[Marxism] Goodbye to Leninism
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Sun Nov 16 09:42:49 MST 2014
Some perspective on Louis' canned judgments of Cuban history:
Blas Roca, Cuban Communist And Party Theoretician, Dies
NY Times, April 27, 1987
Blas Roca, a leading theoretician of the Cuban Revolution who led Cuba's
prerevolutionary Communist Party, died Saturday in Havana. The Cuban
Government declared three days of official mourning, Reuters reported
from Havana. More than 100,000 mourners stood waiting overnight to view
the body of Mr. Roca. The Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, was among those
who came to pay his respects.
Mr. Roca, who was born Francisco Calderio in the eastern Cuban city of
Manzanillo, left school at the age of 11 and began shining shoes to help
support his poor family. Mr. Roca was imprisoned three times in the
1930's for his anti-Government activities and later served 12 years in
the Cuban legislature. Although Mr. Roca and the Communist Party
supported Gen. Fulgencio Batista when he was elected in 1940 to a
four-year term as President, they later broke with him and opposed a
military coup in which he returned to power in 1952.
Mr. Roca led Cuba's clandestine Communist movement during the
dictatorship under which General Batista ruled from 1952 to 1958. The
Communists differed initially with Mr. Castro's efforts to bring General
Batista down through guerrilla war, but reconciled with Mr. Castro.
Mr. Roca served from 1976 through 1981 as president of the National
Assembly of Popular Power.
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