"Forty-five years have passed since the assault on the Moncada. Our country had been struggling for its independence and its rights for more than a century. Maceo, Gómez and other fighters struggled from 1868 until 1898. They suffered the humiliation of not being able to hoist their flag in this heroic city, of not even being able to enter it after 30 years of a self-sacrificing, admirable and heroic struggle. But the day came when those flags were hoisted and their ideas triumphed, ideas which were ever-changing and which never stopped evolving into something better. Every new idea can be a step towards the pinnacle of human progress.”
References to the original: Speeches and Interventions: Speech given at the main ceremony for the 45th anniversary of the attacks on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Barracks, in Santiago de Cuba, on July 26, 1998.