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Cuban President Heads Commemoration of Guerrilla Front

Santiago de Cuba, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Raul Castro Ruz led today the commemoration on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the founding of the Frank Pais Second Eastern Front, in the homonymous municipality in the eastern mountains.

The main speech of political activity and military parade were pronounced by Vice President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, member of the Second Front and honored on this occasion as a Hero of the Republic and with the Playa Giron (Bay of Pig) Order.

Machado recalled the decisive support of the people of the region, subject to the exploitation of U.S. monopolies and national landowners, in a land where the footprint of heroes of the independence struggles of the 19th century beat.

The rebel demarcation, in about 12,000 square miles, was opened by Raul Castro, being a commander of the insurrectionary forces that faced the army of dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Considered a small state for its created administrative and social institutions, the guerrilla command was also valued as an example of organization and efficiency, inspiration of transformations started by the Revolution after the triumph in 1959.

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