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Published 25 November 2017
"Without the October Revolution ... it would not have been at all possible to end of colonialism and liberate dozens of peoples on all continents," Fidel said.

A century ago, world history changed forever. The Great October Socialist Revolution was one of the most important events in contemporary history of mankind. This historic event, as well as the presence of its leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, had a huge influence in many countries in Europe, Latin America and the rest of the world.


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On this transcendental heroic deed, which served as inspiration for the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro said in the main event commemorating of the 20th Anniversary of the Assault on the Moncada Barracks, in Santiago de Cuba, on July 26, 1973:

"Without the October Revolution and without the immortal feat of the Soviet people, who first resisted intervention and the imperialist blockade and later defeated the aggression of fascism and crushed it at a cost of 20 million dead, which has developed its technique and its economy at an incredible cost of sweat and sacrifice without exploiting workers in any country on Earth, it would not have been at all possible to end of colonialism and liberate dozens of peoples on all continents."

Two years later, in the speech given for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the first Marxist-Leninist party of Cuba in the "Lázaro Peña" theater on August 22, 1975, he said:

"(...) the October Revolution of 1917, the first state of workers and peasants arose in the world, and the revolutionary movement, both in its struggle against colonialism and for national independence as well as for social liberation, acquires an extraordinary inspiration and an immense wealth of experiences."

At the Carolinum University in Prague, Czechoslovakia, on the occasion of being awarded the title of Doctor of Juridical Sciences Honoris Causa, on June 22, 1972, and on the importance of the October Revolution, he said:

"Nobody had the right to think that such an extraordinary change as the one that began in the world with the October Revolution would be an easy change, that such an extraordinary birth from human society would be an easy birth. Socialism emerges as a new system, as a gigantic and historic victory against exploitation, as a promise for all humanity."

In lands of the former USSR, at the XXV Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, on February 25, 1976, he stated:

"No revolutionary stopped feeling the encouragement and the spirit that always emanated from the Soviet communists. It can be said that since then all the new revolutionary generations were educated in the ideas, the spirit and the principles of the October Revolution. No event ever influenced the minds of men, the fate of peoples and the progress of the world. Humankind has since experienced the most fertile period of revolutionary transformation in all its existence. "

Because of the historical importance of this event, historical example of the struggle of the proletariat against capitalism, in the event commemorating the XXXI anniversary of the assault on the Moncada Barracks, held in the city of Cienfuegos, on July 26, 1984, the leader of the Cuban Revolution highlighted:

"(...) the historical reality is that the idea of crushing by force the revolutions, was always part of the philosophy and thought of imperialism and all reactionary systems throughout history."

This article was translated from Cubadebate.

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