Cuba’s Congress on History Participants Repeat their Commitment to Defend the Revolution

Camagüey, April 26 (AIN / Bárbara Suárez Ávalos / Correspondent of Radio Progreso) – In the face of attempts by the U.S. imperialism and the counterrevolution to distort the history of Cuba, prestigious scholars reaffirmed their commitment to continue defending the Revolutionary ideas.

The final declaration emerged in the latest minutes of Cuba’s National Congress on History which came to an end after two days of discussions and deliberations in Camagüey the Cuban historians reaffirmed their willingness to keep on fighting in order to strengthen “this humane work which succeeded on January 1st, 1959”.

Participants in this Congress also repeated their demands to U.S. President Barack Obama, urging him to exercise his constitutional prerogative to free Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino and Antonio Guerrero, the three remaining Cuban anti-terrorist heroes who are still political prisoners in U.S. jail cells.

Those who attended this theoretical event discussed 64 papers dealing with multiple issues, raging from the foundation by Spanish conquerors of the first villages in Cuba, to how islanders can preserve their heritage; from anti-imperialism and socialism to racism and raciality; as well as the years of the Cuban Revolution in power.

A lecture by National History Award winner Pedro Pablo Rodríguez on Jose Marti’s ethics and political views closed the theoretical sessions of this Congress.

Pablo Rodríguez, a notable researcher working for the Center for Studies on José Martí claimed that the ethics of Marti is permanently in agreement with the working class, social justice, decorum and decency, expressed through the way he acted, his
literature and his oratory.

Distinguished Cuban scholars like National History Award holders Olga Portuondo Zúñiga, Francisca López Civeira, Ibrahim Hidalgo Paz and Eduardo Torres Cuevas lectured during this two-day meeting in Camagüey.

For his part, René González Barrios head of the History of Cuba Institute gave a lecture on the attempts by the foes of the Cuban Revolution to undermine the nation’s unity through dismounting and smearing the history of the Caribbean nation.

Delegates attending this forum agreed to set up a commission on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Mariana Grajales, and they coincided to eventually proclaim her Mother of the Homeland.

Likewise, they announced that the 22nd edition of the National Congress on History is scheduled to take place in 2016 in the
eastern city of Holguin.