Mella: the Legacy they could not Silence

Members of the University Student Federation gathered at the foot of the steps of the University of Havana, at the memorial that keeps his ashes

By: Yuniel Labacena Romero


2017-01-11 | 13:08:40 EST

From the early hours of this January 10 began the homage to Mella, led by the young. From the early hours of this January 10 began the homage to Mella, led by the young. Photo: Taken from the site of the University of HavanaZoom

January 10, 2017 23:53:42 CDT

"I died for the Revolution!" Were the young man´s last words, on January 10, 1929, when two revolver shots penetrated his body as he walked through the streets of Mexico City with his partner Tina Modotti. The murderers, sent by the dictator Gerardo Machado, had shot him in the back, and at barely 25 years old, Julio Antonio Mella said goodbye to life.

And those are the words that will forever guide the new generations of Cubans, the same ones that this Tuesday, representing the whole country, remembered that paradigm of the youth of all time, on the 88th anniversary of his assassination. Various educational centers and places linked to the life of the student leader took part in the homage.

Members of the University Student Federation (FEU) - an organization of which Mella was a founder, as well as the First Leninist Marxist Party of Cuba - gathered at the foot of the Havana University Staircase at the memorial that holds its ashes. There they evoked the eternal patriot, consistent anti-imperialist and indefatigable fighter for a better Cuba.

Floral offerings from Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, the Council of State and of the Ministers, and the student body, stood next to the obelisk, where it also recalled that 55 years ago the University Reform was born that made the dream of Mella and his Comrades of struggle, and propitiated the transcendental changes that the Cuban university lived and that opened the way towards the development inside and outside its premises.

As part of the tribute, the political-cultural evening was held until midnight at the Plaza Mella of the University of Computer Science. The music, singing, poetry and dance of the FEU movement amateur artists coloured the commemoration.

Accompanying the youth was Jenniffer Bello Martinez, president of the student organization, who assured this newspaper that the charisma, intelligence and revolutionary vocation of Mella made him a paradigm. His legacy has not been able to be silenced in the university classrooms, in workshops, factories ..., and multiplies in the different tasks that we assume as a generation, she added.

Translated by ESTI

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