President of the Republic of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez: Independence of Venezuela, An Inspiration

Author: José LLamos Camejo | informacion@granmai.cu

july 13, 2022 10:07:28

https://en.granma.cu/mundo/2022-07-13/independence-of-venezuela-an-inspirational-birth

The First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party and President of the Republic of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez greeted the 211th anniversary of the Venezuelan Declaration of Independence.

Caracas, Venezuela – The birth would have not been possible without those who lost their lives while brandishing a sword or a spear in a savannah or the top of a mountain for ten years. The fight was necessary in the first place, overcoming the defeats and taking the arms in the following decade, too.

The birth was painful, but it brought out a light that marked the beginning of something. It is said that Venezuela was born that afternoon of July 5, 1811, becoming the first “daughter” of America, independent from Spain.

When Venezuela declared its independence, unity was still fragile. “We want this union to be affective so it encourages us to come together in the glorious enterprise of freedom;” Simón Bolívar had said a few hours earlier, aware that there were still people who would spread doubts in those times of glory, just like they do today, and to which he called “sad effects of the old chains”.

Unity, from that moment on, would be the substance of the Bolivarian strategy and its followers. The struggle to come was expected to be the most extensive and difficult for a continent determined to be free, and, on the other side, an enemy that already seemed “predestined by providence to plague America with misery in the name of freedom”.

More than two centuries have passed, and perhaps Bolivar also foresaw it: “Great projects must be prepared calmly.” The independence birth of 1811 would give way to others and would encourage other leaders in Latin America: Martí, Sandino, Eloy Alfaro, Che Guevara, Fidel, Chávez, Lula, Evo Morales, and countries such as Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia. Many more are in the making, consequences of that one, and they will also sprout vigorously.

Translated by ESTI

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