Raul Castro Observed May Day Parade Supporting his Gov.

May Day parade in Havana's Revolution Square. Photo: Roberto Garaicoa/ Cubadebate
May Day parade in Havana’s Revolution Square. Photo: Roberto Garaicoa/ Cubadebate

HAVANA TIMES — President Raul Castro and other Cuban officials presided over the annual parade in Havana to celebrate International Workers’ Day and pledge support for the government and its leaders, reported dpa news.

The leaders, at the foot of the Jose Martí Memorial in Havana’s Revolution Square, watched as tens of thousands paraded by in the traditional show of support.  Raul Castro was accompanied by senior representatives of government and the Communist Party, including First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel and historical veterans of the Cuban Revolution.

“We celebrate International Workers Day today throughout the country with a popular mobilization in all the squares and avenues,” said Ulises Guilarte, general secretary of the Central Workers Confederation of Cuba (CTC), the only labor organization allowed the island.

Similar events were held in other Cuban cities, including Holguin and Santiago de Cuba in the east.

The May 1 parades in Cuba are dissimilar from other countries where workers make visible their labor demands.  Instead, in Cuba, the annual event is used to support the Castro government and its policies.

In addition to thousands of public employees, a group of “self-employed” workers also took part in the parade.  Beside them marched groups of students, teachers and athletes, as well as doctors and other health workers.

According to the official newspaper “Granma”, the Havana event drew some 2,000 visitors from other countries, mostly members of solidarity groups with the Cuban government.

Those parading carried posters with the faces of Raul and Fidel Castro, as well as former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who was a close ally of the Cuban government.


32 thoughts on “Raul Castro Observed May Day Parade Supporting his Gov.

  • May 6, 2016 at 6:39 am

    My “ad hominem attacks” are never mean-spirited and always intended to provoke a smile from everyone. But I take your point.

  • May 5, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Moses. I don’t ever recall Emagicmtman ever saying anything personal about anyone commenting on these boards. And you are quick to reproach people for ad hominem attacks. Sorta hypocritical isn’t it ?

  • May 3, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    …and yet look at how you turned out. O wait….

  • May 3, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Just one pink slip or one jail cell is enough. The Castros govern by intimadation.

  • May 3, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Cuba is not the People’s Democrtatic Republic of Korea, but only because people have resisted the attempts of the government, if the Castro government had a choice, totalitarian would be their way or ruling, as it is, is close enough. supporting the Cuban government is nothing to be proud off, they have caused the separation of families, have removed human choices from their people. What gives them the right to dictate for so long on what is best for all?, if they were so secured on their system and ideology, why so much oppression?

  • May 3, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    When you marched yourself in Havana, did you find yourself better dressed, better fed than those around you?; did you find that at the end, not everyone had a choice of coming and going like you?;at the end of the marched, did you have enough cash on you to eat at a local restaurant or to drink at a local bar if you wished?; at the end of the marched did you noticed that not everyone had choices like you?

  • May 3, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Dan are you presently living in Cuba, sounds like you are going and coming, and from your earlier posting sounds like your Cuban wife is living abroad too. If the US has been so bad for you, what are you still doing here, renounce your citizenship and go join the revolution.
    I think is great when someone throws in an opinion based on vacation time they had in Cuba.

  • May 3, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Moses, have you stopped to think how many jail cells, pink slips ( or whatever consequences you fantasize that there are for not marching) there would have to be for all the Cubans who don’t participate ? Your assertion falls apart exposed to the light of common sense.

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