Cuba commemorates its socialism on the eve of the relay


Cuba commemorated the 57th anniversary of the proclamation of the socialist character of the “Revolution”, with an event in Havana where the communist youth expressed their commitment to the continuity of this political system, on the eve of the session in which the relay will take place in the Headquarters of the country. “This will never be a generation of rupture, but of continuity and defense of our ideals, for that reason the Cuban Revolution is one”, proclaimed in that act Mailin Alberty, the first secretary of the Union of Young Communists (UJC) of the province of Havana. Representatives of the Cuban Government, the Communist Party (PCC, only), the UJC and various pro-government organizations gathered this afternoon at the confluence of 23rd and 12th streets, in the Havana neighborhood of Vedado, the same place where years Fidel Castro proclaimed the socialist character of the Revolution that triumphed in 1959. In that event, chaired by the first secretary of the PCC in Havana and vice president of the State Council, Mercedes López Acea, a tribute was paid to Fidel Castro (1929-2016) as leader of the Revolution and the victory of Playa Girón (Bahia de Cochinos), which Cuba exhibits as “the first defeat of imperialism in Latin America.” “Just a few days before the constitution of the IX Legislature of the National Assembly of People’s Power (…) Cuban youth reaffirms its commitment to the Party, with Fidel, with Raúl and with Fidel’s legacy of never defrauding our martyrs and be faithful followers of their ideas, “added Alberty. Cuba will open its IX Legislature on Wednesday 18 with the constitution of the new People’s Power Assembly, in a session that will foreseeably last two days and in which Raúl Castro will leave the Presidency of the country to comply with the limitation of mandates decreed by himself. The favorite to succeed Raúl Castro is the current first vice president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, 57 years old. Precisely, Raúl Castro and Díaz-Canel went to the Havana airport on Monday to receive the delegation that represented the island’s civil society at the 8th Summit of the Americas, held in Lima. The members of that delegation also attended the ceremony for the 57th anniversary of the socialist character of the Revolution, where they were honored by the hundreds of people attending the commemoration. “We bring you the victory at the VIII Summit of the Americas where we ratify that Cuba will never renounce its sovereignty, its freedom and its principles”, underlined Mirthia Julio Brossard, president of the Continental Latin American and Caribbean Student Organization (OCLAE) ). Cuba, which for the second consecutive time has participated in a Summit of the Americas, sent to Lima a large representation of the official civil society to participate in the social forums parallel to the summit of leaders, a group that staged protests for the presence in those same meetings of representatives of the Cuban dissidence. Cuba considers that these people do not represent their civil society, but rather “counterrevolutionary” groups subsidized by other countries.


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