Cuba Vibrates with Mammoth May Day Demonstration
- (These three articles will appear in Monday's
edition of TRABAJADORES, the weekly newspaper
of the Cuban Trade Union Central, the CTC.)
Cuba Vibrates with Mammoth May Day Demonstration
AIN - May 1, 2005
MARIA DE LAS NIEVES GALA, FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ AND JULIO CESAR MEJIAS
More than a million and a half Cubans led by President Fidel Castro
overflowed Revolution Square in Havana on Sunday accompanied by political
personalities, intellectuals and union and student representatives from 58
nations of all continents.
Simultaneously with the massive gathering in Havana, at approximately 7:45
this morning, parades and rallies began in all municipalities and provinces
across the island, to the tune of the old Cuban Liberation Army anthem.
The first speaker of the day in the capital was Pedro Ross Leal,
secretary-general of the Cuban Workers' Federation. The trade union leader
read a declaration in the name of the Cuban labor, community and student
After denouncing that one of the most notorious terrorists in history, Luis
Posada Carriles, has taken refuge in the US, Ross Leal said the entire world
is a witness to the Bush administration's double standard with regards to
the fight against international terrorism.
The media already has enough evidence and facts to assure justice be served
in the case of this murderer who was trained by the CIA, protected by the US
government and financed by ultra right Cuban-American groups based in Miami,
said the head of the Cuban Labor Federation.
"We demand that the European Union clearly state its position on the case,"
Pedro Ross Leal also upheld Venezuela's right to request the extradition of
Posada Carriles who escaped from a Caracas prison while awaiting trial for
the bombing of a Cubana jetliner that killed all 73 passengers back in 1976.
We demand justice for the thousands of Cubans who lost their lives and those
left maimed from the horrendous terrorist acts committed against our
country, said Ross Leal.
We also demand freedom for the Cuban Five, held as political prisoners by
the United States for the "crime" of infiltrating Miami based terrorist
groups that for decades have carried out attacks against our country.
On behalf of Cuban workers, farmers, combatants, students, etc., I want to
reaffirm the island's determination "to defend the nation, the revolution
and socialism with our teeth and nails if necessary."
Cuba Is Not Alone
AIN - May 1, 2005
MARAIA DE LAS NIEVES GALA
Cuba is not alone, affirmed Argentinean intellectual Atilio Boron, executive
secretary of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences, who spoke to
mote than a million Cubans and friends of their revolution attending the May
Day celebration today in Havana's Revolution Square.
As evidence, he pointed an appeal signed by 5,000 intellectuals and artists
voicing their solidarity with Cuba and opposing efforts to censure Cuba
before the UN Human Rights Commission of in Geneva.
Boron pointed out that the campaign against the island was supported by
governments of the European Union, nations which gave in the face of the US
threats to blackmail them.
Citing the example of the Benito Juarez International Tribunal, which just
recently convened in Mexico, Boron highlighted that this body overwhelmingly
condemned the US government for its repeated acts of aggression against the
In his address, Boron said the decadence of imperialism is irreversible and
unavoidable, adding that the arrogance of the US was not enough to force
with the Free Trade of the Americas agreement, although Washington continues
to threaten Latin America.
Nor has the US been able to even impose its own candidate on a decrepit
organism such as the Organization of American States, this for the first
time in history.
The fall of the US empire will be quicker than that of Rome, because no
empire can last forever, he stressed.
The academic noted that Latin America is already evidencing a resistance to
imperial pressure. For its part, Cuba has emerged with greater economic,
political and social strength, following the economic downturn of the
economic crisis suffered in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The speaker referred to steps Venezuela is taking today in the fight against
illiteracy and highlighted the proposed Latin American integration model
known as the "Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas" as a new form of
relationship between countries.
Atilio Boron affirmed that this May Day is necessary to shatter the lies put
forward by the United States, a country where the Cuban-American terrorist
Luis Posada Carriles is being protected while five Cuban anti-terrorist
fighters are being held in US prisons.
Boron warned that the empire is at a historical crossroad and is redoubling
its aggressiveness, placing at risk the very survival of the human species.
In the face of that gloomy scenario, he concluded, Latin America offers
itself as a light of hope.
Cuba Demands Justice at May Day Demonstration
Over a million Havana residents and President Fidel Castro are gathered
Sunday morning in the Cuban capital to celebrate International Workers' Day,
while demanding the US come clean on the presence of international terrorist
Luis Posada Carriles in that country.
Pedro Ross Leal, general secretary of the Federation of Cuban Workers, was
the first of several speakers at the massive rally.
The labor leader said the fugitive's safe haven in the US demonstrates that
the Bush administration uses a double standard on terrorism and urged the
international media to thoroughly investigate this matter.
Posada is wanted for having plotted in 1976 with Orlando Bosch, another
Cuban-born terrorist now living comfortably in the United States, for the
sabotage of a civilian Cubana jetliner in which all 73 passengers were blown
Ross Leal noted that Posada Carriles was trained by the CIA and has worked
under the command of the White House for decades. Moreover, he said he was
always protected and financed for his actions by the US government and right
wing extremist groups based in Miami.
In 2000, Posada was arrested for trying to assassinate Fidel Castro during
an Ibero-American summit in Panama. He was convicted of endangering public
safety and sentenced to eight years in prison, but the outgoing Panamanian
president, Mireya Moscoso, pardoned him and his three co-conspirators last
year. After hiding out in Central America, the terrorist is now in the US
and seeking asylum.
"We demand the truth about Posada Carriles' arrival in the United States; on
how security measures at the borders were violated, and who organized and
supported the operation," said Ross Leal.
"We clamor for justice, on behalf of 3,478 Cubans killed and 2,099 disabled
by terrorist acts against Cuba. Likewise we demand the release of the Cuban
Five," sentenced in the United States to unjust, and inhumane prison terms
for having fought terrorism, said the top Cuban labor leader.