Speech by Ambassador Pablo Berti Oliva during the Tribute to the Commander in Chief, Fidel Castro Ruz, in Vienna.

Speech by Ambassador Pablo Berti Oliva during the Tribute to the Commander in Chief, Fidel Castro Ruz, in Vienna.

Dear friends:

I would like to thank you for this beautiful tribute to the Historical Leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz.

Seven years ago the night stood still in Cuba at the news of the death of the Commander-in-Chief. Pain and sadness took over the Cuban people and millions of people around the world who, deeply moved by his irreparable physical loss, showed countless signs of affection and respect for Fidel, his ideas and his work.

Fidel Castro was not only a reference for Cuba, but also for all peoples and for all those struggles in defense of sovereignty, self-determination and independence of peoples.

As was recognized at the time of his physical disappearance, Fidel was a man who had the rare privilege of seeing his dreams come true.

He dreamed of a Revolution and had a Moncada, a Granma, a January 1st.

He dreamed of land for the peasants and signed the Agrarian Reform Law.

He dreamed that there would be education for all and the number of adolescents, almost children, literacy teachers multiplied throughout the country.

He dreamed of defeating imperialism and the mercenaries were defeated at Playa Giron.

He dreamed of surviving with his people and we are still here after the blockade and the Soviet collapse.

He dreamed of the return of the Five and, as promised, they came back.

Fidel never stopped dreaming.

He dreamed that, after his death, his people would continue united and defending the Revolution, and here are the Cuban people resisting the onslaught of the reinforced blockade and working to build a prosperous and sustainable socialism.

Dear friends:

Fidel left us clear values and examples of conduct and we know which is the path and each one of us knows how we should honor him, it is a duty to assume his absence, accept the reality and work from it.

Those who say that Fidel is gone forever make a serious historical mistake.

Fidel lives and will live on in his people and in each one of you who support Cuba. Fidel will illuminate the path of our Revolution, a Revolution that will be better every day, more just and more humane, more internationalist and more proletarian.

Every man, child, woman; every human being charged with shame, decency and hope, will forever remember Fidel.

Believe me, there is no better pleasure than to end by telling you that Cuba is and will be a people of Fatherland or Death, and that with Fidel we will be ¡Hasta la Victoria Siempre!


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