Message to the Cuban people on July 26

Today marks the 53rd anniversary of that day when a handful of courageous young Cuban revolutionaries attempted to overthrow the tyrannical regime by attacking the Moncada barracks. Although they failed, they prepared the ground for victory a few years later. More than ever the Cuban revolution requires the support of the international labour movement. Today marks the 53rd anniversary of that day when a handful of courageous young Cuban revolutionaries attempted to overthrow the tyrannical regime by attacking the Moncada barracks. Although they failed, they prepared the ground for victory a few years later. More than ever the Cuban revolution requires the support of the international labour movement.

On 26 July, 1953, the Cuban people began the final stage of their epic struggle for liberation. Faced with an implacable and powerful tyranny, the rebellious dignity of a handful of poorly armed youth and workers, assaulted the Moncada barracks, the country’s 2nd largest military fortress.

53 years later, 26 July remains an inspiring symbol for revolutionaries around the world.  The triumph of the Cuban Revolution was a landmark of world history. It had an extraordinary influence on the events of the second half of the 20th century, and will have an even greater effect in the current century.

For these reasons, 26 July, 1 January, and October 1917 are part of the sacred heritage of the international revolutionary movement. As the great majority of humanity sees the Cuban Revolution as a powerful point of reference for a better future, its dates, martyrs, and heroes belong to us all.

On behalf of the International Marxist Tendency, we send fraternal greetings to the Cuban people and we congratulate them on this day of national and international rebellion, as it is a reason for celebration and homage of all those who struggle around the planet.

The development towards Socialist Revolution in Venezuela and Bolivia has created the conditions so that the workers and youth of Latin America can raise Che Guevara’s militant banner more firmly than ever: for proletarian revolution and the socialist revolution of Latin America. Now more than ever, the possibility of a Socialist Federation of Cuba, Venezuela, and Bolivia presents itself as a tangible reality, opening the path to the end of the exploitation of man by man and for the genuine liberation of humanity.

We believe the best tribute to the Cuban Revolution and a day as full of meaning as 26 July is militant solidarity, irreconcilable struggle against capitalism in every corner of the planet, and fighting for the socialist revolution in Latin America and around the world.

In Defence of the Cuban Revolution!

For the World Socialist Revolution!

26 July 2006