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Díaz-Canel recalls struggles of Cuban union leader

Díaz-Canel recalls struggles of Cuban union leader

Havana, May 29 (Prensa Latina) The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, today evoked the life and struggles of union leader and communist militant Lázaro Peña (1911-1974), on the 110th anniversary of his birth .
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In his Twitter profile, the Cuban president affirmed that this nation remembers one of his most beloved sons: they called him Captain of the Cuban working class and he was so until the last breath of his humble and hazardous life as a communist fighter, he pointed out.

Our emotional tribute to Lázaro Peña, on his 110th anniversary, reflected Díaz-Canel on that social network under the hashtags #SomosCuba #SomosContinuidad.

Lázaro Peña joined the Communist Party of Cuba in 1929. He suffered prison on several occasions for his activity against the tyranny of Gerardo Machado (1925-1929), overthrown after a prolonged general strike.

In 1934, he was elected a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, general secretary of the Tobacco Trade Union and member of the Executive Committee of the National Workers’ Confederation of Cuba.

He was also a member of the World Federation of Trade Unions since its founding in 1945, in which he served as secretary and vice president of its Executive Committee.

After the triumph of the Revolution, in 1959, he was reelected secretary of the Central de Trabajadores de Cuba, and in 1965 he was elected member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, positions he held until his death.

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