VIVE LA REVOLUTION!
The revolution in the late 50’s has had profound effect on Cuba and its people. It infuses every aspect of their life, and posters, squares, statues herald Che and the various heroes. It is impossible to travel around Cuba without being reminded of the revolution – that happened over 60 years ago!
The Cuban Revolution (1953–1959) was an armed revolt conducted by Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement and its allies against the government of Cuban President Fulgencio Batista. The revolution began in July 1953, and finally ousted Batista on 1 January 1959, replacing his government with a revolutionary socialist state. The Movement organisation later reformed along communist lines, becoming the Communist Party in October 1965. The Communist Party, now headed by Castro's brother Raúl, continues to govern Cuba today.
The Cuban Revolution had great domestic and international repercussions; in particular, it reshaped Cuba's relations with the United States, which continues an embargo against Cuba as of 2013. In the immediate aftermath of the revolution, Castro's government began a program of nationalization and political consolidation that transformed Cuba's economy and civil society. The revolution also heralded an era of Cuban intervention into foreign military conflicts, including the Angolan Civil War and Nicaraguan Revolution.
Ernesto "Che" Guevara(June 14, 1928 – October 9, 1967), commonly known as el Che or simply Che, was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia within popular culture.
The Cuban Flag
En route to Cayo Coco
Memorial in Cienfeugos for the Angolan soliders
In and around Havana where tributes to the Revolution seemed the most prolific
Santiego de Cuba
In the hotel in Varadero