BAYAMO, Granma.– Yesterday Cubans of several generations began celebrations of the 65th anniversary of the assaults on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Garrisons here, honoring martyrs and heroes of the simultaneous revolutionary actions of July 26, 1953.
Thousands of people attended the event here in Ñico López Park, where Federico Hernández, first secretary of the Party in the province, recalled the pivotal event as “a declaration of war against an oppressive regime the dictator Batista” intended to “change the course of an enslaved society to a nation in which all are equal, a perfectible society with capacity to improve itself legitimately only in the hands of its people,” while emphasizing the importance of the constitutional reform process underway and the upcoming popular discussion.
The commemoration was presided by Comandante de la Revolución Guillermo García Frías and attended by Army Corps General Ramón Espinosa Martín, deputy minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, among other leaders.
Meanwhile in Santiago de Cuba’s Heredia Theater a cultural gala was held last night, in which the examples and ideas of Fidel, Abel, and Frank were recalled in a variety of artistic presentations.
Attending were Víctor Gaute, member of the Party Secretariat; Lázaro Expósito Canto, first secretary of the Party in the province; and Beatriz Johnson Urrutia, president of the Santiago government.
Set to take place tomorrow is the provincial commemoration in Segundo Frente and Thursday, July 26, the national political-cultural act celebrating the 65th anniversary of the historic assaults.
Cubavisión, Cubavisión Internacional, Radio Rebelde, and Radio Habana Cuba will broadcast the national event live beginning at 5:12 am.