The Cuban Revolution took place in 1953–1959 and was an armed revolt conducted by Fidel Castro against the government at the time which was headed by Fulgencio Batista. Batista had seized power of the country when he realized that he was about to lose the presidential election. He was ousted on January 1, 1959, and his government was replaced with a revolutionary socialist state.
“Fifty-five years is no short period of time and for the Cuban people – led by the PCC – to have survived all efforts to reverse its progress, is no easy feat,” the SLP stated in its congratulatory release.
“For five-and-a-half decades the PCC, led by Fidel Castro and now by Raul Castro, has provided the level of sterling leadership that has allowed for the Cuban state to be able to provide for its people in health, education and other human needs, while consistently offering limitless solidarity to people’s causes abroad,” the SLP said.
It continued, “Never has Cuba allowed its economic woes to reduce its commitment to give internationalist support to parties, people and governments in all corners of planet Earth – and Saint Lucia can attest to that, as we have continued to receive scholarships for students to study in Cuba and Cuban health professionals to assist in St. Lucia, among other forms of people-to-people support.”
The SLP further commented on the continued strength of Saint Lucia- Cuba relations, “ just as SLP-PCC relations remain firm and bonded in the mutual understanding and acceptance that each has a leadership role to always be in step with the people’s needs and to always do what it takes to meet and provide for their most important needs.”
The SLP took the opportunity to reiterate its continued solidarity for Cuba’s cause of building a society that is “free and happy, free of hostility and free to continue to shape its revolution in its own image and likeness, for the Cuban people and by the Cuban people.”
“Long live the 55th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution,” the SLP said.