[News] Many messages of condolence for Vilma Espin, Cuban Revolutionary
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Wed Jun 20 21:20:38 EDT 2007
Havana. June 20, 2007
Many messages of condolence
WOMENS organizations from all over the world
have sent countless messages of condolence to the
National Secretariat of the Federation of Cuban
women at the death of their president, Vilma
Espín Guillois, who played a very important role
in the emancipation of women, affirmed 1992
Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchú, who
expressed her profound sympathies for the demise
of the heroine of the Cuban Revolution.
Messages received also include one from the
historic Puerto Rican independence leader Rafael
Cancel Miranda, who said that the patriotic
Puerto Rican people join, in their hearts, with
the Cuban people in confronting the departure of
a woman who fought heroically for her beloved homeland.
From El Salvador, Violeta Menjívar, the mayor of
San Salvador, described Vilma as an
extraordinary woman whose example we should
follow throughout Latin America. She said that
I want to tell our sister people of Cuba, their
government and particularly the women, that we
profoundly regret the decease of a great leader.
From Chile, the Communist Party expressed its
sympathies over the death of the outstanding
revolutionary leader in a message signed by party
chairman Guillermo Teillier. In his turn, the
editor of the Chilean magazine Punto Final,
Manuel Cabieses, said that Vilma is one of the
immortal figures of the Cuban and Latin American Revolution.
The Uruguayan media reflected the significance of
this great loss, and Colombian news agencies gave
wide coverage to the news of the Cuban heroines
death, providing information on her life and
especially the fact that she was one of the top
figures of the guerrilla struggle, together with Fidel and Raúl.
Cuban revolutionary Vilma Espín is an important
example, both in word and deed, affirmed the
Peruvian Communist Party (PCP), expressing its sympathies.
For his part, Peruvian poet Winston Orrillo
expressed his deep sorrow at the death of the
Cuban leader, paying tribute to her as a heroine and persistent combatant.
Likewise, Javier Diez Canseco, former
parliamentary deputy and leader of the Peruvian
Socialist Party, described Vilma as an extremely
outstanding person, a tireless organizer of the
women of her country and profoundly committed to
the islands historic process.
Víctor Mayorga, president of the Peru-Cuba
Parliamentary Friendship League, affirmed that
Vilma gave her life, to the end, in defense of
the dignity of her homeland and her people. In
their turn, the staff of the Peruvian newspaper
Nuestra Bandera stated in their message that she
symbolized the effort and heroism of the islands women.
From Argentina, workers at the Ernesto Che
Guevara South American History Museum and the
Chaubloqueo Solidarity with Cuba School in Buenos
Aires said that Vilma, like so many other
heroines of peace, forged in a boundless
struggle, was a living example of Cubas women.
And the Committee to Free the Five and Cuba
Solidarity Movement in Argentina (MASCUBA)
communicated their deepest sympathies to the
Cuban government and people for, as they said,
the loss of a woman who will continue to mark
the path to follow for all revolutionaries in the world.
Argentine writer and journalist Stella Calloni
said that Vilma Espíns death is a great loss to
Cuba, Latin America and humanity. She was an
extraordinary person who helped others to grow,
and that, in all times, is revolutionary, the well-known researcher affirmed.
In Venezuela, the state-run nightly news, the
Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias and the
international broadcasting network Telesur were
the first to transmit the news.
On Tuesday the 19th, the All-China Womens
Federation also sent a message to the offices of
the Cuban diplomatic mission in Beijing,
expressing its deepest sympathies for the death
of Vilma Espín Guillois, a Cuban heroine of
great vision and a friend of the Chinese people,
who made important contributions to the promotion
of cooperation between the women of both countries.
In Buenos Aires, Hebe de Bonafini, president of
the Association of Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo,
said in a statement that Vilma is not dead,
because the great ones like her will never die,
because with her example, she demonstrated to
other women how to commit themselves to the
revolutionary struggle. Beloved Vilma, you will
be present every Thursday in our Plaza de Mayo,
together with our children and with Che.
Dozens of messages of sympathy from all over came
via email to Granma International.
One was from Dan and Teresa Dolt, who expressed
their condolences to Cuban Vice President Raúl
Castro Ruz, and praised Vilma Espíns work at the
head of the Federation of Cuban Women.
The leadership of the Nazim Hikmet Center in
Istanbul, Turkey, emphasized that they would
always remember this brave revolutionary, who
fought for equality and for her countrys freedom.
From Toronto, Canada, Angela and Pastor Valle-Garay wrote:
Never in the history of humanity did such a
standard-bearer for human rights, for the rights
of all the worlds women and for the rights of
Cuba, shine out as did Vilma Espín Guillois. Now
she is leaving. As it must be. Close to the heart
of the free nation that she loved so much. A
well-merited rest. Her exemplary life will serve
as a guide for illuminating and inspiring the
course of many and new generations in Cuba and throughout the world.
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