Historically, April is, for the Great Homeland, a stellar month. More than two centuries have passed since the April 19th of Caracas, 1810; fifty-five years since the April of Playa Girón; fourteen years since April 2002. Aprils marked by struggles, the definition of paths forward, sacrifices, victories that impacted the destiny of our peoples and left their marks, so visible that we continue following them today.
After more than forty years since the First PCC Congress held in 1975, this Seventh Congress is a brilliant demonstration of the strength of the Cuban Revolution, and constitutes a sort of compass pointing toward the future of justice and dignity outlined by José Martí at the end of the 19th century and which has had in Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro its greatest laborer and its most consistent leader. Today, the Army General, President of Cuba and First Secretary of the PCC, Raúl Castro, is providing perfect continuity to such a vast and luminous legacy.
Fidel, Fidel, Fidel. Today I endorse, I endorse entirely, the words of our Supreme Comandante Hugo Chávez, to salute his beloved presence in this Congress.
“I want to pay tribute to Fidel and his long travels among our peoples, awakening us. Fidel is a soldier, dreamer, undoubtedly an example for us all and for entire generations of Latin Americans, Caribbeans and fighters across the world.”
Five years ago, on the occasion of the Sixth Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, our Comandante Hugo Chávez celebrated its transcendental importance: a thousand delegates from all over Cuba, after months of deliberation and debates in popular assemblies, outlined their findings to build new paths, faced with the demands and challenges that marked the course of history.
Each Party Congress has reaffirmed Cuba’s path: to build socialism based on People’s Power. This was and is a lesson for us, for all the peoples who truly want to make their own destinies, to build their history.
This Seventh Congress continues along the lines of the previous: to overcome the economic crisis and achieve growth with dignity, devotion to revolutionary principles, and the defense of socialism. However, in these five years the threats and challenges have grown, and the economic, social, political and environmental situation in our region and the world has become even more complex.
Our America faces a new colonial offensive, characterized by multidimensional harassment of popular and progressive governments of the region, which have as a common denominator the plan of neoliberal restoration, by different means.
This Seventh Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, is a moral, political, ideological, cultural and social bastion for the forces across the region that confront such disintegrative attempts against the project of independence and unity of Latin America and the Caribbean, in particular those of us who have chosen the revolutionary path and the road to socialism.
Comandante Fidel told us in Caracas, when he came to the inauguration of our Supreme Comandante in February 1999, referring to the time before the special period:
“Without those years we had to educate, sow ideas, build awareness, instill feelings of solidarity and a generous internationalist spirit, our people would not have had the strength to resist.”
Something similar could be said about these difficult times of destabilization and the relentless economic and media war against Venezuela. Cuba is for us all an unequivocal symbol of resistance against the empire. Rest assured that Venezuela will not yield an inch of ground: we are resisting and we will overcome with the strength of our Chavista and Bolivarian dignity.
If any nation has faced threats and challenges, it is precisely Cuba.
Cuba is a consistent and superb artisan of resistance. We have drawn from this example in Our America. From Cuba we have learned not to hesitate, not to give up, because we are assisted by reason, the love of the homeland, the continuity of the historic battle of our liberators for independence. How many hard times has Cuba suffered? And there she stands firm in the battle of ideas, of organization, of debate.
Many eyes and ears across the world are focused on this Seventh Party Congress, despite the concealment, misrepresentation and contempt of the great media monopolies.
We are confident that with your political maturity, courage and conscience, the people of Martí will victoriously face the storms, as not in vain have they always faced and overcome them.
We endorse the words of Raúl Castro at the opening of this splendid Congress:
“The worst thing a revolutionary, communist or not, can do is stand idly by when faced with problems…We do not have that right and less so in the current times.”
Once again history places before us great challenges, and union being the key to our victories, the Bolivarian Revolution ratifies its deepest and most productive union with the Cuban Revolution, to continue driving forward the transformations that lead to the happiness of our peoples.
The union that has allowed us to be driving forces of Alba, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, which since its founding by the two great comandantes Chávez and Fidel, has been strengthened, marking a course of solidarity and justice, sowing numerous social gains across the region and bringing the world a message of dignity and hope.
The union that marked the birth of CELAC, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, making our region a zone of peace.
United we will defend our independence, our Revolutions, our path to socialism. United we will build the Great Homeland dreamed of by our liberators.
Cuba is not alone; Cuba will never again be alone. And the Homeland of Bolívar and Chávez is unassailably united with the Homeland of Martí and Fidel.
¡Que Viva Cuba, Martí y Fidel! ¡Que Viva la Patria Grande!
¡Chávez Vive, la Patria Sigue!
¡Hasta la Victoria Siempre!
¡Independencia y Patria Socialista!
¡Viviremos y Venceremos!