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History has Absolved Fidel Castro

History has Absolved Fidel Castro

The People’s National Party is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Comandante Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz. The world has lost one of its greatest leaders whose contribution in the face of adversity will live on forever. Our Party celebrates the life of ‘El Comandante’ and holds him in true veneration for his contribution to Jamaica, the Latin America and Caribbean Region and to Africa.

Apart from being a principal liberator through the ‘Cuban Revolution’ of the millions of  oppressed and exploited people,  his indomitable spirit for internationalism saw tens of thousands of Cuban troops in Angola in 1975 to repel and eventually defeat the South African troops and alliance of UNITA and FLNA backed by western countries, thereby allowing Angola to consolidate its independence, as declared in November 1975.Apart from being a principal liberator through the ‘Cuban Revolution’ of the millions of oppressed and exploited people, his indomitable spirit for internationalism saw tens of thousands of Cuban troops in Angola in 1975 to repel and eventually defeat the South African troops and alliance of UNITA and FLA backed by western countries, thereby allowing Angola to consolidate its independence, as declared in November 1975.

Regarding Jamaica, today our health care system is the better for the hundreds of doctors and health professionals trained in Cuba; our infrastructure is much improved due to the engineers trained in Cuba, our sporting process better because of contributions like the G. C. Foster College of Sports Education, our education much improved because of selfless contribution of the Cuban people for the Jose Marti High School and the Garvey Maceo High School.

To the Castro family, the Communist Party of Cuba and the People of Cuba, we extend our hands of friendship and comradeship during this period of great loss, knowing that you will strengthen your resolve and determination to protect your nation state.

The People’s National Party offers its most heartfelt condolences to our comrade brothers and sisters in Cuba and as they look to a future without the person of Fidel Castro, they will long have his legacy for sovereignty, self determination, social justice and economic empowerment. They should know they have a lifelong friend in the People’s National Party of Jamaica.

In the words of his famous defence speech “History will Absolve Me’ at his trial by the Batista Dictatorship Regime for the attack on the Moncada Barracks, on the 26th July, 1953, we in the PNP declare, History has Absolved Fidel Castro.