[News] Letter from Fidel Castro to Hugo Chavez upon Chavez’s Departure from Cuba
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Letter from Fidel Castro to Hugo Chavez upon Chavez’s Departure from Cuba
By Fidel Castro, February 18th 2013
/Venezuenalysis.com translates the letter written to Hugo Chavez by
Fidel Castro just before Chavez’s return to Venezuela in the early hours
of Monday 18 February. /
I am extremely satisfied that you have been able to return to that piece
of American land which you love so much, and to our brother people who
support you so much.
A long and agonising wait, as well as your astonishing capacity for
physical resistance and the total dedication of a team of doctors, as
has been the case over the last 10 years, were necessary to achieve this
It would be totally unfair not to mention the insurmountable dedication
of your closest family members, your colleagues in the revolutionary
leadership, the Bolivarian Armed Forces, who were re-armed and
re-equipped by you, and the honest people of the world who have shown
The breath the Venezuelan people offered you also deserves a special
mention, who saluted you with their daily demonstrations of enthusiastic
and unshakeable support. It is to this which your happy return to
Venezuela is owed.
You learned a lot about life, Hugo, in those difficult days of suffering
and sacrifice. Now that we will not have the privilege of receiving news
of you on a daily basis, we will go back to the method of correspondence
which we have used for many years.
We will always live to fight for justice for human beings, consciously
and humbly, without fear of the years, months, days or hours that we
might have left to live in the most critical era of the history of our
Our people, who are also your people, will know tomorrow of your return
to Venezuelan via this message. Everything had to be done with much
discretion, so as not to give an opportunity to the fascist groups to
plan any of their cynical actions against the Bolivarian revolutionary
When the socialist camp collapsed and the USSR disintegrated, and
imperialism with its sharpened knife tried to drown the Cuban Revolution
in blood, Venezuela, a relatively small country in divided America, was
capable of preventing that. Due to time restraints, I have not mentioned
the numerous countries in the Antilles, Central and South America that
Venezuela has helped, on top of its great economic and social
programmes. That is why all honest people of the world have followed
closely the “health and news of Chavez”.
Until victory always!
A firm hug!
Fidel Castro Ruz
February 17 2013
/Translated by Rachael Boothroyd for Venezuelanalysis.com/
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