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Talking about revolution

There are six places left on the popular “May Day Study Tour”, an initiative of the Cuban Solidarity Campaign to join the Workers’ Day on the revolutionary island.


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 Globally, on the 1st of May Streets are full of people marching in commemoration of International Workers Day. The Labour Day was chosen by socialist and communist political parties to commemorate the Haymarket affair, which happened in Chicago on the 4th of May 1886.

While this celebration occurs every year on the same day as an ancient European Spring festival, in Cuba it represents an opportunity for the community to show their support for the Cuban Revolution. Last year, around 50,000 young people were marching in the iconic Jose San Marti Revolution Square in La Habana.

On that occasion, people were carrying signs with pictures of the former president and head of the Cuban Revolution that read “I am Fidel”, just few months after his death. Moreover, during the last May Day march, people also demanded the end of the United States economic, financial and commercial embargo and the return of the United States military-occupied territory of Guantanamo Bay.

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Organised by the Cuban Solidarity Campaign, the “May Day Study Tour” offers the opportunity to take part in the legendary May Day Rally in Plaza de la Revolución. Participants can also decide to join the International Solidarity Conference.

This initiative breaks with the usual tourist trail. The tour includes a 3-night stay in the province of Pinar del Río, with visits to rural health and educational services.

Additionally, there is the possibility to stop over at an agricultural cooperative in Viñales, to meet with Cuban trade union organisations and to visit workplaces, schools and local healthcare centres.

Also, participants will have time to relax, enjoy the city with its music and colours and learn salsa-steps. The May Day Study Tour runs from 26 April – 8 May 2018. For more information, please visit here, email or call the office Monday – Friday 9.30 am-5.30 pm on 0207 490 5715.

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