Goodbye Neocolonial Republic … Welcome Revolution

By Claudia Artiles Díaz/Radio Camagüey

January, 2021.- On December 25, 1956, the newspaper El Camagüeyano published a piece of news that, after the years, seems incredible to us, but it was what was happening in Cuba at that time, the one that good Cubans wanted to change.

“He died in her arms, a month-old son for whom she implored public charity to buy him necessary food”. El Camagüeyano

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According to the newspaper that was circulating at that time, Florencia Lance, mother of the minor Alberto, was going through such a deplorable economic situation that she went looking for resources to support him and when she returned home she noticed that the child, barely a month old. born, had passed away.

Scenes like that were easy to find in the years when Fulgencio Batista ruled the island of Cuba, situations in which the precariousness and low quality of life in most Camagüey’s families were sadly palpable.

Every day that passed during 1958 the contradictions and pressure of the Batista tyranny grew worse. As the fight against the dictatorship increased, the regime’s security services were determined to eliminate or put behind bars all those who opposed them.

On February 8, 1958, an expedition arrived in Nuevitas with a shipment of around 16 tons of weapons, which were distributed in Havana and Escambray in order to open a guerrilla front from that area.

Similarly, in the first days of February, an uprising takes place in the Santa Lucía region, Francisco Luna Marrero, a member of the National Union of Cuban Historians, specified: “at different times different guerrilla groups will appear , both in the north and in the south.

The old central Francisco, in Santa Cruz del Sur, there operated a captain sent from the East by Fidel; A group was also opened in the Sierra de Cubitas area that operates briefly because they are betrayed and attacked by the Batista army”.

The Camagüey’s town became on several occasions a city of passage for the combatants of the capital and other regions of the country who directed their destiny towards the Sierra Maestra, where the columns and eastern fronts were headed by the main leaders of the Revolution.

A hotbed of feelings, ideas and actions followed one another in the princely region and its surroundings; one of the main Camagüey’s figures of the moment was Noel Fernández, who led the assault on the cell phone on September 16 of 1958, one of the most important actions carried out by the July 26 Movement.

The last month of 1958 arrives and with it the struggle that spread throughout Cuba increases, but it was in December itself that the Rebel Army’s final blows were given to the Batista tyranny; with Fidel Castro as the main leader and manager, the years of exploitation would culminate with the dawn of January 1, 1959.

The people of Camagüey anxiously awaited the overthrow of the dictatorship and when it comes true they take to the streets with the pain of their dead, but the joy of a better future.

More than 60 years later, the horrors experienced during the centuries of foreign rule on the Island remain as a reminder of a past to which we do not want to return, as a stimulus to always move towards a tomorrow in which sovereignty will be our main flag. (Photos: Internet) (Translated by Linet Acuña Quilez)

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