Havana, Cuba. Cuban citizens and institutions recall on Tuesday the self-defense speech by the historical leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, called ”La Historia Me Absolverá” (History Will Absolve Me) that is turning 65 years.
The document, later published in a book, was made by the revolutionary during a trial against him after directing the attacks to the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes barracks, carried out on July 26th, 1953.
During his self-defense speech, Fidel Castro turned from being the defendant to the accuser, and denounced the evils of Cuba at the time, summarized by him in six fundamental problems related to land, industrialization, housing, unemployment, education and health.
The trial lasted about four hours, of which Fidel Castro used a half denouncing the crimes against his companions, reporting his government program whether he had succeeded and other considerations of national interest. At the end, he was sentenced to 15 years imprisoned.
His self-defense speech became the political program of the new stage of struggle, which would conclude on January 1st, 1959 with the triumph of the rebels commanded by Fidel Castro.
History will absolve me – Fidel Castro (Full Text of the self-defense speech on 16 October, 1953)
(Source: Prensa Latina)