Birth Anniversary of Fidel Castro
August 13, 1926
Fidel’s Revolutionary Example Inspires Millions to Fight for Sovereignty and Uphold Principle
Today we mark the 96th anniversary of the birth of Fidel Castro, legendary leader of the Cuban Revolution and Cuba’s revolutionary nation-building project. In a tribute to Fidel at the time of his death, millions of Cubans signed the oath to the “Concept of Revolution” which Fidel declared on May 1, 2000. The oath concludes; “Revolution means unity; it is independence, it is fighting for our dreams of justice for Cuba and for the world, which is the foundation of our patriotism, our socialism and our internationalism.”
This is what we see every day as the Cuban people unite to face the difficulties caused by the U.S. blockade of Cuba and it is what we witnessed as they fought the fire in the oil storage tanks in Matanzas and as they mourn for the dead and fight for the living. The Cuban people are turning their profound sadness at the loss of their compatriots and their frustration at the loss of the oil they need so badly into greater strength and unity in their fight to defend their independence and sovereignty against imperialist interference.
Facing the increasingly brutal economic and financial blockade of the U.S., Cubans are united in overcoming all difficulties and safeguarding the revolution. Fidel’s revolutionary spirit and profound generosity lives on in the workers, youth and students, health professionals, intellectuals and teachers who have proven their revolutionary mettle as they overcome any difficulty to continue living a life of dignity and freedom.
Fidel’s example and fidelity to principle continue to inspire the Cuban people on the path of independence, self-determination and human dignity.
It has been shown in deeds that the life and work of Fidel Castro also live on in the hearts and minds of millions of people throughout the world who are fighting for justice, dignity and freedom. Worldwide opposition to the illegal U.S. economic and financial blockade of Cuba once again confirms that the world stands with Cuba and it is the U.S. which stands alone, not Cuba.
“The permanent teaching of Fidel is that yes, we can; that man is able to overcome the harshest conditions if his will to win does not yield, he makes an evaluation of each situation and does not renounce his noble and just principles,” Raul Castro pointed out. It is this revolutionary spirit that continues to guide the Cuban people on the road to guarantee their sovereignty and independence.
¡Hasta la Victoria Siempre, Comandante! ¡Venceremos!