Dear Manolo; comrades who are participating in the Summit of the Peoples;
I was not wrong when I said that I will not be in the Summit of the Americas but the voice of Cuba certainly will.
You are our voice. The Revolution has always had it very clear: wherever governments deprive us from our voice, peoples will be there to represent us, to speak on our behalf.
And so it has been since the times of the Ministry of Colonies, when there were governments that were pushed by the empire to break relations with Cuba, and ended up by obeying the order of the master, with the honorable exception of Mexico.
The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) was born from that understanding.
Solidarity is not only a principle that is inseparable from the revolutionary praxis. It is the most formidable weapon for those of us who believe in the power of the masses, in the telluric force of mobilized peoples and the inspiring struggle for social justice.
Wherever peoples are struggling, Cuba will be. And wherever Cuba is, peoples will be struggling.
The struggle that we are sharing today dates back to centuries, at the cost of the blood of some of the best sons and daughters of the Greater Homeland. That struggle is waged against the powerful neighbor’s re-colonizing attempts of our American nations. It is waged against the spirit of the Monroe Doctrine that continues to guide the US and its political approach to our region.
It is waged against the imperial policies of sanctions and penalties for countries that will not yield to such designs. It is waged against the US politicians’ aspirations to become gendarmes and supreme judges, determined to establish who should be our leaders and even our civil society.