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Raúl Castro and Díaz-Canel preside over May 1 rally in Cuba

Havana, May 1 (Prensa Latina) The leader of the Cuban Revolution, Raúl Castro, and President Miguel Díaz-Canel on Wednesday chaired the mass rally of workers in Havana to celebrate May 1, International Workers’ Day.

Photo by: Vladimir Molina Espada

Early in the morning, the Anti-imperialist Tribune welcomed thousands of representatives of the working class from five Havana municipalities.

Cubans of all generations have gathered nationwide, in squares, parks and avenues to attend what are planned to be parades and rallies to praise the value of work and support the revolutionary process in Cuba.

On Tuesday, the general secretary of the Cuban Workers’ Union (CTC), Ulises Guilarte, noted that this May 1 will express more strongly the spirit of unity of the Cuban people amid difficult circumstances, due to harassment by the United States Government and its policy of economic, financial and commercial siege against Cuba.

He praised the participation in the events on workers’ day of more than 1,000 foreign guests who make up the solidarity committees with Cuba from some 50 countries, who are in Havana to participate in an international meeting of solidarity with Cuba.

International Workers’ Day was established in 1889 to be celebrated every May 1 by agreement of the Socialist Workers’ Congress held in Paris.

Since then, the anniversary is a reason for festivities in many countries, but in others it is an opportunity for demonstrations and struggles for the rights of the working class.