Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Cuban Revolution At 60

National leaders have been arriving in Havana to help celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, the beginning of which is seen as the unsuccessful July 26, 1953 attack on the Moncada army barracks in the town of Santiago de Cuba by guerrillas led by Fidel Castro. Captured in the hours after the attack along with many of the other rebels, Castro was tried separately. A lawyer by training, Castro represented himself and as his defense gave his famous "History Will Absolve Me" speech.

Castro and the other rebels were imprisoned for terms of up to 15 years but were later granted amnesty. Castro then went to Mexico, from where he planned the next phase of the revolution. He and 82 comrades returned to Cuba in December, 1956 aboard the now famous cabin cruiser Granma.

Fidel adopted the date July 26 as the name of the movement that ultimately overthrew US backed dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959.

Fidel and Nicolas Maduro - Prensa Latina

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who is among the leaders attending the celebration, met with Fidel and presented him with a painting by former President Hugo Chavez that Chavez made while he was in Cuba for treatment of the cancer that ultimately led to his death.

Moncada Barracks - Wikipedia


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