Revolution and youth seem to be the same thing due to what both meanings involve.
It is really difficult to imagine one thing without the other. For Cuban people, it works that way since the leading role of the Cuban youth during almost 54 years of Revolution is undeniable.
Before the triumph of the revolution, January 1st. 1959, Cubans lived in total ignorance. So the young people faced the challenge to teach tens of thousands of people to read and write and it only took a year. The Cuban youth also played a leading role when a group of imperialist mercenaries banally tried to subdue Cuba by force. Those young people –following the tradition of struggle of their people- also went to Angola to end the apartheid regime.
Although the battles of today youth are peaceful and less sacrificial; they are now facing a critical financial situation due to the decline in the production sector plus the US economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba and the global economic crisis affecting all countries.
It is about the young people's desire and longing to preserve their Revolution, when they are living difficult times in Cuba due to the aforementioned.
The Cuban young people are aware of their historical duty described by our leader Fidel Castro while giving his concept of Revolution. The current process Cuba has been living through for more than a year is a powerful demonstration of the great responsibility that the youth of these times has to assume, as Fidel Castro said in his speech:
"What kind of young people do we prefer in Cuba? We want the youth to be able not only to hear and repeat but also to think. We want them to be revolutionary by conviction."
2013 is just began and Cuban people also celebrate the 54th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution - January the first- which was achieved thanks to the rebellion by a few young people over five decades ago. Cuban Youth and the Cuban Revolution, as always, are one.