Given the high levels of youth unemployment in the North America and Europe, it is mildly surprising that May Day 2012 did not result in a wave of violent protests and riots. While there was violence and vandalism in Seattle, Montreal, and Oakland, the demonstrations were peaceful for the most part across most of Europe and North America. The efforts of anarchists to use May Day to stir up a wave of disruptive demonstrations mostly failed
There is a huge amount of rage among unemployed youth. The hordes of unemployed is a tinder box that may be unleashed in the future, but at least on May Day 2012, did not erupt.