“I feel that that day gave birth to the light of hope and confidence of those men who had dreamt of a better world”, said Evo Morales Aima, president of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, when referring to the 26th of July in the ceremony held in Santiago de Cuba to mark the 60th anniversary of the attacks on Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Cespedes barracks.
Morales said to be certain that the Cuban people’s struggle was never wrong, and that the Cuban Revolution is the mother of the revolution in Latin America and in the world. “That’s why, sisters and brothers, if we reflect on what is happening with Latin American nations (…), we can say that their reality is closely linked to this country’s”.
“Had it not been for Fidel and Chávez, it couldn’t had been possible to consolidate the Bolivarian Revolution, and people knows that”, added Morales, who also referred to Fidel Castro’s optimism, resistance, and vision of the future.
Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega Saavedra also took the floor at the ceremony, and began his speech by telling how he first knew about Moncada garrison history, when he visited the island to attend the IV Latin American Student Congress.
Afterwards, Ortega briefly referred to the history of the Cuban Revolution and said that the spirit of Moncada people, Fidel, Raul, and this heroic people has been present in all these events.
He talked about the common ideas of Fidel and Chavez, and about the creation of ALBA and CELAC regional organizations. “These are postulates of Bolívar, Martí, Morazán, and Sandino”, he added.
“When celebrating the 60th anniversary of Moncada, Cuba is best testimony that freedom, sovereignty, and the right to independence can only be safeguarded when those ideas are owned by the people”, said Ortega, who also mentioned the difficulties faced by Nicaraguans to meet their libertarians aspirations.
“Receive a fraternal and revolutionary hug from the Sandinista Revolution, and the Nicaraguan people”, he said before cheering Martí, Fidel, Che, Chávez, and Latin American and Caribbean unity.