May Day 2008

May Day Celebrations stress
Unity, Firmness and Victory

Cubans mark May Day on Thursday with huge celebrations and parades throughout the island under the Slogan “Unity, Firmness and Victory,” which underscores the full support by the Cuban people to their Socialist Revolution and its leadership, Fidel Castro and Raul Castro.

Havana’s Jose Marti Revolution Square is ready for central celebrations in the capital city with the participation of half a million people, who will stage a march organized by labor organizations, work centers and municipalities.

Leading the march will be the workers and students from the Havana-based Information Technologies University, followed by over 20, 000 construction workers, plus many other labor entities and enterprises, as well as neighbors of different Havana municipalities; the march will be closed by 40, 000 youths who are currently involved in the most recent social programs implemented by the Cuban Revolution.

In recent statements to reporters, the General Secretary of the Cuban Workers Federation, Salvador Valdes Mesa, called on workers to participate in the celebrations along with their families at the Revolution Square, which is ready to welcome the huge representation of the Cuban people.

May Day celebrations will run parallel in all Cuban provinces, where the people have been gearing up to the historic date for the past weeks. Enthusiasm about what has been achieved by Cubans over the past 50 years of Revolution and about the prospects ahead mark preparations for rallies and marches throughout the country.

After the triumph of the Revolution, Cuban workers celebrated May Day in 1959 for the first time. Major scenarios of that celebration were the cities of Camaguey, Santiago de Cuba and Havana, where the people were addressed by Revolution commanders Camilo Cienfuegos, Ernesto Che Guevara and Raul Castro.

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