“We will never return to the past of torture, inequality, illiteracy, and oppression against which Fidel and his comrades rose on July 26, 1953,” a Cuban official said.
New Yorkers paid tribute to Cuba’s revolutionary leader Fidel Castro Sunday while commemorating the island’s Day of Rebellion.
Following a sequence of celebrations which began last week and ended Saturday night in Cuba, a solidarity coalition hosted an event to remember the assaults on the Moncada barracks in Santiago de Cuba which took place 64 years ago.
Cuba’s National Rebellion Day is held every year on July 26 to mark the anniversary of the 1953 attack on the barracks led by Fidel Castro, which marked the beginning of the struggle to overthrow the U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista that ended in the victory of the revolution in 1959.
It was the first celebration of the attack since the death of Fidel in November 2016. “Fidel is no longer physically among us, but his revolutionary and socialist ideas remain in full force,” said one of the event organizers during a tribute to the Cuban Revolution leader at the New York Nurse’s Association headquarters.
Attended by members of the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the U.N. and Cuban Ambassador Anayansi Rodriguez, the event inspired a call for action to end the economic and commercial blockade imposed by the U.S. over 50 years ago and also demanded the return of Guantanamo Bay, a territory occupied by the U.S. for over a century.
Organizers denounced U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to reverse a diplomatic opening between the two countries earlier this month.
Rodriguez thanked organizers for their support to Cuba amid the wall of the U.S. blockade and told the crowd despite all hardships, Cuba will never renounce its right to independence and sovereignty.
“We will never return to the past of torture, inequality, illiteracy, and oppression against which Fidel and his comrades rose on July 26, 1953,” the official said.