|Raúl Castro and José R. Machado Ventura today in Ciego de Ávila|
|Party, state and government officials|
|The people of Ciego de Ávila representing Cubans|
After the military occupation of 1898, the United States had imposed amendments to our constitution which allowed them to intervene in Cuba at any time they dimmed it necessary. When the pseudo-republic was born in 1902, it was a sad caricature; Cuba had lost its dignity and independence.
|President Raúl Castro Ruz|
The actions of that day of 1953 when the Movimiento Revolucionario 26 de Julio was born, was the inevitable result of the desperate situation under which Cuba was living. Under the leadership of Fidel and after an unequal struggle in the mountains of the Sierra Maestra, they would triumph on January 1st, 1959.
Fifty-eight years after, the Cuban Revolution, not exempt of mistakes because it is human and a live social process, is strong and vibrant and zealously guards our most precious assets: our independence and dignity. Under necessary economic transformation, Cuba advances to a new future of hope and prosperity, and despite the continuous hostility and aggression of the U.S., the Cuban Revolution will live on because as Fidel said “that 26 of July we learned how to turn defeat into victory”.