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Solidarity Statement On Cuba’s 65th Anniversary Of Revolution

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Sixty-five (65) years ago, today on 1st January, 1959, on New Year’s Day, Commandant Fidel Castro declared victory for the revolutionary struggle and the dawn of a new era of freedom and dignity for Cuba and the Cuban people. The declaration was made at the balcony of the Santiago, then Cuba’s city hall, a day after the dictator Fulgencio Batista fled Cuba to the Dominican Republic. 

 

Sixty-five years later today, Fidel is not physically present to celebrate the achievements of the Revolution, which he initiated and fought hard to win all battles from the enemy. 

On this day therefore we, at the Hugo Chavez International Foundation for Peace, Friendship and Solidarity wish to add our voices to those of millions around the world in expressing our unflinching solidarity with the people of Cuba on this historic event of the 65th anniversary of Revolution. 

 

The Cuban revolution of 1959 had it origin from the July 26th movement, which today has become popular in and outside Cuba with it attack on the dictator Baptista’s military Gestapo at the Moncada barracks in Santiago de Cuba on 26th July, 1953. Fidel Castro was captured and condemned to 15 years imprisonment, but was released on May 13th, 1955 under a general amnesty. Fidel defended his action as just response and only history will absolve him.

In 1956, Fidel and some his revolutionary lieutenants fled to Mexico. While in exile, Fidel Castro reorganized his revolutionary fighters, this time alongside with Argentina born Ernesto Che Guevara and returned to Cuba in 1956 with 82 men and women. Out of the 12 fighters who survive the liberation battle for restoration of the lost dignity of the Cuban people, only Fidel and Raul Castro are alive today to tell the complete story about the Cuban revolution of 1959, which actually started with the July 26th movement in 1953.

Until 1959, Cuba was a third world country that serves as provider of sugar, cigar and cattle for the benefit of a few large companies and land owners. It was run by the dictator Batista, and its impoverished population was a reservoir of cheap labour. Due to its proximity to the U.S it was also a playground for wealthy Americans who visit the island for its casinos and mafia owned brothels.

On the 1st January 1959 the new government led by Fidel Castro set it agenda to build a new Cuba for all. Despite the blockade and interference by the U.S, Cuba has managed to achieve major advancements since the inception of the great revolution of 1959.

A clear analysis of the achievements or gains of the Cuban revolution to compare the quality of life of the Cuban people since 1959 is imperative. It is by comparing Cuban society before 1959 and present day Cuba that can see the benefits that the revolution has brought for the people. 

As we join millions around the world to celebrate the achievements of the 1st January, 1959 Cuban Revolution, we wish to demand the closing down of the US military base and removal of all military equipment at the Cuban territory of Guantanamo. We call also for the defence of the Cuban Revolution from its various attempts to undermine it.

 

Viva Cuba!

Hands off Cuba!!

 

Sender:

(Chief) Alimamy Bakarr Sankoh

International Executive Director (IED) and Interim President of the Governing Council of the Hugo Chavez International Foundation for Peace, Friendship and Solidarity (HCIF-PFS)

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