Over Six Million Cubans March Supporting the Revolution (+Photos)

Havana, May 2 (Prensa Latina) Some 6,600,000 Cubans marched on May Day to ratify their support for the Revolution, the historical generation that has led it and the new leadership of the Government, press media stressed today.

‘Inspired Island of Love’ is the headline of Granma, the newspaper with the largest circulation in the country, which states that some 900,000 people marched across the Square of Revolution of this capital, where leader Raul Castro and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Diaz-Canel were present.

Also in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, hundreds of thousands of women, men and children went out to the streets backing up the socialist project, a celebration led by the president of the National Assembly of the People’s Power (Parliament), Esteban Lazo.

This is one of the largest mobilizations, people are coming consciously and with their hearts, the member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party told reporters, referring to the massive participation of the people of Santiago in the International Workers Day.

On the other hand, Juventud Rebelde newspaper reflects on its cover ‘The Cayman was crowded by its people’ and adds that Cuba turned May Day into a gigantic party, another example of unity, commitment and victory.

The local media of the 15 Cuban provinces also echo the respective marches, in which not only the support for the continuity of the Revolution that began on January 1st, 1959 was ratified, but also solidarity with Venezuela, Nicaragua and imprisoned Brazilian ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was displayed.

El Guerrillero newspaper, from the western province of Pinar del Rio, highlights the statements to the press by second secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, who presided over the popular mobilization there.

‘It was an enthusiastic, massive march, as an expression of the people’s support for the continuity of the work of the Revolution,’ he said.

Prensa Latina spoke with some of the Cubans and foreigners participating in the parade that took place in the Square of Revolution Jose Marti, where over 1,400 union leaders and representatives of solidarity movements from Latin America, Europe, the United States and Asia attended.

‘I got up at 03:00 local time, and here I am with my wife, my daughter and my grandchildren to continue pushing this beautiful work of equality and social justice,’ Manuel Díaz said, a 74-year-old retiree resident in the coastal municipality of Playa.

The university student of Plaza’s territory Gabriela Rodriguez pointed out that many students in her class agreed to march together at the Square of Revolution.

We the new generations are here present along with those that precede us, backing up the Revolution and the path we have chosen, the young woman highlighted, who had the Cuban flag on her face.

The US activist Aida Horwitt was impressed by the popular concentration and the unity of Cubans, and expressed rejection for the blockade that her country has been applying to the island for over 55 years.

‘It has made the Cuban people stronger, because it has had to overcome many obstacles,’ Horwitt considered while regretting that the economic, commercial and financial siege of Washington affects a sector as sensitive as health, in particular access to some medications.


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