May Day in Cuba, a RetrospectiveApril 27, 2009 | Print |
By BILL HACKWELL*
HAVANA TIMES, April 26 – Of all the public events I have photographed in my career nothing matches the collective enthusiasm and evident pride of the May 1 demonstrations that take place in Cuba every year.
Since the revolution in 1959, Cuba has elevated International Workers Day to a national holiday honoring workers who produce all the goods and provide all the services in society.
International Workers’ Day began to commemorate the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago in 1886, when Chicago police fired on workers during a general strike for the eight hour work day, killing a dozen demonstrators.
The march held each May 1 in Cuba draws delegations of labor organizations from around the world.
Bill Hackwell is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and you can see his attractive website with lots of excellent photographs at: www.billhackwell.com
Click on the thumbnails to see all the photos in this gallery