HAVANA TIMES — Each July 26th the Cuban government holds a remembrance of the 1953 attack on the Moncada and Cespedes garrisons that sparked the 1959 Cuban revolution. Several of the surviving participants were present today including President Raul Castro.
This year’s event took place in Artemisa, southwest of the capital. For decades the date was the occasion of marathon speeches by Fidel Castro, but under his brother Raul, the commemorations are short and the president isn’t always the speaker as was the case today.
The main speaker was commander Ramiro Valdes, one of Cuba’s vice presidents. He emphasized the tremendous support the Communist Party has among the island’s young people, which he said guarantees the continuation of the revolution.