I’m going to ask you all a question. Weapons for what? To fight against whom? Against the Revolutionary Government that is backed by the entire population?
Weapons for what? Is there a dictatorship here?
Are they going to fight against a free government that respects the rights of the citizenry?
Now that there is no censorship, and that the press is entirely free, more free than it’s ever been, and having the assurance that it will continue to be forever without there ever being censorship here again?
Today, that the entire population can gather freely? Today, that there’s no tortures, or political prisoners, or assassinations, or terror? Today, that there’s nothing but happiness, that all the traitorous leaders have been sacked in the trade unions and that there will be immediate elections in all the trade unions?
When all the rights of the citizen have been restored, when an election is being planned in the briefest time possible, weapons for what? Hiding weapons for what? To blackmail the President of the Republic? To threaten to disturb the peace? To create gangster organizations? Are we going to return to gangsterism? Are we going to return to daily shootouts in the streets of the capital?
Weapons for what?
Excerpts from fidel castro’s address to the nation of Cuba on January 8, 1959 (immediately after coming to power) upon learning that a rival revolutionary group had seized a cache of weapons from the Cuban armed forces.