Photo: Raul Castro
The Cuban Revolution remains a movement of young people, President Raul Castro said in Santiago Friday during an event to mark the 60th anniversary of an incident the Communist regime venerates as the start of the uprising that brought it to power in 1959.
“The years have gone by, but this continues to be as much a revolution of young people as we were on July 26, 1953,” he said in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, referring to the failed attack older brother Fidel Castro led against the Moncada army barracks 60 years ago.
Joining Raul Castro for the occasion were the presidents of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro; Bolivia, Evo Morales; Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega; and Uruguay, Jose Mujica, along with the leaders of several Caribbean island nations.
The 82-year-old Raul said the generation that led the revolution “is giving way to new ones in peace and with serene confidence,” after recalling that over 70 percent of today’s Cubans were born after 1959.
Raul Castro, who took the reins from the ailing Fidel in 2006 and was formally designated as Cuba’s president in 2008, was ratified in February for what is to be his second, and final, five-year mandate by virtue of his decision to limit himself and other senior figures to 10 years in office.
Castro has not hidden the fact that one of his concerns is assuring a generational change that guarantees the future of the revolution.
In February, he named Miguel Diaz-Canel, 52, as Cuba’s vice president, a decision Castro called “a defining step in planning which way the country will go in the future.”