If Cubans were hoping President Raul Castro would announce major economic reforms this revolution anniversary, they were disappointed.
Instead he told 10,000 people gathered at the Moncada army barracks in Santiago de Cuba that they should not get used to only hearing good news – and should remain on their guard against the US:
“The defence of the country will continue without neglect, independently of the results of the next US Presidential election.”
But while stressing the need for austerity, Castro also said his government would have to rectify economic mistakes committed due to misplaced idealism.
Cubans are already enjoying small, symbolic changes, like being able to buy mobile phones and computers and stay in tourist hotels. Those changes were made after Raul took over from his ailing brother Fidel a year ago.