Santiago de Cuba, Feb 24.- Floral offerings on behalf of the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, Raúl Castro, and the president, Miguel Díaz- Canel, were deposited here today in the patrimonial cemetery of Santa Ifigenia to pro-independence heroes.
Those arrangements were also placed on behalf of the president of the National Assembly of People's Power, Esteban Lazo, and the people of Cuba, on the occasion of the 126th anniversary of the restart of the necessary war, before José Martí as the main organizer of the libertarian campaign.
The remembrance of the significant anniversary extended the tribute to the libertarian contributions of the founding fathers, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, initiator of the independence feats; Mariana Grajales, the mother of the Nation, and the historical leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro.
In Baire, a town about 80 kilometers from this city, where the independence uprising took place, the locals evoked the date, inscribed among the most significant in the history of Cuban libertarian struggles.
What happened that carnival Sunday in the town's cockpit fence, under the tutelage of Saturnino Lora, was coined as starting from the 1995 war, but the actions carried out in other parts of the Cuban geography were many and significant.
This was the case in the Ibarra, Matanzas, where patriots led by Juan Gualberto Gómez rose up in arms, as well as in Guantánamo, with the uprising in La Confianza and the Morrillo Chico combat, in which the military genius of General Pedro Agustín Pérez stood out.
Transcendent were the contributions of Generals Guillermón Moncada and Bartolomé Masó in the insurrectionary efforts of that day, with which all the gear ready to restart the struggles for independence began to work.
Behind these actions was the immense organizational and proselytizing work of Martí, who founded the Cuban Revolutionary Party in 1892 as a unifying force to ward off divisions so damaging to the previous libertarian endeavor, begun in 1868. (Text and photo: PL)