Tribute paid in Sydney to José Martí on the 170th anniversary of his birth

Canberra, 30 January, 2023. Last Saturday, January 28, the Cuban Ambassador to Australia, Ariel Lorenzo Rodríguez and the First Secretary of the Mission, Liuba Montano Rubio, accompanied by members of the Australia-Cuba Friendship Society in Sydney and Cuban collaborators of the Literacy Program “Yes, I Can”, paid a heartfelt tribute to the National Hero of Cuba on the 170th anniversary of his birth.

Gathered in Sydney's Ibero-American Square, a wreath was laid to Martí and the life of a man, who was always at the service of those most in need, was also remembered.

Ambassador Ariel Lorenzo Rodríguez, in his speech, highlighted the fact that "the figure of Martí has been and will always be intrinsically linked to the Cuban revolutionary process, since his ideas constitute a paradigm, not only for Cuba, but also for the world".

Likewise, he expressed that "I could not fail to mention the value that José Martí attributed to solidarity among human beings. Martí always promoted brotherhood, respect and peace among peoples".

In his words he also recalled that "the basis of human solidarity is located in the individual who respects and helps the other individual. Hence Marti's ethic of "with all and for the good of all", emphasizing "the good of all", especially the humble. It is not in vain that the revolutionary project, initiated by Commander in Chief Fidel in 1959 and currently led by our President Díaz-Canel, is a faithful follower of the precepts of the most universal of all Cubans".

Finally, the ambassador thanked the friends of solidarity for the support they have always provided to the Cuban people and government; and ended by pointing out that the scenario was propitious to proudly enhance the premise of the National Hero of Cuba when he expressed: "Homeland is Humanity".

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