Cubans celebrate the 26th of July, the National Day of the Cuban Rebellion. Photo: Cancillería de Cuba (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba)

The celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the assault on the Moncada barracks and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, who projected Fidel Castro and the Cuban guerrillas to the revolutionary victory, take place this July 26th in Cuba and in several countries that have movements of solidarity with the country.

In the city of Santiago de Cuba, the General of the Cuban Army, Raúl Castro Ruz, leader of the Cuban Revolution, and the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Party and President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel, attended the commemoration early in the morning, at 5:15 am, the time when the revolutionaries began the invasion.

According to the Cuban newspaper Granmamore than 10,000 people attended the festivities and more than 26 friendly nations sent representatives, in an act that took place in the former military fortress of the Moncada barracks, which had projections of the revolutionary leaders on its facade – the place is now a school center and a museum .

Facade of the old barracks with reproduction of the guerrillas. Reproduction Twitter Manuel Marrero Cruz, Prime Minister of Cuba.

Also present were the Commanders of the Revolution, Ramiro Valdés Menéndez, a Moncada robber, and Guillermo García Frías, classified as “part of the historic generation”.


The invasion of the barracks on July 26, 1953 is celebrated as the beginning of the process that would lead to the victory of the Cuban Revolution on January 1, 1959. Although the attempt was frustrated at the time, the rebels transformed the act into a political victory and founded the 26th of July Revolutionary Movement (MR26).

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Thus, the date is known as the Cuban National Rebellion Day and celebrated not only in Cuba, but in all countries with Cuban representation and by movements of solidarity with the country – which historically suffers from embargoes imposed by other countries, such as the USA.

Members of the Cuban government, including Raúl Castro and Díaz-Canel. Photo: Cancillería de Cuba (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba)


The Day of the Cuban Rebellion will be marked by various acts across Brazil. One of these celebrations takes place next Saturday (29), in São Paulo (SP). The event will count on the presence of the Consul General of Cuba in São Paulo, Pedro Monzón, and will have a book launch, space for children, food, drinks and Cuban music. The act takes place at Galpão – Al. Eduardo Prado, 474 – Campos Elíseos, from 12h onwards.

Also on Saturday, the Carnaval-style Bloco do Fuá promotes a Cuban Party at Dona Zefa’s restaurant from 8 pm, located at Rua Barão de Campinas, 562, Campos Elíseos, São Paulo (SP).

In the city of Santos (SP), on Friday (28th) at 7 pm, a chat is scheduled with Monzón about the 70th anniversary of the assault on the Moncada barracks, promoted by the José Martí Cultural Association of Baixada Santista. The event takes place at Rua Sergipe, 15, Casa 2, Gonzaga.

For those who are from Rio de Janeiro (RJ) and want to pay homage this July 26th, the Carioca Committee of Solidarity with Cuba promotes at Rua Áurea (nº80), in Santa Teresa, starting at 6 pm, a commemoration to remember the revolutionary feat.

In Niterói (RJ), from the 24th to the 28th of July, in the hall of the City Council (Av. Amaral Peixoto, nº625), there is a photographic exhibition about the Cuban Revolution.

In Porto Alegre (RS) on the 26th, a political event will take place at the Associação Cultural José Martí/RS (Armazém do Campo, Rua José do Patrocínio, nº888) and in Brasília (DF), also on this Wednesday, there will be a celebration at the Casa de Retiros de Assunção ( Block 611, Via L2 Norte – Asa Norte).


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