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Unhappy May Day

Guess who was a no-show at Cuba's annual May Day parade this year? From REUTERS' chief propagandist-on-site, Claudia Daut:

Raul Castro (R), head of Cuba's armed forces and brother of Cuba's President Fidel Castro, and minister of communications Ramiro Valdez wave to the crowd during the May Day parade in Revolution Square in Havana, May 1, 2007. REUTERS/Claudia Daut (CUBA)


Of course, Fidel's got a good 12 hours before the day's up, so who knows what might happen. Until he does show, though, you just know that there's a fresh, plus-sized waterfall of tears over in Caracas right about now...

As a bonus, I'll be doing my best to archive all of the Unhappy May Day celebrations beyond the fold! If Castro is a no-show, as I suspect he'll be, does that mean we can count him once again amongst the dead?
A woman carries a portrait of Cuban leader Fidel Castro during May Day celebrations in Havana, Tuesday, May 1, 2007. There was no sign of a convalescing Fidel Castro as hundreds of thousands of Cubans marched through Revolution Plaza on Tuesday to celebrate May Day, an event the island's 'maximum leader' had attended for decades without fail.(AP Photo/Greg Bull)


A man leans his head on a portrait of Cuban leader Fidel Castro during the May Day parade in Havana, Tuesday, May 1, 2007. There was no sign of a convalescing Fidel Castro as hundreds of thousands of Cubans marched through Revolution Plaza on Tuesday to celebrate May Day, an event the island's 'maximum leader' had attended for decades without fail.(AP Photo/Enric Marti)


Cubans wait for the beginning of the May Day parade in Havana, Tuesday, May 1, 2007. There was no sign of a convalescing Fidel Castro as hundreds of thousands of Cubans marched through Revolution Plaza on Tuesday to celebrate May Day, an event the island's 'maximum leader' had attended for decades without fail.(AP Photo/Enric Marti)


Cubans march during the May Day parade in Havana, Tuesday, May 1, 2007. There was no sign of a convalescing Fidel Castro as hundreds of thousands of Cubans marched through Revolution Plaza on Tuesday to celebrate May Day, an event the island's 'maximum leader' had attended for decades without fail. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)


Students carry pictures of revolutionary leader Ernesto 'Che' Guevara during May Day celebrations in Havana, Tuesday, May 1, 2007. There was no sign of a convalescing Fidel Castro as hundreds of thousands of Cubans marched through Revolution Plaza on Tuesday to celebrate May Day, an event the island's 'maximum leader' had attended for decades without fail.(AP Photo/Greg Bull)


A group of students carry Cuban flags during May Day celebrations in Havana, Tuesday, May 1, 2007. There was no sign of a convalescing Fidel Castro as hundreds of thousands of Cubans marched through Revolution Plaza on Tuesday to celebrate May Day, an event the island's 'maximum leader' had attended for decades without fail.(AP Photo/Greg Bull)


Cuba's acting president Raul Castro gestures during the May Day parade in Havana. Cuban leader Fidel Castro was a no-show at the communist country's May Day parade, disappointing many who had predicted he would use the all-important workers' holiday to announce a resumption of his official duties.(AFP/Rodrigo Arangua)


Cuban workers arrive at Havana's Revolution Square to take part in the May Day parade. Cuban leader Fidel Castro was a no-show at the communist country's May Day parade, disappointing many who had predicted he would use the all-important workers' holiday to announce a resumption of his official duties.(AFP/Rodrigo Arangua)


A woman holds a portrait of Cuban president Fidel Castro during a May Day parade in Havana's Revolution Square on 01 May 2007. The Cuban leader was a no-show at the communist country's May Day parade, disappointing many who had predicted he would use the all-important workers' holiday to announce a resumption of his official duties.(AFP/Adalberto Roque)


A Cuban worker shows a picture of Raul Castro shaking hands with Fidel Castro. Cuban President Fidel Castro was a no-show at the communist country's May 1 parade, disappointing many who had predicted he would use the all-important workers' holiday to announce a resumption of his official duties.(AFP/Adalberto Roque)


Thousands march during the May Day parade in Havana, Tuesday, May 1, 2007. There was no sign of a convalescing Fidel Castro as hundreds of thousands of Cubans marched through Revolution Plaza on Tuesday to celebrate May Day, an event the island's 'maximum leader' had attended for decades without fail.(AP Photo/Ismael Francisco/Prensa Latina)


Raul Castro (R), head of Cuba's armed forces and brother of Cuba's President Fidel Castro, and minister of communications Ramiro Valdez check the time during the May Day parade in Revolution Square in Havana May 1, 2007. REUTERS/Claudia Daut (CUBA)


Raul Castro (R), head of Cuba's armed forces and brother of Cuba's President Fidel Castro, and minister of communications Ramiro Valdez wave to the crowd during the May Day parade in Revolution Square in Havana, May 1, 2007. REUTERS/Claudia Daut (CUBA)


Thousands march at the Revolution Square during the May Day parade in Havana Tuesday May 1, 2007. There was no sign of a convalescing Fidel Castro as hundreds of thousands of Cubans marched through Revolution Plaza on Tuesday to celebrate May Day, an event Castro had attended for decades without fail.(AP Photo/Jose Tito Merino/Prensa Latina)


Cuban military hold portraits of revolutionary leader Camilo Cienfuegos during the May Day parade in Havana, Tuesday, May 1, 2007. There was no sign of a convalescing Fidel Castro as hundreds of thousands of Cubans marched through Revolution Plaza on Tuesday to celebrate May Day, an event the island's 'maximum leader' had attended for decades without fail. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)


Students hold Cuban flags and a picture of revolutionary leader Ernesto 'Che' Guevara during the May Day parade in Havana, Tuesday, May 1, 2007. There was no sign of a convalescing Fidel Castro as hundreds of thousands of Cubans marched through Revolution Plaza on Tuesday to celebrate May Day, an event Castro had attended for decades without fail. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)


And finally, public property, Commie-style. This is to celebrate Fidel Castro's re-confirmed death:

A student paints graffiti in support of Cuba's President Fidel Castro during the May Day parade in Medellin May 1, 2007. The graffitti reads "Commander Fidel, the people are with you". REUTERS/Fredy Amariles (COLOMBIA)

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