Cuban University Students to Pay Tribute to Jose Antonio Echeverria

Cuban university students across the country will celebrate the 54th anniversary of the attack on the Presidential Palace and the storming of Radio Reloj on March 13

By: Yuniel Labacena Romero

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2011-03-11 | 12:39:27 EST
Cuban university students across the country will celebrate the 54th anniversary of the attack on the Presidential Palace and the storming of Radio Reloj on March 13.

Activities will include lectures and talks on the life of student leader Jose Antonio Echeverria and the importance of the March 13 events for the Cuban Revolution.

The member of the Secretariat of the Cuban Federation of University Students (FEU), Juan G. Izquierdo, told JR that the main celebrations would take place in Havana and in Jose Antonio Echeverria’s hometown of Cardenas. “The first meeting point will be the plaque located outside the University of Havana marking the place where Echeverria died in an unfair combat against the henchmen of Batista’s dictatorship.”

Cuban university students will lay a floral wreath at this monument, as well as at the monument where the ashes of FEU leader Julio Antonio Mella are kept, located in front of the Havana University. Following, they will visit the mausoleum to the Martyrs of March 13, in Havana’s Colon Cemetery.  

At 10:00 a.m., workers from the Radio Reloj radio station, along with some students, will pay tribute to the historic event in Havana, while in Cardenas the people will go on a pilgrimage from Jose Antonio Echeverria’s house, now a museum, to the cemetery where his remains are kept.

Right after 3:00 p.m., at the same time Echevarria announced the attack against the Presidential Palace and called on the people to rise up against the government, there will be a ceremony in the courtyard of the former Presidential Palace, now the Museum of the Revolution, in front of the Eternal Flame lighted for the Heroes of the Homeland.

Izquierdo added that the celebrations are part of a series of activities organized by university students in honor of the Memory of the Homeland, which will run through April commemorating the 50th anniversaries of the declaration of the socialist nature of the Cuban Revolution and the Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs) victory.  

The activities planned include scientific workshops, panels, debates, meetings with combatants, movie screenings, concerts, exhibitions, marches, competitions and book presentations.

On March 13, 1957, as part of the struggle to overthrow Batista’s dictatorship, a group of young people led by FEU President Jose Antonio Echeverria attacked the Presidential Palace to execute Batista and stormed the Radio Reloj radio station to call on the people to rebel. In this action, Echevarria died in combat along with other revolutionaries.

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