Berlin

May Day 2010

IN PICTURES! May Day – which combines Germany’s knack for organization with Berlin’s predisposition for nihilism – has come to epitomize the city’s alternative edge. We joined the 'fun'.

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Photo by Dominic Burr

FROM THE FRONT LINE…

Each May 1 for the past two decades, in a much-anticipated ritual of unbridled violence, Kreuzberg has turned into a battlefield as police clash with rioters under the bemused gaze of excited, camera-toting tourists.

May Day – a phenomenon combining Germany’s knack for organization with Berlin’s predisposition for nihilism – has come to epitomize the city’s much-sought-after alternative edge, alongside hardcore electro and underground clubs in old warehouses.

This year was no exception – as our photographers found out.