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Monday, September 21, 2020

67th anniversary of the Moncada trials remembered

Havana, 21 sep.- The trial participants in the assault on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes barracks in eastern Cuba, is remembered today with the 67th anniversary of the beginning of the process.

The date, according to the journalist Marta Roja, marked a feat of the word that was celebrated between the Palace of Justice and a small premises of the Saturnino Lora Hospital, in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, from September 21 to September 16. October 1953.

In the first of these scenarios, the trial for all the defendants - with the exception of the leader of the action, Fidel Castro - took place, until the beginning of October, when the participants were convicted and the opposition politicians involved in the process and without relationship were released.

The 21 and 22 of September were dedicated to analyze as accused Fidel, who admitted to having directed the assault of July 26 of that same year.

Led to court with handcuffs, the young lawyer protested forcefully, forcing the head of the Chamber to order that the handcuffs be removed, considered the first act of others that turned him from accused to accuser.

Subsequently, his self-defense plea, known as La Historia Me Absolverá, went down in history as one of the documents that marked the subsequent route of the Cuban Revolution.

During his trial, held on October 16, the leader of the movement advanced the projections of the political and social agenda after the rebel triumph, in contrast to the precarious situation in the Caribbean country at the time.

The manifesto came to be considered one of the main texts of political thought in Latin America.

In addition to exposing the crimes of the tyranny of Fulgencio Batista (1952-1959), Fidel denounced the atrocities committed against the Moncada assailants and argued that the mastermind of that action was the National Hero, José Martí, whose centenary was being celebrated precisely that year. (Text and photo: PL)