On July 26, the Cuban people celebrated the 52nd anniversary
of the failed attack on Moncada Barracks, an attack led by a 26-year-old
lawyer named Fidel Castro.
The 1953 attack was designed to inspire Cubans to rise up against the
US-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista, and restore the 1940
constitution, which guaranteed land, education, democracy and hope to
the Cuban people.
Neither the failure of the attack, nor the subsequent torture and
imprisonment of those involved, broke the spirit of the mostly young
rebels, who remained dedicated to liberating their people from the
terror of Batista's regime. In January 1959, as a general strike broke
out, Batista fled, and the Cuban Revolution triumphed, much to the
chagrin of the US and its clients.
Washington has never stopped trying to roll back the Cuban
Revolution, through assassination, invasion, terrorism, chemical and
biological warfare, and by waging a constant propaganda war against the
small Caribbean island.
On July 25 and 26, 2005, the 11 million inhabitants of Cuba again
celebrated their freedom, with parties and small rallies across the
country on the night of the 25th, and music blaring until well into the