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Auduani Henry from Marseille, France, noted that he was looking forward to participating in the parade on May 1st, and witnessing support for the Revolution. He explained that in his own country, May Day sees protests to demand better conditions for workers. He spoke of his interest in the history of Cuba, and the example the island offers in visualizing the path to a better world. He said he hoped to talk to young people and exchange views about current affairs. Photo: Nuria Barbosa León Foto: Granma

More than 200 friends of Cuba from 34 countries make up the 11th May Day Solidarity Brigade, who have traveled to the island to express their support for the Cuban Revolution. The brigade’s activities extend from April 25 through May 8 and include participating in the massive May Day parade in Havana.

The “brigadistas” stay at the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp, located in the municipality of Caimito, Artemisa province, just west of Havana. Their program includes voluntary work on local farms, talks from experts on the current process of updating the country’s economic model, tributes to Cuban heroes and visits to the provinces of Villa Clara, Sancti Spíritus and Havana.

Together with other international delegations who will join the May Day march, the solidarity brigade will participate in the International Solidarity with Cuba Meeting, organized by the Cuban Workers’ Federation (CTC), as a space for dialogue with trade unionists, leaders of social movements and political parties.
By participating in the lively parade on May 1st, brigadistas will express their support for the workers of the world in the struggle against neoliberal policies, and demand an end to the subversive campaigns against Cuba, the genocidal economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States; and the return of the territory illegally occupied by the Guantánamo Naval Base.

In turn, they will join the celebration of the achievements of the Cuban Revolution and the 90th birthday of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz, together with the 55th anniversaries of the literacy campaign and the victory at Playa Girón over the mercenary invasion of 1961.

The brigadistas join over 2,000 international guests representing trade unions, parties and different organizations, as well as a high number of tourists, who hope to witness and participate in this historical date.

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