It was in 1950 that, for the first time in Mauritius, a political party organised a Labour Day rally. However, May Day was declared a public holiday thanks to a motion presented by Guy Rozemont on 29 April 1949. From then on, May Day has been closely associated to politics.
This year, the Government Alliance will hold a political rally contrary to the various political parties in the opposition. The MSM and its allies will greet their supporters in Vacoas. The theme is ‘Rassembler nou avanser’.
For the commemoration of workers, 1st May Mass will be celebrated at the parish Sainte Marie-Madeleine, Pointe-sux-Sables at 9h30. It will be presided over by Cardinal Maurice Piat and broadcast on MBC in collaboration with the Capav team.
Various extra-parliamentary opposition parties will also hold an activity on May Day. For instance, members of Linion Pep Morisien will celebrate their first anniversary, with their partners of Rassemblement Mauricien, at the Octave Wiehe Auditorium in Réduit.
Members of Rezistans ek Alternativ and unions associated with that party will hold a unitary march for workers on Monday 1 May. The gathering will take place in front of St. John’s Church from 9 am.
The CTSP, of Reeaz Chuttoo and Jane Ragoo, will also hold a march on 1st May which will start in front of the CTSP Building in Rose-Hill.
The Kolektif Premier Mai will also bring its supporters together on May Day in front of the Plaza, Rose-Hill.