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Cuban President Raul Castro is presiding over the main event of the National Rebellion Day, taking place in the province of Guantanamo, which recalls the attacks on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Cespedes barracks, in 1953.
From early morning, thousands of residents in this eastern city, located over 900 kilometers east of Havana, filled the Plaza de la Revolution Mariana Grajales on behalf of the inhabitants of the island.
Guantanamo people paid tribute to the martyrs that 59 years ago marked a new stage in the struggle for the independence of Cuba.
On July 26, 1953, youth of the centennial generation -to honor the 100th birthday of national hero José Martí- participated in the July 26 military actions against the government of Fulgencio Batista (1952-1959), responsible for the death of nearly 20,000 Cubans.
Among the attackers were the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, Raul Castro and others who later starred in the landing of the Granma yacht and the emergence of the rebel army in the mountains of the eastern Sierra Maestra.