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Tribute is paid to Fidel s thoughts at the International Book Fair

Published: 2017.02.21 - 11:50:42   /  /  Miguel Darío García Porto  /  translated by  Luis E. Amador Dominguez  /

The discussion entitled "Fidel, politics and culture" was held at the Nicolás Guillén Hall of San Carlos de La Cabaña Fortress and culminated in a keynote speech by Dr. Eusebio Leal Spengler titled "Humanism in Fidel and his legacy."

These activities were part of the XXVI International Book Fair of Havana 2017 that paid special tribute to the Commander in Chief, with the presentation of more than twenty volumes dedicated to the distinguished revolutionary.

During the first day, intellectuals Mario Mencía, Herberto Norman, Arnold August, Katiuska Blanco, René González Barrios and Atilio Borón shared their anecdotes and analyses on the formation of Fidel's thinking, his strategies for the construction of a new society and internationalism promoted by the Father of the Cuban Revolution.

The Cuban history researcher, Mario Mencía, said that ‘La historia me absolverá’ (History will absolve me) has an active character, because it mobilized the best of our people in the 50's. "The volume becomes an essential document, where Fidel reflects his thought in the initial stage as a historical personality and, at the same time, emerges as a program to lead the Cuban national liberation process. Due to its strategic content it is the first anti-imperialist program" said the expert, while acknowledging that for the accurate analysis of the document it is necessary to take into account the symbiosis between thought and praxis in Fidel.

The writer also pointed out that anti-imperialism was an essential element in Fidel’s project based on Martí’s ideology, and commented that in the document Martí is the driving force of his ideology.

"The Moncada Garrison Attack was the first heroic reaction and the call for the national liberation process, because in this action Fidel proclaimed for posterity the lines of action of the Cuban Revolution," said Mencia.

Later he commented that Fidel did not see the Moncada as an end but as a means, since through study and in agreement with the heroes of the Homeland, he understood the necessary armed struggle.

"The historic leader of the Revolution at the Moncada sums up the most valuable of the Cuban people's patriotic heritage and assimilates experiences of the world revolutionary movement, creates an organization with a unique profile in our political history – it refers to the July 26 Movement - breaks the traditional schemes and adopts a method for the struggle not common for the time, and all those factors that lead to conceptualize his project in a rigorous revolutionary categorization.’’

In his final words, he stated that Fidel developed a new project based on popular armed insurrection, and from the beginning, he had a high disposition to sacrifice and even give up life for the sake of the revolutionary process.

For his part, the researcher of the Office of Historical Affairs of the Council of State, Herberto Norman Acosta, stressed that Fidel understood early that the success of every Revolution depends on the strategy adopted, because a revolutionary strategy is always more complicated than a strategy of war.

"The way to arrive at the Revolution was the armed struggle; Fidel’s view would not only allow to defeat the army of the tyranny of Batista, but also to incorporate the people into the struggle for its destiny."

However, for this purpose, Fidel began the work of educating the masses to demonstrate to the people that the armed struggle was inevitable and, for that reason, he developed an intense journalistic work to explain why he believed that all the paths of civic, peaceful struggle had been closed, so war was necessary through the creation of a revolutionary body.

Later he emphasized that the M-26-7 was a revolutionary organization created by Fidel, which groups the humble and fought on behalf of the humble and for the humble.

"It was not a political party but a revolutionary, decentralized, mass movement for all Cubans who truly wanted to establish political democracy in Cuba, and it was made up of new men."

He also commented that Fidel proposed the necessary unity in the M-26-7 when he categorically stated in an article: "The dispersion of forces is the death of the Revolution, the union of all revolutionaries is the death of the dictatorship."

Other panelists emphasized in their lengthy speeches how Fidel Castro has been an example not only for Cuba but internationally, as well as his permanent solidarity with the most disadvantaged in the world, extended through medical brigades, cultural, sports and educational delegations, amongst other solidarity missions.

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