Castro and Maduro Enjoy May Day Together in Cuba

Nsicolas Maduro and Raul Castro observe the May Day parade in Havana on Friday morning.  Photo: Ricardo Lopez Hevia/
Nicolas Maduro and Raul Castro observe the May Day parade in Havana on Friday morning. Photo: Ricardo Lopez Hevia/

HAVANA TIMES (dpa) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro flew into Cuba late Thursday and joined his counterpart Raul Castro early Friday to celebrate the traditional pro-government May Day parade in Havana.

Castro and Maduro observed the different groups of workers pass by from the rostrum overlooking Havana’s Revolution Square.

In Cuba, unlike most other countries, International Workers Day is a show of support for the government instead of a platform for labor demands.

The massive parade always includes a large number of foreign sympathizers including union representatives, this time over 2,000 from 70 countries, stated official sources. Among the attendees was the general secretary of the Communist Party of Spain, José Luis Centella.

The event on International Workers Day began shortly after 7 a.m. Cuba time and was over before 8:30. Similar May Day parades were held in the different Cuban provinces.

“We celebrate this fiesta of the world proletariat in an international context preceded by intense campaigns of struggle,” said Ulises Guilarte, secretary general of the Cuban Workers Federation, the only labor organization permitted on the island.

Heading up the parade for the first time were the entire “Cuban Five” intelligence agents after the final three were recently released by the United States under the historic rapprochement between Washington and Havana.

Maduro, who traveled late Thursday to Havana to participate in the parade in Cuba, is due back in Venezuela to attend the May Day political rally this afternoon in Caracas.

8 thoughts on “Castro and Maduro Enjoy May Day Together in Cuba

  • John, you could not be more wrong. Your problem is that you make this stuff up in your head. You should talk to real Venezuelans. The reason the Bolivarian revolution will fail is because there is no there…there. The political infrastructure in Venezuela is bought and paid for. No true believers. Maduro will last only so long as he can continue to pay bribes. When he can no longer pay for the generals to protect him, he is outta’ there.

  • You can dream on that the “Bolivarian Revolution” is going to rebound. But it was a fraud from the very beginning.

    Maduro and the gang of corrupt businessmen and military officers who form the Venezuelan ruling clique are busy sending their embezzled cash abroad to secret bank accounts in Panama, Switzerland, and the Cayman Islands. When it all comes crashing down in a few months, and it will, Maduro will retire to his condo in Cuba.

  • He isn’t going to be around long enough for gas prices to rebound.

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