To celebrate another anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, a group of friends from Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and the United Kingdom, members of the 61st Nordic Solidarity with Cuba brigade, traveled to the island where they undertook an intense program of activities.
Based at the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp, in the municipality of Caimito, Artemisa province, brigade members met and spoke with Cuban doctors who served on internationalist missions; participated in Teachers’ Day celebrations (December 22) at the Ernesto Guevara Pre-university Institute; and conferences on current issues affecting Cuba, particularly relations between the island and the United States, and the construction of socialism in the country.
The group participated in voluntary work on farms, met and spoke with renowned figures linked to Cuban sports and culture, and held a friendly soccer match and races.
Meanwhile, Joerlen Bo Thomasen, a retiree from Denmark making his third visit to Cuba, noted that he will continue to travel to the island as part of the brigade as it gives him the opportunity to partake in authentic, fraternal exchanges with other people from different countries, and plans to return next year with his son.
Bo Thomasen is currently a member of the Cuba Friendship Association in Denmark and writes for a newspaper about life on the island, in response to the defamatory media campaigns against the Revolution.
He also collaborated on a book about the Cuba’s contributions to his country and the world in general.
Likewise, Jorgen Flyr, also from Denmark, explained that he has participated in various protests to defend Cuban causes, above all to demand an end to the unjust economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed on the island by the United States.
Flyr creates artwork which is sold to raise money for other activities. “We all raise money and put it into a bank account to help repair damage caused by Hurricane Irma to Cuban families,” he noted.
Flyr was accompanied by his 24 year old son Thomas, a mechanical engineering graduate who was so impressed by the warm welcome the group received from the Cuban people during different activities, that he promised to return with friends and family members.
Fellow Dane, Nord Ysik Tidende, who teaches at a public school in his country, and visited Cuba for the first time as part of the brigade, shared a similar opinion. He explained that he wants to learn from, and share, the experiences of Cuba’s socialist system with his colleagues and is intent on returning to the island.
During a farewell activity for the group, Fernando González Llort, President of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), highlighted the significance of the brigade’s visit to the island which coincided with the anniversaries of important historic dates for the country, above all that of the Rebel Army’s 1959 victory, led by Fidel Castro Ruz.
On return to their countries, the Cuban official urged brigade members to share their experiences on the island and information about Cuba’s reality, which is regularly distorted by the international press.
In this regard he stated: “Our people will always stand tall, will defend our Revolution and national independence, and will continue to work to struggle for a more just society, and perfect ours.”