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Haitian Solidarity Brigade Arrives in Cuba

Havana, Jan 11 (ACN) Some fifty Haitian youths with the 5th Antenor Firmin Solidarity Brigade will be welcomed on Wednesday at the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp in the western Cuban locality of Caimito.

The activists are foreign relations students who will take part at different activities here in two stages: over the next fifteen days. The program of activities includes a ceremony to pay homage to Cuban National Hero Jose Marti and to Haitian politician and anthropologist Antenor Firmin marking the meeting of the two outstanding men in Haiti.

Brigade members will also participate in agricultural work; they will attend lectures on the Cuban political system, the US blockade of Cuba and its impact on the population, and they will also exchange with professors and students at the Havana-based Raul Roa Garcia International Relations Institute and visit the Fidel Castro cultural center.

This solidarity contingent is dedicated to the 218th anniversary of the independence of Haiti and the 63rd anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution.

Antenor Firmin (1850-1911) wrote an outstanding work about the equality of human races; he called for the setting up of a Confederation of Antilles. He was described by Jose Marti as “an extraordinary man.”

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