July 26th Celebration in Cuba—60th Anniversary


On July 26, Raúl Castro Ruz led the July 26 political/cultural celebration in Santiago de Cuba, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the assaults on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Garrisons. In his commemorative speech, Castro said that “the Cuban Revolution is still a revolution of the young” [La Revolución Cubana sigue siendo una revolución de jóvenes]. [Also see previous post Cuba Celebrates 60 Years Since Castro’s First Uprising As LatAm Leaders Meet with Aging Revolutionary.]

Joining Raúl and the leadership of the Cuban Revolution were the Presidents of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro; of Uruguay, José Mujica; of Bolivia, Evo Morales; and Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega. Also in attendance were Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño and Prime Ministers Winston Baldwin Spencer, from Antigua and Barbuda; Kenny Davis Anthony, from Santa Lucia; Ralph Gonsalves, from St. Vincent and the Grenadines; and Roosevelt Skerrit, from the Commonwealth of Dominica.

Ten thousand Santiago residents, in representation of the Cuban people, participated in the event at the July 26th School Complex, scene of the historic events which occurred six decades ago, to commemorate the initiation of the final stage of the Cuban people’s struggle for full independence, which culminated in the triumph of the Revolution, January 1, 1959.

Other attendees were combatants who participated in the assaults; the families of those who gave their lives; leaders of the Cuban Communist Party; and members of solidarity organizations such as the Pastors for Peace and the Venceremos Brigade.

For full article, see http://www.granma.cu/ingles/cuba-i/26jul-Raul%20leads.html

For speech by Raúl Castro, see http://www.ain.cu/2013/julio/26eg-texto-discurso-raul.htm

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