Visnews filmed Cuba May 2 as Havana observed the island's first May Day since Dr.?
LS. General view of parade.
PAN. Dignitaries including Raoul Castro. (CQ).
MS. Marchers with posters and banners.
MS. Dignitaries' stand, civilians shake hands with others and wave.
HIGH SHOT.Marching militia men.
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Background: Visnews filmed Cuba May 2 as Havana observed the island's first May Day since Dr. Castro came to power.
For twelve hours marchers moved through the streets, watched from the reviewing stand by President Dr. Urrutia and Raoul Castro, brother of the absent Fidel Castro.
Fidel had flown to Buenos Aires to address a meeting of 21 American nations on economic problems.
Among the marching contingents was the banner-wielding workers' militia - men and women with rifles who caused the greatest stir of enthusiasm among the watching crowds.
Long after the march ended the militia members remained for speeches including one from David Salvador, Castro-appointed head of the Cuban Federation of Labour.
Before May Day was over other crowds - mostly Peronistas and a few Communists - were to stage a brief May Day riot in a futile attempt to reach the headquarters of the General Confederation of Labour.