Saturday, May 01, 2010

Millions March in Cuba to Celebrate International Workers’ Day

Periodico 26

Havana, May 1, (RHC).- Millions of Cubans marched through the streets and plazas of the island to commemorate International Workers' Day on Saturday. In Havana, for nearly two hours, more than one million filed through the Plaza de la Revolución José Martí, past Cuban President Raúl Castro who was presiding over the festive march along with other leaders of the Revolution.

The Secretary General of the Confederation of Cuban Workers (CTC), Salvador Valdés Mesa, delivered a brief message at the start of the march in the Cuban capital. He called on the island’s workers to show their support for the country’s revolutionary process and officially launched the march at 8:10 a.m. The final bloc of the march -- made up of 52 huge Cuban flags, representing 52 years of the Cuban Revolution -- filed past the podium a little before 10 a.m., local time.

In Santiago de Cuba, the island's second largest city, more than 800,000 marchers filed through the Plaza de la Revolución Antonio Maceo. Millions of young and old, many wearing red, blue and white t-shirts -- the colors of Cuba’s national flag -- took to the streets in all of the island’s provinces to celebrate the most important date on the calendar of the international working class.

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