Raquel Marrero Yanes and Yohan Rodríguez Blanco
THIS Friday, thousands of torches will illuminate Havana’s
streets in honor of José Martí, Cuba’s national
hero, on the eve of the 159th anniversary of his
At the Martí Forge, where organizational details are being
discussed, Carlos Rangel Irola, national
president of the Federation of University
Students (FEU) explained that the torches
carried by students symbolize this generation’s
commitment to the achievements of the Revolution
and the backing of Cuban youth for the National
Conference of the Communist Party, which begins
this Saturday, January 28.
Osnay Miguel Colina, member of the National Bureau of Union
of Communist Youth (UJC), called on all those
who feel themselves part of Martí’s legacy to
take part in the march with homemade torches and
in support of the present and future continuity
of the homeland.
"It will be a tribute to Martí, to Cuban patriots, to the
historic leadership of the Revolution and the
five Cuban heroes," he affirmed.
The traditional Marcha de las Antorchas (Torchlight March),
comprising the people, members of the Federation
of Students in Intermediate Education, UJC and
Communist Party leaders headed by the FEU,
begins 9:00pm Friday at Havana University’s
stairway and goes to the Martí Forge. This year,
it will only take place in the capital.
In conjunction with the Ministry of Education, the José
Martí Young Pioneers Organization is organizing
a political-cultural event for this Saturday at
the base of the José Martí monument in Plaza de
la Revolución. Similar tributes are planned for
the country’s other provinces.