Esteemed Comrade Fidel Castro Ruz,
first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba
On behalf of the Central Committee of the New Jewel
vanguard party of the Grenada Revolution, I bring warm, brotherly,
revolutionary greetings to this Second Congress of the Communist Party
The report presented to this congress by Comrade Fidel
shows beyond doubt that the Cuban people have benefitted tremendously
last five years by the successes of the program designed by the party
implemented with great revolutionary zeal by the Cuban people.
In this room are gathered the finest sons and daughters
revolutionary Cuba, the vanguard of the Cuban people, and the Cuban
the undoubted inheritors of the mantle of Martí,
You have demonstrated, over the past few days, a
amount of discipline, patience, organisation, enthusiasm, militancy,
understanding of the problems which continue to face your country and
solutions for redressing those problems.
But what is remarkable about Cuba is that you, comrades
here, are a symbol of the whole people of revolutionary Cuba.
I was honoured to be present at Revolution Square on
International Workers’ Day this year and what I saw before me was not
largest gathering that I had ever seen assembled in one place but in
massive ocean of people, in that extraordinary multitude of one and a
million people, I observed the very same qualities of discipline,
organisation, and militancy.
I observed, too, a sense of deep patriotic
revolutionary fervour. Who could fail to have been excited by that
moment and inspired and rejuvenated by that display of enthusiasm?
As Fidel said, such a people do indeed deserve victory
place in history.
In every corner of our region, the masses joined this
call and demand by the revolutionary people of Cuba for an end to the
blockade, an end to the illegal spy flights, an end to the immoral
of the Guantánamo naval base.
Imperialism can no longer remain deaf to this
thunderous call of
the people of the region and must end the violation of the sovereignty
Cuba has been a beacon for us in Grenada. It has both
reminded us of many important lessons. It has reminded us of the
of the party in building the revolution.
It has reminded us of the critical importance of being
genuine vanguard of the people, building and maintaining close links
people through the mass organisations.
There can obviously be no doubt that without the
guidance of the Communist Party of Cuba, the heroic vanguard of the
people, there would not have been such dramatic improvements in health,
education, economic development and diversification, the raising of
and class consciousness, and the development of a genuine spirit of
Because of this, because of the exemplary success of
Revolution, imperialism has unashamedly dedicated itself to Cuba’s
Those who have attempted it know that the revolution is
indestructible. But the newcomers seem to believe that they can turn
clock of history and therein lies serious danger.
We hope that we are wrong, but we see the possibility
dangerous adventurism on the horizon. We know there are plans to “teach a
lesson,” as these elements say, to Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador,
We know that we are not alone. The people of Cuba
and unselfishly came to our aid in the first weeks of our revolution.
When our revolution was at its most vulnerable stage,
imperialism and its mercenary forces threatened to blockade and invade
revolution, Cuba provided us with the military means necessary to
secure our young revolution.
That dealt a decisive blow to the designs and ambitions
Consistent with its internationalist principles, Cuba
urgently needed assistance in the areas of health, education,
Today, as I speak to you, dear comrades, there are over
internationalist construction workers working side by side with the
people to build a modern international airport, a project which will
basis for the expansion of our economy.
This is internationalism in its most profound
We have seen internationalism at work thanks in large
our steadfast Cuban friends and their allies in the socialist and
We too have learned the lessons of internationalism,
and all our
comrades in struggle should know that they are not alone.
For once again, in the name of the Grenadian
revolution, we give
our solemn pledge that wherever circumstances require we shall
fulfill our internationalist responsibilities.
Imperialism must know and understand that if they touch
they touch Grenada, and if they touch Nicaragua, they touch Grenada.
From the earliest stages of our revolution, the
powers attempted to dictate with whom we should be friends. They
undermine and destroy our economy, they threatened economic, political
They encouraged mercenaries to organise invasions of
territory, they launched a vicious propaganda campaign against us.
Over the last twenty months, we have, with
and support characteristic of this congress, resisted all efforts to
destabilise our revolutionary process.
We stand firmly on the principle of our
democratic revolution and we work consistently to preserve it.
We have practiced the principle of peaceful coexistence
in full support of world peace and détente.
We continue to oppose colonialism, racism, Zionism, and
apartheid. We stand in solidarity with all peoples fighting for their
sovereignty and independence throughout the world.
We have mobilised our people at all levels to defend
revolution to the last drop of blood. The stronger the revolution, the
determined is imperialism to defeat it.
The geopolitical realities of our region make our task
challenging. Every four years in the month of November, the USA elects
president and just after that, on January 20, the president is
In 1961, less than three months after John F. Kennedy
president, the CIA launched an attack against Cuba, now known as the
fiasco. This led to the first military defeat of imperialism in this
With renewed efforts in reactionary circles to restore
work of the CIA, we do not rule out the possibility of a similar
It is clear that already plans have been drawn up aimed
the Cuban revolution, the Nicaraguan revolution, the Grenadian
the revolutionary process unfolding in El Salvador.
We do not possess the full details of these plans, but
what we do
know is that we must learn from history and take the necessary measures
combat aggression, subversion, and counter-revolution.
What we also know is that no revolutionary process can
far less do forward, without the building and consolidation of the
No revolution can survive without the political
organisation of the masses, for this teaches them the goals,
gains of the revolution.
No revolution can survive without the military capacity
provides the people with the honour of defending what they have built.
These are the fundamental pillars of any revolutionary
As we say in Grenada, the people without guns spells defeat; guns
people means fascism.
Cuba has the guns and the people, that if revolution.
Long live the Community Party of Cuba!
Long live proletarian internationalism!
Long live the fighting people of El Salvador!
Long live the revolutionary forces of Latin America and
Long live live Cuba!
Long live Fidel!
Forward ever, backward never!