56 Years of Heroic Struggle! 56 Years of Historic Victories! Print

 
-Isaac Saney, Co-Chair & Spokesperson, Canadian Network On Cuba, January 1st, 2015-

The Canadian Network On Cuba joins with the people of Cuba in celebrating the 56th anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution. Cuba celebrates the triumph of revolution on the heels of a resounding revolutionary victory: the December 17, 2014 release of the final three of the Five Cuban Heroes and the announcement by U.S. President Obama that the United States government is taking steps toward the normalization of relations with Cuba. As much as the corporate media tries, these events cannot be divorced from the profound history in which they are embedded. The freedom of Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino and Antonio Guerrero and Obama’s initiatives are the culmination of Cuba’s struggle for national affirmation, liberation, independence and social justice.

On January 1st, 1959, the people of Cuba led by the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro, firmly took control of their destiny. After a century long struggle, Cuba finally embarked on the path that established authentic self-determination, placing the Cuban nation firmly in the hands of the people of Cuba. The years since then are filled with rich and inspiring examples of modern nation-building, demonstrating what can be achieved when a country wins and defends its independence and exercises its right to self-determination. 

The significance of the Cuban revolution extends beyond the geographical boundaries of the island nation. Since its inception, the Cuban Revolution has made an invaluable contribution to the global struggle for justice, social development and human dignity. Cuba has established an unparalleled legacy of internationalism and humanitarianism, embodying the immortal words of José Martí: “Homeland is Humanity. Humanity is Homeland.” For example, more than 2,000 Cubans gave their lives to defeat the racist apartheid regime in South Africa. Today this Cuban commitment to humanity is mirrored in the tens of thousands of medical personnel and educators who have served and continue to serve across the world, battling in the trenches against disease and illiteracy. Today, this dedication to the cause of humanity is exemplified by the ongoing Cuban medical missions in the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and  Sierra Leone that are engaged in fighting the Ebola epidemic. The Cuban medical mission is by far the largest sent by any country.

Cuba enters the 57th year of the Revolution as a united and conscious nation, unbowed in the face of the empire. Despite all efforts of the United States superpower to bring Cuba to her knees, the resilience and determination of the Cuban people to defend the independence and dignity of their homeland, which is the basis of their own freedom and dignity, have prevailed time and time again. As President Raúl, Castro reaffirmed on December 20th, 2014, a revolutionary people, such as the Cubans, will not renounce any of its revolutionary principles.  Today, as the Cuban people continue to renew their Revolution, they continue to be an inspiration to humanity, a living example that it is possible to build societies based on social relations of genuine solidarity and social love.

On the occasion of the 56th anniversary of the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution, we also mark 70 years of diplomatic relations between Canada and Cuba.  The Canadian Network On Cuba extends to the people of Cuba and its revolutionary leadership the warmest and most heartfelt greetings and congratulations, vowing to make headway in 2015 in the struggle to end the continuing and illegal U.S. economic blockade of Cuba.

Long Live the Cuban Revolution!