Chilean Communist Party
THE centenary of the Communist Party
of Chile was commemorated on June 1 in Havana, in an
event attended by José Ramón Balaguer Cabrera,
member of the Central Committee Secretariat of the
Communist Party of Cuba and head of its
International Relations Department, and Kenia
Serrano, president of the Cuban Institute of
Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP).
Alex Sosa, general secretary of the
organization in Cuba, recalled the history of the
Chilean sister party, currently immersed in the
battle for unity among the revolutionary forces and
changes to attain a better world.
Sosa highlighted the figures of many
Chilean comrades, members or leaders of the Party,
who dedicated their lives to the great battles of
He spoke of Luis Emilio Recabarren,
a founder member and the first president; Pablo
Neruda; Víctor Jara; Volodia Teitelboim; Luis
Corvalán and Gladys Marín, who will always be
remembered by the revolutionary forces and the
peoples of Chile and all of Latin America.
The Chilean political leader
commented on the Party’s support of Salvador Allende
and the government of Popular Unity, as well as the
many years confronting the fascist dictatorship of
Francisco Delgado, from the Cuban
Central Committee’s International Relations
Department also spoke at the event, held in the ICAP
headquarters. He recalled the enduring example of
Gladys Marín, and made reference to the current
challenges of the Communist Party of Chile and the
protests organized by Chilean student groups.
On June 4, 1912, at the office of
the El Despertar newspaper in Iquique, 30
revolutionaries came together, headed by Recabarren,
and unanimously agreed to found the political party
of the working class, which they named the Socialist
Workers Party, later the Communist Party of Chile.