The people were not terrorized by the explosion, the people advanced toward the explosion; the people were not filled with fear, they were filled with courage and, even though they did not know what had happened, they came, workers, militia, soldiers, and other members of the public forces went, all to offer the help that was within their reach (…).
Those interested in our not receiving these explosives are the enemies of the Revolution, those who do not want our country to defend itself, those who do not want our country to be able to defend its sovereignty (…)So, why would someone not want us to have the necessary means? It is simply because they want us to be unable to defend ourselves, want us to be defenseless. And why would they want us to be defenseless? To defeat us, to subjugate us, to prevent our resistance to the pressures. So that we cannot resist the aggression. And do they have the right to impede our efforts to acquire the means to defend ourselves? The authorities of a country that has not been able to prevent its territory from being used systematically to bomb us? (…)Now freedom means something more: freedom means homeland. And our challenge is homeland or death.(…)And as we bid (the victims) farewell, at the entrance to the cemetery, a promise, which more than a promise of the day, is the promise of yesterday and forever: Cuba will not be cowed, Cuba will not back down; the Revolution will not be detained, the Revolution will not retreat, the Revolution will go forward victoriously, the Revolution will continue its unstoppable march! (Taken from en.granma.cu)