The 26th of July Movement (M-26-7) was a Cuban revolutionary organization and later a political party led by Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and Raúl Castro. This organization was later succeeded by the Communist Party of Cuba. The organization was created to overthrow the Fulgencio Batista’s government and make Cuba a Communist State.
Today on 26th July, 2021 we look at the horrors of the Cuban Revolution.
The revolution started with sporadic raids and considerable destruction of property, as the unrest began to seriously disrupt the Cuban economy. Sugar mills and plantations were burned, bombings in Havana depressed the tourist trade, and rebel activity in Orient province hampered the mining industry. Indiscriminate arrests, acts of torture, and executions began almost at once throughout Cuba. By May 15, 1959, some 600 people linked to the Batista government had been put to death by the revolutionaries. One of the first significant acts of the new Communist regime was to confer upon the Argentinian Guevara the status of native-born Cuban, thus making him eligible for any government position, including the presidency. Guevara would spend the following months presiding over military prisons, directing courts-martial, and making extensive tours of Asia, North Africa, and the Soviet Union. In 1962, the official Cuban newspaper Revolución reported that Guevara said, “in times of excessive tension we cannot proceed weakly. At the Sierra Maestra, we executed many people by ﬁring squad without knowing if they were fully guilty. At times, the Revolution cannot stop to conduct much investigation; it has the obligation to triumph.” In his own diaries, Guevara waxed poetic: “I see it printed in the night sky that I … howling like one possessed, will assault the barricades or the trenches, will take my bloodstained weapon and, consumed with fury, slaughter any enemy who falls into my hands”. He later wrote in one of his diaries about how he shot a peasant who admitted leaking information to the enemy. “He gasped for a little while and was dead,” Guevara wrote. To execute a human being is something ugly, but [also] exemplary. Guevara created system that put gay people in labor camps. “The regime that Che Guevara co-founded is the only one in modern history in the Western Hemisphere to have herded gays into forced labor camps,” Humberto Fontova, author of “Exposing the Real Che Guevara”, told Fox News. One journalist who managed to see such camps reported that inmates worked 60 hours per week, guarded by men with guns, and were paid almost nothing. Guevara opposed a free press. In 1959, leftist journalist José Pardo Llada reported that Guevara told him: “We must eliminate all newspapers; we cannot make a revolution with free press. Newspapers are instruments of the oligarchy”. Fontova says that was in line with Che’s actions.“When Che Guevara first arrived in Havana, he moved into the biggest, most luxurious mansion in the city. A Cuban journalist, Antonio Llano Montes, wrote about it in 1959. Naturally, Che Guevara’s goons paid him a little visit,” Fontova noted. Guevara also made racist statements. In Che Guevara’s diary, he wrote of “the blacks” living in Caracas, Venezuela, calling them “those magnificent examples of the African race who have maintained their racial purity thanks to their lack of an affinity with bathing.” Guevara went on to write: “the black is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving.” “He was directly responsible for at least 124 killings,” Maria Werlau, author of the book “Che Guevara’s Forgotten Victims,” who has spent years documenting the specific people killed at Guevara’s orders, told Fox News. His defenders say he did what was necessary for a revolution. “Yes, my father killed – but revolutions are almost always violent,” Guevara’s daughter, who lives in Cuba, said in a speech in England in 2012. Thousands were killed by the Cuban regime, with many killings linked to Guevara. Although Castro had repeatedly called for immediate, honest general elections, it became clear that, once he had achieved power, such elections would be postponed indefinitely.
Thus, it is clear that the 26th July Movement was nothing less than the beginning of horrors in Cuba. Today Cuba is one of the last Communist countries in the world and the people of Cuba are still being oppressed by the Cuban Communist Government and a massive movement to break the shackles of Communist authoritarianism is underway.