Washington, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Revolution has been distinguished by its internationalism and the determination to defend the people”s rights to health care, education and culture, participants in a lecture said in Washington on Friday.
The debate, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, was organized by the Metro DC Coalition in Solidarity with Revolutionary Cuba. Its almost 80 participants attended the Sao Paulo Forum, which brings together Latin American left-wing parties and groups.
Why has the United States had this policy of continued hostility against a country that has now 11 million people? Omari Musa, head of the aforementioned coalition, wondered.
Cuba does not have a large army, oil, missiles or nuclear bombs, but it represents an example of resistance to capitalist domination, he said.
Musa gave examples of social achievements in Cuba, and also praised the legacy of the leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro (1926-2016).
He referred to Cuba’s internationalist missions in Africa, mainly in Angola, and the struggle against the Apartheid regime.
The triumph of the Cuban Revolution and Fidel Castro’s example had a positive influence on the liberation movements worldwide, he said.
For his part, Miguel Fraga, the first secretary of the Cuban Embassy in the United States, said, ‘Our country is small, but it prioritizes the benefit of the people, and helps other nations in different sectors.’
Although there is great distortion about the Cuban reality, we can say that we are working not only for ourselves, but also to contribute to a better world, which is possible, the diplomat emphasized.
The principle of our National Hero Jose Marti that ‘Homeland is Humanity’ guides us, he went on.
Fraga repeated the gratitude for the support to his country, and invited participants at the meeting to visit Cuba to learn more and talk about it.