May Day in Berlin has a darker side – the annual May Day riots in Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain. The usually peaceful May Day street parties and concerts tend to give way to car-burning and stone-throwing as the day turns into night. Following a tradition that goes back decades, the May Day holiday has been marked by violence since 1987. Consequently, the Berlin police are bracing themselves for violence as several groups, including trade unions, far-left parties, and neo-Nazis will be taking part in street demonstrations.

I will be in my apartment observing all the activities from the safety of the balcony. However, for those of you that will miss all the May Day activities, there is a tour of Kreuzberg’s riot hot spots conducted in English by an American anti-capitalist activist. See the video.