Dublin, May 19, 2022. The Embassy of Cuba and the Association of Cubans Resident in Ireland paid tribute to the memory of the most universal of all Cubans and Apostle of the independence of Cuba, the ever-present Jose Marti.
The young Irish woman lives in Dublin, descendant of a Cuban mother, Emily del Río Wood, fond of drawing, painted and recorded one of Martí's most famous poems, included in his Simple Verses: "I cultivate a white rose." The painting of the white rose, a symbol of sincerity and friendship, is projected on a dark background, as a sign of the pain of the Cuban people for the fall in combat of the National Hero, commemorated today, May 19.
For her part, Cuban Yasmari Perdomo, a resident of Belfast, sent a video with her reflections on the importance of José Martí for Cubans. She wonders who Martí was to her. In short, it is answered with phrases such as the following: "he was the independence fighter despite everything", "the one who wrote about the independence of peoples in any place that found colonial situations", who "wrote about the independence of Ireland".
She adds that he was a man with critical thinking that he carried to its ultimate consequences, with a deep understanding of the Latin American situation at that time and in the future. It summarizes that he was a formidable critical thinker and independence fighter, a super poet. For all these reasons, she concludes, there are those who choose, like Marti, the star that illuminates and kills.