Trade union delegations from 35 countries attended May Day celebrations in the Syrian town of Latakia on Sunday (1 May).
CU PAN Girl carrying portrait of President Hafez al-Assad
SV & LV Workers in procession carrying banners and chanting (3 shots)
CU PAN Women marching in procession
LV & CU Young people present flowers to Abdallah Al-Ahmar, Assistant Secretary, Baath Arab Socialist Party (2 shots)
LV Workers in procession carrying banners and chanting (4 shots)
SV Nurses in procession carrying portraits of President Assad (2 shots)
SV Doctors on motorised float
SV & LV Spectators watch as floats of ship and aircraft pass
SV Children throw coloured paper from duck float
SV & LV Workers' floats passing (2 shots)
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Background: Trade union delegations from 35 countries attended May Day celebrations in the Syrian town of Latakia on Sunday (1 May).
SYNOPSIS: Portraits of Syria's President Hafez-Assad were carried by many in a huge procession through this coastal town. More than 600,000 workers took part in the celebrations, which were organised by Syria's General Federation of Trade Unions. Flags, banners and gaily decorated buildings added up to a lively scene as group after group of marchers went past.
President Assad was represented by Mr Abdallah Al-Ahmar, assistant secretary of the Baath Arab Socialist Party. Mr Al-Ahmar was presented with flowers during the celebrations. The Baath party is the political organisation which assists the army in governing the country. The Party has two ruling bodies, the regional and national commands, and members of both were among the spectators. The national command includes the most influential figures in Syrian political life in its membership - among them leading military officers and government ministers.
Parts of the procession had a distinctly medical flavour: groups of nurses were followed by a float carrying white-coated doctors.
Travel was the theme of these floats by the transport workers.
Children also took part, and were obviously happy with their role.
A May Day, or Labour Day, procession would have been incomplete without workers floats like these. May Day was designated an international labour day 88 years ago by an International Socialist congress.