The Clement Payne movement today paid tribute to the former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who died last night, describing him as a man “whose actions, spirit, intellect and personality have so positively and profoundly impacted so many millions of lives”.
A statement issued by president of the Clement Payne Movement, David Comissiong, said “Castro cannot really die”, adding that he has completed his work in this material realm, “and like a good and dutiful revolutionary soldier has been honourably discharged”.
“It is now left up to those of us who remain committed to the revolutionary struggle for the triumph of humanity over inhumanity, the victory of good over evil, to ensure that the living presence of Fidel Castro resonates with ever increasing brightness and power in all of our actions and affairs,” Comissiong said.
In January 1959, at age 32, Castro became the youngest leader in Latin America when after leading a revolution that toppled the government.
He survived a crippling trade embargo imposed by the United States, as well as several attempted assassinations.
Castro ceded power to his younger brother Raul ten years ago due to ill health.
“More than half a century ago Fidel proved to the world that once a cause is rooted in truth and righteousness, and is pursued with courage and passion, it is guaranteed victory – no matter how powerful the forces arrayed against it!
“And so, we have no doubt that Fidel took his leave from our earthly realm with a spirit of calm and assurance in his heart, confident that the millions of “children of the Revolution”– in Cuba and in every other corner of the earth– are more than equal to the task of inflicting a crushing defeat on the evil forces of Fascism and racism that, even now, are reconstituting themselves in our world,” Comissiong said.