Today in 1953, Fidel Castro led an attack on the Moncada military barracks in Santiago de Cuba in an attempt to overthrow the Bastista goverment. The attack was unsuccessful, with most of the rebels killed or captured.
At his later trial, Fidel said: ‘I know that imprisonment will be harder for me than it has ever been for anyone, filled with cowardly threats and hideous cruelty. But I do not fear prison, as I do not fear the fury of the miserable tyrant who took the lives of 70 of my comrades. Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me.’
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