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Cuban president recalls foundation of II Eastern Front

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Cuban president recalls foundation of II Eastern Front

Havana, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Friday recalled the 64th anniversary of the foundation of the Second Frank Pais Eastern Front, considered an organizational model and a decisive force for the triumph of the Revolution in 1959.
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On Twitter, the president recalled that Commander of the Rebel Army, Raúl Castro founded this front to fight the Fulgencio Batista’s dictatorship (1952-1958) in the easternmost region of Cuba.

The territory occupied by the guerrillas comprised 123 square kilometers and had a population of half million inhabitants, today’s Guantánamo province and part of Santiago de Cuba and Holguin.

In this region, dominated by the rebels, Raúl Castro created and organized the departments of Justice, Health, Public Works, Treasury, Propaganda and Inspection, Education, the Agrarian and Worker’s Bureau.

As a result, 20 hospitals and field medical posts and 400 schools were created, and hundreds of kilometers of roads and telephone lines were built.

“We are now a little revolutionary State within another,” Raul Castro said then.

The II Frank Pais Eastern Front operated for nine months and 20 days, attacked 31 barracks and Rural Guard posts and seized some 2,000 weapons from the enemy.

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