- Publicado: Miércoles, 22 January 2014 10:00
On 20 January, the 55th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution was celebrated at a cultural and political event in the Venezuelan Embassy’s Bolivar Hall. The event was attended by diplomats from the Cuban Embassy and the embassies of other countries which are members of ALBA – the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas. Also present were British trade unión leaders and ex - miners, members of solidarity organisations in solidarity with Cuba and Cubans living in Britain.
Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite the union, congratulated the people of Cuba for 55 years of Revolution, condemned the illegal U.S. blockade of Cuba, and affirmed the solidarity and support of Unite and the British trade union movement in general for the Cuban Revolution. He also encouraged people to participate in the International Commission of Inquiry on the case of the Cuban Five, which will be held in London from 7 to 8 March 2014 .
Cuban Ambassador, Esther Armenteros, began her speech by paying tribute to those who lost their lives in the revolutionary struggle and recalled Fidel Catro’s words on teh 1 january 1959: ‘the Revolution starts now, the revolution will not be an easy task, the Revolution will be hard and full of dangers, particularly at this early stage’.
She reminded those present of the attacks that the Cuban people have endured at the hands of 11 different US administrations since the triumph of the Revolution and ended by reaffirming Cuba’s continued commitment to building socialism.
Following the speeches, the audience was treated to a musical extravaganza, led by violinist Omar Puente, with his band Raices Cubanas.