Florida, March 19.- In the midst of the colossal battle waged for the return of the child Elián González Brotons to his family and his homeland, on February 19, 2000 in the glorious grove of Baraguá, in Santiago de Cuba and inspired by the Intransigent example of Antonio Maceo, the people of Cuba once again swore to resist and win, this time in a new scenario of struggle against imperialism in the field of ideas.
Recalling the historic protest carried out by the Bronze Titan, Commander in Chief Fidel Castro read the document in which he denounced the crude manipulations of cable dispatches disclosed by various organs of the North American press, alluding to the fatigue of the Cuban people and the exhaustion of the forces before the monstrous injustice that was committed against the boy and his relatives.
This February 19 marks twenty-two years since, in the midst of the struggle for the release of the child Elián González, in Mangos de Baraguá, Santiago de Cuba, Fidel pronounced the document called the Oath of Baraguá.
And the Historical Leader of the Revolution reflected “How poorly they know our people!” And after recalling Operation Peter Pan, which in the early years of the Revolution led to the transfer to the United States of 14,000 Cuban children with the support of their own parents, he assured that “many values are at stake in the fight for the return of that child. and principles, all of which are inalienable”.
Known since then as the Oath of Baraguá, the text is a resounding denunciation of all the acts of aggression committed by the most powerful empire in the world against the Antillean nation: the blockade and the economic war, subversion plans, ideological diversionism, sabotage, internal destabilization; laws such as Helms-Burton, Torricelli and numerous amendments to make the blockade more rigorous, in order to crush our people through hunger and disease.
All of them, said Fidel, are “acts considered as acts of genocide even in peacetime (…) and constitute a set of factors that hinder our development and compel emigration”, and after demanding the cessation of aggressions, threats, subversive campaigns and destabilization plans Fidel said: “We have the right to peace, respect for our sovereignty and our most sacred interests. Forty years of infamy have not been able to break our will to fight. We are not tired and we will not be tired”.