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By Staff Writers, teleSUR
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016
|The Victory of Fidel Castro's Cuban Revolution
Since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, Fidel Castro has inspired millions to fight for a better world through the achievements and sacrifices of its people. The revolution that no one said could survive has not only proved the naysayers wrong, but continues to triumph, leading the world with its universal health care and education system. To honour Fidel Castro's 90th birthday, teleSUR celebrates the Cuban leader's landmark achievements.
|Fidel Castro in 1952, the year he created "The Movement," an underground network in opposition to the Batista regime.
|Fidel and Raul Castro rest with fellow revolutionaries in the Sierra Madre.
|Former Cuban President Fidel Castro parades through the streets of Havana 56 years ago celebrating the triumph of the Cuban Revolution.
|And the celebrations continued, as millions of Cubans hailed the anti-imperialist movement to oust U.S. imposed dictator Fulgencio Batista.
|Fidel Castro makes a speech following the victory of the Cuban Revolution.
|Left: Tens of thousands of Cubans commemorate the July 26, 1953, attack on the Moncada Barracks that kicked off the revolutionary fight on July 26, 1959. Right: On Sept. 2, 1960, over 1 million Cubans ratify the First Declaration of Havana, codifying the support of the Cuban people for the Revolution and opposition to U.S. imperialism.
|Raul Castro (R) awards his brother with a commemorative medal to mark the 20th anniversary of the Revolutionary Armed Forces.
|Fidel Castro (L) and Che Guevara (C) lead a memorial march in Havana May 5, 1960, for the victims of the La Coubre freight ship explosion, considered to be one of the first CIA attempts to undermine the Cuban revolution.
|Millions of Cubans poured into the streets of the Caribbean nation's capital to hail the victory of the socialist movement.
|Cuban soldiers hold up a poster of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro and Bolivian leader Evo Morales during anniversary celebrations.
|Year after year since 1959, Cubans have celebrated the success of the revolution with unwavering enthusiasm and emotion.
|Soldiers wave the Cuban flag during Cuban Revolution commemorations in recent years.
|A poster is displayed ahead of 2015's Cuban Revolution celebrations.
|Hundreds of thousands turned out to listen to President Raul Castro's messaged on the 55th anniversary of the Cuban revolt.
|Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (2ndL) stands next to Raul Castro (C). Maduro sent a message of solidarity and support to the Cuban government and population.