Elio Delgado Legón

President Miguel Diaz Canel and Communist Party leader Raul Castro in the Plaza de la Revolucion for the May Day workers’ parade.

HAVANA TIMES – Under the slogan of unity, commitment and victory, Cuban workers celebrated May Day, as a true celebration throughout the country, with parades in all the provincial capital cities, preceded by events and parades in all the municipalities, in which a total of millions of people participated, with the joy and enthusiasm that characterizes the Cubans.

One of the characteristics that distinguished the celebration of May Day this year was the support shown to the recently elected Council of State and its president Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermudes; as well as Army General Raúl Castro, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba. Also the support for the updating of the country’s economic model and to the continuity of the revolutionary socialist process.

The parade in the capital was held, as in previous years, in the Plaza de la Revolucion José Marti, where almost a million Cubans paraded, united and compact, carrying slogans from each workplace and sector, as well as photos of Fidel, Raul and the martyrs of the working class. They marched before the president and the main political and governmental authorities of the country, including the Secretary General of the Central of Workers of Cuba (CTC), Ulises Guilarte de Nacimiento. Also present were more than 1,400 labor leaders from 64 countries, who attend the workers’ party, in solidarity with the Cuban people and their revolution.

Photo: Ismael Francisco /cubadebate.cu

Before the parade began, the Secretary General of the CTC read an address reaffirming the support of the working class for the leadership of the Revolution. Guillarte also expressed the solidarity of the Cuban workers movement with the peoples and governments of Venezuela and Nicaragua, victims of external interference with the objective of destabilizing both countries and overthrowing their legitimate governments, democratically elected by their peoples. Likewise, with other peoples who suffer the aggression of imperialism and its lackeys.

At the front of the parade, occupying the wide avenue from one side to the other, a line of 100 students of teacher training schools carried a banner in which it read: 80 YEARS OF PRINCIPLES, UNITY AND HISTORY, in allusion to the 80 years of the CTC.

The workers of the education, science and sports sectors began the parade, carrying posters in support of the Cuban Revolution, the ideas of the Cuban leader Fidel Castro and the current leadership of the country, as well as demanding the end of the cruel and unjust blockade that the government of the United States has maintained over Cuba for more than 55 years. They also demanded the return of the territory illegally occupied by the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay. These demands were maintained throughout the parade.

Photo: Ismael Francisco /cubadebate.cu

The second block of marchers was that of health workers and the company Biocubafarma, one of the largest, followed by construction, communal, communications and tourism workers. From there, each union with its workers accompanied a municipality of the capital.

The last blocks to march were those of civil defense workers and finally members of the Young Communist League made up of workers, combatants and students.

It was a colorful, combative and joyous parade that lasted almost two hours and in which the participation of youth in all the blocks prevailed and once again the people showed their unconditional support for the Revolution.

Unlike other countries in which workers take advantage of this date to make a host of demands, including wage increases and respect for their rights, Cuban workers celebrate it as a party. Regardless of the fact that all the problems are not resolved, they know that their government works to overcome the obstacles and solve them in the shortest time possible, because this is a revolution, according to Fidel’s words, “of the humble, by the humble and for the humble.”

Elio Delgado Legon

Elio Delgado-Legon: I am a Cuban who has lived for 80 years, therefore I know full well how life was before the revolution, having experienced it directly and indirectly. As a result, it hurts me to read so many aspersions cast upon a government that fights tooth and nail to provide us a better life. If it hasn’t fully been able to do so, this is because of the many obstacles that have been put in its way.

11 thoughts on “International Workers Day 2018 in Cuba

  • If your remark about Trump(f) was addressed to me CErmle, then it is somewhat misplaced – not an uncommon occurrence in your contributions.
    I have made lots of critical comments about Mr. Trump(f) in these pages, so as usual, you are incorrect.
    Further, if you were to read my chapter on the US in Cuba Lifting the Veil, you would find much criticism of US policies towards Cuba (and the rest of the Americas).
    But you choose to sit and brood in blissful isolation proving that ignorance is bliss. Your limited knowledge is all too evident in your fatuous one/two liners.

  • There is nothing wrong Nick in having fun and I know you have a sense of humour.

  • Hello CErmle, you have popped up again – rather like a marionette in a cheap side-show supporting oppression and dictatorship.
    As I know the Cuban people far better than you, I can say that in your verbal marching ever forwards towards your objectives, you are clearly out of step with humanity.
    The “great gains” you write of include the 200 pesos per month ($8 US) pension and three years jail time for any parent who dares to teach their own child ideas contrary to communism. Obviously you gain satisfaction as one of those visitors so accurately described by another contributor who enjoys seeing Cubans treated like monkeys in a zoo.

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