Díaz-Canel: No one is going to take from us the confidence in the future which we owe our children
Inaugural speech by President of the Republic Miguel M. Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, in the National Assembly of People’s Power, yesterday October 10
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october 11, 2019 12:10:31
Speech by the President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel M. Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, during his inauguration for this position, in the Fourth Extraordinary Session of the IX Legislature of the National Assembly of People’s Power, in Havana’s Convention Center, October 10, 2019, Year 61 of the Revolution
(Council of State transcript – GI translation)
Dear Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee;
Dear comrades of the historic generation;
Compañero Esteban Lazo, President of the National Assembly of People’s Power and the Council of State; members of the Council of State;
People of Cuba:
Photo: Jose M. Correa
Today is October 10 and we Cubans must congratulate each other. “…the first day of Cuba’s freedom and independence,” as Carlos Manuel de Céspedes said, is by all rights one of the most celebrated on our national calendar, given its powerful resonances, from that minute in 1868 until this one, as we have reaffirmed our oath of unconditional service to the homeland.
Although the nation would later go on to experience legendary episodes, the first inspiration came from that day, when the shackles were broken and the flag made by a woman waved in new hands.
Together embracing an ideal, for the first time, blacks and whites, women and men, almost all young people, and as the protagonists, the youngest Cubans. This was the first October 10, full of transcendental meaning.
They say that a 20-year-old boy named Emilio Tamayo was the first to wave the flag made by Cambula, in the camp erected at La Demajagua. And that the Father of the Homeland said, as he admired it unfolding, “Die before you see her dishonored.” It is also said that the plantation’s bell was rung by another very young man from Bayamo, Manuel García Pavón, who would be the last survivor of the historic uprising. Continue reading