Children and Youth Throughout Cuba Celebrate Anniversaries

Havana, Cuba, April 4 (PL) – Cuban children and adolescents throughout the country are celebrating today the 53rd Anniversary of the Jose Marti Pioneer Organization (OPJM) and the 52nd Anniversary of the Young Communist League (UJC).

To celebrate the date, schools and workplaces across the country are holding academic, sport, cultural and leisure activities that will extend to the main plazas in each province.

At 21:00 hrs (local time) this evening, well-known Cuban artists will perform in a public concert to pay tribute to the organizations.

During the official ceremony for the anniversary, held yesterday, anti-terrorist Fernando Gonzalez urged members of the two organizations to continue the work of the Cuban Revolution and to work even harder in the struggle for the freedom of his comrades who remain imprisoned in U.S. jails.

Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez were arrested in the United States 15 years ago and condemned to lengthy prison sentences for having prevented violent groups settled in Miami from carrying out terrorist actions against Cuba.

Of the five, only Rene and Fernando have been able to return to Cuba after serving their unjust sentences. The UJC, OPJM, and Cuban people consider the men innocent of any wrongdoing, as they simply worked to prevent terrorism.

The OPJM was created in 1961, initially called the Rebel Pioneers Organization, with the purpose of promoting interest in education and social responsibility among children and teenagers from first to ninth grades, as well as fostering love for Cuba and the peoples of the world.

The UJC was founded in 1962 as the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) organization in charge of training young people in the construction of socialism. It has a selective character and is based on Marxist-Leninist principles.