President Raul Castro on 55th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. The anniversary took place on January 1, 2014., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Havana. January 3, 2014
Raúl: This is a Revolution committed to its people
SANTIAGO DE CUBA (AIN).— Fifty-five years since its triumph, this is a Revolution with a single commitment, one to its people, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of Cuba's Councils of State and Ministers, said January 1, in this city.
In his speech given at the national commemorative event held in Santiago's Céspedes Park, Raúl recalled the current relevance of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro's words spoken January 1, 1959, at this same location, when he affirmed that the Revolution had triumphed without making any commitments to absolutely anyone, beyond the people, who were solely responsible for the victories.
"The Revolution continues to be the same, without commitments to absolutely anyone, only to the people," the Cuban President exclaimed.
Before combatants and commanders from the Sierra Maestra and the underground struggle; leaders of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) and government; more than 3,000 Santiago residents; families of the nation's heroes and other guests, Raúl made critically important comments about the history, present and future of the revolutionary process.
Referring to the Revolution's strength, he emphasized that Cubans have never capitulated, and will never capitulate, in the face of aggression, coercion or threats.
The Revolution's foreign policy has always been a powerful weapon in defense of independence, self-determination and national sovereignty, the President, also the PCC Central Committee's first secretary, asserted.
He commented that the long, perilous road traveled since the triumph of the Revolution has not been easy, although its accomplishments reflect the immense capacity for resistance and struggle of several generations of the Cuban people, the true protagonist of the Revolution.
He recalled that these have been 55 years of incessant struggle against the designs of 11 United States administrations, which, with more or less intensity, have never relinquished the goal of changing Cuba's economic and social order and reasserting imperial domination over the country.
Nevertheless, he insisted, Cubans have remained true to the ideals of national hero José Martí, in the sense that this is a Revolution which has made, and will continue to make, a reality of Martí 's wish, codified in the Constitution, that the first law of the republic reflect Cuba's commitment to full human dignity.
Raúl acknowledged the noble, generous solidarity Cuba has received from many sister peoples, while the country has offered solidarity and support in several regions across the planet, through internationalist combat missions, as well as programs in the areas of public health, education, sports and others.
He commented that efforts to disseminate ideas which deny the vitality of Marxist, Leninist and Martí's concepts must be confronted with strong theoretical tools.
Younger generations who are gradually and systematically assuming leadership positions within the Revolution can never forget that this is a Revolution of the humble, by the humble and for the humble, he said.
In this context, he emphasized the importance of consulting the population about decisions, such as recently occurred with the new Labor Code and as was done previously with the Economic and Social Policy Guidelines of the Party and the Revolution.