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Determined to preserve the freedom won

2 diciembreSixty-three years later, the decision of the Cuban people, progenitor of the men who landed on December 2, 1956, to bring definitive independence to the homeland, remains the same: to be free or die in defense of what has been won.

Thus, the historic day could not pass without a tribute to those who made the dream possible, from the first – Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, Mariana Grajales, José Martí and Fidel Castro – to the hundreds of humble men and women who have given their lives to gain a republic, with all and for the good of all.

Floral wreaths in the names of Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee; the President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez; and the people of Cuba were placed inside the mausoleum where José Martí’s remains rest, in Santiago de Cuba’s Santa Ifigenia Cemetery.

There, the province’s highest authorities, led by Lázaro Expósito Canto, Party first secretary, and Beatriz Johnson Urrutia, president of the Provincial Assembly of People’s Power, paid their respects.

On a day also dedicated to commemorating the foundation of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, descendant of the Rebel Army that at dawn on December 2 landed on the Granma yacht in the area of Los Cayuelos, 82 youth re-enacted the experience of Fidel and his companions. Dressed in olive green uniforms, waving rifles and flags, they reaffirmed the decision to protect our freedom and the conquests of socialism.


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