On the 70th anniversary of Moncada, celebrate the Cuban Revolution with Workers World

Workers World/Mundo Obrero joins with the Cuban people in celebrating the 70th anniversary of an event which changed the course of history for their island nation. On July 26, 1953, Cuban revolutionaries boldly attacked the Moncada garrison in Santiago de Cuba and simultaneously conducted a siege of the army barracks in Bayamo.

May Day 2022 draws 5 million people, Havana, Cuba. Photo: Telesur

These courageous acts were aimed to strike a blow against the brutal U.S.-backed dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. Although the military goals were not achieved and the struggle suffered a temporary setback, the armed struggle had reached a new stage that continued until the dictatorship was overthrown on Jan. 1, 1959. As the guerrilla forces fought in the mountains, an underground movement spread across the country.

Some of the heroes of Moncada as they were freed from prison by a people’s campaign in 1955. Fidel Castro, front, center

Cuba has not only developed in every sphere since the socialist revolution, this island nation has carried out acts of international solidarity to aid oppressed countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia, whether with military might or aid by the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade with medical personnel and supplies. This assistance has been given generously, despite the horrific blockade implemented against Cuba by Washington for 61 years.

Even during the pandemic, despite having a dearth of medical supplies, Cuba shared their COVID-19 vaccines with countries denied them by the imperialist West. Due to the dedication and meticulous efforts of their scientists and health care workers, nearly all of their own population has been inoculated with Cuban-produced vaccines. 

In recognition of their heroic work in dealing with this health crisis, 50,000 representatives of the health and science sectors were invited to lead the 2022 May Day march in Havana, and were thanked by Cuba’s leaders. 

International support of Cuba and its people is ever more important now due to the restrictions on travel, trade and financial transactions imposed by the Trump administration, and continued by Biden’s.  

Cuba has deservedly won the support and respect of peoples around the globe. Workers World/Mundo Obrero has shown our unwavering solidarity with this socialist country on this newspaper’s pages and in countless activities on the streets.

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