The meeting between Cubans and Costa Ricans took place on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the attacks on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Cespedes garrisons, in eastern cities of Santiago de Cuba and Bayamo, respectively, on July 26, 1953, under Fidel Castro’s leadership against the Fulgencio Batista tyranny.
In the first stage of the meeting, Cuban ambassador to Costa Rica Jorge Rodríguez gave a master lecture in which he reviewed transcendental events in Cuban history.
For nearly an hour, he covered key aspects such as relations with Spain and the United States, and the need to make a revolution to give continuity to the independence struggles initiated in the second half of the 19th century against Spanish colonialism and later against the governments in power before 1959.
He answered the audience’s questions on a variety of topics regarding Cuban society, migration, food supply, wage policy, inflation, new economic actors such as the small and medium enterprises, women’s participation in several spheres of political, parliamentary, social, scientific and economic life, among other matters.
The meeting was convened by the office of Costa Rican Lawmaker Rocío Alfaro, from the Frente Amplio faction, and was held in the conference room of the Legislative Assembly, in downtown San José.