by Deisy Francis Mexidor
Havana, Apr 26 (Prensa Latina) More than 90,000 members of the National Union of Workers of Culture (SNTC) will march in Cuba during the celebrations for May 1st said today Nereyda Lopez, general secretary of the union.
“We have many reasons to celebrate,” Lopez told Prensa Latina news agency about the preparations for the International Workers’ Day, for which some six million Cubans are called throughout the country.
“We will march in a tight and compact group, wearing the colors of our flag,” said Lopez, specifying that out of the total number of the workers from the cultural field, “some 30,000 people will march in the capital city.”
Lopez said that on May 1st there will be a reaffirmation of Cuba’s principles, particularly after the recent establishment of the 9th Legislature of the National Assembly of the People’s Power (Parliament) that elected Miguel Diaz-Canel as President of the Councils of State and Ministers.
She said that the country is living historic times in which younger generations have been given way “to give continuity to the Cuban Revolution.”
In this regard, she highlighted the importance and role of the historic generation led by Fidel Castro and Raul Castro.
She said that if someone asks her which elements “bring us closer to Fidel’s ideas” she would say: “do more than we are supposed to do, keep saving the institutional structure,” and also “be faithful to Raul and Diaz-Canel as we were and we are to our beloved Fidel.”
General secretary of SNTC said that, “culture will continue to be the shield and the sword. The sword is handled by each of our artists, journalists, our workers,” she said.
Lopez said that this year is also the 90th birth anniversary of Raul Gomez Garcia, the hero that represents the culture field.
Gomez Garcia was a young revolutionary that was killed during the tyranny of Fulgencio Batista during the attack on the Moncada barracks (in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba), a bold action led by Fidel Castro on July 26th, 1953.