April 16th promises to be a very special day in Havana, Cuba. First, Habaneros, representing the people of the whole nation, will take part in what is expected to be a historical popular march and military parade for the continuity and reaffirmation of Socialism. Also that day, Cuba commemorates the 50th anniversaries of the Proclamation of the Socialist Character of the Revolution and the Victory of Playa Girón (Bay of Pigs), and dedicates the event to the youth as the necessary force that will take the Revolution forward. And to round off the day, the Sixth Congress of the Communist Party opens that day in Havana, which is one of the most anticipated events of the last few years.
This anniversary of the Victory of Playa Girón is marked by extraordinary circumstances. Cuba lives a transcendental moment in its history as it embarks in a process of essential renovation and reform to make our Socialism more efficient and effective, and to that end more than 7 million citizens have debated the Draft Economic and Social Policy Guidelines for the Party and the Revolution, in an impressive lesson of meaningful and popular participation of the people of Cuba in the shaping of its destiny.
It is also a moment in our history when our enemies have intensified their decades long aggression against Cuba, both in the international arena, where they own the resources and means to discredit our country; and by creating a fifth column of wage-earning “dissidents” within the country, which represents their imperial interests. This forces Cuba to continue building its social system under mounting hostility and the continuous threat to our sovereignty and freedom.
The Sixth Congress is probably, due the particular historical context in which it will be celebrated, one of the most important milestones in the history of Cuba. The future of our Socialism will be decided in this meeting, Cubans expect that the party delegates discuss and propose solutions to the economic problems and the updating of the country’s economic model. Cuba and its Revolution must step into the future for the benefit of Cuba and for the hope it represents for others in the world.