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Cuban ambassador joins Leeds Russian Revolution celebration

A CELEBRATION of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution was held in Leeds yesterday.

Guest speakers included Cuban ambassador Teresita Vicente, who told the packed meeting that Cuba’s own revolution would not have been possible had it not been for the 1917 revolution.

She told how the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro had studied Marxism-Leninism in prison during the 1950s, and later visited Moscow.

 Ms Vicente also spoke of the damage being inflicted on Cuba’s economy by the continuing illegal blockade of Cuba by the US but, she said, the blockade would never defeat Cuba’s socialist revolution.

“The collapse of the Soviet Union proved very difficult for Cuba and Latin America,” she said. “They said that socialism had been a failure: It has not. Socialism has not failed.

“When the Soviet Union collapsed, why was Cuba able to resist the impact? Because our people have a political culture and they know the gains that have been made by socialism in Cuba.”

The event was organised by the Yorkshire district of the Communist Party of Britain.

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