On May 2, young people embellished the main streets of the Cuban capital with flags and giant banners, and led political-cultural activities in every municipality to show their support for the country’s revolutionary process, just as they did during the May Day march.
Neither annexationism nor a cult around U.S. symbols has taken root on the island, which is why “This May 2, we awaken to raise the Cuban flag,” stated Ernesto Sayas Hernández, first secretary of the Young Communist League (UJC) in the municipality of Plaza de la Revolución.
Meanwhile, Melanie Almeida López, president of the Federation of Secondary Education Students (FEEM) at the Fulgencio Oroz Gómez Pedagogical School, in the municipality of Cerro, speaking during the act, held on the afternoon of May 2, in the school’s auditorium, stated that the May Day march had a special significance for the youth.
We students and professors at the school “are very proud of having formed part of the first line of the bloc which opened the march. Nothing tarnished our march through the José Martí Plaza de la Revolución and we youth were more united than ever,” noted Almeida López speaking to Granma.
Students also expressed their contempt for the manipulation by some international media outlets, which focused on an attempt by a citizen to disrupt the beginning of the march, during which millions of Cubans across the island expressed their support for socialism.
After the act, a meeting took place in the lobby of the Ministry of Foreign Trade featuring dozens of staff from the center, and students from the Tomas David Rollo Pre-university Institute, in the municipality of Plaza de la Revolución
“We vehemently reject any manifestation of anexationism, something that will never be supported by the vast majority of our people, faithful to the legacy of Martí and Fidel,” stated Susely Morfa González, first secretary of the UJC National Committee.
Activities rounded-off in the theater of the Hermanos Ameijeiras Clinical-Surgical Hospital, where doctors from the center assured that the youth are the vanguard of the Revolution.
“The fact that we have marched through the Plaza with this joy and spirit is yet more proof that there are still reasons to continue defending our country and our rights,” stated Lisandra Montero Vera, a member of the UJC Provisional Bureau.