Cuban Revolution Advances along Socialism

8th congress of communist party of cuba

By Rodong Sinmun

It has been 60 years since the socialist character of the Cuban Revolution was proclaimed and the people of Cuba achieved victory in the Battle of Playa Giron.

Today, the Cuban people are looking back at that time with great pride.

If the announcement of the socialist character of the Cuban Revolution on April 16, 1961, was an incident which clarified the milestone of the Cuban Revolution, the victory in the Battle of Playa Giron on April 19, 1961, was the another important incident. The latter displayed to the world the strength, bravery and indomitable resolve of the Cuban people to defend their revolution to the end.

Amid a severe ordeal due to aggravating threats of invasion by the imperialists, the Cuban people defined the character of their revolution as a socialist one  and entered the life-or-death battle to drive out the invaders. It was a bold determination of the Cuban people in pursuit of independence and justice.

In mid-April 60 years ago, several air bases were indiscriminately raided by invaders, and many people were sacrificed. It was a prelude to the invasion of the Playa Giron located in the southwest of Cuba.

A large crowd participated in the sending-off ceremony of the sacrificed people.

In the ritual with solemn atmosphere Comrade Fidel Castro Ruz, the leader of the Cuban Revolution, appealed to the Cuban people to dedicate all their blood to defend the socialist and democratic revolution, which the disdained ordinary people carry out for the ordinary people.

The whole country has entered combat mobilization readiness.

The next day, in Playa Giron, a fierce battle took place against the anti-revolutionary mercenaries' invasion. The invaders attempted at seizing of an area to establish a "provisional government" there and arrange a condition for open armed intervention by the imperialists.

The Cuban revolutionary army, the militias and the entire people together rushed to the death-defying battle. The slogan "Fatherland or Death; We Will Win" was militant. It is to guard their country and revolution. The counter-revolutionary mercenaries suffered a disastrous defeat in 72 hours after putting their feet on the Cuban soil.

The Battle of Playa Giron dropped the curtain with the shining victory of the Cuban people.

The historical significance of the victory in the Battle of Playa Giron lay in that it made the red flag of socialism vigorously flutter in the western hemisphere which was the stronghold of the imperialist reactionaries, and that it strongly encouraged the Latin American people and propelled their struggle for freedom and national independence.


For the past 60 years, the Cuban people have defended and developed socialism. It was the course of victory and the one of advance. 

With the spirit of Playa Giron, the Cuban people have energetically pushed ahead the socialist revolution and construction by crushing out imperialism's ceaseless schemes of aggression, interference, blockade, threat, and intimidation. By paying attention to reinforcing national defence despite difficult conditions, they have built a defence power enough to defeat any invaders.

The Cuban party and government firmly maintain the revolutionary principle and the independent stand, leading the whole society to strengthen the socialist position and bear fruit in all fields of revolution and construction. They are diverting the resources primarily into the agricultural sector in view of its importance in boosting the national economy.

Comrade Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez, president of the Republic of Cuba, at a recent meeting with the officials of agricultural sector, appealed to develop the agroecology and conduct relevant discussions widely. The purpose is to ensure products in quality and safety and realize the self-sufficiency in foodstuff.

It is said that Cuba has set the use of natural energy such as solar heat and wind power as one of the goals of 2030 for sustainable development. Looking up in science for the ways to realize social and economic strategies, it puts great effort into the development of science and technology.

The 8th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba is under way during the period of the 60th anniversary of the declaration of the socialist character of the Cuban Revolution and the victory of the Battle of Playa Giron.

The Congress will be a meaningful opportunity to further strengthen the Party, enhance its leadership role, and bring an epoch-making advance in the struggle of the Communist Party of Cuba to build a prosperous socialist state.

The Korea people are pleased with that the fraternal Cuban people are firmly defending the sovereignty and dignity of the country and the noble achievements of the revolution under the leadership of the Communist Party of Cuba, amid all the maneuver of challenge and pressure from the hostile forces. They are sending full support and solidarity for the struggles of the Cuban party, government and people.

In the future also, our people will solidify and develop the ties of strategic and comradely unity and cooperation with the Cuban people. We will boldly continue the struggle to defend the common socialist cause and for its victory.

* KR translation from Korean text.

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