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Cubans recall Baragua Protest, an example of dignity and bravery

Havana, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) After 146 years of the historic Baraguá Protest, Cubans recall on Friday the bravery and dignity of Major General Antonio Maceo, who refused to accept peace without independence from the Spanish colony.

The event, carried out by Maceo and other senior commanders, officers, and troops under his command, took place at Mangos de Baraguá, in eastern Santiago de Cuba province, on March 15, 1878.

According to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, Maceo, who was also known as the “Bronze Titan,” took the patriotic and revolutionary spirit of the Cuban people to its highest point with the order of disobedience.

With the iconic phrase “No, we don’t understand each other” said to Spanish General Arsenio Martínez Campos, Maceo rejected the Pact of Zanjón, in which Spain, after ten years of war, offered to halt hostilities but without a solution to the colonial situation which rose the Cubans in arms.

That agreement was inadmissible for those who, from the Cuban countryside, maintained the will for the definitive liberation of the country and were willing to continue the war actions.

Cubans celebrate this date once again showing its indomitable nature, facing every day the aggressions of the United States who is trying to stifle the national economy and provoke social disturbances.