Continuing the Legacy, Perfecting the System and Leading in Internationalist-Humanist Work
Despite an economic war, financial persecution, a tightened blockade, branding Cuba by National Security Adviser John Bolton as one in a Troika of Tyranny, and other actions and pronouncements all pointing to the US’s moving towards a course of confrontation with Cuba, the Cuban people have all the right to celebrate with pride the 60th anniversary of their triumph over the US-backed regime of authoritarian and plunderer, Fulgencio Batista.
We, the members of the Philippines-Cuba Cultural and Friendship Association (Phil-Cuba) join the Cuban people in their celebration. We salute the heroes not only of the years of armed resistance against the Batista regime but also of the defense against US invasion and sabotage, of the campaigns to build the Cuban economy and develop its educational and health system, of the effort to overcome the special period and effects of the economic, financial and commercial blockade.
The years that followed Batista’s escape from Cuba in the evening of December 31, 1958 were, indeed, sixty years “of combat, resistance and creativity of the final triumph” as President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez described in his recent speech. The enemies of New Cuba never allow a single moment to pass without hatching a new plot to destroy Cuba, to weaken the people’s revolutionary determination so that they renounce socialism.
We are glad that a referendum to submit the new Cuban Constitution for ratification will be one of the most significant events on the 60th year of the Revolution. We trust that Cuba is holding this charter change to make the Fundamental Law of Cuba more adjusted with the changed situation while remaining faithful to the legacy of their liberation heroes and to Marxism-Leninism while perfecting the socialist process. We appreciate that the process gave much attention to holding discussions among the people before its approval by the Cuban Parliament. It belies allegations that the Cuban system is not democratic.
We celebrate as well Cuba’s other achievements. Those on health, biotechnology and education are well-known. Despite the natural disasters and the blockade, Cuban economy registered growth. Cuba has noteworthy improvements in agriculture, in infrastructure, housing, paying pension and other material benefits. Cuba continues to shine in sports and in the arts.
A Bolsonaro can never erase Cuba’s outstanding record in internationalist-humanist work. Cuba has provided more medical personnel to the developing world than all the G8 countries combined. They are in many countries of Latin America, Africa, even in Asia and the Pacific. Cuba has trained students from different countries to become doctors. And Cuba couldn’t have done this if not for the revolution that triumphed in 1959.
Indeed, the victory of the Cuban revolution is a victory of humanity!
Imperialists and their agents are ever angrier at Cuba for its people’s indefatigable spirit. The struggle continues and the Cuban people will come out victorious!
Let peoples of the entire world celebrate!
Let us continue supporting Cuba against imperialist attacks!