Army General Raúl Castro Ruz awarded Lenin Prize

Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, was awarded the Lenin Prize, yesterday, International Workers Day, for his exceptional contribution to the construction of socialism and the principles of justice, humanism, and social progress
Author: Leticia Martínez Hernández | internet@granma.cu
may 2, 2019 09:05:00

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Following the massive May Day march through Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, was awarded the Lenin Prize by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation’s Central Committee, “for his exceptional contribution to the construction of socialism and his work to consolidate the principles of justice, humanism, and social progress.”
Upon receiving the distinction from Iván Mélnikov, first vice president of the State Duma and the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Raúl said he accepted the honor “not in a personal capacity, but on behalf of our entire people, of Party members, and as a recognition of our Party’s leadership.”
He added that Cuban revolutionaries owe the Soviet Union, and especially the heroic Russian people, eternal gratitude, recalling words that Fidel once spoke to him: “Without the help of all kinds that we received from the Soviet Union, it would have been difficult, despite the heroic resistance our people, to emerge victorious in those hard years.”
During the simple ceremony – which took place at the José Martí Memorial and was attended by President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez and other members of the Party Political Bureau – Mélnikov stated that Raúl merited the distinction on the basis of his work in the international fight against anti-communism and colonialism, and his consistent efforts to strengthen the friendship shared by Cuba and Russia.
The Lenin Prize, created in 1925, was one of the Soviet Union’s most important distinctions and is announced every year on April 22, the day the leader of the Russian Revolution was born.

U.S. lies to justify further attacks on Cuba

U.S. lies to justify further attacks on Cuba
In statements to the press on Wednesday afternoon, the Cuban Foreign Ministry’s Deputy Director for the United States, Johana Tablada, reiterated that “Cuba does not participate with military troops or personnel in military operations in Venezuela”
Author: Bertha Mojena Milián | internet@granma.cu
may 2, 2019 10:05:18

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Photo: Granma
“There are no Cuban troops in Venezuela. There are no security forces from Cuba in Venezuela. Cuba does not participate with military troops or personnel in military operations in Venezuela. These falsehoods constitute an affront to the people of Cuba, the government of Cuba, the people of Venezuela, and the international community, sovereign states and the U.S. people who deserve to know the truth,” reiterated the Cuban Foreign Ministry’s Deputy Director for the United States, Johana Tablada, in statements offered to the press this Wednesday, May 1. 
Tablada stressed that in recent weeks the Cuban government has denounced a series of accusations, falsehoods and slander regarding the nature of the cooperative relationship between Cuba and Venezuela, headed by “a pathological liar, former ambassador John Bolton, who has a long history of conflicts with the truth,” and today is National Security Advisor to the U.S. government.
She recalled that Bolton lied about the existence of chemical weapons in Iraq, and of biological weapons in Cuba in 2002, lies that cost him his appointment as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, following a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, which led to his own party voting against him and recommending that he be prevented from returning to public office at such a high level.
The Cuban diplomat emphasized that the escalation in accusations in recent days is intended to conceal the failure of the sustained U.S. policy of aggression against Venezuela, and the frustration after the second coup attempt against the legitimate government of Nicolás Maduro was also defeated. “The objective is to shroud the real support that exists in Venezuela for the government and the Bolivarian Revolution, and the lack of support for the self-proclaimed or supposed leaders chosen by the United States.”
Tablada explained that the intention is to find the most convenient pretext to impose and justify new measures of aggression against the Cuban people, on claiming that the island has 20,000 soldiers posted in Venezuela and is interfering in its internal affairs, “something that even the U.S. government knows is untrue.”
She noted that as part of this same policy of hostility, the U.S. President threatened the island with the proclamation of a “full and complete embargo,” if its troops were not withdrawn from Venezuela. “We can’t withdraw something that does not exist from Venezuela. This is a disrespectful statement that conceals the cruel nature of the scope of these measures against our people.”
Johana Tablada highlighted that such recent announcements appear to overlook the fact that for 60 years the people of Cuba have suffered the most wide-ranging, complex and absurd system of unilateral sanctions and coercive measures in history, and that “Bolton is delirious when he says that the whole world supports the sanctions.”
“This decision will be met by our country, by our people, by our government, as always: we will denounce it, but we will resist. The people of Cuba will resist and triumph,” she concluded.

LIVE UPDATES: May Day in Cuba (+Photos)

LIVE UPDATES: May Day in Cuba (+Photos)
The Cuban people today march across the country in a show of support for the Revolution, the new Constitution of the Republic and the sister nation of Venezuela.

Redacción Digitalmay 1, 2019 07:05:17
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As the massive May Day parade draws to a close in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución José Martí, heard is The Internationale, the anthem of the workers of the world.

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This May Day, 1,427 international guests and friends of Cuba from over 100 countries and representing 140 trade union organizations, are accompanying Cuban workers on this international day of proletarian solidarity.

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Cuban workers express their support to the international movement for the freedom of Brazilian leader, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, for respect for the progressive governments of Latin America, and for the constitutional government of Venezuela and its President, Maduro.

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Because “We are all Cuba” and “We are Continuity,” the workers of the country fill Havana’s Revolution Square for a prosperous and sustainable Socialism, and state “The Youth will not fail you! Long live Free Cuba!

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From the Plaza Mariana Grajales in Guantánamo, Cuban workers are on the frontline of anti-imperialist struggles.

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Cuban Television offers images of the May Day parade in the Eastern province of Holguín, where workers march for the Homeland and the Revolution.

The Presidency of Cuba (@PresidenciaCuba) on Twitter:

“In the Plaza José Martí, as across all plazas of #Cuba, the people are united: workers, campesinos, students, and all Cubans.

Against the #LeyHelmsBurton #LeyGarrote; “We will not agree” #SomosCuba #SomosContinuidad

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The bloc of the Ministry of Energy and Mines passes through Havana’s Jose Marti square, in a show of commitment to defending the environment, the legacy of our eternal Comandante en Jefe, Fidel Castro Ruz, as well in support of the Revolution and the Communist Party of Cuba.

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The dignified workers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs march today to defend the Cuban Revolution. #SomosCuba #1Mayo

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The Five Cuban Heroes are also present in Havana in this fiesta of Cuban workers. From left to right: Fernando, Ramon, Rene, Antonio, and Gerardo 

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In the central province of Villa Clara, the Cuban people also march in support of their Revolution and the international proletariat.

Next comes the bloc formed by workers of the Ministry of Education (Mined), alongside the second Health bloc, as representatives of the huge achievements of the Cuban Revolution.

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The May Day parade for the unity, commitment and victory of Cuban workers and those of the entire world in Havana is this year led by the country’s nurses, as part of the huge bloc formed by the National Health Workers’ Union and BioCubaFarma.

Also marching are doctors and health personnel who collaborated in the “More Doctors” internationalist mission in Brazil.

They are followed by workers of the Immunoassay Center, the Psychiatric Hospital of Havana, MediCuba, and FarmaCuba.

A tweet from the official account of the Cuban Presidency:

All generations of Cubans are united to offer a “resounding, firm and revolutionary response to the statements loaded with threats, provocations, lies and slanders of the Yankee empire,” without a doubt, we are free, sovereign, independent and socialist. #SomosCuba #1Mayo

The Cuban President announces that he is on his way to Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución José Martí, a historic site, to offer a “firm and revolutionary response to the statements loaded with threats, provocations, lies and slander of the Yankee empire. Cuba ratifies that we are free, sovereign, independent and socialist.”

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This International Workers’ Day, the President of the Council of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, recalled the words of the Historic Leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz:

“Cuba is waging a battle today against the giant with seven-league boots, first discovered by Martí, and whose steps not only reach the lands of our America, but all regions of the rest of the planet.”

Just a few hours before the May Day march begins throughout Cuba, the streets are full of workers ready to participate in the renowned act that today celebrates the international proletariat, the bicentenary of the birth of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, the 60th anniversary of the creation of the National Revolutionary Militias, the 60th anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, and the 150th anniversary of the Constitution of Guáimaro.

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The Cuban Workers’ Federation (CTC) tweeted: “We workers are ready to offer another show of national unity. Even as they try to silence the truth, we are ready for anything. Stay and watch.”

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Just past 7:00 a.m. the May Day parade commenced across Cuba, a march for unity, commitment and the victory of Cuban workers and those of the entire world.

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This year’s International Workers’ Day parade in the Cuban capital is attended by: Army General and First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) Central Committee, Raúl Castro Ruz, the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez and other Cuban and international figures.

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Photo: Twitter
Díaz-Canel tweets images of the people gathered and ready to march in Havana, to celebrate the Cuban and international proletariat, and condemn the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, and the unacceptable Helms-Burton Act.

The Cuban President tweets: “The people of #Cuba are ready in the Plaza de la Revolución to commence the historic May Day parade. Viva Cuba! #SomosCuba #SomosContinuidad

The Presidency of Cuba (@PresidenciaCuba) on Twitter:

“In the Plaza José Martí, as across all plazas of #Cuba, the people are united: workers, campesinos, students, and all Cubans.

Against the #LeyHelmsBurton #LeyGarrote; “We will not agree” #SomosCuba #SomosContinuidad

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The bloc of the Ministry of Energy and Mines passes through Havana’s Jose Marti square, in a show of commitment to defending the environment, the legacy of our eternal Comandante en Jefe, Fidel Castro Ruz, as well in support of the Revolution and the Communist Party of Cuba.

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The dignified workers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs march today to defend the Cuban Revolution. #SomosCuba #1Mayo

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The Five Cuban Heroes are also present in Havana in this fiesta of Cuban workers. From left to right: Fernando, Ramon, Rene, Antonio, and Gerardo.

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In the central province of Villa Clara, the Cuban people also march in support of their Revolution and the international proletariat.

Attempted opposition coup in Venezuela neutralized

Attempted opposition coup in Venezuela neutralized
Venezuelan Vice President of Communications Jorge Rodríguez denounces coup attempt by a small group of military officers and calls on the people to protect the peace

Redacción Digital april 30, 2019 09:04:27

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Vladimir Padrino López, Venezuelan Minister of Defense, affirmed on Twitter, “The Bolivarian National Armed Forces stand firm in defense of the National Constitution and its legitimate authorities,” adding that all military units are deployed in the eight Integrated Defense Regions and report normalcy in their barracks and military bases, under the command of their established commanders.
He further stated, referring to the coup plotters, “They are cowards! We will stand firm in defense of the constitutional order and peace of the Republic, assisted as we are by law, reason, and history. Always loyal, never traitors! ”
In this regard, Venezuelan authorities insisted on the need to maintain calm and unity, reporting that the national territory remains in complete tranquility, including Caracas. The president of the National Constituent Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, confirmed that the Carlota airbase was not occupied by opposition forces, as some have claimed, teleSUR reported.

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“No military installation in the country has been encroached upon, they (Bolivarian National Armed Forces ) are on the street in the Altamira interchange and are directing operations from La Carlota Air Base,” he explained.
Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced the support of the Colombian and United States governments of the latest coup attempt, according to the Prensa Latina.
“Washington and Bogota have planned all the unsuccessful unconstitutional actions of recent months in Venezuelan territory,” Arreaza tweeted, and denounced a statement by Colombian President Iván Duque calling on the Venezuelan people to reject the “dictatorship and usurpation of Maduro.”
Meanwhile international reactions in support of the constitutional government in Venezuela were not long in coming, condemning the coup attempt and any violence that might lead to loss of life.Early this morning, April 30, a group of military forces occupied the Altamira highway interchange in Caracas, to promote a right wing coup.

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Photo: TELESUR

Bolivian President Evo Morales wrote on his Twitter account, “It would set an ominous precedent to let coup plotters gain ground in the region. Dialogue and peace must prevail over the coup.”

Venezuelan Vice President of Communications Jorge Rodríguez reported this morning that a coup attempt by a small group of military officers has been neutralized.

On his Twitter account, Rodríguez warned of the group’s subversive activities, “We inform the people of Venezuela that at this time we are confronting and neutralizing a small group of military traitors who positioned themselves on the Altamira interchange to promote a coup against the Constitution and the Republic’s peace.”

The Venezuelan government has called on the people to assemble around Miraflores Presidential Palace to denounce the attempted coup.

Miguel Díaz-Canel , President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, tweeted, “We reject this coup movement that attempts to fill the country with violence. The traitors who have placed themselves at the forefront of this subversive movement have deployed troops and police with military weapons on one of the city’s public highways to create anguish and terror.”

For his part, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla strongly condemned the attempted coup in Venezuela and reiterated Cuba’s firm support and solidarity to the Constitutional President of this sister nation.