Esteemed Comrade Fidel Castro
Esteemed Comrade Daniel Ortega
Beloved revolutionary comrades of free and
I bring you today warm revolutionary greetings from the
This morning, Comrades, I was addressing a rally in my
country to honour International Workers Day, and I left my country some
eleven o’clock this morning to travel more than 1,000 miles to come to
country. But even if the distance was 10,000 miles, no force on earth
have stopped me from being here today.
The unity, the militant solidarity which unified our
our people’s struggles—it is this unity and this solidarity which is
making imperialism tremble, because we recognise in Grenada, just as
imperialists recognise, that without the Cuban Revolution of 1959,
have been no Grenadian Revolution, nor Nicaraguan Revolution in 1979.
They, therefore, have good reason to tremble when they
masses of Cubans saying:
“Cuba, Nicaragua, Grenada, together we shall win.”
It is the Cuban Revolution that has taught the peoples
America and the Caribbean how to face blockades, how to defeat criminal
invasions of their territories.
The people of this region have looked at Girón
they have looked at La Coubre,
they have looked at Escambray,
they have looked at assassination attempts on their leadership; they
the October 1976 destruction of their Cubana airliner,
they have seen your struggles; they have been inspired by your
they have observed that even in the face of these difficulties,
Cuba was able to wipe out illiteracy, prostitution, drug-taking, and
They were able to see you build socialism in our small
They have seen your strides and achievements in health and education.
seen that today, twenty-one years after your revolution, your country
to assist more than thirty countries around the world.
And countries like Grenada and Nicaragua will always
grateful to the people of Cuba and to the Cuban Revolution for their
with their doctors, with their teachers, and with their selfless
Certainly, we in Grenada will never forget that it was
military assistance of Cuba in the first weeks of our revolution that
us with the basis to defend our own revolution.
And when imperialism and reaction kept saying to us in
why do we need arms, where are the arms coming from, why should such a
country need so much arms, we always give them the answer our people
Whenever mercenaries or foreign aggressors land in our
they will discover how much arms we have, whether we can use the arms,
where the arms came from as we shed their blood on our soil.
Your Revolution, Comrades, has also provided the region
world with a living legend with your great and indomitable leader,
Castro. Fidel has taught us not only how to fight, but also how to
work, how to
build socialism, and how to lead our country in a spirit of humility,
sincerity, commitment, and firm revolutionary leadership.
It is important to be in revolutionary Cuba at this
world history. Today, we can see another crisis in international
Today, we can see them complaining that their superprofits are falling.
see their interest rate running towards 20 percent.
The school lunches they have been providing for their
even that, they have had to reduce by over $500 million.
The workers are daily finding that jobs are
their more than $33 billion profit on investments around the world
they create new tension in the world, so that their economy, which is
war and armaments, would once again flourish.
They are also terrified by the victories of the
liberation movements in Africa, in Asia, in the Middle East, and right
They have looked around and they see that today the
the people of the region are continuing to reach new heights.
They look at El Salvador and they recognise that while
it was Cuba, Nicaragua and Grenada, tomorrow it will undoubtedly be El
So they have decided to step up on their arms supply
arms race. They have decided to scuttle SALT II and détente. They have
to spend this year more than $142 billion on arms.
At the same time, the invasions which have
relations with our region over the years, starting with the Monroe
1823, they are shaping now to create new doctrines, to plan new
obtain new bases to strengthen and deepen their military presence in
that this will crush the rising wave of national liberation
is sweeping our region and the world.
Their interventions in Mexico, in Nicaragua, in
Panama, in the Dominican Republic, in Haiti, in Honduras, all of these
invasions which they have had over the years—they are now preparing
to embark on a new campaign of terror and intimidation of the people of
But sometimes it is no longer by direct intervention,
they rely more on control and manipulation, on the use of threat of
the techniques of destabilisation, on the use of diplomatic pressure,
use of propaganda and destabilisation, on the policy of economic
But in each case, all of this is meant to lay the basis
United States-organised or -backed coup
In 1954, they succeeded in overthrowing Arbenz in
1973, they succeeded in overthrowing Allende in Chile. But the one
they have never forgotten and will never forget is that in 1961 they
when they tried at Girón right here in revolutionary Cuba.
Today we can hear them setting up their cries against
revolutionary processes in Nicaragua and Cuba. You can hear them
human rights, you can hear them calling for elections even though they
understand that our revolutions are popular revolutions.
You can see them encouraging the ultraleftists in our
to take violent action against our peoples. Their propaganda has
point where our countries have become electoral issues in the
campaign in that country.
And at the same time, as usual, the threats against
Cuba, the continuation of the criminal economic blockade against
Cuba, the creation of artificial crisis after artificial crisis.
First the question of the Soviet troops in October last
now the question of so-called refugees at this point in time.
All of this is part and parcel of the imperialist
campaign to try
to defame the Cuban Revolution, to try to isolate the Cuban people, to
lay the basis for an armed invasion or other form of intervention of
But in Grenada, we have been using a slogan and that
been saying that “If they touch Cuba or if they touch Nicaragua, then
touch Grenada too.”
Comrades, as the people who own this region, as the
belong to these countries, it is for us to decide what we want to do
lives in our countries. It is for us, the people of the region to
whether or not we want to have military bases on our territory.
It is for us to decide whether or not we want other
planes to fly over our countries. And one of the most contemptuous and
acts of imperialism is today to presume that in 1980 not only do they
right to have a base in Guantánamo but that they also have a right to
military manoeuvres on the very soil of free and revolutionary Cuba.
That is an insult and a piece of contempt that the
people of the
region will never forgive or forget. And the people of this region are
continue in our demand calling for an end to military bases in
Puerto Rico, and in all other countries in the region where these bases
We, the people of this region, demand that our region
recognised and respected as a Zone of Peace. We demand an end to all
task forces and air and sea patrols of our region.
We demand that the people of the region must be free
aggressive military harassment of any military power. We demand an end
Monroe Doctrine and to the Carter Doctrine and all other doctrines
aimed at perpetuating interventionism or backyardism in the region.
There must be an end to all attempts to use the
peacekeeping apparatus of the Organization of American States to
intervene in the region, to hold back progressive and patriotic
We also call today that the right to self-determination
peoples in the region must be recognised and accepted.
We today renew our call for the independence of the
of Puerto Rico.
We today insist that all of the people of the region in
twenty-five colonial countries which still exist—English, Dutch,
American territories—we demand the right to independence for the
We demand that a principle of ideological pluralism
respected and practised by imperialist powers.
We must have the right to build our processes on our
free from outside interference, free from all forms of threats or
force us to accept other peoples’ processes.
Today we insist that there must be an end to the
end to the landing by Marines, an end to the gunboats, an end to the
Giróns, an end to the slaughters and massacres of our Sandinos, our
We call also for an end to the arming and financing of
counter-revolutionary and anti-popular, anti-democratic or
There must be an end to the manipulation of regional
tension for electoral purposes. The future of the region and the future
world, the question of world peace cannot be compromised because of any
election, no matter whose election.
There must therefore be respect for the sovereignty,
and territorial integrity of the countries of our region.
It is clear today, comrades, that the desperate plans
imperialism can be defeated once again, once we remain organised,
united, and demonstrate firm and militant anti-imperialist solidarity.
We look to the people of Cuba, we look to your
your leadership to ensure that the revolutionary process in the
Central American region continues to do forward with strength.
We salute you, the freedom-loving people of
We salute your great and revolutionary leader, Comrade Fidel Castro.
Long live the freedom-loving people of revolutionary
Long live the Communist Party of Cuba!
Long live Comrade Fidel Castro!
Long live the Nicaraguan revolution!
Long live the Sandinista Liberation Front!
Long live the national liberation movements!
Long live the socialist world!
Long live the the Grenadian revolution!
Long live the military unity and solidarity of workers
Cuba, Nicaragua, Grenada, together we shall win!
Adelante siempre, atrás nunca! [Forward ever, backward