Cuba: Farewell Dear Magali Llort

September 23, 2021

Magali Llort Ruiz, photo: Bill Hackwell

This morning the beloved Magali Llort Ruiz passed away; a Cuban and exemplary revolutionary who was instrumental in one of the longest, most courageous battles of the Cuban Revolution, fighting for the freedom of her son Fernando Gonzalez Llort and his four comrades, imprisoned for more than a decade and a half in U.S. jails for defending Cuba against terrorist attacks against their homeland.

Magali was a militia member since the October Crisis 1962, she was a member of the Production and Defense Brigade of the 10 de Octubre municipality, where she lived. She stood out as a worker in the Insurance Control Office, the National Bank of Cuba and in the Union of Construction Companies, for her professional preparation, her work and human ethics.

She was fundamental in the revolutionary and internationalist upbringing of her beloved son Fernando, Hero of the Republic of Cuba and current president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP)

For the great family of international solidarity she was an example of strength, perseverance, integrity, principles and confidence in Fidel’s certainty, when he said in the early days of the struggle to free the Cuban Five, “Our comrades will return sooner rather than later”.

On March 8, 2002, in a solemn act celebrated in the Karl Marx Theater, Magali, together with the mothers and wives of the Five, received from Fidel’s hands the medal of “Mariana Grajales” and “Ana Betancourt” Orders, one of the highest decorations granted by the Cuban State.

In that act Fidel said, “Eternal glory to the heroic sons of Cuba, to the mothers who engendered and educated them, to the wives and children who contributed to create in them the will of steel and the invincible spirit that characterizes them”.

A woman of enormous modesty, as great as her deep convictions, Magali was a Mother of Cuba of our time who despite illness continued to play a role in her local Committee for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR). Unfortunately Fernando was touring Europe to defend Cuba against so many attacks at the time of her passing.

Those of us who had the privilege of knowing her, of walking and raising our voices and fists with her will always have her in our hearts, where we keep what is dearest to us, the love and example of our Mothers.

We embrace Fernando, the Five and their families, the comrades of ICAP and all those in the world today who hold so many feelings for the departure of the beloved Magali Llort.

Thank you for your example Magali and the life you lived.

The International Committee for Peace, and Dignity to the Peoples

Source: Resumen Latinoamericano – Cuba