The violence that visited May Day protests overseas spread to Connecticut, but for different reasons. Bristol’s own May Day centers not on worker rights but honoring flowers. The Forestville Garden Club held its annual May Day March For Plants Monday, where as its president Synthia Marsh says, “We walk for those that can’t.”
However as in past years, the march turned violent. Shouting “Rafflesia arnoldii are flowers too!”, “Justice for Euphorbia esula!” and “Hell, no – We won’t grow!”, protestors hurled seed packets and bulbs at riot police. Two policemen were sent to the nurse at Chippens Hill Middle School with bits of pollen in their eyes. Passersby were sent fleeing to the scene to take selfies.
Ms. Marsh issued an apology on behalf of the club, blaming the violence on a few members who drank too much cooking sherry. Others claim the violence was incited by a particularly raucous episode of “The Victory Garden.” The Forestville Fire Department is also investigating to determine if arson was the cause.