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Cuba marks the "start" of Castro's revolution

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Cuba marks the "start" of Castro's revolution


Cuba is celebrating the anniversary of the raid which launched Fidel Castro’s Communist revolution.

It was 55 years ago that Castro’s rebels attacked the Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba, protesting at the coup which brought the dictator Fulgencio Batista to power.

The attack on Moncada attack proved to be a fiasco. The rebels struck at dawn after a big festival, hoping that the soldiers would still be drunk.

But several of their men were killed and Fidel Castro was subsequently arrested and jailed.

However, the raid is seen by Cubans as the spark which lit the revolution, which ended with Castro and the Communists taking power in 1959.

Cuba’s new leader, Fidel’s brother Raul, is due to mark the occasion by returning to Moncada for a major speech.

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