Chilean Youth Leaders Visit Cuba, Discuss Education

Havana, Cuba, April 3.- The general secretary of the youth wing of Chile’s Communist Party, Karol Cariola, and members of its Executive, Luis Lobos and Camila Vallejo, traveled to Havana Tuesday morning to join the Cuban Young Communist League (UJC) in its anniversary celebrations April 4.

After arriving in the Cuban capital, the leaders of the political organization known as JJCC or “La Jota” were received by the president of the University Students Federation (FEU), Carlos Rangel, at the national headquarters of the organization.

Cariola said it was a privilege and honor for them to participate alongside the younger generations of Cubans, in the festivities for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UJC.

La Jota’s general secretary said this trip to Cuba seeks to ratify the absolute and ever-lasting solidarity with Cuba, its people and its Revolution and also with its sister nation that is UJC. She added that they are also interested in learning more about the Cuban educational system, which she described as “truly commendable.”

Cariola noted that for her and for Camila Vallejo, president of the Students Federation of the University of Chile, this second visit to Cuba is very important, especially after all the intense days of fight by the Chilean student movement for a public, high-quality education.

In almost 80 years of the Chilean organization, Karol Cariola is the second woman to take the post of general secretary, following Gladys Marin.

Vallejo, who serves as the vice president of Universidad de Chile Student Federation (Fech), is a member of Chile’s communist party (PC) and has received a lot of international support for her work as a student leader.

The meeting this morning with the top FEU leaders opened a tight program that will take the Chilean youths to seven universities of Havana and Villa Clara where they will present two books published by Ocean Sur: Being a Young Communist: Five Writings for the Chilean Youth (Ser un joven comunista: Cinco textos para la juventud chilena) and We can change the world (Podemos cambiar el mundo).

With a prologue by Karol Cariola, the first book is a compilation of writings by Pablo Neruda, Salvador Allende, Gladys Marin, Ernesto Che Guevara and Fidel Castro; the second one offers details about last year’s student protests in Chile led by Camila Vallejo and her thoughts about such actions.

Vallejo has been labeled by the media as the most important and influential Communist personality of the 21st century in Chile, and also as the symbolic successor of Gladys Marin. (ACN)


Also see:
Chile: Mass Protests Demand Free Education


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