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Federation of University Students names Raúl Castro delegate of honor to it 9th Congress

Raul CastroThe Federation of University Students (FEU), this past Saturday, named as a delegate of honor to its 9th Congress, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba’s Central Committee and President of the Councils of State and Ministers.

FEU President Raúl Alejandro Palmero Fernández announced that among honorary delegates to the event, scheduled in July, are José Ramón Machado Ventura, second Party secretary and a vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers, and Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, Political Bureau member and first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers.

Other honorees are Comandante de la Revolución Ramiro Valdés Menéndez, Political Bureau member and a vice president of Councils of State and Ministers; Comandante de la Revolución Guillermo García Frías; Comandante Faure Chomón Mediavilla; José Ramón Balaguer Cabrera, member of the Party Central Committee secretariat; and José Ramón Fernández Álvarez, Presidential advisor.

The distinctions were announced during a commemoration of the 115th anniversary of the birth of student leader Julio Antonio Mella, held in the University of Havana’s Aula Magna, with Palmero Fernández noting that these individuals are recognized as eternal university youth.

The commemoration also included the placement of a floral wreath at the monument where Mella’s ashes rest, at the foot of University Hill.

The central remarks were presented by Palmero who recalled that Mella was an audacious, natural leader, who united students in the struggle of his era, founding the Federation, the magazine Alma Máter, and the José Martí People’s University.

He emphasized that no one can talk about Mella without emphasizing his Latin Americanist and anti-imperialist ideas, or his revolutionary vision, evident in his work with Carlos Baliño, to found the Communist Party of Cuba.

Also attending the event were José Ramón Balaguer Cabrera; Olga Lidia Tapia Iglesias, member of the Party Central Committee secretariat; Ronald Hidalgo Rivera, second secretary of the Young Communists League (UJC); and University of Havana dean Gustavo Cobreiro Suárez.


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