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Monday, May 14, 2018

Ignacio Ramonet pays tribute to Fidel in Santiago de Cuba



Santiago de Cuba, May 14. - The journalist and Spanish professor taken root in France, Ignacio Ramonet, paid tribute, in the hereditary cemetery Saint Ifigenia, of the city of Santiago de Cuba, to the leader of the Revolution Fidel Castro, before the stone that hoards his ashes.

After placing flowers before the grave of the Mother of all the Cuban, Mariana Grajales, the monument that there keeps the remains of the Father of the Homeland Carlos Manuel de Céspedes and the mausoleum where the National Hero José Martí rests, Ramonet honored with equal gesture the Commander in Chief.

Also like tribute to the Cuban leader, the journalist came up to the monolith taking, in addition to flowers, the fourth edition of the book A Hundred hours with Fidel, a text resulted from the exhaustive interview that between 2003 and 2005 he did to the Commander, and it is considered by readership and critics to be the most complete interview to this political figure.

Then, in the Lounge of the Vitrales of the Square of the Revolution Antonio Maceo Grajales, Ramonet presented for the Santiago´s inhabitants this volume, between whose innovations the prologue of his responsibility is, Prelude to the fourth edition. Fidel, the force of the spirit, in which it highlights the vision of the Cuban leader on contemporary problems and the validity of his thought.

The articles Two more hours with Fidel, and Fidel Castro and the repression against the intelligentsia - the last one on the countermeasures that foreign means threw against Ramonet for writing the book - are other extra cost of the new edition, which has the stamps of the Publishing house of Social sciences and of the Office of Publications of the Council of the State.

Notes on the page foot so that the new generations could contextualize about what personality one speaks, an onomastic index and precisions contributed by the proper interviewee, they are valuable in the fourth edition of the book, others of whose information turns it into an estimable chronology on the life of the leader of the Revolution.

This text was for Fidel another way of defending himself before the judgment of the history, pointed Ramonet, in allusion to the emblematic phrase of the leader “Condemn me, it does not matter, the history will absolve me”, pronounced in his self-defense unproved statement when it was taken to trial for the actions of July 26, 1953 in Santiago de Cuba.

At the time that it was evoking his conversation with the orator of eloquent verb, Ramonet highlighted the exceptional honesty of the interviewee on having offered forceful arguments in each of the questions, and with that, it legitimized the cause and the ideals to which it had dedicated all his life.

Abel Prieto, the minister of Culture, presented Hasta siempre Fidel, book with selection and notes of Rosa Miriam Elizalde, and who contains 529 images of the responsibility of 41 photographers of 17  printed and digital media in Cuba, which reflected the days of pain and of tax led by the Cuban people before the physical departure of the Commander, in 2016.

To the presentation of these qualifications in the last day of 27th Fair of the Book, there helped Beatriz Johnson, vice-president of the Council of the State and the president of the Provincial Assembly of the Popular Power in Santiago, and Lázaro Expósito, member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and the first secretary of this organization in the province of Santiago.

In addition, there were present notable intelligentsia, artists and persons in charge of cultural institutions in the country. (ACN) (Photo: File)