Athens and the Granma

Athens and the Granma

(taken from the facebook of Oriol Marrero, counselor Cuban Embassy in Greece)
On the 64th anniversary of the landing of the yacht Granma in an area near Las Coloradas beach, in the municipality of Niquero, present-day Granma province - which is commemorated December 2nd - a young Cuban artist commemorates the date with his paintings, from Athens: Oniel Rodriguez Lopez
Thank you Oniel, for your spontaneous and innovative paintings that I share with your permission, expressions of love and roots.
On March 3, 1889, Martí had said so, when he reported the exhibition of paintings by the Russian painter Vereschagin:
"Nor what does the artist live on but on the feelings of the homeland?"
This was written when Martí was in exile in New York.
By the way, the Granma province is the cradle of relevant, heroic and also painful events: it is the cradle of the Cuban Nationality, cradle of the Father of the Nation and of his cry for independence in Yara in 1868: Carlos Manuel de Céspedes.
In Bayamo, its capital, the National Anthem was sung for the first time. There its inhabitants decided to burn the city so as not to hand it over to the enemy.
In those lands the combat of the Peralejo savannas took place on July 13, 1895, where the Cuban forces under the command of Antonio Maceo inflicted an important military and political defeat on the occupation army.
This occurred despite the betrayal of two false merchants, who visited and toured the Mambí camp and then reported to the Spanish army not only the hidden presence of the more than 800 men under the command of Antonio Maceo, but also told the army of the enemy power the exact location of the Cuban troops.
The two enemy columns numbered some 1,600 infantry and 40 cavalry soldiers.
A force far superior to the Cuban troops.
Besides, Maceo did not count on the miserable betrayal. Nor did Leonidas count in Thermopylae on the betrayal of Efialtes. But dishonor is Pyrrhic.
The Cuban troops in direct command of Maceo had 132 casualties between dead and wounded.
The troops of the occupying enemy under the command of a renowned general suffered more than 1,150 casualties, including deaths and injuries (source: ecured.cu/Combate de Peralejo).
Painful, but heroic, was also the death in Dos Ríos, today Granma province, of the National Hero José Martí in May 1895.
Master Eusebio Leal has described for eternity this moment of infinite national pain in the history of Cuba, the death of Martí:
"And suddenly in front of him, destiny. Unloading closed. Horse wounded. Martí fallen dying, the boy who sees him tries to get closer. He can't. He runs away. He carries the news. They say that it was a Cuban traitor who killed him to greater misfortune. He approached, he was dying and he gave him the last shot. "
The Centennial Generation, the courageous July 26 Movement, with arms in hand and together with the patriotic and humble people of all Cuba, knew how to honor Martí, Céspedes, everyone and everything they represent, the National Flag and to the National Anthem.
The small homonymous yacht with the 82 heroes disembarked in Granma, there the guerrilla struggle began, there the strategic and victorious battles of Jigüe, Santo Domingo, Las Mercedes, Guisa were fought.
Through Granma, the glorious Column 1 descended from the Sierra Maestra under the command of Fidel towards Santiago, to victory.
To reverse the glorious history of Cuba, fertilized with the generous and faithful blood until the death of thousands of Cubans, "first the South Sea will join the North Sea, and a snake will be born from an eagle's egg."
Long live December 2: 64th anniversary of the landing of Granma and Day of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba!

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