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Commemorating six decades in Cuba’s memory

The historic assault on the ‘Carlos Manuel de Céspedes’ , or Moncada barracks, in Santiago de Cuba, which took place in the month of July, will celebrate its  Saturd60th anniversary onay 20th of the same month.


Conmemorar seis décadas en la memoria de Cuba_ cuartel Carlos Manuel de CéspedesThe event took place on the 26th July 1953, when a group of men and women belonging to the Partido Ortodoxo and together with their leader, Fidel Castro, burst into the barracks with the intention of displacing the dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Despite the movement ending with the defeat of those young fighters, the fact was that Fidel Castro became known throughout the country and could reveal the great injustices suffered by the Cuban people.

Conmemorar seis décadas en la memoria de Cuba_la Ciudad Escolar 26 de JulioThe assaulted prisoners were tortured and murdered and throughout their detention, there is evidence to suggest that torture was carried out by the government.

Fidel Castro denounced the crime in his of self defence plea, known by the name ‘History Will Absolve Me’.

The event marked the beginning of the end of the dictatorship, and the Cuban public decided on this date as the ‘Day of the National Rebellion.’

Conmemorar seis décadas en la memoria de Cuba2After the triumph of the Revolution, a public event took place, in which hundreds of thousands of peasants went to Plaza Civica to commemorate the “Assault on the Moncada Barracks’.

The imposing walls that hid the terror and the crime of that age gave rise to the ‘School City of 26 July’, the first barracks converted into a school.

This date is remembered by all Cubans who celebrate political and cultural activities throughout many areas of the country. One of the activities, which still happens today, is the coming together of families and loved ones sharing the famous ‘Cuban broth‘ (traditional Cuban food) in the streets of the country.

Interior of a multifamily housing building. Havana (La Habana), CubaFor all this, and with the aim of recording history, it is hoped that Cubans and non-Cubans living in the UK attend the 60 year celebration of the act that liberated Cuba.

The activities will take place in Bolivar Hall, the meeting room at the Venezuelan Embassy in London, and will count on the participation of Cuban, Latin American and English artists.

Conmemorando cuarteles de moncadaDate: Saturday 20 July. Time: 1-5pm at Bolivar Hall, London

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(Translated by Daniela Fetta)

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