Saturday, November 26, 2016

ADIOS COMANDANTE FIDEL CASTRO- Communist Parties react to the death of the legendary Cuban revolutionary

Fidel Castro, former president and leader of the Cuban revolution, died Friday night at age 90, Cuban state television confirmed.
Raul Castro, Cuba's President and Fidel Castro's brother, announced that Fidel would be cremated on Saturday. "The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died 10:29pm tonight," said Castro.
Communist Parties from all over the world react to the death of Fidel / Source: International Communist Press - To be updated.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI (M).
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
"Commandant-in-Chief Fidel Castro Ruz, outstanding leader of the Cuban revolution, staunch internationalist and architect of socialism is no more.
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) pays its respectful homage to the memory of this towering revolutionary figure who did so much to shape the revolutionary movements in the second half of the 20th century.
Fidel Castro brilliantly led the revolutionary uprising against the hated Batista regime in Cuba. The Cuban revolution which succeeded in 1959 became the first socialist revolution in the western hemisphere. Under his dynamic leadership Cuba emerged from the shackles of semi-colonialism and slavery and built a society where tremendous strides were made to create a socially just society with universal education, health care, food provisioning, women’s rights and racial equality.
Fidel Castro as President of the Cuban State and as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba provided the leadership for this revolutionary transformation.
Fidel Castro, the intrepid revolutionary, drew the ire of the biggest imperialist power, the USA, just 90 miles away. For five decades, Fidel Castro led Cuba in fighting off the various conspiracies to destroy socialist Cuba including the efforts to physically eliminate him. Cuba continues to valiantly resist the economic blockade imposed by the US.
The Cuban revolution became a beacon light for all revolutionary and progressive movements in Latin America and inspired the Left advances there. Fidel Castro became a revolutionary icon for the third world countries and inspired generations of young people. He played a leading role in the Non-Aligned Movement.
Under Fidel’s leadership the Cuban revolution undertook an internationalist role which was truly remarkable. Fidel dispatched the Cuban armed forces to help the struggle against colonialism and imperialism in Angola, Mozambique and South Africa. Under his leadership Cuba continued to render internationalist service by sending doctors and teachers to various third world countries.
Fidel Castro proved to be a creative practitioner of Marxist theory and practice. He emerged as the most eloquent champion of socialism in the second half of the 20th century.
In his passing away an era has ended. But his revolutionary legacy will endure. His life and example will continue to inspire revolutionaries and progressives all over the world in times to come.
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) dips the Red Banner in homage to him.
Communist Party, Turkey (KP).
"We have received the news regarding the death of the Great Commander of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro Ruz. We are in deep grief.
We have just lost one of the greatest heroes of humanity who was raised in the twentieth century. The Cuban Revolution in 1959 was the most distinctive segment of the epoch of socialist revolutions which was started by the 1917 Russian Revolution.
The victory of the Revolution with the guidance of Fidel’s strategic wisdom was crowned with the construction of socialism. At every moment, in each stage of the construction process, the deep comprehension, foresight and leadership talent of the commander-in-chief was involved. His touch could be traced in every detail.  In the eyes of the Cuban people the only hero who made history and was known to be remembered for centuries long before his death, was Fidel. The modesty of his, which is mainly motivated by commitment, characterized all the revolutionary leaders following Fidel. This trait made them an integral part of the Cuban people and played a big role in the consolidation of the Cuban Revolution.
Fidel’s role was unique in transferring the message of the Cuban Revolution in an universal scale, transcending the borders of a tiny Caribbean island. He was the one who made the most effort to inspire the Cuban socialism by inscribing José Martí’s phrase “homeland is the humanity” . Under his leadership the Cuban socialism, not only inspired the people struggling against poverty, exploitation and imperialist aggression, but also became universal by offering generous support to every corner of the world. 
Now, in his absence, the Cuban people will carry on the path of socialism not by attaching its destiny to a leader’s physical presence, but by preserving the achievements of that leader’s lifelong struggle. . 
And we, the members of the international communist movement in Turkey, will fulfill our duty in our region to realize Fidel’s farewell words for Che:
“Dear commander, until the victory, forever!”
Communist Party, Turkey".

Hungarian Workers' Party (MUNKASPART).
"Hasta La Victoria Sempre! 

According to the Cuban News Agency Communication of 25 November, Fidel Castro Ruz, the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, died at the age of 90.
Fidel Castro Ruz was one of the legendary personalities of the Cuban and the international communist and workers' movement. In 1959, revolutionaries overthrew Cuban dictatorship which was supported by a group of Americans, gained independence and launched socialism in Cuba. For decades he has successfully defended the Cuban revolution and the Cuban socialism against the USA's military, economic and political attacks. Under his leadership, full employment, free health care and free education have been created for the Cuban people.

Fidel Castro Ruz was a friend to the Hungarian people and the Hungarian workers all throgh the decades of socialism in Hungary. After 1989, he followed the Labour Party's struggle and welcomed the Labour Party delegation multiple times.
Fidel Castro Ruz's death is a loss to the labor movement and progressive forces of the world. A loss for us as Hungarian working people as well.

We mourn for the  historic leader, our friend and our comrade of the Cuban revolution! ".
New Communist Party of Yugoslavia (NKPJ).

"Comrade Fidel Castro, the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, stepped into eternity. In the ninth decade of his life on 25 November 2016 in Havana, the rich and fruitful life of the revolutionary Fidel Castro ended.

With the death of Fidel Castro the brightest star of Latin America fell, leaving behind a visible trail as a guide to the roads leading for a true human happiness.
His life was full of struggle against capitalist exploitation, racial and national hatred and social inequality. Name of Fidel Castro has become a symbol of the heroic struggle of the people of Cuba against imperialism, the symbol of the constuction of socialism in Cuba and the symbol of change and resistance against the domination by foreign powers throughout Latin America.

With the death of Fidel Castro humanity loses a fighter who stubbornly fought for the principles of freedom and justice. Fidel was a fighter who has his whole life to the triumph of freedom and human dignity. He won all the battles in which he participated. He lost only the last - the one against death.

Fidel is undoubtedly a great historical figure in the noblest and highest sense of the word. The man who understood the needs of men. The character and work of Fidel Castro have undoubtedly a bright page in the history of mankind and compelling roadmap that illuminates horizons for future generations.  He was not only a great warrior, and a revolutionary but also a great thinker. On behalf of all the peoples of the world,  he has been a lasting inspiration or humanity with his principles.

As Commander Fidel Castro said, "with all those who are struggling, who never give up when it comes to the difficulties, those who believe in the human capacity to create, expand and cultivate values ​​and ideas, those who bet in mankind; all those who share the wonderful conviction that a better world is possible, we will fight together with them and we will win!"

The Commander Fidel will always remain in the hearts of all those who fight for justice and freedom, because of their heroic achievements and superhuman effort to defend freedom, the sovereignty of their country and the dignity of man.

Dear Comrade Fidel, you will be always with us and be woven to every victory in the progress of mankind.

New Communist Party of Yugoslavia and the Union of Communist Youth of Yugoslavia will send a telegram of condolence to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba Communist Youth League of Cuba, as well as the Embassy of socialist Cuba in Belgrade."

Secretariat NKPJ.

Communist Party, Italy (PC, Italy):
"Forever onward towards victory, Commander! 
We have recently learned of the passing of Commander Fidel Castro. We hereby extend our fraternal regards to the Communist Party of Cuba and the people of Cuba, on the occasion of this great loss that has affected both the Cuban nation and the entire international communist movement.
The warrior who freed Cuba from capitalist exploitation and US imperialist yoke with a handful of men, has passed away. The leader who was able to go on with the shaping of a socialist society after the counter-revolutionary events in the USSR and Eastern Europe, and in spite of the infamous American “economic bloc”; the leader who was able to provide his people with free healthcare, free education and social rights, has passed away. The undaunted anti-imperialist revolutionary, the friend of every oppressed people from South America to Africa, has passed away.

A Man has passed away, not the great ideal of communism. We are convinced that the ideas of Fidel Castro, the ideas of communists, are more relevant than ever, in the face of the capitalist crisis, the ever-growing exploitation, the compression of the rights and living conditions of workers and the rise of new and greater contradictions within the capitalist system on a global level. With this spirit, we reaffirm our profound support to the socialist cause and to socialist Cuba. The name of Fidel will live on the pages of history, along with the great revolutionaries of the past and, surely, those of the future. Comrade Fidel, we shall continue our struggle in your name. Forever onward towards victory, Commander!".
Communist Party of Germany (DKP):
DKP mourns for Fidel Castro
"The revolution of equality and solidarity is still alive
The German Communist Party (DKP), its friends and its members mourn together with millions of people around the world for Fidel Castro, the revolutionary leader of Cuba. éThanks to Fidel and the Communist Party of Cuba, the Cuban revolution has created a social equality that is only possible in socialism," said Patrik Köbele, chairman of the DKP, on Saturday.
This indicates the trace of the revolution and the place of Fidel Castro in the 20th century
DKP is on the side of the Cuban people, which has supported it politically since its inception and in the most difficult years. Our special greetings in these days of the state is the family of Fidel, his brother Raúl Castro and the whole Cuban people.
Köbele highlighted in a letter to the Communist Party of Cuba that the DKP "is also with all those who have either the privilege to meet Fidel personally or have inspired themselves with his ideas. Here in ancient Europe, we feel the same pain and bow to this great comradeship and man who has a place in the history of mankind. "
The Cuban revolution has cleansed from the directives of US imperialism with the Batista dictatorship and subservience. All Cubans, regardless of skin color, social status, religious or political attitudes, have access to education, politics, and a health system that is not only in Latin America.
These elements have brought Cuba into the 21st century, thanks in particular to the political foresight of the Cuban leadership around Fidel and Raúl Castro. Even after his illness, ten years ago, Fidel did not cease to make  political contributions to the updating of Cuban socialism. This is why, the Communist Party of Cuba, at its congress, has described the work of Fidel Castro as its guide alongside Marxism-Leninism and the thought of José Martís. That is why Cuba is still at the side of the oppressed world and provides solidarity wherever it is necessary - regardless of political orientation. Patrik Köbele noted: "Cuba's place today also remains a place of internationalism. The liberation of various African states, as well as the support in the medical, humanitarian and health sectors in countless regions of the world, is an act of tenderness among the peoples that represents solidarity. "