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Issue #1745      August 24, 2016

Fidel Castro, an inspiration for all!

Last Friday August 19, the photographic exhibition Fidel is Fidel was officially opened by Cuban Consul to Australia, HE Jorge Trujillo. The photographs by Cuban photographer Roberto Chile, taken over the 25 years he followed Fidel, have been exhibited in several cities around the world in celebration of Fidel’s 90th birthday. Proudly the Fidel is Fidel exhibition was presented in Perth WA by the Australia-Cuba Friendship Society (ACFS).

Photo: Vinnie Molina

Over 120 people gathered at Gallery Central in Northbridge to view the works. Passionate speeches about Fidel’s contribution to Cuba and the world were given by the line-up of speakers. While the images could speak for themselves the speakers commented on the strong sense of humanity they felt from every photograph captured by Roberto Chile’s camera.

The curator of the exhibition, Dr Christopher Crouch, paid tribute to the artist and to Fidel Castro’s legacy for the world.

Mick Buchan, state secretary of the CFMEU WA branch shared his thoughts on solidarity and the strong links between the CFMEU and the Cuban construction union.

Vinnie Molina, president of the ACFS Perth branch opened the proceedings acknowledging the traditional owners of the land and paid his respects to the elders past and present.

He recalled Cuba’s solidarity with Central American and other Latin Americans countries who have benefited from Cuban doctors and educators or with medical scholarships at the Latin American School of Medicine. Cuban solidarity has been given with no other interest than sharing the little they have.

Guests were told that East Timor has one of the best health systems in the region thanks to Cuban solidarity but it could even be better if Australia didn’t grab the oil from the Timor Gap. Other acts of solidarity such as the one close to the hearts of the organisers, the Cuban literacy program “Yes I Can” which is currently being implemented in Aboriginal communities in NSW at Bourke, Wilcannia, Enngonia and Brewarrina was also highlighted.

Fidel has mobilised his people behind him in the battle of ideas for peace and a better world. For anyone, reaching 90 years of age is a milestone but for Fidel, who has survived more than 600 attempts on his life, it is remarkable.

Despite the US blockade Cuba has overcome what was known as the Special Period and has been able to implement measures for a sustainable and efficient Socialist future.

Ideas are stronger than guns and the struggle for peace should be the task for all for the survival of the planet and humankind.

It is planned that other friendship societies will host Fidel is Fidel taking it to other Australian capital cities. Once the exhibition has toured the photographs will be handed over to the Cuban embassy in Canberra.

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