Cuba reaffirms its socialist character

Apr 21, 2015 by

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April 16, Cuba reaffirms its socialist character

Fifty four years ago, on April 16, Fidel declared the socialist character of the Cuban Revolution, which the people ratify today as the country embarks on a profound transformation to develop a prosperous and sustainable socialism.

Fifty four years ago, on April 16, Fidel declared the socialist character of the Cuban Revolution, which the people ratify today as the country embarks on a profound transformation to develop a prosperous and sustainable socialism.

Photo: Raúl Corrales

The country is currently focused on updating the nation’s economic model in a process involving all social actors, looking to boost production and promote development. Cuba cannot, however, forget the events which marked the month of April in its history.

On April 15, 1961, enemy aircraft camouflaged with Cuban military logos bombarded a Havana airport and an air base in the locality of San Antonio de Los Baños, south of Havana, as well as an air field in eastern Santiago de Cuba.

These air raids marked an escalation in U.S. aggression toward Cuba, to defeat the Revolution. These and other actions, designed and financed in the United States included the bombing of the ship, La Coubre, the burning of sugar cane plantations, armed raids by speedboats against coastal settlements, bomb attempts against government and public facilities, all with a large number of victims.

To that point in time, the Cuban government had passed important legislation, such as the land reform, while a large contingent of young people were carrying out the Literacy Campaign throughout the island.

On April 16, during the burial of the victims of the previous days’ air raids, the Cuban people flocked to areas near Havana’s Colon Cemetery, where Cuban flags were waved from balconies and flowers thrown to the streets.

Fidel addressed the massive demonstration at a busy corner near the cemetery, saying, “This is the socialist and democratic revolution of the humble, with the humble and for the humble….and for this revolution of the humble, by the humble and for the humble we are determined to give our lives.”

Referring to the U.S. administration, Fidel said what Washington could not withstand was the fact that Cubans made a socialist revolution right before the eyes of the United States.

Photo: Ahmed Velázquez

With his statement, the Cuban leader was declaring the socialist character of the Revolution, just hours before a U.S. organized mercenary invasion took place at the Bay of Pigs, on the southern-western coast of Cuba.

Fidel accused the U.S. of blocking the peaceful development in Cuba, of destroying the people’s economic resources, and killing Cuban citizens. He also demanded that the United States assume responsibility for such aggression.

“These events will teach us. These painful events will illustrate and show, perhaps more clearly than any previous ones, what imperialism really means,” said Fidel.

Images of the people raising guns spoke for themselves, clearly reflecting support for the road to be taken from that moment on by the revolutionary process – still unfolding on this Caribbean island nation.

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