MELLA, Santiago de Cuba.– The Baraguá protest, an enduring example of revolutionary intransigence for Cubans of yesterday and today, was commemorated on its 139th anniversary, at the very site where General Antonio Maceo Grajales rejected an agreement with Spanish colonial authorities, and vowed to continue the struggle for independence.
A floral wreath honoring Maceo and his comrades in arms, in the name of the Cuban people, was placed alongside the monument by Lázaro Expósito Canto and Carlos Rafael Miranda Martínez, members of Party Central Committee, first secretary in the province and CDR national coordinator, respectively.
In the shade of the historic mango trees at the natural site, a panel of speakers, including Bárbara Argüelles Almenares, researcher at Santiago's Center for Antonio Maceo Studies; Yusuam Palacios Ortega, president of the José Martí Youth Movement; and Iroel Sánchez Espinosa, director of the television program La pupila asombrada, outlined the significance of the event.
Mangos de Baraguá provided an appropriate location for CDR leader Carlos Rafael Miranda to close the discussion process which has unfolded across the country in 13,330 neighborhood meetings to discuss the country's current situation, anti-imperialism, and patriotic duties - and formally open activities leading up to the CDR's 9th Congress, scheduled for September of 2018.
He explained that over the coming period, inspired by the example of Fidel, more than 8.5 million members of the organization will analyze the principal problems in their communities, and continue work to make their neighborhoods more functional, united, organized, and happy.
Also on hand were Odalis Pérez Rodríguez, Central Committee functionary, and Beatriz Jhonson Urrutia, president of the Provincial Assembly of People's Power, as well as a group of young people who received their membership cards in the Young Communists League and the CDR.