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"Fidel is an example for entire generations
of Latin Americans, Caribbeans and
fighters across the world"
A letter by Nicolás Maduro Moros,
President of Venezuela
Caracas, April 16, 2016
To the Seventh Congress of the Communist
Party of Cuba
Dear compañeras, dear compañeros:
Please accept from the homeland of Simón
Bolívar and Hugo Chávez an embrace full of
admiration, solidarity and affection, reaffirming,
once again, the brotherhood between our two
Revolutions, between our two peoples.
Historically, April is, for the Great Homeland,
a stellar month. More than two centuries have
passed since the April 19th of Caracas, 1810;
fifty-five years since the April of Playa Girón;
fourteen years since April 2002. Aprils marked
by struggles, the definition of paths forward,
sacrifices, victories that impacted the destiny of
our peoples and left their marks, so visible that
we continue following them today.
After more than forty years since the First PCC
Congress held in 1975, this Seventh Congress
is a brilliant demonstration of the strength of
the Cuban Revolution, and constitutes a sort of
compass pointing toward the future of justice
and dignity outlined by José Martí at the end
of the 19th century and which has had in
Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro its greatest
laborer and its most consistent leader. Today,
the Army General, President of Cuba and First
Secretary of the PCC, Raúl Castro, is providing
perfect continuity to such a vast and luminous
Fidel, Fidel, Fidel. Today I endorse, I endorse
entirely, the words of our Supreme Comandante
Hugo Chávez, to salute his beloved presence in
“I want to pay tribute to Fidel and his long
travels among our peoples, awakening us.
Fidel is a soldier, dreamer, undoubtedly an
example for us all and for entire generations
of Latin Americans, Caribbeans and fighters
across the world.”
Five years ago, on the occasion of the Sixth
Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba,
our Comandante Hugo Chávez celebrated
its transcendental importance: a thousand
delegates from all over Cuba, after months of
deliberation and debates in popular assemblies,
outlined their findings to build new paths,
faced with the demands and challenges that
marked the course of history.
Each Party Congress has reaffirmed Cuba’s
path: to build socialism based on People’s
Power. This was and is a lesson for us, for all
the peoples who truly want to make their own
destinies, to build their history.
This Seventh Congress continues along the lines of the previous: to overcome the
economic crisis and achieve growth with
dignity, devotion to revolutionary principles,
and the defense of socialism. However, in
these five years the threats and challenges
have grown, and the economic, social, political
and environmental situation in our region and
the world has become even more complex.
Our America faces a new colonial offensive,
characterized by multidimensional harassment
of popular and progressive governments of the
region, which have as a common denominator
the plan of neoliberal restoration, by different
This Seventh Congress of the Communist
Party of Cuba, is a moral, political, ideological,
cultural and social bastion for the forces across
the region that confront such disintegrative
attempts against the project of independence
and unity of Latin America and the Caribbean,
in particular those of us who have chosen the
revolutionary path and the road to socialism.
Comandante Fidel told us in Caracas, when
he came to the inauguration of our Supreme
Comandante in February 1999, referring to
the time before the special period:
“Without those years we had to educate,
sow ideas, build awareness, instill feelings
of solidarity and a generous internationalist
spirit, our people would not have had the
strength to resist.”
Something similar could be said about these
difficult times of destabilization and the
relentless economic and media war against
Venezuela. Cuba is for us all an unequivocal
symbol of resistance against the empire.
Rest assured that Venezuela will not yield an
inch of ground: we are resisting and we will
overcome with the strength of our Chavista
and Bolivarian dignity.
If any nation has faced threats and challenges,
it is precisely Cuba.
Cuba is a consistent and superb artisan of
resistance. We have drawn from this example
in Our America. From Cuba we have learned
not to hesitate, not to give up, because we are
assisted by reason, the love of the homeland,
the continuity of the historic battle of our
liberators for independence. How many hard
times has Cuba suffered? And there she stands
firm in the battle of ideas, of organization, of
Many eyes and ears across the world are
focused on this Seventh Party Congress,
despite the concealment, misrepresentation
and contempt of the great media monopolies.
We are confident that with your political
maturity, courage and conscience, the people of Martí will victoriously face the storms, as not
in vain have they always faced and overcome
We endorse the words of Raúl Castro at the
opening of this splendid Congress:
“The worst thing a revolutionary, communist
or not, can do is stand idly by when faced with
problems…We do not have that right and
less so in the current times.”
Once again history places before us great
challenges, and union being the key to our
victories, the Bolivarian Revolution ratifies its
deepest and most productive union with the
Cuban Revolution, to continue driving forward
the transformations that lead to the happiness
of our peoples.
The union that has allowed us to be driving
forces of Alba, the Bolivarian Alliance for
the Peoples of Our America, which since
its founding by the two great comandantes
Chávez and Fidel, has been strengthened,
marking a course of solidarity and justice,
sowing numerous social gains across the region
and bringing the world a message of dignity
The union that marked the birth of CELAC,
the Community of Latin American and
Caribbean States, making our region a zone of
United we will defend our independence, our
Revolutions, our path to socialism. United we
will build the Great Homeland dreamed of by
Cuba is not alone; Cuba will never again
be alone. And the Homeland of Bolívar
and Chávez is unassailably united with the
Homeland of Martí and Fidel.
¡Que Viva Cuba, Martí y Fidel!
¡Que Viva la Patria Grande!
¡Chávez Vive, la Patria Sigue!
¡Hasta la Victoria Siempre!
¡Independencia y Patria Socialista!
¡Viviremos y Venceremos!
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