Today Fidel Castro, one of the greatest revolutionaries of the 20th Century, who overthrew the US sponsored fascist dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista in 1959, and resisted 49 years of US imperialism and terrorism, including The Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and 368 assassination attempts, announced today:
“To my dear compatriots, who gave me the immense honour in recent days of electing me a member of parliament … I communicate to you that I will not aspire to or accept — I repeat not aspire to or accept — the positions of President of Council of State and Commander in Chief.”
Although he vowed to remain a solider of ideas in the struggle against US imperialism. End of an era perhaps, but comrade Fidel will continue to be an inspiration to anti imperialists throughout the world. Viva la revolución!