|International Workers’ Day
2012.05.01 - 12:49:47 / email@example.com
In Cuba, every May 1st is an occasion of celebration, confirmation and commitment to the working class, the heroic nation to which we belong and the Revolution that was always “of the humble and for the humble”.
It is not any other day for the rest of the world. In many nations the workers carry out massive demonstrations, strikes and demands in favor of their dreams, hopes and rights.
There are some that do not think that the symbolic date is important. Even so, they cannot ignore the day, at least for the hours that the event lasts in each country in salute to International Workers’ Day.
The historic tradition guides the Cuban proletariat whose world debut took place in 1890, over a century ago, in compliance with the II International in Paris, France.
Banners, flags, posters and slogans carried by the workers and their families, students and foreign guests decorated this year’s rally accompanied by denunciations against Washington’s economic blockade and in defense of the Cuban Five and the concepts of unity, productivity and efficiency.
For the first time the health sector presided the rally representing the close to half a million of the sector’s professionals and technicians.
As an expression of the current economic transformations underway in the country, a new non state working force was present this May Day: self employed workers.
From east to west and north to south, educators, construction workers, civil defense, men, women, children and senior citizens were present.
The youth, example of the continuity of the Revolution once again closed the rally. Some 50,000 young people marched to close the historic event, one thousand for every 50 years of the existence of the Young Communist League.
Over one thousand representatives of 162 labor unions and social and solidarity movements from 62 nations also participated in the celebrations. Another 102 delegates from 37 nations participated alongside the Cuban people to celebrate International Workers’ Day.
In today’s world with new changes even in the U.S. itself, it will be impossible to stop the rallies of those that have been forgotten.
This will be a different year. Thousands of workers, students, immigrants and unemployed from over 115 cities in the U.S. will for the first time participate in protests and general strikes.
This will not be a normal day in the U.S. either. Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano wrote: “May 1st is humanity’s only truly universal day (.), but in the U.S. the people work and no one, or almost nobody, remembers that the rights of the working class did not sprout from the ear of a goat, or from the hands of God or master”.
In Greece, Italy, Spain and other European nations, where workers are brutally exploited and workers rights are sampled on with the pretext of the crisis, the day will include protests against government policies that put an end to the so called “wellbeing” and launch millions to the unemployment line.
Federico Engels’ phrase in 1890 is valid today: “The workers of America and Europe are revising their efforts (.) The event that we are witnessing today will make the capitalists from around the world take into account that the working class is truly united”.
The bells of International Workers’ Day are once again tolling. The words of August Spies, one of the Martyrs of Chicago, calls on the workers of the world and warns politicians and bankers:
“If you believe that hanging us will smother the labor movement, the movements in which the millions of oppressed, millions that suffer scarcity and misery await salvation, if this is your opinion, then hang us. You will only burn out a spark, but there and yonder, behind and forward the flames will rise. It is an underground fire and no one will be able to put it out.