[Camilo Cienfuegos was a Cuban revolutionary and member of the 1956 ‘Granma‘ expedition which successfully launched Fidel Castro’s armed insurgency against Batista’s dictatorship. The following two articles published in ‘Granma’ and website of the Ministry of Communication and Information of the Venezuelan government respectively are presented here to commemorate Camilo’s revolutionary contribution on his 88th birth anniversary.]
1.How not to evoke you, Camilo!
[First published: 6th February, 2020; Granma, official organ of the Communist Party of Cuba]
How not to evoke you, Camilo, today that is illuminated! How not to touch your soul, live like your life, the one that overcame your death forever, when the flower was more than goodbye! Today your laugh, symbol of your generous lineage, explodes in your country, like a victorious thunder…
Every October 28 the sea of petals is dyed, thrown from the pain and the alliance with the memory to which it is not possible to give up. We are attended by your words, those unforgettable that you pronounced before the people, two days from you until forever, those that denounced the cruelty of the bombs that since then insisted on launching the United States Government to exterminate the nascent Revolution, those that cited to the poet and assured, in plural voices, what would happen if the Cuban flag, in the greatest of absurdities, became, someday shattered by its enemies.
Your voice arrives in that month of deep pains, increasingly firm, increasingly energetic, increasingly necessary when the stubborn purposes of evil and greed refuse to accept, the poor !, that in the Cuba you founded, There is no way back.
But today is February 6, and the way to accompany you, on your 88th birthday, is shaped like a smile. Reason is squeezed to think of you as a child, walking through the streets of your modest and natal Lawton, where you discovered that it was noble to defend the most fragile, where the sport was entrusted to you in the puerile passions, where art became a spell.
From the flame that lit up your chest, history knows, the one that takes you in its lap and knows the good ways in which you knew how to conquer it, without presumptions or arrogances, facing the minion, fighting for justice, joining Fidel, integrating the honorable team of expeditionaries who cracked the foggy fog to change the inadmissible.
We know you in the Sierra, we know your anecdotes, we look at you next to Che, we have laughed with your things, and vibrated before your fearlessness of Hero and Lord of the Vanguard. But today, that as in that February you are born again, we feel you as a child and among the children, those who learn you in verses, those who rhyme your character, your hat, and your admirable mixture of dove and lion.
How not to evoke you, Camilo, today that is illuminated! How not to touch your soul, live like your life, the one that overcame your death forever, when the flower was more than goodbye! Today your laugh, symbol of your generous lineage, explodes in your country, like a victorious thunder.
2. Maduro: Camilo Cienfuegos continues to enlighten us as a beacon of loyalty and love for the just cause
[First published: 6th February, 2020; Website of Ministry of Communication and Information, Government of Venezuela]
This Thursday through his Twitter account, the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro , commemorated the birth of the founder of the Rebel Army, Camilo Cienfuegos , on February 6, 1932, 88 years ago.
“Venezuela commemorates 88 years of the birth of the Hero of the Homeland, Camilo Cienfuegos. Commander of the Rebel Army, a man of one hundred battles who forged his leadership in the heat of the people. Today his smile continues to illuminate us as a beacon of loyalty and love for the just cause “wrote the head of state.
It should be noted that on February 6, 1932, Camilo Cienfuegos Gorriarán, a Cuban revolutionary who was born in Havana, Cuba, along with Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Raúl Castro and Juan Almeida, was one of the most emblematic figures of the Cuban Revolution , founder of the Rebel Army and one of its chief leaders during the National Liberation War against the Batista dictatorship.
Known as “The Commander of the People”, “The Lord of the Vanguard”, “Hero of Yaguajay” or “the hero of the hat alón”, since 1954 he was part of university groups contrary to the Batista regime, so he was signed by the political police and had to emigrate to the United States and then to Mexico, where he joined the revolutionary group organized by Fidel Castro.
He accompanied Fidel on the Granma trip, after which both disembarked in Cuba in 1956 to establish a guerrilla focus in the east of the island. During the final offensive against the Batista dictatorship, Cienfuegos led the so-called “Antonio Maceo Column”, which was the first unit of the insurgents who left the Sierra Maestra refuge. In union with Che Guevara, he fought the decisive battle to take Santa Clara (1958), after which the road to Havana was expedited, where they entered triumphant on January 2, 1959.