Latin American News Agency S.A.
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Thursday July 31, 2003
- Messages in Solidarity with Cuba from around the World
- USA-Cuba Youth Meeting Concludes
- Colombian Publication Highlights Recent Speech by Fidel Castro
- Chilean City Council Member Confirms Increased Solidarity with Cuba
- Alliance of Anti-imperialist Intellectuals in Solidarity with Cuba
Messages in Solidarity with Cuba from around the World
Havana.- Messages of solidarity highlighting the sovereign character of the
Cuban Revolution are being received today from different parts of the world
after the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the attack on the Moncada and
Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Garrisons. The letters continue pouring in to the
headquarters of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP),
according to a press release distributed by that non governmental organization.
Costa Rican groups of Friendship and Solidarity, the Czech-Cuba Friendship
Association, its Italian counterpart and also the Italian Communist Refoundation
Party are among the friends of the Caribbean Island that displayed their support.
"We are congratulated on the occasion of 50 years of resistance and
relentless struggle against imperialism and for our social and human achievements,"
adds the ICAP text noting that demonstrations of solidarity were also sent from
Germany and France.
On Saturday July 26 the island celebrated the 50th anniversary of the
historical event that marked the beginning of the last stage of the armed struggle
for the true independence of Cuba. The date is called the National Day of
Rebellion and on this occasion was commemorated in the eastern city of Santiago de
Cuba. Cuban President Fidel Castro gave the keynote address before more than
10,000 Cuban and foreign guests and a live national TV and radio audience.
USA-Cuba Youth Meeting Concludes
Havana.- The 3rd US-Cuba Youth Meeting, with some 300 US youths
participating, concludes today with the certainty that both peoples can maintain normal
relations. The US youths, who arrived in Cuba on July 22, said that upon
returning home they will contribute to raising people's awareness to increase
solidarity with Cuba. Jessica Marshal, a delegate of Chicago's Young Communist League,
expressed her disappointment with the anti-Cuba policy of the Bush
administration and said she will defend more energetically the Cuban revolutionary
project. We want justice and peace in our country, as well as in the world, and we
understand that we must carry out an internal struggle because the US
government's warmongering policy is affecting humankind, she asserted.
Colombian Publication Highlights Recent Speech by Fidel Castro
Bogota.- Under the title "A People's dignity can not be questioned," the
Colombian weekly review 'Voz' highlights today the speech of the Cuban President
Fidel Castro of July 26 in Santiago de Cuba on the occasion of the 50th
Anniversary of the Attack on the Moncada Garrison. Voz, organ of the Colombian
Communist Party (CCP) points out that in his speech in commemoration of the heroic
deed (the beginning of the insurrection against the Batista dictatorship);
Fidel Castro rejected the humiliating pressure from the European Union (EU) in
its attempt to change the direction of the Cuban Revolution. "In a historical
and massively attended event in front of the old installations of Moncada
Garrison in Santiago de Cuba," the Cuban President asserted that despite the EU
pressure "a people's sovereignty and dignity would not be discussed." The weekly
maintains that the Cuban president recalled the situation of misery and
general poverty in which the people lived under the Batista dictatorship when the
island was considered "America's brothel."
After stating the main advances achieved by the Cuban Revolution in nearly
all fields, Voz refers to Fidel Castro's assertion that the gains do not mean
that the Cuban people are living in paradise today. The truth is -underlines
the publication- that the Cuban people have had to suffer four decades of
imperialist blockade and inhumane pressure, holding out against the pressure of the
big powers who seek to divert the country's socialist direction. Finally, the
weekly review reiterates Cuba's position in relation to the EU, when Fidel
Castro announced his government's decision to give up any humanitarian support
given by this block, which he called symbolic. The Cuban leader also noted that
the commercial exchange between the EU and Cuba is favorable to the nations
of the old continent.
Chilean City Council Member Confirms Increased Solidarity with Cuba
Havana.- Chilean City Councilman Miguel Lizama confirmed that solidarity with
Cuba increases in his country when delivering a document with thousands of
signatures in support of the Island's policy at the Cuban Institute of
Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP). Lizama, who is a city councilor of Alameda Bdo
O.Higgins Central Station, in Santiago de Chile, stated that the petition drive
was carried out door to door, in the streets, at workplaces, and in the
countryside, and has been a very encouraging experience that also helped to inform
people about the Cuban reality. A member of the "Comando Amplio" Cuban Solidarity
Group, Lizama recalled that Chileans will never forget the support given by
Cuba to those persons who had to leave Chile after the September, 1973 coup led
by Augusto Pinochet.
Alliance of Anti-imperialist Intellectuals in Solidarity with Cuba
(from the Cuban newspaper Granma)
"Cuba has always been and is now more than ever the target of brutal US
imperialism. Now more than ever it needs our solidarity in the same way we, now
more than ever, need the example of the heroic Cuban people." This was the
statement of 135 writers, artists, academics, journalists and professionals,
mostly Spanish but also from Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico and the United
States, joined in the Alliance of Anti-imperialist Intellectuals. Last
Saturday, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the assaults on the Moncada and
Céspedes Garrison, they released a communiqué in which they denounced "with alarm
and indignation the increasing weakness of the intellectual world against the
bribes and blackmail of power." Furthermore they called "significantly
serious" the letter, published weeks before, whereby a group of intellectuals joined
the media's anti-Cuban campaign, sponsored by the so-called Encuentro de la
Cultura Cubana Association, whose links with US institutions such as the
National Endowment for Democracy and the Spanish branch of the Cuban American
National Foundation are widely known. The Alliance of Anti-imperialist
Intellectuals list includes writer Rosa Regás, whose novels won her the International
Alfaguara and Nadal Awards; actor Antonio Resines, two-time Goya Award winner and
famous for his performances in the films La niña de tus ojos and Pídele
cuentas al rey; playwright Alfonso Sastre, recently distinguished with the Max Honor
Award; writer Andrés Sorel; academic Carlos Fernández Liria from Complutense
University; detective novel writer Juan Madrid; Brazilian sociologist Emir
Sader; US political scientist James Petras; German-Mexican essayist Heinz
Dieterich; Venezuelan singer Soledad Bravo, and Basque activist and writer Eva Forest.
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