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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Raul Castro: A Hug from Fidel to the People of Guantanamo
Written by María Salomé Campanioni and Onelio Castillo Corderí/Translated by: Jennifer Rodríguez
Seconds after the conclusion of the Main National Ceremony on the occasion of Cuba’s Rebellion Day (July 26th) in Guantanamo, excitement kept triggering: Army General Raul Castro, First Secretary of the Central Committee of Cuba's Communist Party (PCC) took the podium and communicated to the people of that Cuban province that Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro had sent them a hug.
Pictures of the main ceremony in Guantanamo.
Speech by Raul Castro on the occasion of Cuba's National Rebellion Day.
The Cuban President told the men and women gathered at the Mariana Grajales Coello Revolution Square how fair had been the decision of choosing Guantanamo as the host city for the commemoration of the National Rebellion Day, and said it hosted a model public meeting today.
Raul confirmed that we must move forward on updating the economic model and social development at the pace Cubans choose: slowly but surely, thus alluding to the implementation process of the Guidelines for Social and Economic Policies of the Party and the Revolution oked in the 6th Congress of Cuba’s Communist Party.
In his remarks, Raul Castro recalled sad passages of the island nation’s history during the colonial and neo-colonial periods, and he emphasized how "Fidel's bearded guerillas" changed the prevailing mess.
Addressing the topic of the relations with the United States, he confirmed our government’s decision to discuss any topic with the U.S., but on equal terms.
Raul Castro stated that having resisted the Empire for over 50 years is the great feat of the Cuban people, and he concluded: "Meanwhile, here we are, with our troops as prepared as ever, just in case”. (Portal of the Cuban Radio/ Radio Cadena Agramonte).