A group of combatants of the July 26, 1953 assaults on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Cespedes barracks, and Granma Yacht expedition members highlighted Fidel Castro’s firm certainty in the victory of the Cuban Revolution against the Batista dictatorship that ruled the country before January 1, 1959.

The veterans held a meeting with workers of the Cuban Friendship Institute (ICAP) at the Friendship House in Havana as part of activities marking the 56th anniversary of the heroic actions undertaken against the Batista army barracks in the cities of Santiago de Cuba and Bayamo.

Moncada Combatant and expedition member Emilio Albertosa Chacon pointed out that Fidel always had and promoted faith in the future to carry out the two historic actions, as he did during their incarceration at the then Isle of Pines (today Isle of Youth) and later during the journey of the Granma yacht towards Cuba and the combats waged on the Sierra Maestra Mountain Range.

The meaning of the legacy was also addressed by combatants Arsenio Garcia Davila and Gilberto Garcia Alonso along many others.

Fidel Castro led the expedition, onboard a yacht named Granma, from Mexico to eastern Cuba in order to begin the guerrilla fight against the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship. The yacht as well as other artifacts, planes and cars that played a role during the Cuban liberation war are preserved at Havana’s Revolution Museum.

ICAP President Kenia Serrano explained about the institution, founded December 30, 1960 to welcome an increasing number of friends of Cuba, who came to Cuba in those days in order to learn of the developing revolutionary process.

Serrano said that the ICAP is a social organization that maintains relations with over 2, 000 friendship-with-Cuba associations in 149 countries, plus 347 committees actively working in 112 nations for the release of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters held in US prisons for over 10 years now.

July 26 central commemorations will be held next Sunday in the eastern city of Holguin with the attendance of some 200, 000 citizens, meanwhile Cubans in all cities of the country will join the celebrations with rallies in different localities and neighborhoods inspired by the revolutionary victories and determined to keep developing the socialist project they once chose.

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