May Day Parade Cancelled in Cuba over Covid-19 Fears

May Day 2019 in Havana.  Photo: Juan Suarez

HAVANA TIMES – Cuba’s government has suspended its May Day Parade, a fixture of the country’s calendar since the 1959 revolution, due to fears that it could promote the spread of the novel coronavirus, reports dpa news.

The Communist-ruled island has so far recorded 186 cases of Covid-19, the potentially deadly respiratory disease that comes as a result of the virus. Of those patients, six have died.

President Miguel Diaz-Canel told government ministers in a meeting carried by the state broadcaster that Cubans would celebrate May 1, International Workers Day, “but in isolation.”

Diaz-Canel asked the Workers Central Union of Cuba (CTC), which organizes the event, to come up with alternatives that would allow people to remain isolated, such as a virtual parade or hanging flags outside the home.

The country’s Political Bureau, presided over by Communist Party leader Raul Castro, brother of the late Fidel Castro, took the decision in order to prevent the spread of the virus, the president said.


2 thoughts on “May Day Parade Cancelled in Cuba over Covid-19 Fears

  • Excellent decision. Long Live Tee Revolution! Viva Fidel! Viva Cuba! Yanki NO!!! Cuba Si!!!!

  • Comrade Raul is still firmly in control. The President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Vice Prime Minister, President of the Poder Popular are all subsidiary figures. How does Raul make his presence felt? At all the meetings in Havana the First Secretary of the Havana PCC is present – he does little else!

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