Barbados: Thank you Cuba

JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

by David Comissiong

David ComissiongI have had the distinct pleasure of meeting and conversing with the great President Fidel Castro of Cuba on three occasions. Indeed, I can still vividly remember the first of those occasions — we were in a trade union conference hall in Havana, surrounded by a press of excited Latin American trade unionists– and all I wanted to do was to tell Fidel “thanks”!

I desperately wanted to tell him thanks for the tremendous effort and sacrifice that the nation and people of Cuba had made to the liberation of the African continent by sending tens of thousands of Cuban soldiers (and many of Cuba’s most sophisticated weapons) to join with the liberation fighters of Angola in a titanic fifteen year armed struggle against the white racist army of apartheid-era South Africa.

mandela and sisulu in prisonI wanted to tell him– and by extension the entire Cuba people– “thanks” for the…

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