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3 May, 2010

Today all 33 members of the Ernesto Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade from Canada have arrived. They were able to participate in the May Day rally and in the Solidarity Meeting at the National Convention Pallace.

The brigade started by laying a wreath at the Julio Antonio Mella Monument in the International Camp. Comrades Esperanza Luzbert, Director of the Northamerican Division of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) and Juan Carlos Machado, Director of the International Camp, gave the welcome speeches on behalf of ICAP. During the meeting Raúl Cardoso, official and Director of the brigade this year, together with Tamara Hansen, leader of the brigade explained the program of activities that will be carried out during 21 days in Cuba.

More than 2 million cubans participated in the May Day rally. Our brigade had the possibility of being invited to see it by the tribune at José Martí Revolution Square, lead by Raúl Castro Ruz, President of Cuba. It was a greatly emotional event to all the participants, seeing the enthusiasm, the happiness and the proudness of the courageous and heroic Cuban people.

The solidarity meeting was held at the National Convention Palace, celebrated on May 2nd. The meeting gave all the participants the possibility of learning more about Cuba, their battle against imperialism, the position against the northamerican blockade and the battle for the freedom of the Five Cuban Heroes who are imprisoned in US jails, for fighting against terrorism. At the same time proposals for continued support for Cuba were declared.

Today we are departing for Varadero, together with the May Day International Brigade. The May Day Brigade has more than 250 members from more than 20 countries this year. If you would like to experience this interesting, dynamic and fun brigade join us next year for the 2011 Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade. Join us to learn about Cuba, its heartwarming and hard-working people, looking for a better world for everyone.

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