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    Red Square is decked out in her best. Standing on the Lenin Mausoleum are the?

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    Background: Red Square is decked out in her best. Standing on the Lenin Mausoleum are the leaders of the Communist party and the government. Many foreign guests are in the stands.

    A column of colourful floats came gliding across the square. One of them carries several Heroes of Socialist Labour.

    Then come the motorcycles carrying the flags of sports societies and the best Soviet sportsmen - World, Olympic and National Champions.

    For a few minutes Red Square becomes a huge sports arena. It is filled with sportsmen and athletes who go through their pace in a colourful display.

    The athletes are followed by dancers in national costumes. They perform various dances of the Soviet republics.

    Then comes the Moscow municipal banner.

    Red Square is filled by several columns of demonstrators. These are the workers, scientists, engineers, technicians, teachers, doctors, workers of art and culture.

    The May Day demonstration was geared to the struggle for peace and friendship. Soviet people have expressed their solidarity with the peoples struggling against imperialism and colonialism, for freedom and national independence. The demonstrators protested against America's aggression in Vietnam and demanded the immediate withdrawal of American troops from South Vietnam.

    On May Day the Soviet People sum up their work. And the placards and posters they carried reflected their progress in industry, which is considerably ahead of the current 7 year Plan ending this year.

    The May Day demonstration reflects the Soviet people's determination to built communism - the most just and humane society in the world.

    And though during the demonstration the sky was overcast and snow flurries were the order of the day, the flow of people across the square did not diminish in any way and no one could say they were not in a bright mood with spring in their hearts.

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