Nicolás Maduro pays respects to Jose Marti and Fidel Castro

Source:  Granma

August 16 2017

by: Yaima Puig Meneses y Yudy Castro Morales |

The Venezuelan President was accompanied by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, First Combatant Cilia Flores, and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez  Parilla

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros visited the Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago de Cuba, yesterday August 15, accompanied by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, to pay his respects to Cuba’s national hero José Martí and Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro, on the 91st anniversary of his birth.

The two leaders, along with First Combatant Cilia Flores, and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, observed the changing of the guard ceremony at the graves where the remains of Martí and Fidel rest.

The first tribute was to the Teacher, in his mausoleum, where they deposited white roses alongside the single starred flag.

Before the granite boulder that holds Fidel’s ashes, they placed flowers, since the Venezuelan President could not miss a visit on the 91st birthday of the Comandante en Jefe who always championed the Bolivarian Revolution.

The group also paid tribute to July 26 Movement martyrs and those who gave their lives as internationalists after the triumph of the Revolution in January of 1959.

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In a brief tour of Santa Ifigenia, Raúl spoke with Maduro about Cuba’s history, explaining why Carlos Manuel de Céspedes is considered the country’s founding father; recalling Mariana Grajales and María Cabrales, mother and widow of General Antonio Maceo, respectively; and informing the visiting President about several officers in the War of Independence who are buried in the historic cemetery.

Stopping alongside the tomb of Frank País García, they also left flowers, and Raúl recalled the valiant youth who was murdered, as was his brother Josue, by the Batista dictatorship.

Cubans Honor Martyrs of the Revolution

Source:  Prensa Latina
Santiago de Cuba,
July 30 2015

With the evocation of the death in combat of Frank Pais Garcia and Raul Pujols 58 years ago on the streets of this city, Cubans are paying tribute today to the martyrs of the Revolution.

frank pais2Since early today, children and young people lay flowers at the “Callejon del Muro,” a place where Frank Pais was shot by soldiers of the Fulgencio Batista tyranny, who with barely 22 years was the Head of Action and Sabotage of the July 26 Movement.

In workplaces and other places in the city, men and women are meeting to remind themselves of the young organizer of the November 30, 1956 armed uprising, in support of the Granma Yacht landing that brought from Mexico the revolutionary fighters, led by Fidel Castro.

Hundreds of people will reenact this afternoon the popular pilgrimage from the Cespedes Park to the Santa Ifigenia cemetery, carried out 58 years ago with the corpse of the beloved fighter in defiance of the dictatorship.

After knowing his death, Fidel Castro praised the great and promising qualities of the young revolutionary man, who was killed at the prime of life as an organizer and strategist from the anonymity of urban combat.

This July 30 tribute is extended to all martyrs of the Revolution, for also being the date, one year later, the death of Rene Ramos Latour (Daniel), who replaced the charismatic leader in such responsibility in the insurrectionary force.

Source:  Cubans Honor Martyrs of the Revolution Prensa Latina

Heroine of the Moncada, Melba Hernández dies

Havana, Mar 10 2014

melba2Melba Hernández Rodríguez del Rey, known as a Heroine of the Moncada for her participation in the first armed action led by Fidel Castro against the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship, died in Havana, official media said. She was 92.

The Central Committee of the Communist Party reported Sunday “with deep sorrow” the death of Hernández from complications related to diabetes.

“For our people, she is one of the most glorious and beloved combatants of the revolutionary process, an everlasting example of the Cuban woman,” the Central Committee said in a statement.

The statement recalled that she was an active participant in the fight against the 1952-1959 Batista regime and was one of the first to join the ranks of the revolutionary movement led by Fidel Castro.

It also noted that Hernández and the late Haydee Santamaría were among the participants in Fidel’s July 26, 1953 assault on the Moncada Garrison in Santiago de Cuba.

Hernández spent time behind bars for her part in the attack and once released, played a “decisive role” in compiling and organizing the notes that Fidel Castro was able to sneak out of jail and which constituted his defense in the Moncada trial, during which he uttered the phrase: “History will absolve me.”

Following the victory of the revolution in 1959, Hernández held a succession of important posts, including that of Cuban ambassador to Vietnam and Cambodia.

Melba Hernández, a 1943 graduate of the University of Havana law school, was one of the founders of Cuba’s Communist Party.

Source: Granma International