(Telesur) – Thousands of Cubans gathered in Havana Monday to show their support for the Cuban revolution and mark International Workers’ Day with a massive march.
The ceremony and parade at the iconic Jose Marti Revolution Square were headed by the secretary-general of the Cuban Workers’ Confederation, Ulises Guilarte, and Cuban President Raul Castro, who will leave office next February, making this May Day his last as president of Cuba.
In addition to marking International Workers’ Day, the thousands-strong march also demanded the end of the U.S. economic, financial and commercial blockade against Cuba and the return of the U.S military-occupied territory of Guantanamo Bay.
Young people carried signs that read “I am Fidel” with pictures of the former president of Cuba and head of the Cuban Revolution, just months after his death last November. About 50,000 young people were in the plaza, according to Granma, leading the May 1 march, which this year was dedicated to the country’s youth.
Guilarte said that Cuba will not renounce its right to social justice and will continue to fight with conviction against capitalism, which he said together with neoliberalism multiplies the challenges faced by countries of Latin American and the Caribbean.
Raul Castro presides over May Day march in Havana
Havana, Cuba, May 1 (ACN) – Cuban President Raul Castro presided over the huge May Day march at the Havana´s Revolution Square, along Communist Party Politburo members.
Raul Castro was also accompanied by leaders of grassroots organizations, and some 1,690 representatives from 349 workers unions from 89 countries, and solidarity with Cuba groups.
The main speech of May Day was delivered by Ulises Gilarte, Secretary-General of the Cuban Workers Federation (CTC by its Spanish acronym) where he lashed the right-wing offensive against progressive movements in Latin America and especially in Venezuela.
The parade was opened by young students of several pedagogical schools and the universities, since this march pays homage to the 55th anniversary of the Cuban Young Communist League.
People started gathering around the Jose Marti Revolution Square from 2 AM, and under the motto ¨Our strength is the unity¨, they began the march at 7.30 in the morning after the opening speech