Santiago de Cuba Honors Martyrs of the Revolution

Santiago de Cuba, Jul 30 (Prensa Latina) The homage to the martyrs of the Revolution began here very early today, with floral offerings in the Callejon del Muro, where Frank Pais and Raul Pujols were killed 61 years ago.

As every July 30th, the city pays tribute to the 60th anniversary of the fall in combat in the Sierra Maestra during that date of Rene Ramos Latour, Commander Daniel, who assumed the insurrectionary responsibility of Frank after his death.

Thousands of people from Santiago are ready to repeat the popular pilgrimage which shook the city during the funeral of the action and sabotage leader of the Movement 26 de Julio, who was shot to death together with his companion in the heart of the city by henchmen of the government of Fulgencio Batista.

After the revolutionary triumph of January 1, 1959, it was agreed to designate July 30 as the date dedicated to the fallen in the revolutionary struggles, largely symbolized by the example of Frank Pais, who at the age of 22 had already forged a combative and human legend.

An unquestionable guide in the clandestine struggle in the Cuban East, Pais was the main organizer of the people’ uprising of November 30, 1956, in support of the expeditionaries of the yacht Granma left from Mexico.

Fidel Castro described Frank’s murderers as monsters who cut down so much virtue, ignorant of how much was in him as great and promising.

A month before his assassination, he had lost his younger brother, Josue, at the age of 19, also at the hands of soldiers of the tyranny and along with his fighting brothers Floro Bistel and Salvador Pascual, 23, when they were trying to boycott a demonstration of alleged support for the regime.

In 2007, on the 50th anniversary of the death of the young clandestine combatant, Army General Raul Castro lit the eternal flame that pays tribute to the heroes and martyrs in the cemetery of Santa Ifigenia, where their remains lie next to a pleiad of their fighting brothers.

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