Photos: Ismael Francisco / Source: Cubadebate / The Dawn News / April 19, 2016. Raúl Castro was re-elected to lead the Communist Party of Cuba.
In April 1959, when Fidel Castro set foot on New York, in his first visit as leader of the victorious Revolution, he said to journalists: “The only merit I have is that I believe in the people, they are loyal with whoever is loyal to them, and they love those who love them”. It’s been 57 years since that moment, we are in the Convention Palace of Havana, in the 7th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, which he founded, and this phrase holds true in every way.
Fidel believes in the people, and the people love him, because those who are here now, generals and doctors, peasants and workers, most of them dressed with the humbleness that defines them, have dedicated him a tearful standing ovation. Even if this Congress had not have been like it was —a friend told me yesterday that it was like Raúl had heard what she talks about in her own house, because his speech touched the most intimate thoughts of Cubans—, it would have been worthy only due to that moment in which Fidel is acknowledged for his worthiness, bt the excited loyalty of the representatives of his country.
Finally, the closing of the VII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba began. The Central Committee of the party, the Secretariat and the Political Bureau will be presented. Present are Fidel and Raúl, and Cuba is grateful.
Speech by the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, at the closing of the VII Congress
“Trying to lead any people in times of crisis is a major effort. Without them, changes would be impossible. A meeting like this, in which more than a thousand representatives chosen by their very own revolutionary people are gathered here, is the greatest honor that we have received in our lives, in addition to the privilege of being revolutionaries, which is the result of our own consciousness.
Why did I become a socialist, more clearly, why did I become a communist? That word expresses the concept most distorted and maligned in all history, by those who had the privilege of exploiting the poor, dispossessed since they were deprived of all the material goods that were produced by work, talent and human energy. Humans have experienced this dilemma throughout history, without limit. I know you here don’t need this explanation but maybe some listeners do.
I’m simply talking here so that we can understand that I’m not an ignorant, extremist, blind nor did I get my ideology on my own when I studied studying economy. I did not have a tutor when I was a law and political science student, in which the latter has great weight. Of course, back then I was about 20 years old and was fond of sports and mountain climbing. No tutor to help me in the study of Marxism-Leninism; I was nothing more than a theorist and, of course, I had total confidence in the Soviet Union. Lenin’s work insulted after 70 years of revolution. What a historical lesson! We can say that it should not take another 70 years before another event like the Russian Revolution occurs, so that humanity has another example of a great social revolution that meant a huge step in the fight against colonialism and its inseparable companion: imperialism.
However, perhaps the greatest danger now emerging in the world, derives from the destructive power of modern weaponry, which could undermine peace in the world and make human life impossible on the on the surface of the Earth.
Humans would disappear as dinosaurs have disappeared, maybe there would be time for new forms of intelligent life, or maybe the sun’s heat grows until it melts all the solar system planets and their satellites, as many scientists say. If the theories of several of them, which we the laymen do not ignore, were true, the practical man must learn more and adapt to reality. If the species survives for a longer time, future generations will know much more than we do, but first they will have to solve a big problem. How to feed the billions of human beings whose realities would inevitably collide with the limits for drinking water and the natural resources they need?
Many of you may wonder where is the political side of my speech. Believe me, I’m sorry to say, but politics is here in these moderated words. I wish more human beings would be concerned with these facts and we stopped eating forbidden apples, like in Adam and Eve’s time. Who is going to feed the thirsty people of Africa without accessible technology, rain, dams and nothing more than the underground reservoirs covered with sand? We will see what governments say, even after almost all of them have signed the climate agreements.
We must emphasize constantly these issues and I don’t intend to extend this speech much further than what it’s important. Soon I will turn 90, I never put any thought into this and I this was never the result of effort but a random whim. Soon, I will be like all the rest. We will all face our turn, but communist ideas of the people will remain as a prove that in this planet, if you work fervently and with dignity, material goods and cultural goods that people need can be produced, and we must fight restlessly to obtain them. To our brothers and sisters of Latin America and the world we must send a message: that the Cuban People will win.
Perhaps this will be one of the last times I will speak in this hall. I voted for all candidates submitted for consultation by Congress and I appreciate the invitation and having the honor of being listened. I congratulate you all and most of all Raul Castro for his magnificent effort”.
We will undertake the march and will improve what should be improved, with utmost loyalty and strength and unity like Martí, Maceo and Gomez, in an unstoppable march”.
Fidel Castro Ruz
April 19, 2016
Fidel Castro Expressed Confidence in the Cuban Communists” Legacy
Havana, Apr 19 / Source Prensa Latina / The Dawn News. The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, expressed his confidence in the legacy of the Cuban communists during his speech at the closing ceremony of the 7th Congress of the Communist Party.
The ideas of the Cuban communists will remain as proof that, on this planet, if people work with fervor and dignity, they can produce material and cultural goods that humans need and we must fight relentlessly to obtain them, he said.
We must say to the brothers of Latin America and the world that the Cuban people will be victorious, Fidel Castro said from the Havana Convention Center in the last session of the 7th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, in which he congratulated the participants.
We will undertake the march and will improve what should be improved, with utmost loyalty and strength and unity as Martí, Maceo and Gomez, Fidel Castro said in reference to Cuban independence heroes José Martí, Antonio Maceo and Maximo Gomez.
Fidel Castro said that the meaning word ‘communist’ has been the most distorted and maligned concept of history by those, who had the privilege of exploiting the poor.
The historic leader of the Revolution, recalled about the times when he was a law and political science student and he didn’t had a tutor to help him in the study of Marxism-Leninism.
‘I was then 20 years old’, he said, and he was fond of sports and mountain climbing and certainly had total confidence in the Soviet Union.
‘Lenin’s work outraged after 70 years of Revolution. What a historical lesson!’, he said.
According to Fidel Castro, it can be said that should not pass 70 years for other events like the Russian Revolution to take place, so mankind can have another example of a great social revolution that meant a huge step in the fight against colonialism and its inseparable companion, imperialism.
Fidel Castro Backs Brother Raul
HAVANA TIMES — Former Cuban President Fidel Castro returned today to the main political stage of the island, almost a decade after an intestinal disease took him away from power, reported dpa news.
Castro, 89, appeared on Tuesday morning before the plenary session of the 7th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC). He pronounced a statement that also sounded like a farewell to the Congress.
“Soon I should turn 90,” said the former president, who was greeted with standing ovations and cheers of “Fidel, Fidel” by the more than 1,000 delegates and guests who attended the closed meeting.
Fidel said, “Our turn will come to all of us,” and added, “Perhaps this will be of the last times I will speak in this hall,” he predicted. Television images showed some delegates near tears at the Havana Convention Center.
Fidel Castro read his brief speech in a tired but firm voice, next to his brother, the current President Raul Castro. The former leader, who turns 90 on Aug. 13, has lived for years retired from public spotlight but has continued to exercise his influence.
Fidel expressed his support for his brother’s government’s policy, without going into further details. “I congratulate you all and firstly Raul Castro for his magnificent effort,” he said.
The younger Castro pushes for a market opening to foreign capital on the island, after decades of state monopoly. He also initiated in December 2014 a historic rapprochement with the United States, once a fierce ideological enemy of the government of his brother.
Fidel Castro spent part of his speech to recall his youth and his discovery of the former Soviet Union, whose political model he claimed to have had “total confidence”. He also openly praised the system built under his leadership after the 1959 revolution in Cuba.
“The ideas of the Cuban communists will remain,” he predicted. Although not involved for years actively in Cuban political life, the former president said he voted for “all candidates” of the more than 100 members of the new Central Committee and 17 members of the Politburo presented today.
Raul Castro, 84, was confirmed today as first secretary at the head of the Party for another five years as was Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, 85, another historic fighter of the Cuban Revolution, as deputy chief of the only political party allowed in Cuba. The PCC has a membership of around 10% of the total Cuban population.