Fidel Castro Pays Tribute to July 26 Martyrs in Artemisa
News from Cuba | Sunday, 25 July 2010
HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 25 (acn) Wearing his traditional olive-green jacket, the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, paid tribute on Saturday to the revolutionaries killed on July 26, 1953, during the attack on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes army barracks in Santiago de Cuba.
Accompanied by commanders of the Revolution Ramiro Valdes Menendez and Guillermo Garcia Frias and by local veteran revolutionaries Ramon Pez Ferro and Gelasio Fernandez, Fidel deposited flowers at the niches that contain the combatants’ remains at the mausoleum built for them in Artemisa, Habana province.
The leader of the Cuban Revolution recalled details of the preparations for the attack on the two garrisons and praised the significant contribution made on that occasion by young revolutionaries from Artemisa.
Then he greeted the people at the site, who honored him with applause and cheers.
Fidel also spoke with the First Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party and the President of the local Government in Artemisa. He questioned them about the harvest of guava, mangoes and other local fruits and about the sugar-cane harvest.
Before leaving, he read a message to all Cuban revolutionary combatants recalling the 1953 event, praising the five Cuban antiterrorists unjustly imprisoned in the United States and warning again of the dangers that threaten humanity.