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Freedom or Death: February 24th, 1895

By Pedro Paneque Ruiz / Radio Cadena Agramonte

With a vibrant call resounds today, 126 years after, the shout of February 24, 1895, led by José Martí, Máximo Gómez and Antonio Maceo, restarted independence fights, under the firm decision of freedom or death, whose definitive culmination was conquered on January 1st, 1959, by the Rebel Army of Fidel Castro.

Thus, with the "necessary war" the struggle was restarted as the only way to be free from the Spanish yoke, cemented with the heroic and invaluable blood of the Cuban Apostle and many other worthy men who fell in the war, whose triumph was shamefully snatched away by the nascent American empire.

The blood spilled was not in vain so that 64 years after the so-called Grito de Baire, Cuba continued in the battle so as not to let its freedom be stolen by the anxieties of the powerful northern neighbor, which would open a new stage of struggle, now under the motto Homeland or Death.

Such postulate, nutrient to preserve and assure life for the vast majority of a people in revolution and socialist construction, is implicit in the Moncada Program, which has become a guide for the socio-economic development of our country, and which contains in each of its statements and materializations, a solid nuance of human willingness, with permanent validity and evolution.

There is no better representation in these patriotic decisions than actions to benefit the life of a people, such as the current 60th edition of the vaccination campaign against polio, which in Cuba will preserve more than 450 thousand children from the disease, and will ratify the status as the first polio-free country in Latin America, just to cite that example.

The legacy of our pro-independence heroes is implicit in each of the Revolution's humanitaian programs, with a marked purpose of safeguarding the life of an entire country, in terms of health, education and human rights, based on a wide and inclusive universe. Freedom or Death and Homeland or Death, keep us ready to face contingencies. (Photo: File)