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  • Writer's pictureMichael Laxer

Anniversary of the Moncada Barracks attack

Today is the anniversary of the historic attack on the Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba on July 26, 1953 by a band of Cuban rebels led by Fidel Castro -- an event seen as the beginning of the Cuban Revolution that would culminate in the overthrow of the Batista dictatorship and the liberation of Cuba from imperialist domination in 1959.

Led by Fidel Castro, while the attack itself failed, the revolutionary process it began did not.

In the hours before the attack Castro told the rebel force: "Comrades, within a few hours, we will either succeed or be defeated. But regardless of the outcome, listen well, comrades, this movement will triumph".

Many years later as the revolution faced a great crisis and adversity in 1992 (which it survived) Castro again reminded us that, despite how bleak the present may look and how terrible the odds, we have never lost as long as we continue the fight:

"No matter what happens, other times will come. Right now we're in the midst of a huge reactionary wave; later, a huge revolutionary wave, a huge progressive wave will come again. This is for certain."

Now more than ever the Cuban Revolution and people need our solidarity and support in the face of the ongoing US blockade and embargo.


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