mardi, avril 17, 2007

Actualité - 46th anniversary of the proclamation of the socialist nature of the Revolution

THOUSANDS of Havana residents on April 16 commemorated President Fidel Castro’s proclamation of the socialist nature of the Cuban Revolution in 1961, on the eve of the mercenary Bay of Pigs invasion.

Alberto Campos, a participant in his country’s defense, stated in the commemorative event that he would take up arms again to defend the Revolution. There, on the busy Havana intersection of 23rd and 12th, where Fidel made the historic proclamation of the socialist nature of the island’s revolutionary process, Campos affirmed that Girón (as Cuban’s refer to that epic battle) was a victory won by people in the midst of a Revolution, ready to fight again today if need be.

Speaking before veteran combatants wearing medals and young students, he recalled that when the mercenary invasion organized and led by the United States occurred, the people urged the combatants to rout the invaders.

That rally was a demonstration of popular unity around their leader, whose presence on the front line of combat multiplied the strength and courage of the troops, Campos affirmed.

Emotionally, he stated that "if they were to attack us again, our trenches would become a war of all the people, because we will fight to the last drop of blood to defend our conquests."

The young Gladys Gutiérrez, president of the Federation of University Students (FEU) stated, for her part, that young people have not forgotten that feat. She referred to the words of then-Prime Minister Fidel Castro when speaking of the defeat suffered by the invaders, when he said that "that is what they [the imperialists] cannot forgive us for... the fact that we made a socialist revolution under the very nose of the United States."

Today, she noted, the new generations must be strong ideologically and must not abandon their banners, more so when they are bearing the history of the nation on their shoulders and the memory of other young people who fought to make just ideas a reality.

She noted that an example of the determination of the Cuban people is provided by the five anti-terrorists imprisoned in the United States for more than eight years, having renounced the warm surroundings of their families to protect the people from terrorism against the island.
It is a duty to fight for justice, for the liberation of these men and for the imprisonment in the United States of the notorious terrorist Luis Posada Carriles.

"The idea of continuing our resistance must be a priority," she emphasized, "that of continuing to make our Revolution a premise, and that of perpetuating socialism, a fact."

Rolando Vázquez, member of the Provincial Bureau of the Communist Party in the capital, said in his turn that the enemy is persisting, and even though it is an empire in decline, it will never be able to break the determination of the Cuban people in fighting for socialism.

He stated that the U.S. government is trying to enforce its fascist policies, and with that, to protect terrorists like Luis Posada Carriles, by charging him only with immigration crimes and lying.

"But today, humanity is outraged at the possibility of the most notorious terrorist in the Americas being freed, a man who is the mastermind of the bombing of a commercial airliner with 73 passengers in 1976, and other criminal acts," Vázquez said.

The event was led by Pedro Sáez, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, and its first secretary in Havana; Lina Pedraza, a member of the Secretariat of the Central Committee; as well as leaders of the Young Communist League, the Federation of Cuban Women, the Revolutionary Armed Forces, the Ministry of the Interior and the Association of Combatants of the Cuban Revolution.

In a speech given 46 years ago, in mourning for the victims of the bombings of April 15, 1961 leading up to the mercenary invasion, Fidel announced the path that would be followed by the Revolution, and revealed the participation of the U.S. government in the attacks.

"This is the socialist and democratic Revolution of the poor, with the poor and for the poor," he exclaimed, adding that for it, the Cuban people were ready to lay down their lives.

(Granma International)

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