Sunday, 2 May 2010

Fidel's definition of 'revolution'

Ten years ago on 1 May 2000, Fidel spoke to the Cubans in Revolution Square, when they were campaigning for Elian Gonzalez to be returned home to Cuba. He gave the definition of revolution which is translated below:
Revolution is the sense of the historical moment; it is to change everything that should be changed; it is equality and complete freedom; it is to be treated and to treat others like human beings; it is to emancipate ourselves with our own effort; it is to defy powerful dominant forces in amd out of the social and national environment; it is to defend values in which one believes at any price, with any sacrifice; it is modesty, unselfishness, altruism, solidarity and heroism; it is to fight with audacity, intelligence and realism; it is to never lie and to not violate ethical principles; it is the conviction that there is no force in this world that can run over the truth and ideas; Revolution is unity, it is independence; it is to fight for our dreams of justice, for Cuba and for the rest of the world which is the basis of our patriotism, our socialism and our internationalism.