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Tuesday, 1 May, 2001, 00:30 GMT 01:30 UK
Mayday protests: Who's who
The May Day protests have attracted a diverse range of supporters. Here are some of the groups who are expected to take part this year.

Wombles: The acronym stands for White Overall Movement Building Liberation through Effective Struggle. This is a direct action anarchist movement based on Ya Basta! the non-violent protest group which originated in Italy.

There is no leadership and tactics are agreed at meetings. The Wombles plan a "peaceful day of protest" - in particular a demonstration on Oxford Street, which the group believes "epitomises the crushing wheels of capitalism".

Protesters will be handed monopoly money and encouraged to go and "spend" it in the department stores. Those taking part have also been asked to bring instruments, toys, beach balls and banners and to have "one hell of a party".

Participants are encouraged to wear overalls, dust masks and cycle helmets. The group says their overalls "have the symbolic significance of representing those who have been marginalised and rendered invisible by the global capitalist system".

Critical Mass: A cycle group which campaigns for better public transport and an end to car culture. They cycle around the city of London on the last Friday of every month and also organise protest rides in other cities.

For May Day they are organising a mass cycle ride starting at Marylebone Station and Liverpool St station. The cyclists will then converge on Kings Cross.

London Animal Action: An animal liberation group which campaigns against the fur trade, vivisection and bloodsports.

London Animal Action says it "campaigns on a purely legal basis" although it does "recognise the effectiveness of illegal direct action as a weapon for fighting animal cruelty".

On May Day LAA supporters will be giving away free veggie burgers at Kings Cross to the Critical Mass cyclists and handing out leaflets. Later on they say they plan to feed the birds in Trafalgar Square.

Anarchist Federation: An organisation of "class struggle anarchists" who say they aim to "abolish capitalism and all oppression to create a free and equal society".

They are part of a wider group called the International of Anarchist Federations. The Anarchist Federation campaigns against third world debt and globalisation. They are also appealing for money for the defence of those protesters arrested in Prague last year.

Campaign Against the Arms Trade: CAAT campaigns to "end to the international arms trade and the UK's role in it". The group plans a presence in London during the day.

South London Mayday Collective: An anti capitalist group who says they are "non-hierarchical" and "autonomous".

On May Day they plan to dress as workers, politicians and fat cats to highlight the "absurdity of capitalism". They also support a range of community groups such as pensioners campaigning for a "fair pension" and the Defend Council Housing campaign.

Southern and Eastern Regional TUC: The TUC plan a march from Highbury Fields to Clerkenwell in protest at globalisation and tube privatisation. The TUC have disassociated themselves from some of the May Day activists.

No Sweat: A protest group launched in September 2000 to campaign against sweatshop labour in the UK and overseas. The organisation supports direct action.

Movement Against the Monarchy: An anarchist group which plans to protest outside an as yet undisclosed "royal site" on May Day.

Action Against Fees: Student groups are meeting outside the University of London to protest against student debt and higher education fees.

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