Cuba became the then main piece of news at the VII Summit of Americas on April 2015 in Panama and not only due to the its presence there thanks to the popular claim of the nations of the region after two decades of exclusion but also it was because it excelled through all the sceneries of the regional even.
At that high-level event, the Cuban president Raúl Castro pronounced a historical speech that was several times applauded at the Atapla Convention center that caused a huge repercussion in the local and international mass media.
Other voices were listened at that event where the then Argetinian president Cristina Fernández made many people to feel moved when she said that the triumph of the Cuban Revolution was the fact that we were living here and she reminded that Cuba had triumphed due to its struggle and an unprecedented dignity due to its people’s resistance and because they have had leaders who have not given up, let alone betrayed its people.
In the then Summit of the Peoples event which was carried out at the Paraninfo University of Panama, Cuba also made clear that it would not fail to the Latin American peoples.
Over two thousand journalists accredited for the VII Summit of Americas event and even though the immense majority of the mass media were from the Latin American mainland, there were other world news and tv agencies which were at the Panamanian capital.
Although they had diverse approaches and editorial policies, the Press mass media had a common objective that was reporting that historical event for the first time in those regional ones and the then meeting held by the presidents, Raúl Castro and Barack Obama.
The presence of Cuba in that high-level event of the Summit of Americas was historic. However, the most difficult scenery was faced by Cuban intellectuals, artists, young people, workers and the genuine representation of the local people who attended to that forum event for the civil society.
With a complete complicity with the organizers of that parallel event to that hemispheric event, the then mercenaries paid and linked to the international terrorism, tries to boycott the participation of Cuba.
With great ethical and political dimension, the Cuban delegation faced the provocations carried out by the revolutionaries of Cuban and Venezuelan origin as well as the related mass media show that was set to confuse the international public opinion.
The Cuban people was in Panama and those like us, who carried out the then journalistic coverage , returned convinced that the presence of Cuba marked a before and later for that mechanism of those summits events.
In Panama, Cuba was not alone as a wave of solidarity by some nations from the region accompanied Cuba during many days.
The VII Summit of Americas, which was held in Panama, was regarded as historical, taking into account that all the nations attended for the first time of that type of event. The president Raúl Castro was there with the same rights.
As for Cuba, the principles, dignity and morel are the main guidelines of its politics and we have already seen how powerful our weapons are.
It is abundantly obvious that The Cuban presence in that hemispheric event was am act of justice for Cuba and its government as recognition to the resistance of the nation for decades and obstacles of all kinds, without ceding an inch of sovereignty or independence.
By Angélica Paredes Lópes