Freedom of Expression

May Day in Cuba

Yoani Sanchez describes the official (and only) observation of International Workers’ Day in Havana.

In the workplaces everyone had to put in writing their commitment to attend, to not absent themselves from their date “with the Fatherland.” Many high school and technical school students slept at their schools last night, to be brought, very early, to the Plaza of the Revolution, since nothing could be left to chance in this coming together for the workers’ day. Curiously, no banners were seen calling for better wages nor criticizing the radical downsizing currently taking place.

Well of course not. Unlike the workers in free and democratic countries, with their constant and annoying demands, Cuba’s workers have nothing to complain about.