Brasilia, Brazil.- Diplomats from Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Angola, Bolivia and other countries, Brazilian politicians, representatives of social and solidarity movements and Cuban residents in Brazil on Thursday celebrated the 66th anniversary of the attack on the Moncada Garrison, the Day of the National Rebelliousness.

We will continue the legacy of the protagonists of July 26, 1953, and ‘as they did, we are also willing to be heroes or martyrs when the Revolution needs it,’ said Alexis Gonzalo, on behalf of the National Association of Cuban Residents in Brazil (ANCREB), during the political-cultural event on that national date, held in a decorated theater in Brasilia.

He denounced the US brutal and inhumane blockade that has affected Cuba for 59 years, and ‘has lacerated many lives, but it has not defeated us,’ and condemned the tightening of that siege with new measures to suffocate the brave Cuban people.

Following Gonzalo’s words, the musical band Sabor de Cuba performed the legendary songs ‘Yolanda,’ ‘Hasta Siempre Comandante’ and ‘Guantanamera.’

A few minutes later, an allegorical film was screened and First Secretary Alejandro Malmierca, acting charge d’affaires at the Cuban Embassy in Brazil, spoke about the Moncada deed, which was an inspiration to resume the armed struggle on December 2, 1956, until the definitive independence was achieved on January 1, 1959, with the triumph of the Revolution.

In his speech, Malmierca condemned the US blockade, which has been rejected by the international community and has caused Cuba more than 933 billion dolllars in losses.