Cuba Remembers Fidel Castro’s Plea 67 years ago

Cuba remembers Fidel Castro's self-defense 67 years ago.
Cuba remembers Fidel Castro's self-defense 67 years ago. Photo: Prensa Latina.

Havana: Cuba remembers today the defense statement of the young Fidel Castro after the assault on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes barracks of  July 26, 1953, in the eastern part of the country, Prensa Latina publishes.

In the trial held on October 16 of that year, the Cuban leader advanced the projections that would characterize the political and social agenda after the rebel triumph.

His words of self-defense in case 37 of the Emergency Court were later collected under the title History Will Absolve me.

According to historical research, the manifesto is considered one of the main texts of political thought in Latin America, where Fidel Castro exposed outrages and corruption of the tyranny of Fulgencio Batista (1952-1958).

In addition, he denounced the crimes committed against the prisoner assailants, detailed the way in which the actions were planned and highlighted the thought of the national hero José Martí as an intellectual guide in these events.

The document contains six fundamental problems for the Cuba of that stage: land, industry, housing, health, education and unemployment; at the same time that it recognizes as fundamental the taking of power by the people to eradicate them.

The Moncada barracks, in Santiago de Cuba, was the second military fortress at that time and the so-called Centennial Generation attacked it then to unleash the armed struggle against the Batista dictatorship.

Meanwhile, in the city of Bayamo, present-day Granma province, another command tried to divert the attention of the adversaries to prevent the sending of reinforcements from that city to neighboring Santiago.

The attackers were unable to take either of the two fortresses. Many of the survivors were killed.

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