Cuba: 26th of July

The 26th of July marks a very important moment in Cuba’s history: the attack by a group of (about 160) young revolutionaries—including Raúl Castro, Abel Santamaría, Haydée Santamaría, and Melba Hernández—led by Fidel Castro Ruz on the Moncada Barracks [Cuartel Moncada], one of the main military outposts of Fulgencio Batista’s army, located in Santiago de Cuba. The date of the Moncada Barracks attack, July 26, 1953, would give Castro the name of his organization, the 26th of July Movement [Movimiento 26 de Julio], which continued to fight the Batista regime.

Although the attack was unsuccessful, many believe that this event, together with the torture and assassination of a large number of the revolutionary battalion and the irregularities of the trial of the survivors, moved the population and contributed decisively to accelerate the conditions for the creation of a new revolutionary momentum in the country, culminating in the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959.

For more information, see http://www.trabajadores.cu/materiales_especiales/coberturas/26-de-julio/rindio-homenaje-fidel-a-los-martires-del-26-de-julio-en-artemisa, http://www.laguia2000.com/cuba/el-movimiento-26-de-julio, and http://www.cubagrande.com/historia_26julio.html

2 thoughts on “Cuba: 26th of July

  1. Je vous recommande la lecture du roman de Louis-Philippe Dalembert “Le roman de Cuba” qui raconte l’île depuis les caciques jusqu’à nos jours. Belle écriture depuis un point de vue haïtien.

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