May Day celebrations, marking the international day of the workers, were held throughout the world on Sunday.
May Day celebrations, marking the international day of the workers, were held throughout the world on Sunday. The day was marked by violence in the West but was mainly peaceful and cheerful in the East.
SYNOPSIS: In Moscow, tens of thousands of workers, gymnasts, and schoolchildren joined in the traditional May Day parade in Red Square. The carefully rehearsed spectacular to mark the international workers' festival was repeated in cities across the country with parades involving millions of people.
Soviet Communist Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev and other Kremlin leaders watched the march from the balcony of the Lenin Mausoleum. With him were 11 of the Kremlin's ruling Politburo. Among them was the First Deputy Premier Kirill Mazurov, who has been absent from many recent public engagements.
The parade in Moscow, which has been a civilian affair since the last military march-past marking May Day in 1968, was this year blessed with bright sunshine. Foreign guests attending the parade included exiled Chilean Communist leader Luis Corvalan, who was released from prison in Chile last December in exchange for the freeing of Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky.
Mr Brezhnev and several of his colleagues were greeted with loud applause. But for the fourth consecutive year there was no speech from a Politburo member. Instead, a recorded voice boomed out from loudspeakers at the start of the parade describing May Day as 'a day of international workers' solidarity in the struggle against imperialism, and for peace, democracy and socialism."