On this historic day when the Matanzas came to vote for Cuba and elect their municipal delegates to the organs of Popular Power, a simple act of remembrance took place at the Minerva Duarte Blood Bank, in this city, on the 30th June 1974 was visited by the Commander in Chief Fidel Castro on the occasion of operating there at that time an electoral college, when the experience of the bodies of People’s Power in the province of Matanzas.
The president of Colegio No. 2, Circumscription 22, of the Matanzas-Matanzas Popular Council, Amelia Macías, welcomed the attendees and briefly highlighted that historic moment to the pride of the residents of that city area.
For his part, Heriberto Sosa Casanova, who served 44 years ago as president of the electoral college of the Bank of Blood, recounted with emotional words the two moments in which that same day was Fidel, accompanied by other leaders of the Party: the first time in hours in the morning to be interested in the march of those elections and then his return again late at night. He told several anecdotes lived with the Commander in Chief, when he talked with the members of the polling station and, finally, at the close of the vote asked to participate in the scrutiny of that school.
The member of the Central Committee of the Party and first secretary in Matanzas, Teresa Rojas Monzón, proceeded to deliver Dr. Miguel Antonio Rojas Morales, director of the Blood Bank, to Amelia and Heriberto a photo of Fidel that collects that memorable visit, which was placed on the front entrance wall of that institution.
This was a moment of great significance when these elections coincided with the first anniversary of the physical disappearance of Commander Fidel Castro, which was remembered by all the people of Matanzas.
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Original text by José Miguel Vázquez Rodríguez on Nov 26th, 2017