Statement from the
HASTA siempre, Comandante
With deep and lacerating pain, our
people and the Revolutionary government learned of
the death of President Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías and
are preparing to pay him a heartfelt and patriotic
tribute on his entry into history as an independence
leader of Our America.
offer our sincere condolences to his parents,
brothers, daughters and son and all his family
members, who are already ours, just as Chávez is
also a son of Cuba, of Latin America and the
Caribbean, and of the world.
In this moment of profound sadness,
we share the closet sentiments of solidarity with
the sister Venezuelan people, who we will accompany
in all circumstances.
The Bolivarian Revolution will have
our resolute and unrestricted support during these
We reiterate our support,
encouragement and faith in victory to our
compañeros in the Bolivarian political-military
leadership and the Venezuelan government.
President Chávez has led an
extraordinary battle throughout his youthful and
fertile life. We will always remember him as a
patriotic soldier in the service of Venezuela and
the Patria Grande [Greater Homeland]; as an
honest, lucid, daring and courageous revolutionary
fighter; as a leader and supreme comandante
who reincarnated Bolívar in order to do what Bolívar
was unable to complete; founder of the Bolivarian
Alliance for the Peoples of Our America and the
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.
His heroic and indefatigable fight
against death is an unsurpassable example of
fortitude. The admirable commitment of his doctors
and nurses has been a feat of humanism and
The President’s return to the
Venezuelan homeland, which he loved so much, changed
history. "We have a homeland," Chávez exclaimed with
emotion last December 8, and he returned there to
confront the greatest risks imposed by his illness.
Nothing and nobody can seize the restored homeland
from the Venezuelan people.
All of Chávez’ work appears
undefeated before us. The attainments of the
revolutionary people who saved him from the coup in
April 2002 and have unhesitatingly followed him, are
The Cuban people feel him as one of
their most outstanding sons and have admired him,
followed him and loved him as their own. Chávez is
also Cuban! He experienced as his own our
difficulties and problems and did as much as he
could, with extraordinary generosity, especially in
the hardest years of the Special Period. He
accompanied Fidel as a true son and his friendship
with Raúl was extremely close.
He excelled in international battles
in the face of imperialism, always in defense of the
poor, of the workers, of our peoples. Impassioned,
persuasive, eloquent, ingenious and moving, he spoke
from the hearts of the peoples, sang of our joys,
and declaimed our impassioned poems with perennial
The tens of thousands of Cubans
working in Venezuela will honor him with their
impassioned fulfillment of revolutionary
internationalism and will continue accompanying the
epic feat of the Bolivarian people with honor and
Cuba will sustain eternal loyalty to
the memory and legacy of Comandante President
Chávez and will resolutely continue his ideals of
the unity of the revolutionary forces and of the
integration and independence of Our America.
His example will lead us in coming
¡Hasta la victoria siempre!