Photo Feature by Juan Suarez
HAVANA TIMES – Once again hundreds of thousands of workers from Havana went out to parade at the Plaza of the Revolution on May 1st, International Worker’s Day. In other countries the day is one of demands for wages, benefits, against injustices and for rights, while in Cuba it is reaffirmation in support for the government, the leaders and the Communist Party.
This year, the appointment of Miguel Diaz Canel as president of Cuba has just passed, and according to him, he will serve under the tutelage of outgoing President Raul Castro, still the top leader of the all-powerful Communist Party of Cuba.
There are many reasons to attend the May Day parades that also take place in provincial and municipal capitals of the country. Some go by tradition, even for generations, others to support the government, others for not being marked for not attending and others simply for having fun in a festive atmosphere.
According to the Granma newspaper, “Unity, commitment and victory” was the slogan that brought together thousands of Cubans to celebrate this May Day. The official newspaper of the Communist Party added: “The day was marked by joy and commitment to the Revolution to which all joined who wanted to vibrate in another historic event.”
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