Gustavo Rodríguez Linares seems to see Nelson Mandela in the tribune of the event on July 26 in the city of Matanzas, in 1991, it was a very emotional moment, that man appeared with Fidel and the crowd applauded and shouted to recognize the courage of the South African hero.
Rodríguez Linares was at that stage deputy director of housing in the province of Matanzas and attended with his workers to celebrate the Day of National Rebellion, now delves into his memory and brings the memory of a sunny morning in which the Matanzas gave life to Mandela and Fidel Castro.
In 2018, when the centenary of the birth of the giant is celebrated, and the United Nations Organization pays tribute to him, he cannot forget the words of the eternal fighter for peace and social justice when addressing the Cuban people in that glorious act.
I remember how he said that he had wanted to visit Cuba for a long time to express his feelings for the Revolution and thanked the Cubans for their role in Africa and the world, Gustavo, a member of the Association of Combatants of the Cuban Revolution, recalls intense shine in his eyes.
Her sister Leidys, currently retired as a civilian worker of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, recalls that special day she took part in the celebrations for the 38th anniversary of the assaults on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes barracks.
That morning Fidel was happy and people from Matanzas expressed our admiration for the leader who remained a prisoner for a long time and at that time was the president of the African National Congress (ANC), recalls Leidys.
Matanzas pays perennial tribute to the memory of Mandela in the Memorial of the Slave Rebel, in Triumvirate, where the struggle against Apartheid and the decisive presence of Cubans Africa is shown in photographs, maps and objects, as well as the museum of the Slave Route presents throughout this month the exhibition dedicated to the 100 years of the fighter.
In that memorable event on July 26, Nelson Mandela said: «The Cuban people occupy a special place in the hearts of the peoples of Africa. The Cuban internationalists made a contribution to independence, freedom and justice in Africa that is unparalleled by the principles and disinterest that characterize it.