Created: Monday, 27 April 2009 17:44
Written by FRFI
From 1 to 18 March, Kenia Serrano and Nancy Coro, two leading members of Cuba’s Union of Young Communists (UJC), travelled around England and Scotland on a speaking tour jointly organised by the UJC and Rock around the Blockade. It was the first time the UJC had been invited as an organisation to speak in Britain. They addressed packed meetings at community centres and universities in Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Manchester, Preston, Brighton, London, Leicester, Wolverhampton, Newcastle and Bath; visited a housing co-op and a women’s centre in Moss Side in Manchester, a youth and community centre in Leicester, the Sighthill estate in Glasgow where an asylum seeker was murdered last summer, the Kurdish and Turkish Halkevi centre and the Kemet Afro-Caribbean Youth Club, both in London. Alongside this, they fitted in trips to Marx’s grave in Highgate cemetery, schools, hospitals, a Sure Start project, the Houses of Parliament and museums and plenty of social events! The tour culminated in a final dayschool and rally in London on 16 March, addressed by Kenia and Nancy as well as Manuel Rubido, the First Secretary of the Cuban Embassy and members of Rock around the Blockade and the Revolutionary Communist Group. It was a magnificent end to an inspiring and informative two weeks.
It was politically significant that the tour took place in the context of a world at war, with the most powerful nation in the world, the USA, arming itself for a renewed assault on the poor of the world, with its loyal ally, the Labour government, at its side. Nothing could have made it clearer that Cuba’s enemies are the enemies of all humanity and that in making a consistent and courageous stand against imperialist terrorism and war, Cuba represents the interests of the vast majority. The defence of Cuban socialism is central to the fight against imperialism.
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