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A sad memory

Gloria Machado León 27 noviembre, 2016
145 years later and still there is pain and indignation. Pain, because eight young people missed their families, eight innocents who truncated their lives without barely leaving at least a goodbye or a last hug.

He still shudders to remember the fact. With their backs to the platoon, on their knees, in pairs and with their hands tied in front of the barracks of the Real Corps of Engineers, then near the fortress of La Punta in Havana, on November 27th, 1871, the rifles And since then, that day dresses in mourning in Cuba.

Adolescents and young people who began their lives and directed them, precisely, to the paths of helping others, to the paths of medicine.

Every year Matanzas town commemorates the date and pay particular tribute to compatriot Carlos Verdugo, a victim who was in the province of Matanzas on the day of the alleged crime.

One of the many abuses that the Spanish colonialism, determined in immoral judgments, marked in the Island.

The false accusations of desecrating the tomb of the Spanish journalist Don Gonzalo Castañón fueled the crime and wanted with this dark fact to teach the Cubans to unleash terror and demonstrate the extremes that could reach an agonizing system.

But the reality was different. Both the abominable crime, and the inconceivable judicial process that preceded it, contributed to strengthen the independence sentiment of the criollos.

The pain grew and the desires of a free homeland multiplied the forces of a people that yearned for independence.

On this fact José Martí expressed: “When he has seen himself die, every memory is a tear (…) death gives us heads … gives lessons and examples, death carries our finger over the book of life: so Of those continuous and invisible sets, the soul of the fatherland is weaving! “

Original text by on Nov 27th, 2016

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