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Issue #1695      July 29, 2015

Anniversary of the attack on the Moncada barracks

On July 25 close to 200 people gathered at the Fremantle Navy Club to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of the attack on the Moncada Barracks led by Fidel Castro on July 26, 1953.

The event began at 7pm with a welcome by Elizabeth Hulm, secretary of the local Australia-Cuba Friendship Society (ACFS). She highlighted the importance of the 1953 event. Despite the failure of the attacks in which the Batista dictatorship captured, tortured and assassinated most of the young men and women, the process is considered to be the spark that led to the triumph of the Cuban Revolution on January 1, 1959.

Speakers on the night toasted the agreement signed by both presidents Raul Castro and Obama Barrack on December 17, 2014 that saw the release of the remaining three of the Cuban Five after 16 long years in US prisons.

The gathering welcomed the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba and the opening of embassies in Washington and Havana but acknowledged that to fully establish relations of mutual respect the US blockade on Cuba must be lifted and Guantánamo Bay returned to the people of Cuba.

Until this is realised the ACFS Perth will continue to work in solidarity with Cuba demanding the end of the criminal blockade and the return of Guantánamo. The society will continue in its aim to strengthen the friendship between the peoples of Australia and Cuba.

The Santiago de Cuba Carnival was also a good opportunity to salute the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the city of Santiago de Cuba.

Next article – Cuba celebrations – Coogee Beach, Sydney

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