Desde Dentro de Cuba.

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April 30, 1999.

READINGS FROM THE TEXT OF COMMANDANT FIDEL CASTRO By Ariel Tapia, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - Besides grand parades and vast crowds, this First of May (Workers' Day) will be celebrated in Cuba with readings from the texts compiling the economic, political and social thinking of President Fidel Castro. The 600-page volume holds speeches, radio and television interviews and press conferences from the past 40 years during which he has held office.

Meanwhile, for the past week all the residents in Cuba's neighborhoods have faced an incessant barrage of communist propaganda by the government, which hopes to rally one million people at the capital's "Plaza de la Revolucion" on this special day.

Activists also have gone door to door with a card for each house which asks, "How many of those living here are going to the May First parade?" The card must be returned to the president of the Committee to Defend the Revolution (CDR), who will keep count of likely attendants. Similarly, the work centers from the rest of the island organize their "revolutionary" marathons and use many subtle psychological pressures to increase attendance.

During recent years the foreign corporations established in Cuba and those who pay their employees in dollars will give their workers a full day's pay if they go to the First of May Parade or to other sacred holidays of the island's communist powers.

Ariel Tapia, Cuba Free Press.


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