Cubans in Italy pay tribute to National Hero José Martí

Cubans in Italy pay tribute to National Hero José Martí
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26 January 2024
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At a solemn ceremony in front of the monument of Cuban National Hero José Martí in the central park around EUR Lake in Rome on Friday, Cubans in Italy celebrated his 171st birthday on January 28.

Cuban Ambassador to the Holy See René Mujica, a large representation of the diplomatic corps, Cuban residents here, and members of associations of solidarity with Cuba attended the event, which was presided over by Ambassador to Italy Mirta Granda.

The event, accompanied by a ceremonial group appointed by Italian authorities, started with the Cuban and Italian national anthems.

Later, Granda delivered the main speech as a tribute to Martí, who “represents the supreme ideal of our aspirations to build a more just society,” she noted.

His ideas were taken up by the young people of the Centennial Generation who, led by Fidel Castro, resumed the struggle for independence on July 26, 1953, and have been ratified in 65 years of Revolution, “during which Cuba has been a stronghold of unwavering resistance against a cowardly enemy without honor,” she said.

Granda recalled that Martí warned of “the revolted and brutal North that despises us,” referring to the United States, which has inflicted deprivations on entire generations, and fought “to prevent its expansions over the Antilles and fall with that force over our lands in the Americas,” as he said shortly before being killed.

The Cuban ambassadors to Italy and the Holy See laid a wreath in front of Martí’s monument, and they were followed by other wreaths from the community of Cuban residents in here and several associations of friendship with Cuba.

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