United in the building of socialism. May 1, 2015. Photo: granma.cu

 

Elio Delgado Legon

HAVANA TIMES — Like every year, this May 1st was yet another opportunity for Cubans to reaffirm their support for the revolution and its leaders. This time around, however, they had the additional incentive of having the Cuban Five – anti-terrorist heroes who served unjust sentences in the United States and whose release required a 16-year struggle – back home and among them, leading the rally.

I say yet another opportunity because, recently, Cuba held its partial (municipal) elections, where nearly one hundred percent of voters capable of participating in these elections cast their ballots. As these are municipal elections, all those who are currently traveling, abroad or away from their municipality were unable to cast their vote – thus, the 90 percent attendance registered speaks of truly massive support for Cuba’s political system.

The rallies and activities for International Workers’ Day were carried out throughout the country. They were most visible at all provincial capitals, but they were also organized at municipal capitals.

Before the country’s main leaders and a considerable number of guests, including the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro, hundreds of thousands of workers and their relatives paraded through Havana’s Revolution Square holding Cuban flags and banners expressing support for the Revolution.

The parade in Havana was headed up by a contingent of five thousand health workers, led by members of the Henry Reeve International Work Brigade who fought Ebola in Western Africa, where they saved many lives and contributed, next to other volunteers, to halting the spread of this deadly epidemic, evincing altruism, humanism and solidarity.

The downpour that began some minutes after the rally started didn’t manage to wash away the colors of the celebration and, spurred on by the cry of “no one will surrender!” the workers continued to parade until the rain stopped. No one abandoned the rally.

Young people, with their characteristic enthusiasm, ratified their loyalty and commitment to Cuban socialism and their support for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, sending a clear message to those who think they can confuse them and hope they will destroy the revolution and set back the clock of history.

More than two thousand foreigners from over 70 different countries also participated. These included trade union leaders invited to the Workers’ Celebration and the leaders of Cuba solidarity groups that didn’t want to miss the opportunity to see the enthusiasm with which Cubans celebrate the proletariat’s most important date. In most of their countries of origin, May Day is a day in which workers demand rights that are already guaranteed in Cuba, and their parades are often repressed by the police.

Now, we will start hearing the detractors and mercenaries of old try and explain to us that the millions of workers who took part in the rallies in Cuba, with their families and even small children, did so involuntarily, in order to preserve their jobs. Anyone who sees these rallies, in Havana and other provinces, will however note the enthusiasm and joy of the parades and be able to refute this tired accusation.

No one who is forced to rally can express such enthusiasm and unconditional support for the revolution and its leaders, hoisting up the main slogan of the gathering: “United for the construction of socialism.”

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.

50 thoughts on “May Day 2015 in Cuba

  • Elio Delgado Legon , Thank you for this story and the truth.Today in Alberta the labour party with the grace of GOD and his amazing grace has defeated the regime.
    The courage of the Cuban people did cause obstacles to be wrongfully placed in it’s
    way when the people took what was rightfully theirs, and I am certain these obstacles will be put in Albertas new Governments way as well.
    I am disapointed that in all the congradulating not one representitive gave thanks to our savior the almighty GOD in the heavens.Perhaps the Great Flood of Calgary
    a result of greed in allowing so many people to build in a known flood zone and proven to be the fault of poor government was not understood , the flood victims ended the regime for now. What follows will probably be more of the same from
    where I am standing ,the last of my kind here.
    I do know that the success and sacrifice of Cuba has helped many oil blessed jurisdictions , and Cubas victory should be celebrated with their true friends Russia
    on their upcoming Victory Day May 9 , God bless Russia for their great sacrifice as well Cuba for theirs. Your Victory has inspired Alberta to be better and the Labour party should look to Cuba and other countries for help. I pray to God to give them the wisdom or their success may be only fleeting.
    Thank You

  • Elio, as a broken record you sure score the most responses. My only suggestion is please take a look at a country which has one of the largest oil reserves in the world and how desperate and sad it now is. It’s called Venezuela and you have to be living in a cave not to know this. I’m sure you do but how blind can a man be…

  • I do support lifting the embargo. …as soon as the terms outlined under Helms Burton have been met. Don’t you want political prisoners released, freedom of the press, open and multiple party elections and no Castros? Who doesn’t want this for Cuba. I didn’t mention a market-based economy because Raul is already moving toward capitalism. As far as paying Cuba? Hahaha! Not in a million years.

  • Not anti-USA simply facts, and words by a former 5 star general and president. The economic embargo is the cause of the many problems Cuba and its citizens suffer. So presumably you would be in favour of lifting the embargo and repaying 100’s millions $ that has been robbed from the Cuban economy. How different would Cuba be?

  • The irony of Cuban beer. The brewery were Cristal & Bucanero is produced is run by the Canadian brewery, Labatts. The majority of shares of Labatts is owned by AB-InBev. As the largest brewery company in the world, ABInBev is owned by a consortium of the US beer giant Anheiser-Busch, Interbrew (the Belgian beer giant) and AmBev, the Brazilian beer giant. Among their many brands is the Mexican beer, Corona.

    Through some clever stock holding trick which skirts the embargo regulations, the US corporation is able to invest in a Cuban brewery & profit from the tourists who drink Cristal & Bucanero. Of course, the Castro regime makes a big cut on the deal, too.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *