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People in Santiago de Cuba recall armed uprising 66 years ago

People in Santiago de Cuba recall armed uprising 66 years ago

Santiago de Cuba, Nov 30 (Prensa Latina) After 66 years, this city on Wednesday recalled the uprising that shook its foundations in wait for the expedition of the Granma yacht, as part of the insurrectional strategy against the Government of Fulgencio Batista.

As is traditional, the commemorative event was held at the Museum of Clandestinity, in the Police Station’s building, in the emblematic neighborhood of El Tivoli, where Pepito Tey, Tony Aloma, and Otto Parellada were assassinated.

That building was one of the main targets of the armed action, commanded by young leader Frank Pais, who proved his worth as head of action and sabotage of the 26th of July Movement.

Although various events prevented the uprising from coinciding with the landing of the revolutionaries who sailed on the Granma yacht from Mexico, its impact was remarkable as it showed the rebellious effervescence in the country, which was also attested to by subsequent events.

In her memoirs, collected in the book “El rostro descubierto de la clandestinidad” (The Uncovered Face of Clandestinity), Gloria Cuadras describes that early morning and the legitimate pride experienced when she saw Frank, Armando Hart and Taras Domitro, among others, wearing the olive green uniform for the first time.

That insignia, together with the armband of the Insurrectional Movement, were the two symbols that also went out to fight on that memorable day when, according to her words, Pepito, Tony and Otto ‘had fallen in the assault on the Police Station, fighting like lions.’

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