From Cuba, a Salute to University of Puerto Rico Students

El Nuevo Día reports that former President of Cuba, Fidel Castro, speaking to intellectuals gathered at the International Book Fair in Havana, described as heroic “the resistance of the students of Puerto Rico, who are engaged in a struggle for their rights.” The press quotes Castro as he reminded the audience that this is not the first act of defiance and claiming rights, adding that “these young people put on a great struggle and previously demonstrated their [sense of] dignity in Vieques.” He questioned whether the United States media had adequately disseminated to the public the suppression of university students’ rights as they protested $800 fee imposed by the administration.  

The article stresses that Castro was not the only one to issue comments on the situation. Argentine writer and journalist Stella Calloni (shown above) stressed that “the courage of these students is incredible,” also mentioning other events in the region, such as the Honduras resistance movement.” The writer underlined, “This is why we must return to the era of militant intellectual, we must begin a genuinely revolutionary task, we cannot remain still, discussing interesting topics; action is needed, not tomorrow, nor the day after, but right now, in order to break with the confusion created by the media.”

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