Friday, January 23, 2009

Recalling a Revolution

Cuban journalist Marta Rojas looks at a newspaper that was published after Fidel Castro and his supporters declared victory on Jan. 1, 1959
Marta flips through her typed notes from Fidel Castro's trial over the rebel assault on the Moncada barracks on July 26, 1953.
Castro, a lawyer by training, represented himself during the trial and gave his famous "History will absolve me" speech in October 1953. Marta covered the trial and took more extensive notes than any other journalist. But she said newspapers in Cuba at the time would not publish her stories.
After the rebels defeated government military forces and then-President Fulgencio Batista fled, Marta said her editor at Bohemia magazine asked her to go look for her notes from 1953. Her stories were suddenly in demand.

Marta said she found it curious that Fidel Castro as a young lawyer, left, and later as a rebel leader, right, stood in the kitchen, lifted his arm high and tasted his food in almost exactly the same way.
More on Marta is here.

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