars to reach certain areas.
In the evening the police started using armored vehicles with machine guns, only meant to be used when the police was fired upon.
Police start shooting at houses with red flags.

On may 2nd the KPD called people to go on strike as a reply to the police violence.
On may 2nd and may 3rd the police combed trough the working class areas, searches houses and arrested countless people.

In total 33 demonstrators, workers and bystanders had been killed by the police, at least 80 were seriously injured. The Berlin police, under control of the supposedly pro-labour social democratic government, had fired a total of 11,000 rounds of live ammunition. This incident, remembered in the German language as Blutmai (“Blood May”) deepened the split between the SPD and the Communist Party, which indirectly helped the German right wing parties and the eventual rise of the Nazi Party in the German parliament.

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