Telesur | 26 November, 2016
IN PICTURES: On Nov. 25, the leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro died at the age of 90. Fidel, as he was commonly known around the world, lead Cuba’s July 26 Movement which fought the U.S.-backed Batista dictatorship until achieving victory over Batista’s forces in 1959.
For decades, from Venezuela to South Africa, his words and actions have inspired thousands around the world.
During his five decades of statesmanship, he also earned the ire of the United States, surviving more than 600 assassination attempts.
teleSUR takes a look at a remarkable life that has left en indelible imprint on Cuba and Latin America.
Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was born on August 13, 1926 at out at his father’s farm in Oriente Province. At age six, Fidel was sent to live with his teacher in Santiago de Cuba.
As a youth, Fidel took an interest in sports – something that he would retain for rest of his life. He also became politically involved as a student, campaigning for the presidency of the Federation of University Students and later travelling to the Dominican Republic to support anti-Trujillo movements as well to Colombia for a continental meeting of students.
Raúl Castro (far left), Fidel Castro (centre) and other Moncada rebels released from prison, May 1955. While in law school, Fidel organized a movement that sought to inspire a rebellion against the Batista regime. Their armed assault on the Moncada police Barracks failed, but the speech Fidel gave at his hearing lead to his pardon and propelled him to the national stage.
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