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Enthusiastic May Day March in Havana
by Jonathan Nack
Friday May 2nd, 2014 1:38 PM
Marching toward Plaza de la Revolucion

Enthusiastic May Day March in Havana

by Jonathan Nack

HAVANA - Hundreds of thousands of Cubans demonstrated unmistakeable enthusiasm while marching in the Cuban capitol on May Day – International Workers Day. Marchers chanted, danced, sang songs, and blew horns throughtout the festive march.

It was a clear statement of support for the Cuban government. CBS News reported an estimated 600,000 participated.

Trade unionists, community groups, members of cooperatives, and even unions of small businesses demonstrated their support for the Cuban Revolution.

The main slogan for this year's May Day mobilization was, “the unity of the workers is the guarantee of the revolution.” Another prominent slogan was urged the building of a more efficient and and prosperous socialism.

The march was organized by the government, but had a largely informal character. Most of the signs, banners, and numerous giant puppets appeared to be homemade.

The march began in the early morning, no doubt to avoid the midday heat. It was basically completed by noon. Cuban President Raul Castro presided over the event, waiving to the marchers from the reviewing stand.

International supporters of the revolution who came from many countries were quite visible. Latin American international contingents were the most prominent, particularly from Colombia, Venezuela and Honduras. The images of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and, of course, that of Ché Guevara, were emblazoned on the t-shirts of many of the marchers.
§A massive march
by Jonathan Nack Friday May 2nd, 2014 1:38 PM

§Flags waiving
by Jonathan Nack Friday May 2nd, 2014 1:38 PM

§Marching past the reviewing stand
by Jonathan Nack Friday May 2nd, 2014 1:38 PM

Resident Raul Castro is in there somewhere waiving to the crowd.
§Smiles
by Jonathan Nack Friday May 2nd, 2014 1:38 PM

§Waives
by Jonathan Nack Friday May 2nd, 2014 1:38 PM

§Todos a la plaza!
by Jonathan Nack Friday May 2nd, 2014 1:38 PM

Everyone to the plaza!
§Unity and efficiency for our socialism
by Jonathan Nack Friday May 2nd, 2014 1:38 PM

§Viva la Revolucion siempre!
by Jonathan Nack Friday May 2nd, 2014 1:38 PM

§Carryig the flag forward
by Jonathan Nack Friday May 2nd, 2014 1:38 PM