OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE

1ro de mayo.

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9:27 a.m. May Day march winds up in the capital

This year’s May Day march in the capital has come to an end, but the celebration of Cuban workers continues throughout the country under the banner: Unity, Commitment and Victory!

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9:20 a.m. Scenes from Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución

The Joy, commitment, and revolutionary spirit of the entire Cuban people filled Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución this May Day.

Photos: Cubadebate

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9:17 a.m Cuban youth march for their Revolution

Today, International Worker’s Day, Cuban youth are marching in support of their Revolution under the banner: Unity, Commitment, and Victory

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8:54 a.m. The Cuban Five march with the people

Decorated Heroes of the Republic of Cuba and anti-terrorist fighters unjustly imprisoned in the United States, also known as the Cuban Five, accompany their compatriots on this joyful May Day of commitment and unity.

PHOTO: Radio Habana Cuba

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8:50 a.m. Cuba-Venezuela forever! Students from the sister Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela march alongside the Cuban people this May Day.

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8.32 a.m. Scenes from Granma

Correspondent Dilbert Reyes shares photos of May Day celebrations underway in Granma province. FOTOS: Dilbert Reyes Rodríguez

Photo: Dilbert Reyes

Photo: Dilbert Reyes


Photo: Dilbert Reyes

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8:22 a.m. CTC Secretary General addresses the Cuban people

Minutes before the May Day march began in the capital, CTC Secretary General Ulises Guilarte de Nacimiento spoke before thousands gathered in the Plaza de la Revolución.

At this historic time for the homeland, we workers are undertaking this massive national mobilization under the maxim: Commitment and victory, and based on the organic processes underway in the lead up to the 21st CTC Congress, set to be held next year, stated the trade union leader.

“We are called here today to commemorate transcendental occasions and the legacy of our union leaders, whom we honor today. Here, we express our thanks for their commitment and loyalty,” he noted. Guilarte de Nacimiento went on to state that the spirit of the Cuban people will be present in squares across the island, where islanders will reject the U.S. blockade against the country.

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8:17 a.m. A brief history of the Cuban Workers’ Federation (CTC)

The Cuban Workers’ Federation (CTC) was founded in 1939 and played a key role in the establishment of the Constitution of 1940, the most progressive of its time in the Americas. High-jacked by the island’s oligarchic governments during the 1940s, the CTC became an instrument to exploit Cuban workers. Following the triumph of the Revolution on January 1, 1959, the trade union movement began to strengthen with the CTC playing an important role in the construction of a new society in Cuba.

The CTC is composed of a congress, National Council, National Committee, National Secretriat, national trade unions, provincial committee, trade union enterprise bureau, and trade union office. There are 18 national trade unions in Cuba representing almost three million workers.

Membership is voluntary and Congresses are held every 5 years to elect the Secretary General and new members of the National Council, Committee and Secretariat. 96% of Cuban workers are members of the CTC which works to defend the rights and interests of the people and the Revolution. The organization’s official newspaper is Trabajadores (Workers) published weekly nationwide.

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8:10 a.m Viva Cuba, Viva Fidel

“We have reasons and grounds to make this May Day a day of support for the Revolution and tribute to Fidel, “ stated CTC General Secretary Ulises Guilarte de Nacimiento. “Like never before, the strategic battle in the productive field requires the support of the workers.”

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8:07 a.m. Cuba marches for continuity

This May Day the Cuban people are leading a massive, colorful, vibrant, conscious march, reaffirming to the world the unity and commitment of the island’s workers to the new government, Raúl and the Party.

This according to Ulises Guilarte de Nacimiento, a member of the Party political bureau and Secretary General of the Cuban Workers’ Federation (CTC), noting that “to talk about the impact of the Cuban Revolution, one must necessarily, talk about its workers’ movement.”

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7:50 a.m. We are all Fidel

Residents from the capital march through the Plaza de la Revolucion to chants of “Todos somos Fidel” (We are all Fidel).

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7:30 a.m. May Day parade kicks off in Havana

This year’s May Day parade kicks off in the Cuban capital presided by First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez.

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7:18 a.m. The José Martí (ITM) Technical Military Institute receives honorary standard

Officials and workers from the José Martí (ITM) Technical Military Institute, received the standard for Outstanding Work, awarded by the Cuban Workers’ Federation (CTC), in recognition of their contribution to recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma.

The flag was presented to Colonel Manuel Osoria Neyra, director of the institution, by CTC Secretary General and member of the Party Political Bureau, Ulises Guilarte de Nacimiento, who praised the work of officials, soldiers, sergeants, civil employees and students in response to the call made by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz to work with sacrifice and dedication to repair Havana’s infrastructure.

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7:08 a.m Cuban youth to close May Day parade

A bloc of some 50,000 students, young workers and soldiers will close this year’s May Day march through Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución, according to Diosvany Acosta Abrahante, a member of the Young Communist League (UJC) National Bureau. She noted that the group will be led by athletes from high performance training schools, including those set to participate in the Central American and Caribbean Games Barranquilla 2018.

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7:01 a.m. May Day parade kicks off in Santiago de Cuba

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6:50 a.m. How was May Day first celebrated in Cuba?

According to the book Historia del Movimiento Obrero Cubano 1865-1958, in solidarity with strikers in Chicago and following the decision, adopted in Paris in July 1889, to celebrate the first International Workers’ Day on May 1, 1890, the Workers’ Association of Cuba joined the global celebration with some 3,000 workers congregating at the old Parque de Marte (today Plaza de la Fraternidad) in Havana before marching along some of the capital’s main avenues.

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6:20 a.m. The history of May Day

May Day – or International Workers’ Day – grew out of the 19th-century movement for labor rights and an eight-hour work day in the United States.

At the height of the Industrial Revolution, thousands of men, women and children were dying every year from poor working conditions and long hours.

In an attempt to end these inhumane conditions, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions (which would later become the American Federation of Labor, or AFL) held a convention in Chicago in 1884. The FOTLU proclaimed “eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labor from and after May 1, 1886.”

On May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers (40,000 in Chicago alone) from 13,000 business walked out of their jobs across the country. In the following days, more workers joined and the number of strikers grew to almost 100,000.

Today, May Day is an official holiday in 66 countries and unofficially celebrated in many more, but ironically it is rarely recognized in the country where it began, the United States of America.

(www.history.com)

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6:15 a.m. Santiago de Cuba ready to march

Residents of the Heroic City of Santiago de Cuba will be showing their support for Fidel and new President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, in a genuine celebration of workers, and a united and victorious people, reports correspondent Claudia González Catán.

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6:13 a.m. International Brigades participating in May Day celebrations in Cuba

Friends from around the world have travelled to Cuba to join workers from the island as they celebrate International Workers’ Day. Photos of solidarity brigades from Brazil, the Congo and Canada can be found on the

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6:05 a.m. Plaza de la Revolución ready for the May Day march

Cuban youth gathered at Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución express their commitment to continuing the island’s historic and Revolutionary process, reports correspondent Thalía González.

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6:00 a.m. Cuba prepares to march this May Day

From the early hours of Tuesday, May 1, people of all ages have been making their way to plazas (squares) across the island where May Day parades will be taking place. Many carry posters or signs, while some hold photos of Fidel, Raúl, Jesús Menéndez, or other figures of historic importance. Follow Granma on social media as we provide live coverage of May Day celebrations across the island this 2018.