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Fidel Castro Left an Everlasting Legacy, Says Cuban Professor

Bogota, Apr 10.- Cuban Prominent Academician Luis Suarez described as everlasting the thinking of Cuban revolution founder Fidel Castro, during a meeting held in this capital to honor him.

During his speech to university students, professors, diplomats and members of the Colombian Movement of Solidarity with Cuba, the researcher and writer recalled moments of Fidel's stay in Bogota.

It was exactly 69 year ago, when jurist and politician Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, leader of the Liberal Party, was assassinated, the Cuban intellectual recalled.

Suarez told of unknown stories related to the presence in this city of Fidel Castro, who was a student leader then, in times when the Colombian people experienced the protests known as El Bogotazo, which divided this South American nation's history into two, he said.

Those events, a whole social explosion, not only remained in Fidel's mind, but also influenced his conception of the insurrection that he would plan later for the island country, the acknowledged professor and historian remarked.

After analyzing many of his speeches and statements, I was able to conclude that one of the central axes of his ideas was his conviction that the Cuban revolution that started in 1959 was part of another most important revolution that is “the Latin American revolution and that of the struggles for independence and decolonization of the developing world”.

According to Suarez, the former president, who died on November 25, 2016, started from the premise that Cuba should be a stronghold of solidarity, a sort of rearguard for other processes with similar goals to those of the Cuban revolutionary process started by that country's citizens in the middle of the 20th century.

Certainty that imperialism and particularly the US imperialism is the main enemy, not only to his homeland, but also to many others nations, stood out among the ideas defended by Fidel.

The need for unity and integration of Latin America and all the countries of the so-called Third World was also an idea strongly defended by the Cuban revolutionary leader, the academician added. (Prensa Latina)