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MESSAGE TO INTERNATIONAL WORKERS DAY CELEBRATION IN OTTAWA
It is a great honor for me to convey a message of friendship and solidarity
from Cuba, a message to the labor movement and tothe working people of
Canada. In celebrating International Workers Day we are paying tribute to
the struggle and sacrifices of generations of working people around the
world, as well as to the achievements of the international labor movement.
In Cuba, where the interests and aspirations of the working men and women
are not only a concern of the nation but also a full responsibility and
obligation of the government, the First of May will be remembered in mass
rallies all across the country. As it is our tradition, it will be a day of
celebration and festivity, and also a day of mobilization and activism.
Millions of Cubans will march in support of the struggles of the working
people, making a political statement for peace, justice, friendship and
solidarity. They will definitely be making a statement of firm commitment in
defense of the Revolution that since 1959 has ensured real and profound
social justice for our nation.
In a world still marked by gross inequalities, by injustice and selfish
corporate abuses, the labor movement cannot afford to be disconnected from
its brothers and sisters around the world. The paramount banners of unity
and solidarity must continue to be the driving forces of international labor
activism and of its never ending struggle for the rights of the working
people. The aspirations of millions of individuals and their communities
worldwide will still depend on the mobilizing capacity and true commitment
of union and labor organizations.
On behalf of the people of Cuba I convey our commitment of support and
cooperation to our brothers and sisters of Canada.
Carlos Fernández de Cossio
Ambassador of Cuba
April 30, 2004
This May Day message from the Ambassador was read out at the May Day Celebration Dance in Ottawa on April 30.
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